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Agnostic in a Christian School

By AgnosticMan ~

I began attending a Christian Elementary, Jr. High, and High School in 5th grade. The very first day I was told about Jesus Christ and I prayed for salvation. I was taught against evolution. I was told that the Earth was only 10,000 years old. I knew they were right. I was certain that Christianity was true. I had answers to some of life's biggest questions.

Then everything changed. I watched a creation vs. evolution debate and it shook me to the core. Real evidence was given for evolution. I began doubting everything I had once known. I doubted the Bible. I doubted young earth creationism. I doubted Christianity. I began researching evolution and Christianity. What I discovered was incredible.

Perhaps one of the most important discoveries of my entire life was my discovery that evolution is true. I found out that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming. One of the things that struck me the most is that various missing links between different species have been discovered. The missing link is not missing! Also, all other lines of evidence from the fossil record to genetics all reveal that evolution is true. Evolution has even been observed.

For a short time I tried to reconcile my Christian faith with evolution and a few other discoveries. For example, I learned that there never was a global flood, contrary to what I had been taught. Nevertheless, My doubts lived on. I continued to research Christianity. What I found changed my life. I discovered that there are contradictions and failed prophecies in the Bible. I learned that Jesus gave a failed prophecy. I discovered that archaeology has found problems with the Bible. For example, I learned that the exodus is a myth. My discovery about the exodus, and other things like it, was particularly faith shattering for me.

In the end, I decided to follow the evidence and abandon my once cherished faith. I still attend the same school, although I do not agree with the school. After searching for answers to life's questions, I could not find them. I do not know if there is a God. Life is mysterious to me. I have been unable to solve the puzzle of life.