Confessions of a Questioning Christian

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Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—is unknown or unknowable.[1][2] Agnosticism can be defined in various ways, and is sometimes used to indicate doubt or a skeptical approach to questions. In some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify the belief that deities either do or do not exist. Within agnosticism there are agnostic atheists (who do not believe any deity exists, but do not deny it as a possibility) and agnostic theists (who believe a deity exists but do not claim it as personal knowledge).

Yeah. This about sums it up. Although I’d say I am a follower of Jesus and his philosophy of life. He’s so freaking awesome. He shows up basically out of nowhere (or everywhere, it seems), and he turns the leaders of the faith on their heads. He proclaims to know things and he fulfills the laws and puts everything in a new perspective. He loves poor people, the oppressed, the ignored, the outcasts. If there is some prophet out there to follow, I haven’t found one better. I love everything he has to say, and I want to be like the person he wanted people to be.

If he died and rose again and all that jazz, I’d say he is the Messiah. But what that means fully and how to apply some of the things that are proclaimed in the rest of the New Testament – that’s where I remain an agnostic. I can’t prove a thing. Do I have faith? Yes. Does that mean I understand or simply blindly do and believe what other Christians tell me is the “right” way to do things? Absolutely not.