No this is not going to be a post where I tell you what to believe.
No this is not going to be a post where I try to get you to buy into what I believe.
No my blog is not a good blog….the only reason you’re reading this is because you’re bored. The only possible reason you maybe WANT to read this is to see how many gramatical errors I will have in one given post (which I guarantee will be a lot).
But, in all seriousness, this post is to encourage you to think and believe things for yourself. Here’s the background…
This semester has been an interesting one to say the least. I am currently taking a class that is called “Intro to Christianity” which has definitely been a hard, challenging, and frustrating class, but a good hard, challenging, and frustrating. I came into the class looking for a escape from the IU campus that doesn’t believe in Christianity, but what I found on the first day of class was everything but an escape.
My first day of class went like this…I came in kinda happy and excited for a new start. I sat down in a nice red chair and pulled out my laptop eagerly waiting to take notes. I look to my left and there is a girl on her cell phone talking angrily about a guy (who must have been a jerk), and to my right was a guy nearly half asleep but nonetheless awake enough to nod his head to the music that was blaring through his headphones. I look forward and there is my professor walking in with a sort of swag that says “yes, I do have a PHD in this stuff”. “Good afternoon, my name is Professor (I don’t really wanna say his name) and we are going to be looking at why Christians believe what they believe” (btw…he looks and talks like President Obama…no joke), which I was delighted to hear and again eager to take notes on. He then preceded to show us a video on Jesus and how the Bible is considerably inaccurate in describing Jesus, where he lived, and who He really was. I sat there with my mouth hanging wide open. This was not going to be an escape, in fact it was going to be more like a trap.
From day one of this class I have been bombarded with every conceivable (it seems like) controversy concerning the Bible and who Jesus was. The teacherdoes not only not believe in Christianity, but makes it out to seem like the most unbelievable thing to him. Every person in the class hangs on his every last word and takes it to be the truth. I sit there almost discouraged at what I am hearing because this is not what I was taught at Blackhawk CHRISTIAN School (BCS). Everything I am now learning is standing in complete opposition to what I learned at BCS. I have been told that this is why I should’ve gone to a private Christian college, but I disagree.
The points the Professor raises in class against Christianity are great points worth considering and not blowing off just because he believes something different than me. I want to believe in Jesus not only with my emotions but also with my logic. Every point he raises in class I have to thoroughly look at and examine to see if there is a counterexample or counter arguments, which there usually is. I am not the smartest person in that class, but I came into the class knowing what I believe. I was lucky enough to have a teacher like Stephen Webster and a coach like Gary Merrell who told me to not believe in Jesus blindly; to make my faith my own. Questioning Christianity is not a bad thing, but rather a very healthy thing.
Here is the point. I don’t know what you believe, and I am not here to persuade you to believe in what I believe. I want to plead with you to not believe in something just because someone told you to believe in it, or because your parents/friends/family believe in it. Find out what you believe for yourself. Believing what other people tell you is a shallow way to believe in something: You will fall for any kind of sweet talk, sweet look, or any sweet new thing that comes along because what you believe is not your own. No matter what religion you prescribe to, find out why you believe in it, and never let go when you figure that out. Don’t discourage opposition. Don’t become angry. For me, the saddest thing I see in life is Christians who don’t really know why they believe what they believe; I would rather see them not believe at all than to believe like that. That was me before wiser men told me to seek truth with all that I am, so that when I come to University I wouldn’t waiver in my beliefs. Take opposition head on and figure out why you believe what you believe because after all this is YOUR life, not someone else’s.
So my question to you is this…What do you believe and Why do you believe it?