I came across a great comment from a former Christian believer on a great post that questions Christianity in a way that takes Christian views into account. Here is the blog post:
And here is the comment (posted by permission):
“Speaking as a former believer; had you asked me that question while I was a believer I would have said, simply, ‘no’. I didn’t think there was anything that would make me think that my view about God was mistaken. I had no trouble accepting that the God of the Bible was a supernatural entity that was…ineffable.
All of that, however, hinged on this:
The Bible, consisting of all the books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, a supernaturally given revelation from God Himself, concerning Himself, His being, nature, character, will and purposes; and concerning man, his nature, need and duty and destiny. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are without error or misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical facts. They are without error or defect of any kind.”
When I learned how the Bible was actually put together, coupled with the reasons the Jews don’t believe that Jesus is Messiah (questions I have no idea why I never asked myself before), multiplied by the inconsistencies in the Bible when read objectively, my faith fell apart like a house of cards but, kind of, in slow motion. Some have accused me of “Bible worship” and said that the Bible was my idol. My reply is that the Bible is the document that forbids idolatry. If it isn’t the word of God, if it’s fallible man’s understanding of the world around him, why should I put any more credence in those words than any other. The Bible is the very document that is supposedly God’s revelation to mankind. If it’s only man’s revelation of his progress toward greater understanding how do I know if this God even exists, that any of these words are his any more than any other religious text? The short answer is: I don’t.
The Bible, the one that Christian believers value, tells them that the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. So you’ll likely find a good many who, no matter what evidence they’re presented with, will never change their minds or believe they are mistaken about God. The stakes are just too great, and while they may not admit it, their belief in God is not based on any tangible evidence at all.”
(commenter’s blog: http://gulliblestravelsdma.wordpress.com/)
The comment about not taking Jewish belief into account in that Jesus is not seen as the Messiah is what really caught my attention.
Christians typically seem to have a difficult time considering perspectives from outside of their faith, but this observation suggests that their faith is built upon the Jewish faith without much consideration for the general perspective of the Jews.
If Jesus fulfills Jewish prophesy so well, why aren’t Jews convinced?
This does seem to be a good indicator of why Christianity demonstrates a strong desire to evangelize. You know, like how Beta video tape machines were superior to VHS, but because word was spread more effectively in supporting VHS that it ended up becoming the standard tape machine? I don’t think this is all that different, though Judaism’s superiority would be in understanding its own beliefs.