In a post titled “I Was a Hardcore Christian, but This Is Why I Lost My Faith,” this was one of the realizations the writer had that drew her away from Christianity:
[H]ow arrogant I was, to think that my form of small-town Southern-Ontario Catholic Christianity was the only way that people could come to know God properly, when there are billions of people all over the world who reach out to all kinds of higher powers and forms of spiritual enlightenment all the time? And those people feel the same kind of assurance, peace, and goodness that I do? I can't have the nerve to say that these people were wrong because how they relate to their god is different than mine, when all I have to justify my belief is a book.
This is definitely an idea you will run into: Billions of people have spiritual lives, so how can we claim we’re right and they’re wrong just because they’re different? How would you counsel someone who expressed this view? Can we know spiritual truth? How would you go about finding it? Tell us what you would say in the comments below, and Alan will post a video with his response on Thursday.