A different perspective on Christianity you won't find in church
Why does God allow suffering? What is the meaning of life? What is evil? What is the relationship between religion and science? What happens when you die? Who was Jesus? Why did Jesus die?
People often turn to faith and religion for answers to those questions. In the United States, people turn most often to Christianity. But yet far too often, the answers they get are not satisfactory. That’s why more and more people are becoming dissatisfied with Christianity. They feel Christianity doesn’t make sense, at least Christianity as it exists today.
If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you are, at least to some extent, dissatisfied with what you’ve heard from Christianity. I have no idea what you’re dissatisfied with; it could be any number of things. Maybe you haven’t found answers to the questions you have. Maybe you can no longer believe what popular Christianity teaches. Maybe you’re fed up with church. Or maybe it’s something else.
I myself have been in the same position—dissatisfied with Christianity. And frankly, there was more than one time I almost gave up on Christianity, almost threw up my hands and walked away. But I didn’t.
The reason I didn’t is I realized that buried underneath all the mess that has been made by the different factions of organized Christianity lies something too valuable to walk away from. In fact, I believe that buried underneath the mess lies Truth. But what is truth? I’m not using the word in an exclusivist sense, in the sense of saying everything else is wrong and I have the only thing that’s right. I’m using truth to mean a description of the way things really are. That’s what truth really is—the way things are, not the way things seem to be.
That’s what I think Christianity tells us—the way things really are.
But chances are you won’t get that from a church, and you won’t get it from the most popular Christian websites, authors, or speakers. From those places, you’ll get the same old thing you’ve always gotten. And if you were satisfied with that, you probably wouldn’t be looking here. And frankly, if you are satisfied with that, you probably won’t look here long, because you’ll see things that don’t go along with what you hear from those other places.
But my guess is you’re looking here because you’ve seen all that other stuff and found it lacking. You’ve had experience in churches, you’ve looked at things on the Internet or read different books, and still, you haven’t found anything that makes sense. You’re interested in finding God, but you haven’t found God in modern Christianity.
I bet what you’ve found is opinions and narrow interpretations. I bet you’ve found a myriad of different versions of Christianity, each one of which is based on a certain interpretation of a few snippets carefully selected from the Bible, but yet each one of which presents itself as being “The Absolute Truth.” I bet you’ve found churches that are all about church, but not very much about God.
But you didn’t give up on Christianity. Something wouldn’t let you. And so you kept looking, and you ended up here.
I’m not going to claim that I can give you Absolute Truth. I can’t. But, what I can do is help you on a journey you will be on for the rest of your life—trying, little by little, to understand.
We can peel off the layers of mess that have been piled on by organized Christianity and little by little move toward understanding. Not that we’ll ever get there. We certainly won’t. In this life we’ll never have complete understanding.
But we can make enough progress so that maybe, somewhere off in the distance, we can get a glimpse of something Christianity offers that no other religion can offer. Maybe we can get a glimpse of true life, a glimpse of what our true relation to God is, a glimpse of what God is really like, and a glimpse of the future God would like us to have.
That’s what I’m trying to offer here.
In the end it boils down to one thing--Starting Over With Christianity is for people who want a connection with God in their lives but who haven't found it in organized Christianity. They're looking for more.
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