I’ve been in conversations with “sophisticated” theologians, where I’m often told that I have a poor understanding of Christianity, and that my criticisms aren’t valid. That if I just understood the ideas, and read better apologists, I would get it right. Frankly, the idea that we need a sophisticated understanding of Christianity in order to criticize it, but be completely ignorant in order to accept it, seems absurd to me.
Can somebody please explain to me how a supposedly omnipotent, omniscient, creator of everything has such a complex message that it cannot be understood clearly by everyone? If we’re talking about the most important message for humanity that cannot be clearly understood and accepted by everyone, this doesn’t speak well towards the idea that God is behind it. The message of Christianity appears very much to be the product of trying to retcon (and work within the confines of) the Old Testament so that it fit with Jesus. It’s a bit like trying to put a square peg into a round hole, because they really don’t fit together.
Christians, in order to accept Christianity I have to be able to understand the message that I’m being asked to accept. I do not understand why God needed to have his son-self put to death for the sins of humanity. I do not understand why there is so much needless suffering in the world when there is supposedly an omnipotent, omniscient, all loving God who created the world. I do not understand why God couldn’t just forgive us of our sins. I do not understand why the message of Christianity isn’t known to every single person without the need for humans to spread the message. These make for huge stumbling blocks for me in being able to accept that the Christian message could be true.
Frankly Christians, your charge of “you have a poor understanding of Christianity” rings hollow with me. Your God could clear things up in an instant, and make everything abundantly clear to me, but doesn’t. What exactly am I supposed to think about that? Much like the problem of suffering, the problem of poor understanding really isn’t my problem.