Scientists have it easy. They make their way through the world applying logic and demanding proofs. They are allowed not to believe without it. They can use methods to test theories and they can reject an unproven theory.
They can make huge leaps of logic via intuition and then if they can back it up with the mathematics to prove it, they just might be granted a Noble prize.
The same is not true for a Christian
Christians have a lot less room for skepticism than scientists do. For a start, they have to believe that about 2,000 and man (who happened to be God) rose again. This idea was so bizarre to the authorities at the time they persecuted the man’s followers. It was a tough time to be Christian then.
If a Christian can accept the big one, the Resurrection, then there are two thousand years of schism and strife to get through before it is possible to come to a belief system. Luckily the various Christian churches would like to feed us a belief system with the promise that if we buy into it, there will be salvation in the end. There is also the alternate promise that if we don’t adhere then at the end there will be the opposite of salvation, which in itself is a large problem.
It was much easier being Christian before
Being a Christian almost up until modern times was easier than it is now. Right up until the time that we worked out there was a vaccine which could work against let’s say smallpox (but it could just as easily be leprosy or measles), we could assure ourselves that God was at work in the world.
Interpreting God’s reaction to the events in daily life was something that many believed in and felt was legitimate. A smallpox epidemic could so easily be God expressing his displeasure at human behavior. But when an epidemic decimated the ranks of the clergy as well as the laity, then it made it a tad harder to believe the guys who supposedly had the inside lane actually did so.
The more educated we become the harder it is to take without questioning some of the things we are told to believe. In every subject at school, we are taught to see two sides to an argument, to expound them and then to draw a conclusion.
It is a mighty challenge today
Yet in matters of religion, we are asked to believe unquestioningly and not to step out of place when we do so. Except that is almost impossible in the modern world. Over time we have seen most professional groups fall into disrepute, we no longer believe that bankers have our interests at heart (did anyone ever really believe that?). We rightly have no respect for politicians who have no respect for us and we certainly can’t trust the media.
Science seems attractive now, doesn’t it?