What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?
by Tom Gilson
Skeptics often ask, “Is there anything that could possibly cause you to give up your belief in Jesus Christ?”
It’s a good question and a complicated one.
The good part is this: As Popper explained, knowledge should be falsifiable in principle. If you hold a belief that can’t be falsified under any imaginable circumstances, your belief might be disconnected from reality. If it wasn’t true, how would you know it wasn’t true? If you can’t answer that question, then maybe you don’t really know that it is true.
Should Christianity Be Falsifiable?
The complicated part is this. Falsifiability isn’t a magic key that opens the door to all knowledge. The axioms of logic are true but they’re not falsifiable, because falsification only works if the axioms are true. You can’t falsify logic without assuming logic is true. Mathematical facts like 2+2=4 aren’t falsifiable in principle either, because they’re just true.
Similarly if Christianity is true, then falsifiability isn’t predicted as part of its truth claims. That isn’t slippery thinking; it’s essential to Christianity’s conception of God.
If it’s true that God is God and Jesus Christ is his Son, born of a virgin, crucified and resurrected, then it’s comprehensively true. God is the God of all reality. He created and has his imprint on everything. That includes all possible evidences, and even all the material a person could draw from to imagine God’s non-existence. Skeptics imagine they can imagine a world without God, but they are deceived; they’re using the materials God gave them to imagine he doesn’t exist. If Christianity is true, it’s unfalsifiable in principle.
So falsifiability is complicated, when judging whether Christianity is true. But I have an answer to the question, “what would it take for me to give up my belief?” anyway…
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