This post starts where my post on loosing faith ended.
So, some Christians believe all Atheists believe in God, I’m certain this is more of the poor, possibly dishonest, reasoning that plagues people in pews. What I’m also almost certain of is that most Christians don’t believe in the God they claim to believe in.
People will probably say I’m full of it and there’s no way I can get into people’s heads and say what they do or don’t believe, this is true. The thing is, beliefs influence behaviour, and this is an observable phenomenon. Children do things their parents don’t approve of, yet they try to hide those things from their parents. They try to hide their mischief from their parents for fear of retribution or disapproval.
This applies to adults as well. Sure, people commit crimes, but the vast majority of criminals don’t commit them in front of the police. People living in oppressive nations do horrible things that they are told to, and often won’t stand up for what is right for fear of reprisal. The key here is, if there are consequences that people are aware of, and there’s a high risk of being caught, people tend to abstain from the behaviour that would result in that reprisal. We have the entire of human history to speak to this.
So, Christians all claim to believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God. This God is not only aware of everything that happens, He’s present when it happens. This God is also likely to punish you in some way for what you do wrong. This God isn’t just likely to punish you, he’s likely to stick you into a fire till you no longer exist, or (as most Christians believe) He’s likely to stick you into a fire without the option of ceasing to exist. Given the scope of God’s knowledge and the punishment He can mete, you’d expect that Christians would never lie or sleep with their neighbours spouse. You’d expect that they’d never cheat someone in business. You also expect that they’d take what their Bible says about studying the Bible very seriously. You’d expect them to live completely selflessly like Jesus. This is what you would expect if people believed in the Biblical God. This is, of course, not the case in the real world.
Sure, Christians will claim that they won’t be punished, they’ll just repent and God will forgive, provided your wishful thinking can bring you to believe the outrageous. This is obviously the cop out, since personal testimonies are used to evangelise to people the change God can make in your life – that you’ll be better. Fortunately Christians always have the cop out, “not everyone who claims to be a Christian is.” Please could someone enlighten me to what makes a real Christian, as far as I can tell it’s believing that God came to Earth, abandoned himself and died, but somehow didn’t die, all so that you could believe in him. He was smart enough to record these in texts that aren’t consistent with each other.
Basic evidence of how people behave normally, and of how Christians behave speaks to the fact that they don’t believe what they’re preaching.