Exploring Doubt: 15 People Share Why They’re Rejecting the Christian Faith

🌺  Written by Brittany Ann

Despite the fact that Christianity remains the world’s most popular religion by a wide margin, there are many people who choose to reject the faith in favor of other religions or no religion at all. 

Many Christians assume that this is because people simply “don’t know” the gospel message. Maybe these non-Christians would have a change of heart if someone told them what Christianity really teaches.

Yet, this isn’t what the studies show.

Most Americans are familiar with the basic tenets of Christianity — they just aren’t buying it. 

Recently, on a popular social platform, someone asked, “What really prevents people from believing?”

Whether you’re a Christian looking for more effective ways to share your faith, you’re a non-Christian looking for ways to explain your lack of belief in the Christian God to others, or you’re not sure what you believe… these answers are pretty eye-opening.

 

1. There’s Not Enough Evidence

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Just because someone (or a lot of someones) believe something doesn’t mean it’s true.

For the majority of commenters, the biggest issue holding them back from embracing the Christian faith was the sheer lack of compelling evidence they’ve seen for Christianity’s many claims.

Even worse, most Christians cannot get on the same page with the majority of the claims they do make.

One person said,

“What prevents me from believing is simply a lack of evidence. In addition (speaking specifically re Christianity) there are so many competing claims within Christianity, it is hard to understand what they believe. For example, some versions of Christianity say the earth is 6000 years old. Some versions say they was an actual global flood. Some say it is a story with deep meaning. Some teach that those with health issues such as autism are demonically possessed. Some say women can be leaders. Others say no…

But for me- I just have not seen evidence that I find convincing.”

 

2. They Have No Compelling Reason to Believe

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While many Christians (myself included) can’t imagine — and wouldn’t want to imagine — life without all the benefits being a Christian offers, others feel that their lives are just fine exactly as they are.

The issue may not be that they are explicitly rejecting Christianity. Rather, they don’t see much (if any) reason to convert.

One person shared,

“I have encountered no good reasons for believing that any kind of god exists, and several good reasons not to believe that. “

Another person shared,

“The concept of a deity or deities creating everything may hold sway for some, but I have yet to encounter reasons or evidence that make it convincing to me personally. Without compelling evidence or reasons, it’s difficult for me to embrace beliefs that don’t resonate with my understanding of the world.”

 

3. They Haven’t Had a Convincing Personal Experience

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While some people need strong logical arguments in order to change their minds, others are more driven by their own personal feelings and experiences. We’re all wired differently, and this is great!

However, for people who have never had any sort of emotional experience or connection with Christianity, this leaves them with little reason to consider exploring the Christian faith.

One person explained it this way:

“Imagine yourself in the shoes of Paul, just having regained your sight after the ordeal on the road to Damascus, and recounting your experiences to someone who doesn’t share your newfound faith. What can you tell them to convince them that your wanting was real, and that you didn’t make/dream it all up?

The answer is that you can’t. The foundation of Christianity is personal subjective experience, and unless someone personally and directly perceives God to be true, there is no way to convince them of the reality of God.”

 

4. Christianity Doesn’t Make Sense

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Christians and non-Christians alike can agree: The Bible is full of some crazy stories!

For Christians who believe in an all-powerful God, these stories are further proof that God can do anything. For non-Christians who don’t believe in God, however, these stories can make the Bible seem downright strange or silly.

One person said,

“The stories in the Bible seem to not be believable. An example the talking serpent in Genesis, the fact that Moses split the Red Sea, Jesus rising from the dead 3 days later, the fact that people had lived and had children at 100+ years, etc.

Also, the omnipresence of God doesn’t make sense to me. It would be impossible for someone/something to be at every place at the same time. Also, at the end times, Jesus would appear on front of everyone, but I feel like that itself would be impossible too.”

Another shared,

“For me it’s the absurdity of it. Create imperfect beings then punish them for being imperfect to the point you need to sacrifice yourself to save them from yourself? Makes no sense.”

 

5. Too Much Can Be Explained by Coincidence

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Christians vary widely in what they consider to be an answer to prayer versus what they consider to be a coincidence. While one Christian may give God credit for every little good thing that happens, another may simply chalk their good luck up to chance.

The truth is: We don’t know for sure how much our prayers change our circumstances.

For non-Christians not actively asking or trusting God for miracles, then, it makes sense that they would consider the good things they experience to be the result of chance, destiny, or their own hard work.

One person shared,

“In my own experience, praying only works for things that are realistic to achieve without prayer. For example, I could pray for something to occur that I could easily achieve, and I will achieve the same results with or without praying. Another example is if someone asks for a prayer because they have something like a cold, the person will get better because that’s what colds do.

Also, when God ‘tests me,’ it says in the Bible that he will test me no more than I can bear. Guess what, sometimes, God’s ‘tests’ end up killing us or giving us mental/physical illnesses.”

 

6. Christians Have Been Wrong Too Often

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While the majority of Christians refrain from making definitive claims about the end times or the identity of the antiChrist, the ones who do make these predictions often tend to be very vocal about their beliefs.

