3 More Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity

by Forest Antemesaris

In my last article (here), I discussed 3 bad reasons to reject Christianity. Those previous 3 were just the tip of the bad-argument iceberg. Really, there are many bad reasons to reject Christianity. These reasons are “bad” because they are illogical, unreasonable, intellectually dishonest, or just simply not true. As a former atheist these rejections to Christianity are familiar, and they are probably familiar to you too. Let’s look at 3 more bad reasons to reject Christianity.

1. “Christianity isn’t the modern way of thinking”

Once again, we find ourselves contemplating a frequented logical fallacy. A certain strawman and a beloved bandwagon, this statement asserts that because there are conflicting and more modern schools of thought, the older thought system of Christianity must therefore be false. Hopefully the absurdity of such a stance is obvious. Christianity does not become increasingly less valid as time marches away from Jesus’ crucifixion. A theory, philosophy, religion, or school of thought does not become false simply because it is “old.” If such were the case, then whatever school of thought was the most modern (and contradicted the previous one) would be true. To illustrate the ridiculousness of such a claim, let’s examine some examples.

If such is the case, then the day that Siddhartha Gautama had his epiphany under that tree, Buddhism was true. But then when Zoroaster began spreading his message of modified monotheism that was true. Then when Jesus began preaching his message that was true, then when Muhammad began to preach his message that was true, then when Darwin published the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle of Life that was true. Then when Joseph Smith found those gold tablets Mormonism was true, then when “Judge” Rutherford renamed his followers to Jehovah’s Witnesses that was true. If we are familiar with reality, we should recognize that truth does not operate on a “whatever is new is true” basis. If such were the case, whatever the newest philosophy is, it’s true! Even if I created one in my head right now, it would be true because it is “modern.” Just because a school of thought is modern does not mean it is true, and truth is not contingent upon what year it was first uttered.

There are some truths which do change with time (e.g. it is true that the year is 2015 AD, but in a few months that statement will not be true), but Christianity involves a different class of claims. The truth of Christianity does not have an expiration date. If Jesus was correct in stating that He was the Son of God 2,000 years ago, He still is now. If the God of the Bible existed 2,000 years ago, He exists now. If the Bible was correct 2,000 years ago, it is correct now. We may not like what Christianity states, claims, or tells us about ourselves, but its age does not make it any less valid. Truth is truth no matter when it is discovered, stated, or recorded. Thankfully, truth value doesn’t diminish with time…


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