Curious: Christian? Why? Or... Non-Christian? Why? Would love to hear your answers. Don't try to convince anyone of anything. Not a debate. Just interested in YOUR response, your story, your heart.
I've though a bit about that over the years, and more so recently, so I wrote a reply which I thought I'd share here too:
Christian. To be quite frank about it, I am a believer because my parents raised me in belief. As Christof says in The Truman Show; "We accept the reality with which we are presented."
More to the point, though - why do I continue to believe? As I have looked at that, two reasons are the most influential.
First, I have an actual sense of the presence of an Other, that resonates with the God of the Bible as seen in the person of Jesus.
Second, the whole belief system that is grounded in my relationship to that Other is something that I find comforting, inspiring, intellectually and emotionally compelling, and integral to my sense of living a life that has meaning.
I guess that's the short answer. ;)
As Jonathan, I'm also curious to hear from others. Why do you believe what you believe?