I have much debating experience and education with atheism, evolution, and the "logical disproof of God." I can safely say that Christianity is perfectly rational. As Brainii said, there's plenty of logical and scientific evidence for this belief. And to what Trustmelmlying: You say God doesn't bother to just "show up"? If God just materialized in front of an atheist and shook hands with him, the atheist would just try to explain it away, or just dismiss it as a hallucination. God doesn't need to appear to us believers because we already put our faith in Him and all the evidence of His existence and Christianity's rationality.
First of all, in a culture where more than 60% of the population identifies as Christian, I am shocked at the number of people who have said no.
Now, i would like to add that before all else, Christians should live by faith. There are many people, arguments, and theories that appear to disprove Christianity. Sometimes we don't even know how to answer them. But Christians are called to live by faith, even above logic and reason. Remember that God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
That being said, Christianity is a rational religion. History confirms that the events in the Bible happened. Some of the scientific facts of the Bible weren't discovered by science until thousands of years later!
Many of the end-times prophecies have come to pass. For instance, the Bible predicts a global banking system and instant global communication. This would've been unthinkable 2000 years ago. The Mark of the Beast is now possible thanks to microchips and advanced tattooing technology. And with the UN, a global government is possible where it wasn't a mere 100 years ago.
The Bible is true, as is Christianity. And I will never cease to believe this, regardless of what theories and fads our culture embraces.
Unlike other religious beliefs, Christianity is unlike any other religious beliefs, it encourages inquiry and investigation to the claims of the Gospel that can be traced back to Doubting Thomas, The Bereans and even Jesus saying, 'Ask and it shall be given to you.'. Christianity fits that bill to be called a "rational" faith, this is supported by:
-Archaeological findings in the middle east lending support to the Bible e.g. Existence of the Monarchs of Israel and Judah, Abraham, Nebuchadnezzar, Sennacherib and the exile of the Jewish people in Babylon.
-Scientific evidences including design, irreducible complexity, fine tuning, catastrophic signs and traits in the geological record and in fact, everything around us is a testimony to a Creator.
-The moral argument, why the Biblical standard of morality trumps other religions' standard and philosophical arguments like the Kalam Cosmological argument and the transcendental argument.
-Consistency of the Bible itself- same message, fulfilled prophecies, harmony with texts that are at "discrepancy" with one another, numerous manuscripts and astounding accuracy of the Biblical record and unbiased realistic portrayal of its characters in their highlights and caught red-handed on their wrong doings.
Critics come and go of Christianity, but still the Bible is still there, and is still staying strong after assault of nearly 2000 years from the past.
If the Bible is regarded as...
-- God's Word (actually to be followed word for word): Christianity is a psychopathic religion
--God's Word (but subject to cherry picking): Christianity is a slightly irrational religion
--A collection of at least partially fictional ancient Hebrew and early Christian stories that should be taken with a grain of salt: Christianity is a rational religion.
A belief is a belief. If I believe in God, that's rational to me. If you believe there is no God, that's rational to you. I think the only time we can call someone out for having an irrational belief is when they make the claim they have evidence of something they don't, and when their beliefs are a danger to people. If you believe bombing another country is good to appease your god, that's a problem. However, I fail to see the problem or irrationality with serving a God that teaches us to love.
According to many different experts from universities and groups of scientists and philosophers, the Resurrection, Creation, and other questions on faith are all rational things to believe. These belief systems can be backed up by scientific, logical, philosophical, archaeological, and psychiatric/psychological evidences, as well as others. Christianity, when you consider the facts and evidence, is a very logical way of thinking!
Faith can be irrational and rational. Faith may be irrational when it goes against the general accepted way of thinking. But this has usually led to humans conquering false general assumptions and learning the truth.
Faith may be rational in that there are logical explanations to why one should have faith.
That all have sinned and need the grace of God provided in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is straight forward. The message makes sense.
Belief in a creator that's so powerful, yet cannot be bothered to show up and prove it?
A flood that swallowed even the tops of the tallest mountains while every living species today joined Noah on a boat. Noah of which got busy repopulating the Earth with just 7 other people?
A creator that wants to communicate with us, and decides to do so with an ancient, scientifically and chronologically inaccurate edited and mistranslated book using anonymous authors retelling orally passed down tales from decades before?