As a result, non-Christians who have heard seen these Christians’ predictions fail time and time again have every right to be skeptical about the other claims Christians make as well. If they were wrong before, it’s likely they’ll be wrong again.

One person shared,

“Christians have always tried to predict when the end times would occur, and the antiChrist. All of those predictions have obviously been false, and will continue to be false.

 

7. Christians Set a Terrible Example

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John 13:35 in the Bible says that the world will know we are Christians by our love.

Unfortunately, the terrible behavior of many “bad apple” Christians has left the opposite impression in the minds of non-Christians all across the country.

Why would someone want to become a Christian when all the Christians they’ve personally seen or encountered (often on social media or in the news) display such terrible, hateful behavior?

Obviously not all Christians are this way! But when the hateful ones are vocal and the loving ones are quiet… it’s easy to see how people get this impression.

One person said,

“People find religious beliefs contradictory, bigoted, hateful, ridiculous, etc.”

Another shared,

“I am appalled by the behavior/ beliefs of many Christians. The expression ‘there is no hate quite like Christian love’ is the perfect way to describe so very many Christians (not all, to make clear). Why would I want to explore something so many awful people ascribe to?”

Still another shared,

“Christianity is filled with Red pill guys, insane conservatives, alt-right racists, and incels. Over the past few years, the number of these terrible people have increased and I don’t really see too many people calling them out.”

 

8. Christianity is Unnecessary

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For some non-Christians, they don’t have a particular problem with Christianity. They simply don’t see why it’s necessary or beneficial.

If science and human nature explain everything adequately enough, why do they need religion?

One person shared,

“For me, religion doesn’t really answer anything that science doesn’t.”

 

9. Other Religions are More Compelling

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Sometimes Christians seem to forget that Christianity isn’t the only choice out there.

People aren’t deciding between just Christianity and Atheism. There are many other alternatives, many with philosophies or rules that non-Christians may find more compelling, appealing, or convenient.

One person shared,

“I was born and raised Mormon, and deconstructed into Christianity. After a while as a Christian, I decided to fully deconstruct everything I believe and start from scratch.

I found Taoism to be more compelling and likely than Christianity. It’s precepts were simple and didn’t seem mired in an old and archaic morality, it didn’t rely on prophets and divine revelations to be true, and the evidence that Judaism sprouted from an older polytheistic religion as well as the “universal God of all” only revealing himself to a shall ethnic group all factored into this.

Christianity is fairly high on my list, but it didn’t make it to the top. Thus, for now I have gone with Taoism, until/unless I am led elsewhere in my endless search for truth.”

 

10. Choosing Christianity Requires Giving Up Sin

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It’s no secret that becoming a Christian essentially means agreeing to follow certain rules and regulations.

Not only are you expected to follow the rules of the Bible, but you’ll likely also receive a fair amount of social pressure to fit into the practices and beliefs of the Christians around you.

For some, becoming a Christian may simply feel like too much of a sacrifice, as they’d have to leave other sins, beliefs, or worldly “perks” behind.

One person shared,

“People don’t want to give up sin.”

Another shared,

“People don’t wanna give up sin. The evidence is there, they just choose not to accept it. They need to ask themselves truthfully, ‘what evidence would make me believe’. Because those who seek, will find.”

 

7 “Sins” the Bible Never Actually Prohibits

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If you grew up in a conservative Christian household (like I did!), you may have learned that some actions weren’t appropriate for Christians.

For example, I was definitely taught that “you don’t smoke, drink, cuss, gamble, or spend time with those who do.”

Imagine my surprise, then, when — as an adult — I learned that not all Christians find all of these actions (or others) wrong in the slightest!

No matter your personal preference (and I still prefer not to do most of these things myself), here are 7 things the Bible never actually prohibits as sin.

7 “Sins” the Bible Never Actually Prohibits

 

7 Facts From the Bible That Have Actually Been Proven

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The Bible is a very important book for many people, offering guidance and teaching. But did you know that some things mentioned in the Bible have actually been proven to be true? Over the years, scientists, historians, and archaeologists have looked into the Bible’s stories to see if they match up with real-life evidence.

While faith is important to many, it’s fascinating to find out that certain events, places, and people mentioned in the Bible have been confirmed by things like old records, archaeological discoveries, and scientific research.

Let’s explore some interesting facts from the Bible that have been supported by actual evidence. This helps us understand how faith, history, and science can come together.

7 Facts From the Bible That Have Actually Been Proven

 

 

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Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author and founder of Equipping Godly Women and Monetize My Ministry. She’s also a Christian speaker, podcaster, and conference host. Her work has been featured on numerous TV, radio, and online ministries, including CBN, MSN, Christianity Today, Evangelical Alliance, Patheos, Crosswalk, and more.

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Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author of “Fall in Love with God’s Word” and “Follow God’s Will” and the founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping busy Christian moms find practical ways to go "all in" in faith and family. Her work has been featured on CBN, The Christian Post, Crosswalk, and more.

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