I was recently corresponding with a good friend as to the deconstruction of my Christian faith. As is, this friend remains strong in his Christian faith. Using logic likely derived from a college philosophy class, he posited that when it comes to disagreements among Christians, one likely holds to one of the following positions:
1. No one knows which perspective on Christianity is correct.
2. Someone knows which perspective on Christianity is correct.
3. There is no way to know which perspective on Christianity is correct.
4. I don’t know which perspective on Christianity is correct.
5. I do know which perspective on Christianity is correct.
Perhaps not surprising, my friend believes that statements 2, 4 & 5 are more tenable from a logical perspective. I, on the other hand, believe that statements 1 & 3 better reflect my present dealings with Christian faith. Our experiences when we were each introduced to Calvinism were quite different. This friend believes that the Doctrines of Grace actually helped him maintain his faith. I, on the other hand, firmly believe those same doctrines (aka TULIP – Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints) are fraught with error and are at the root of my own deconstruction.
I’ve tried to incorporate various examples to buttress my position that we really don’t have a way to know the truth of Christianity. For instance, too many seminaries teaching too many differing doctrines in which there are significant doctrinal differences. As I see it, this can lead one to have faith in something that may indeed be predicated on an error. However great or small the error, how can truth be present if the basis for that faith is in some way founded on an error? And given that so many “truths” appear to be diametrically opposed i.e. determinism and free will, well, it’s become difficult to accept Christian faith as truth.