Justin commented on my recent post:
“If you didn’t know the Lord, you were therefore never a Christian” and then he threw some scripture at me.
This is one of the only reactions to my de-conversion that really gets me fired up. The arrogant assumption that the only possible reason that I (or anyone) could give up religion is that I was never a “real” Christian anyways.
I’m not going to go into personal details, but suffice to say I suffered for and served the lord as honestly and intently as one can.
I think the only reason that Christians trot out this argument is fear about their own lack of faith. It’s the same as those who say that since I don’t agree with the president, I’m not a REAL AMERICAN. As long as my apostasy can be written off due to the fact that I was never a believer in the first place, then people like you don’t have to worry about losing faith because you’re a REAL CHRISTIAN. I, of course, was only pretending the whole time. I was just too stupid or blind to realize that I wasn’t having the AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.
If you can dismiss my previous faith, then you never have to deal with the fact that someone with EXACTLY as much faith as you can ask questions, be honest with themselves about the answers, and finally accept the fact that the Bible is just another book, and god exists only in our minds.