Sadly, in many Christian churches, church members believe whatever their pastor tells them to believe or what the confession/catechism says they are to believe. They rarely bother to consider whether the “man of God” of their sect’s take on the Bible is correct. Most church members will never read a theology book or do any serious study of the Bible. Instead they come to church, drop some cash in the offering, pass the peace, take communion, sing a few songs, say hi to a few people, listen to the sermon, and go home. They repeat this same ritual week after week, year after year. Many atheists who were once devoted, committed followers of Jesus know the Bible far better than the average Christian church member. Most often, it was the Bible that was central to their deconversion. I know it was for me. As I began studying again the Bible and the claims that Christians make from the Bible, I began to see how ill-informed I was about the Bible and central doctrines of Christianity. Like many atheists, it was the Bible that helped pave my path from Christianity to atheism.
There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
—Terry Pratchett (via annebonannie)