Can I be a Christian if I don't believe in Christ?
December 25, 2008 2:51 PM Subscribe
Can I be a member of a Christian church when I don't believe the Christ story?
posted by anonymous to religion & philosophy (67 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My wife is member of an awesome Baptist church - great bunch of people, very positive, very progressive (female pastor, intellectual youth ministry, very forward-thinking). I go to the occasional event with her, and I love the people and the attitude of the place.
But I simply don't believe the Christ story. I'm on the same page with her/them on everything else - there is a loving God/Tao/universal spirit/whatever-you-call-it, he is involved in our lives, we can talk to him, etc. - but I've done enough reading and study to firmly believe that the resurrection is just a story, and it didn't really happen, just like a virgin didn't really get pregnant and the sun didn't really stop in the sky for a day or any of those other things in the Bible that just don't jive with reality. I also cannot accept the fact that humanity was doomed until 2000 years ago.
So, is there any honest way I could become a member of this church - where everyone else surely believes in the literal explanation/value of the resurrection? Are there Christians out there who don't believe in Christ, who have some way of approaching that belief with something other than a cop-out or an overly convoluted rationalization? For instance, what do you do with "no one comes to the father except through me"? Anon because I work with some hardcore Christians and don't want to be outed as a nonbeliever.