The Spritual Road

I believe it takes a lifetime and a half to discover a spiritual truth. I am not discounting anyone’s pursuit of truth—whether it be academic or spiritual—each person’s own pursuit is very much part of the process of discovery. However, I become wary of those who believe that their pursuit has already concluded. I am equally, if not more, circumspect of people who are very unwilling to even consider the other side. To me, if you are so absolute in your position, then truly investigating the other side would be welcomed, not rejected. I say that without prejudice as to which side you already stand on.

I have some EXTREMELY religious family members. And my very loving aunt, who fears and prays for my salvation, and I got into a debate about religion and politics. I am pro-separation of church and state, and was (still am) sickened by the merging of the two in the U.S. I believed (and still do) that Jesus Christ is not the messiah. I believe he was a missionary—arguably the most influential in the history of the world. Anyway, my aunt mentioned a book called, The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, and I asked her to send it to me. Strobel was a self-professed atheist who came home from work one day to his wife who declared herself a born-again Christian.

He writes, “Eventually I wanted to get to the bottom of what was prompting these subtle but significant shifts in my wife’s attitudes, so I launched an all-out investigation into the facts surrounding the case for Christianity. Setting aside my self-interest and prejudices as best I could, I read books, interviewed experts, asked questions, analyzed history, explored archaeology, studied ancient literature, and for the first time in my life picked apart the Bible verse by verse. I plunged into the case with more vigor than with any story I had ever pursued. I applied the training I had received at Yale Law School as well as my experience as legal affairs editor of the Chicago Tribune. And over time the evidence of the world—of history, of science, of philosophy, of psychology—began to point toward the unthinkable.”

Before, I used to be so obstinate in my opinion against religion and against Christ. And even though I don’t believe in Christ as God, I am extremely curious and even thirsty for understanding why others do. I want to explore that path without the pressure of having to believe, and it is unfortunate that religions don’t create such an environment. At the end of my journey, I want to be able to say, “I left no rock unturned. I did all that I could to reach this conclusion.”

Because it is more challenging and difficult to seek evidence that supports the existence of God than it is to seek evidence that disclaims it, it is far easier to not believe than to believe. As truthseekers, don’t we have a responsibility to TRUTH itself to investigate all sides, particularly the opposing side, to exhaust all avenues of possibility? Why don’t we welcome the challenge to be disproved? Rather than taking the easy route of only being open to an argument we already agree with….