Letters to a Deconstructing Christian: You Still Need an Answer for the Resurrection
You're considering not just walking away from faith, but walking away from thinking.
I hear what you’re saying about being fed up with the stuff you’ve seen in the church. For the record, let me say that I agree with you that your youth pastor should have had better answers for your (very legitimate) questions about theology. When he said, “It’s just a faith issue,” I hope what he meant was that at the end of the day, arguments alone don’t suffice to make human persons see the glory of Christ in Scripture. If that’s what he meant, he’s right. But unfortunately I suspect what he meant was, “I don’t have good answers for you right now and wish you would stop asking.” In that instance, your youth pastor was not only unhelpful, he was actually unbiblical. The Bible never once substitutes faith in exchange for understanding. Sometimes faith must go where understanding cannot reach, but this is much different than using faith as an excuse to stop trying to understand.