I randomly came across a blog post called Losing My Religion. (This is not an endorsement of the site- it is simply giving credit where credit is due!) It was written by someone who claims to have been a Christian who now does not profess any faith. As I read through the post, I was intrigued. Some of the very reasons the author claims as reasons why he abandoned his faith are the very reasons why Christianity makes so much sense to me.
I am going to embark on a mini-series as my own personal response to his listed reasons. This is not an attempt to create a scholarly critique of the of the reasons given, but to merely present my own reflections on the author’s thoughts.
One other note: there is much discrepancy as to whether or not it is possible for a Christian to lose their faith. While I hold to perseverance of the saints, my goal is not to discuss this particular aspect of the Losing My Religion post. Perhaps the title is what makes it clear- a religion can be lost, a relationship is eternal.
That being said, here is reason one as stated by the author:
God is wrathful, jealous, hateful, and kills nations of people like it is a bodily function. He is certainly not just or “holy” in nature.
The problem with this argument is that the author supposes God cannot be both wrathful and holy. In our finite minds, it seems difficult to comprehend that both could be true. But when logic reigns, it is clear that in order for God to be holy, He must also be wrathful. A god who is indifferent to the sin of His created beings is not a God I would want to worship.
Ironically enough, the author is claiming his own ability to determine what is just based on his own standard. His basic complaint is that God does not respond to evil the way he thinks God should respond to evil.
My contra-statement would be this:
God demonstrates wrath towards sin and allows death as a result of the fall of Adam. His anger towards sin and His judgment on sin are clear examples of His justice and His holiness.