I’ve made no effort to hide my religious leanings, but I’ve never discussed explicitly why I hold the faith I do. The purpose of this post is to explain why I am a Christian and Protestant, thought I will say it is NOT a logical justification of my belief. It will focus mainly on philosophical reasons.
The first point I will make is there is a lot of evil in the world and that it won’t go away. So long as there are finite resources and natural destructive phenomena at work, evil will persist in some shape or form. So the point in your life isn’t to find the cure for evil in this world but rather find peace with this.
But finding peace is not that easy. Evil lurks in the heart of all men, some more strongly than others, and some (myself included) are beset by conditions which make peace difficult or even impossible. For me, this condition is being easily stressed. How is a man supposed to find peace in a world as chaotic as ours?
The same way a boat finds calm waters in the midst of a storm: by finding the center and riding there through the storm.
To find peace in life you need an anchor, but the trouble is that it’s hard to find anything stable enough to anchor one’s entire life to. Anchoring to a family works only so long as the family holds together, and tragedy can wipe this away in a second. Anchoring to a nation is more stable, but history shows how they too can be wiped away forever. The best anchor is one that is eternal and capable of withstanding anything.
It is for this reason that I am Christian: there is no stronger anchor, no greater point of central focus in all the universe, than the Cross. It addresses every ail of humanity: it can explain why there is evil (sin nature) and it can also cleanse evil from one’s own mind (salvation). When someone becomes saved, all sin past, present, and future is forgiven and there is no force in creation that can steal this away. The only way to lose your salvation is to remove your faith from the Cross and place it anywhere else.
Additionally, the Cross also serves as a thematic lynch pin for the entire universe, making it an even stronger anchor. Much like the theme of a well-told story, everything in the universe can be traced back to the Cross through some form or another, either as a confirmation or a refutation. The very same being who created the universe also died to save this same creation from the sin it acquired from leaving His fold.
Those are my reasons for being Christian. As for Protestantism specifically, I will put it simply. I don’t believe that Catholics worship Mary or the saints or the Pope. Rather, my issue is with the veneration of human beings. This veneration of humans who did things, however great they were, contradicts the message of total human depravity and centrality of Jesus as the beacon of goodness. The whole point of the Crucifixion was to eliminate the need for intercessory contact with God.
I know it’s not the most elegant doctrine and my theology could probably use some work, but I just wanted to put this out there. If you need to find peace then there is no better place than at the Cross.