“Are there contradictions in the Bible?”
“How do we know Jesus is God?”
“Does Hell really exist?”
Typically Christians back out of these questions by saying things like “pray about it” or “what does the Bible say?”. Maybe they’ll point out the fact that you’re a sinner so, clearly, you must not be able to think for yourself. (That’s what being a sinner means, right?) We abuse faith, we go to church to feel good, and we’ve created a fake culture.
There is a reason people think Christianity is a religion.
Somehow, we’ve decided we need to “feel” God at all times. The thing is, I don’t remember Jesus ever saying that should be the case. When we can’t “feel” God’s presence we go into a straight panic mode and do everything to regain that feeling. Worship music, daily devotionals, prayer journals - anything!
Suddenly we become so concerned with whether or not we’re actually saved or if God is even real. Then, we tell ourselves we’re in a “season of doubt”. But how ironic, because the real problem is that you stopped doubting. You stopped questioning, seeking truth, and facing the hard questions. That’s why you’re not growing - which is most likely the feeling you confused with “His presence”.
We need to get back to wrestling with our faith.
Comfort, entertainment, and a feel-good “Jesus loves you” sermon are usually what we walk into Sunday mornings. Think of how church is set up: there’s a stage, bright lights, and bulletins right at the door. It’s set up like a show. You’re walking into a building that creates a certain kind of atmosphere so that you can act and think a certain way.
That’s not church. There’s something to be said about having fun and celebrating with one another, but that’s not church. What happens when you want to ask big questions? What happens when you want to go deeper? Nothing, usually. Because generally, Christians forget to think this way.