Earth is a flat disc surrounded by a dome filled with water?
A perfect creator that punishes its creations for doing exactly what he built them to do?
A bloodthirsty god who demands death and destruction, ending ultimately with a human sacrifice to save us from the burden he placed on us to begin with?
The Bible speaks of a terrible being with reprehensible behavior, which I would most closely relate to a sociopath, demanding worship and respect "or else" while promising eternal love. The alternative, of which, is eternal punishment in a fiery pit being tortured for all eternity.
If you would disagree with:
The subjugation of women
The abuse of children
The persecution of homosexuals
The ownership of other human beings
The punishment of natural sexual well being
The mutilation of newborn genitalia
The denial of science
Or the punishment of those who don't believe
Then you should stand against the god of the Bible. The book that represents him is morally and scientifically wrong.
I walked away from the faith after I started studying the material, that should be a sign as to its rationality.
In my opinion, accepting something as truth or fact that cannot be proven is not rational. Hope makes more sense to me. I think of hope as faith tempered by reason. I can hope that Christianity is true, but to just believe it seems an irrational step. I'd go so far as to say that I simply cannot understand the cosciois act of belief by force of will.
Many religions assert a creation over our current understandings in nature, all religions that teach people creationism is a irrational doctrine.
Science = You ask a question about an observation made and you follow the evidence.
Creationism = You look for anything that supports the answer.
So if Christianity promotes answers without evidence over our current understandings in science, it's irrational.
Sorry, but Christianity makes no sense. Here's why.
God creates a being [Lucifer] that he knows is going to fall from grace, who will then tempt the first two humans on earth to rebel against God, thereby bringing death and decay to the universe. So God needs to fix the mess he made by sending himself to earth in the form of Jesus to "sacrifice" himself as a ransom for mankind with offers of eternal reward in paradise. But if you don't believe in him he damns you to hell forever.
It's almost like I am the owner of a beautiful island in the South Pacific. It has all the best food you could ever want, clear starry skies every night, and the person of your dreams at your side. I offer it the island to you completely free, but only if you ask for it. But before you even say yes, I put a loaded gun to your head and *demand* that you ask for it.
And what sacrifice are we talking about? God sends himself down to earth to be destroyed so that he can resurrect himself in order to give himself eternal praise and glory. You call that a sacrifice? It's an exercise in narcissism, and makes absolutely no sense.
But what makes more sense is to know that Jesus Christ is just another dying-and-rising god formed over time as Judaism merged with Hellenistic and other pagan ideas. If people would look at Christianity through this lens, the Bible would make so much more sense.
Just because it's a fair and just religion does make it any more sane than the belief that there is a giant worm with super powers living on the sun.
O top of that these religions were invented when science was thought to be crap, invented by gullible people who felt the need to have an answer. Now we have lotsif them; scientific research led us to them.
Aside from the very obvious fact that Christianity does not correspond with the facs we have about the origin of the Human species and the planet you have problems like the fact that miracles which many claim to happen regularly have never been documented to any reasonable degree.
If Christians were rational they wouldnt be Christian.
No, of course it's not rational. Believing in something without a shred of evidence can never be rational. Living one's entire life according to it's proscriptions is bonkers. It stops people from free thinking, from changing their views in the light of experience. We should have grown out of such nonsense by this stage in human development.
AT least at how I look at them. Of course its not irrational to think of some form of power watching us, whether its Aliens or a God. But the way we worship things are reckless.
We kill each other in the name of Religion.
It spreads intolerance and misunderstanding.
Religion is not wrong, it is just how we do it is how it is wrong.
Rational: based on or in accordance with reason or logic. Christians will often defend their faith with logical argumentation, but for anyone who has been paying even remote attention will be fully aware these arguments contain several fallacies. When people speak of evidence for God, they will point to things that are not provable, demonstrable, quantifiable or repeatable. They begin with faith, their belief, and then they will find things they can distort or imply to support their belief, instead of having a faith in all the evidence, which rejects the vast majority of Christian teachings unless you are going to back peddle whenever science says your wrong with "but it's a metaphor". More and more that is the case, and one can only wonder just how much "metaphor" people can swallow and still call it truth.
In short, rational people can be Christians, but Christianity itself is not rational.