I made a big mistake on Facebook. I have a Facebook friend who often posts atheistic rants. Most are reposts of some offensive quote or short article followed by comments by his groupies.
One day he posted one that was not only particularly offensive but based on dodgy research and faulty logic.
So, as I rarely do, I posted a comment pointing out the irrationality of this article he’d linked to. I mistakenly thought he wanted to rationally discuss this.
My mistake. He responded that I was obviously uneducated and/or stupid for not seeing things the way he did.
I calmly replied again pointing out the illogical development in the article he linked to. At which point some of his followers attacked me personally as he liked their comments and cheered them on.
I realized two things.
One he had no interest in having an open and respectful discussion about faith.
Second, I discovered how to turn off someone’s Facebook feed without un-friending them.
Now I’m the first to say I also struggle with doubts about God at times.
Particularly when I’m faced with a crisis. My faith can leak out pretty fast.
I can question, “Is God for sure real? Is Jesus truly who he said he was? Is Heaven for real? Will God answer my prayers?” [Read more…]