Let me start this first post with a brief introduction of who I am and what my intentions are for this blog. My name is Victor and I am a christian. I have been a christian for about 10 to 12 years. It was a long journey for me, that I really can't identify the "day" that my life was changed. I am married to my best friend and have been married to her for the last 18 years. We are foster parents and are currently raising 8 children. 3 of the children we had together (although she did the hard part), 1 we adopted from foster care, and 4 are current foster children.
About 2 years ago, I started really having some issues with my faith. Upon further review, it wasn't my faith I had issues with, it was my religion. There were several questions I had with my religion and I was having a hard time getting the answers I needed to satisfy myself. I am not sure exactly how I came to the conclusion that I could find my answers in the atheist community but late one night, I found myself in an atheist forum. That will be a blog for another day. Interestingly enough, I started to find alot of the answers I was looking for. After about a year or so, of atheist forums, I joined the local atheist club. I paid my dues and attended meetings on a regular basis. Then my whole world changed. This blog will provide the insights that I have gained while engaging in deep discussions with my atheist friends. Not all of the atheists like me, or appreciate that I am there but most of them get along with me and quite a few of them really appreciate what I am trying to do.
My goal in this adventure is to change how christians view atheists and how atheists view christians. And that might even be a poor choice of words. If anything, I am attempting to break down the barriers that exist between atheists and christians. I have engaged in many late night debates on this topic and ironically enough, I find myself arguing with christians, more than atheists. It isn't my intention to "argue" as much as it is to open people's minds to different perspectives. It is never my intention to "convert" an atheist. In fact, if I converted them, I would have to find new people to hang out with to get my data. And I don't expect to convert any atheists because I really suck as a christian. I really try hard to be what Christ wanted us to be, but I am nowhere near where I should be. That wasn't a self pity statement, just the truth. I strive to be a better person everyday. Sometimes I do ok, sometimes I suck out loud.
Please feel free to give me feedback along my journey. I have had some heated discussions with some volatile atheists, and have been called some crazy stuff. In addition to that, I was a U.S. Marine, so you aren't going to hurt my feelings. This blog is moderated and I will always allow comments that are in complete disagreement with me as long as they are not hateful or obscene.
Here's to breaking down walls,