Hey there, raingirl, welcome to the party!
First off, any time your friend would want to chat, my AOL Instant Messenger link is located right next to the "Send U2U" link under my signature. I
forgot the password to junglejake and don't have the email account I originally signed up with, so I had to add a "2"
Why I believe? The path which originally led me to Christianity can be found in my signature's link, "JJ's Story", but that was just what got me
to become a Christian. I was not really raised a Christian. My father was, but my mom was more agnostic/humanistic and wanted my sister and I to be
exposed to as many religions as possible so we could find either the truth, or our path, unhindered by our parents "forcing" their beliefs on us.
Looking back, kinda a bummer, but it also equipped me for the ministry God has for me today.
As a result of the upbringing, I was largely a child of the culture. I was always a nerdy science buff, so my "culture" wasn't popular culture, but
the scientific culture of arm chair scientists. As a result, I knew
the Bible was loaded with contradictions, and I knew
scientifically inaccurate. Amazingly, for someone who prided himself on knowing all sides of the issues before making a decision on my own opinion, I
had never read the Bible.
After coming to realize that God did exist, I still had a huge problem with the divinity of Christ. My 4 years of research mentioned in the "JJ's
Story" thread was spent researching those inconsistencies I knew were there, and seeing if the book was scientifically inaccurate. What I discovered
shook my world and really exposed to me just how inaccurate my belief that I knew all sides of the story was. By the time I came to ATS, every
inconsistency I had looked into wasn't one, and all the scientific mentionings in the Bible (it is not
a science book, but makes some lofty
claims for its day in age) were legitimate. I came here unafraid of rattling my faith with the tough questions that many here on ATS pose because
never had the Bible proven inaccurate in anything I had looked into up to then. As a result, I had faith it never would. I've been here for a while,
and have tangled with some of the best people trying to debunk Christianity, and that record still holds true. As long as you take the book as a
whole, and not verse by verse, there are no inconsistencies, and there is no scientific inaccuracy.
Every day here at ATS, my faith gets a little stronger as I delve deeper into the Word to discover the answers to questions posed by skeptics.
Unfortunately, I was a doubting Thomas who had to stick my hands into the holes before coming to believe, but now I answer those questions with the
faith that the answer is in the Book if I look. And every time, some members get more and more challenging with their questions to the point where
I'm now starting to learn Greek to address the "in the original language" questions. Doubt turned to unshakable faith.