I came across this post, “The Beginning of the End” where the author cited the following question as the beginning of the unraveling of their belief in God: “Why Are You A Christian?”
Found wanting by their inability to give a reason for the faith/trust they’ve been proclaiming to have placed in God, the author “scrambled” for an answer, eventually borrowing from C.S. Lewis’ Surprised by Joy and “tacked on to the end: [G]od is the only thing that fits that longing,” thoroughly ‘knowing’ that was not the truth but saying what the audience “wanted, needed, to hear.”
They proceeded to end their post with: “Thus, a question which was supposed to bolster ones faith proved to be the catalyst for apostasy. How’s that for divine planning?”
The lessons from this post for me are very simple, but profound.
1. The question is a great one; one we should all be asking ourselves: Why am I a Christian?
2. Such a question is not meant to bolster anyone’s faith. This question is meant to reveal what’s in your heart. The author has clearly demonstrated that while they could deceive an audience – that lacks discernment -through flowery pretentious speech, they failed at convincing the most important audience: themselves, let alone The Almighty God who already knows the thoughts and intents of the hearts of all men.
3. How’s that for divine planning: Absolutely brilliant! How incomprehensibly awesome is my God, who invalidates the cleverness of the ‘clever.’