“Finding Truth,” I read your post and have a few thoughts for you, you said, “Thus began a period of time in which I began hunting for all the reasons to believe in and/or be skeptical of the Bible and Christianity.”
Your first big mistake was subjecting God to your limited and fallible understanding, rather than responding in faith to the testimony of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. You’re second huge error was being willing to attribute veracity to those who attack the Bible, they have Satan behind them, you should know there is a deceiver in the world actively hunting the truth to attack it. And then in an epic show of faithlessness towards God, you began, “hunting for all the reasons to … be skeptical of the Bible and Christianity.” Well, what did you think would happen to your faith? What you did would be comical if it wasn’t true. You in effect said, “Satan, come on in and attack my soul, the door’s wide open!!!”
Then you said, “I didn’t find their explanations of the Bible’s problems to be very convincing. They sounded more like the kinds of arguments one makes when trying to convince himself to have a second piece of pie. He wants the arguments to be true, so he readily accepts them. I wanted sound arguments that would actually show the skeptic’s accusations to be completely groundless. That’s just not what I found.”
I see, the brilliant responses of Christian apologists to Satan’s lies just weren’t good enough for you. “I wanted sound arguments that would actually show the skeptic’s accusations to be completely groundless.” You sound like a spoiled child by saying that. What you are in effect saying, is that if Christians couldn’t prove by the legal standard of proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that every attack of Satan was absolutely, unquestionably, false, then you were going to doubt God. Well if you’ve studied philosophy at all, you should know that humans can’t prove anything “beyond the shadow of a doubt.” So in effect, you had already decided to reject God the moment you saw accusations against the Bible. Again, with that attitude, what did you think would happen to your faith?
And now your blogging this because you’ve just got to share it with the whole world, or anyone you can possibly reach. Here’s an idea, why don’t you put up links in your “About” section to the brilliant Christian apologists who have refuted all the alleged contradictions you site, you know, since your so keen to inform people of the “truth”?
Lastly, I want to say that I don’t intend to sound angry at you, but will certainly not lightly handle attacks on the Holy Word of God such as you have made.