Determining Faithfulness: A Method

I’ve developed a method of determining just how faithful a Christian is. I’ve tested it a few times and I got some peculiar responses. One Christian claimed that the particular verses I was using were taken out of context, another said they didn’t see how the verse implied what I was saying it implied. Anyway, this is it: first, ask them if they would be willing to become an atheist, if a convincing argument was provided for atheism. If they say yes, then that contradicts numerous verses in the Bible which deal directly with doubt- for instance,

Matthew 22:37 states:

“Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

That verse leaves very little, if any, room for the possibility of doubt. Secondly there is this verse, Proverbs 3:5:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Even less room for the possibility of doubt. Thirdly, James 1:6

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

If you show them these three verses in particular they may not understand at first what you’re getting at.  The point is, if they still claim they would be willing to become an atheist, then they are going against what the Bible says regarding doubt. One of the people I tested this on appeared to be completely oblivious with regards to what the verses said/implied.

Not only that, but there is Psalm 14:1-3

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.”

Essentially, when a Christian says they are willing to become an atheist if they were given a convincing argument/evidence, they  are saying that they are willing to become vile and corrupt, often without knowing it. If they say that they would not be willing to become an atheist,  then there’s no point in debating them and you can do nothing whatsoever. I’d like to see this method used more often during debates.

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~ by theuncynic on July 29, 2012.

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