Why Deism?  

 

Why Deism?
From Christian Fundamentalist Through Judaism and  Islam to Deism

by Andrew Dente

Going from Christian fundamentalism to Deism was no easy journey for me as a person. I was born into a very strict Christian family and started attending church services at the age of 3. I was forced to attend church even though I had no understanding of what religion was due to my very young age. After all, how could I as a young child even think for myself at the age of 3? Well, through my adventure of being a Christian, I had accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and lord at the age of 4 because my parents told me that it was the only way to get to heaven. I believed what they said without question because I was deathly afraid of what they preached to me about the Christian concept of hell.

"Hell is a place of torment and burning of flesh for those of you who do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Do you want to be among those who perish within the flames upon death?" they told and asked me. And of course I said, "no!" It was a very scary position to be in at the time. But as you can see, this is how childhood indoctrination works. Religion takes advantage of the young, whose brains are nowhere near fully developed, making them unable to think for themselves. And they grab you with the hook which is baited with the dogma of mainstream religion. Ironic enough, that is exactly how the bible was written. I will discuss this much later though. But yes, I was very traumatized throughout the years when my parents mentioned this fear-based Christian dogma. But not even just hell, they also asserted a monstrosity named Satan would be awaiting unbelievers at the depths of hell.

It really startled me, and it even caused me to have social anxiety for years before getting over the fact that I was indoctrinated into these dogmatic ideas. During my school years I was extremely quiet and only conversed with people of the same beliefs because I thought that everyone else was a lost soul. It wasn't until I stopped attending mandatory church sessions in my school years that everything started to change drastically for the betterment of my life and future endeavors. But that optimistic process didn't take effect until a few years after I made the decision to stop going to church.

Although when I finished schooling, I still kept onto my beliefs and read the bible extensively. I read the bible twice front to back literally believing everything I read. I believed Jesus walked on water literally, I believed Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread and fishes before the disciples very eyes, I believed Satan was a real figure marching below in the center of the Earth’s core and much, much more. My family considered me a hardcore born again Christian and they just loved my passion I had for Jesus, God and the holy spirit at the time, the trinity.

I was able to cite bible verses without looking them up and they thought I was a genius. But it wasn't until a year after these events, when I turned 19, that my beliefs really started to change. It was an arbitrary thought that influenced me to look into theology as a whole. I researched about Judaism and Islam and the relationships between the two with Christianity. I was flabbergasted to find out that all three Abrahamic religions believed in the first five books of the bible and that God created a covenant with Abraham. This shook me to my core! Not only that, but the Jewish Tanakh is virtually the Old Testament books in the bible, but just without the inclusion of what the Christians call the New Testament.

So I questioned my beliefs thoroughly. These are the questions I asked myself several times over, "Why would God create a covenant with Islam and Judaism if Christianity was the true religion?" "Why does Judaism and Islam follow the first 5 books of the bible as if God catered to their religions first before mine?" "Does Judaism, Islam and Christianity believe in the same God but worships in different ways and is thus the reason why it's called the Abrahamic religions?" I couldn't get over these questions. I asked several Christian friends of mine but instead of answering them, they scoffed at me and asked whether or not I was a real Christian. I reacted with a sense of resentment towards them after that very rude confrontation they had with me. I didn't realize how rude a lot of Christians can be if you questioned their beliefs. I was shocked at that very moment in time because it was an unprecedented outcome for me that I had not expected at all. But it wasn't until I asked the questions to my parents that I would draw the line regarding my transition out of Christianity.

My parents criticized me for questioning Christianity and told me it was a mortal sin to challenge God. By this time, I had lost all my Christian friends and my parents were very sadden by my changes in behavior towards Christianity. I started drastically losing faith in Christianity as I was becoming more skeptical about what was really going on within the Christian religion. So I took it a step further. I bought the hardcover English version of the Qur'an off of the internet. I bought it without my parents knowing at the time.

I wanted to see if the Qur'an was written in the same context as the bible. To my surprise, the Allah of the Qur'an is strikingly similar to the way the Old Testament God is portrayed. Here is an excerpt from the Qur'an and bible in which similarities are present which baffled me: Qur'an 60:4-5: “A good example has been set for you by Abraham and those with him. They said to their people, ‘We disown you and the idols that you worship besides Allah. We denounce you, and you will see nothing from us except animosity and hatred until you believe in Allah ALONE.’ However, a mistake was committed by Abraham when he said to his father, ‘I will pray for your forgiveness, but I possess no power to protect you from Allah.’ Our Lord, we trust in You, and submit to You; to You is the final destiny.” Now I compared this verse to one in the bible about Jesus saying at Luke 19:26-28, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.”

This is when I started realizing that I couldn't perceive scriptures with a literal interpretation anymore. The Qur'an and Bible were so vastly similar within contexts that it was so hard to believe in both books literally. It was at this time that I finally started to understand that these scriptures were just speaking in figurative language. It was too hard not to notice this blatant fact after I finished reading the Qur'an front to back. I then started leaving Christian fundamentalism altogether and finally left my faith of 14 years to pursue independent higher education.

I felt a great weight lifted off of me. Even though I have many weights still hanging on to me, this was by far the heaviest of them all to let go of. You could call me an agnostic at this point. I didn't know what Deism was until I looked it up shortly after this point in time. As I was pursuing higher education, I fell in love with science, mathematics and philosophy. I currently study advanced mathematics. Philosophy and science is what actually brought me to Deism. I became so obsessed with physics and nature that even though I wasn't a Christian anymore, in the back of my head I still could never become an Atheist because of what science and the questions of philosophy have proposed. I wanted REAL truth. Truth that science agrees with using logic and reasoning at the forefront, of course.

It's true to some extent that science has not found an intelligent Creator as of yet, and may never happen. But what has lead me to Deism is scientific evidence that self evidently and most likely points to the idea that there may be an intelligent designer. Medical scientists in an article of the online news source, "independent.co.uk," on two accounts have found amazing evidence for consciousness in a study about how brain activity still continues after a period of time when someone has been declared clinically dead. Apparently, the effects of delta brain waves stimulates the brain’s activity upon death for up to 10 minutes, meaning that if someone has been declared clinically dead, they could in theory, still hear their death being pronounced.

Not only just that, but when I look at the research going on in the Near Death Experience research foundation and considering how many people who have been clinically dead that report their NDE on this website, they report that the higher intelligence entity they meet is something that is not from this earthly physical world. Nor is it some kind of entity that interferes with human affairs or the physical world in which the human species resides in. Considering how many people who report their experiences worldwide on the NDE research foundation website, it would be very hard to debunk all of these claims, especially when a lot of these reports are vastly similar to several other NDE reports. This is what ultimately led me to Deism. Because the similarities of people’s descriptions of their NDE about an intelligent entity relates to the description of what the Deistic God is fits the definition of Deism precisely.

So as you can see, getting to Deism from Christian fundamentalism was a bumpy road for me but I have managed to find the intellectual strength within me as a person to finally understand what real truth is. Truth that we can argue about using rational arguments, truth that we can find together using science and maybe even eventually finding the truth about what God really is and understanding more of how it formed the laws of science and consciousness throughout the cosmos.

I know there are some people who may be afraid to come out as Deists because they are afraid they will be criticized by their loved ones or by their friends or even by an organization, but I do encourage you to not be afraid to come out as a Deist. It did take some mental strength for me to come out as a Deist, but I'm glad I did and am happy to now be part of the Deist community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 






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