I have a challenge for Christians — a mental experiment. After the experiment, please take the poll at the bottom of the post.
So here is the experiment. Please entertain the following hypothetical situation: Imagine that someone was able to prove to you that Jesus was not a god — that either he was a totally fictitious person or that he was just another failed generic apocalyptic Jewish doomsayer whose vision failed and he was even surprised himself to be killed before a messiah came or something that dispelled the essential aspects of your belief in Jesus. I know, it is painful, but for the sake of the experiment, please imagine that you are now convinced Jesus did not die, was not resurrected and did not have a divine nature.
OK, now, once you believe this, my question is, “Do you still believe in God?“
Pause and think about it before reading further. Now, I am assuming that most committed Christians reading this have a prayer life where they talk to God. Well, they probably talk to Jesus too. Well, they jump back and forth and remind themselves constantly that they are really the same. But either way, they are talking to God. And many would even say they have a relationship with God.
So, if you have a relationship with God but are now convinced that the Jesus story is all false, do you keep talking to God? Or would you totally give up on God and the whole deal?
Would some of you say, “Well, I still believe in God” and then become a Jew or a Mystic.” Or would you just say, “Wow, I really fooled myself and I have just been talking to myself all along — I am out of this.”
Let me tell you my story, to offer full disclosure. When this happened to me, I was very uncomfortable with admitting that I had been talking to no one all these years. I then explored (in this order) Mystical Christianity, Judaism, General Mysticism, Raja Yoga, and then Buddhism. It took me a long time to give up Theism. Remember, you have to assume the Jesus story has proved to be false in this experiment. Go in your prayer head and imagine trying to talk to God now. What would happen?
So here is the conclusion of the experiment. Please answer the poll. I’d appreciate choosing one of the answers even if a stretch from the way you’d phrase it. But if you can’t, please leave a comment below. Thank you !