Hope for doubters
JONATHAN LICHTENWALTER has written and edited for the website evidenceforchristianity.org and is currently writing articles for renew.org. He is currently taking classes from the Apologetics Research Society under John Oakes, Ph.D., and is planning to begin a Biblical Studies Masters. Most importantly, he has a love for God and a passion for spreading the gospel. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he currently leads a Bible discussion.
I've always wanted to have a relationship with God from a young age. I looked out at the stars at my church youth camp and promised God that I would seek a relationship with him throughout my life. But it's not always easy to have a relationship when you have doubts. Over the years, I've struggled to find certainty in my faith and I've had to wrestle with my relationship with God and what I believe about Him. I didn't want to lose my faith, but I also felt I had to be honest and real about the questions I was facing.
As a teenager, I started to dig deeper into the scriptures, questioning not only my Christian upbringing but the main doctrines of the Christian faith. I wanted to know how Christianity held up to other belief systems, and I still strive to look honestly at what I believe. I was always very drawn to apologetics and sought to understand why I believe what I do.
Without apologetics from some objective Christian thinkers, I’m not sure where I’d be in my faith. Addressing my questions has helped me tremendously. I continued to learn more because the more I learned, the more questions I had. I devoured books and audio on biblical scholarship, apologetics, and Church History.
Through this site, I want to use what I've learned to bring people into a deeper knowledge of--and relationship with--God, their faith, and scripture. If I'm able to convince some outside the Christian faith, that's a plus.