This article was authored by Will Hubbard. Will is the Vice President of Ratio Christi at Clemson University and is a junior majoring in Agricultural Mechanization.
Bereshith bara Elohim hashamayim ha’Eretz. ~Genesis 1:1
There is a question rooted deep within the heart of every man which, if left unanswered, haunts his waking moments with gnawing doubt and uncertainty. It is a question that mankind’s best, bravest, and brightest have wrestled with and even broken themselves upon. Its origins go back to the antiquity of antiquity, and yet it still presides within us in this current age. It is a question outside of time, unrelated to space; a question which dogs every man’s soul and conscience with an excruciating insistence to be answered. It is the question of “Does God exist?”
Lately, I have been saying to our Chapter Directors for Ratio Christi, “Gimme Five.” But in this case I am not talking about hand slapping. I am talking about preparing—each year—five new Christian leaders that are truly Ambassadors of Christ. I am asking them to just give us at least five well trained believers every year that have become not only incredibly confident evangelists, but who can also teach what they have learned to others.
The following is a statement recently received from a university student who tells of his experience with Ratio Christi.
The truth is, Ratio Christi saved my life. Before I joined Ratio Christi I was going through a God-crisis where I wasn’t sure if God was real, or just a human construct used to explain away things we didn't understand. This crisis threw me into a deep spiraling depression. The way I saw it, if there was no God, then there was no purpose for our existence; we were just useless, meaningless matter going about trying to justify our existence. It also means that there would be no afterlife; once your body and brain shut down at the end of your natural life you were gone; a prisoner of the infinite blackness. . . forever. This concept of eternal non-existence after death is what terrified me more than anything. Ironically, that fear of death actually drove me to the point of contemplating suicide. I was getting to the point where I couldn't take the anticipation anymore. If I couldn't find reason, scientific reason, to believe in God, then I didn't see a reason to continue a meaningless existence.
Luckily, I was introduced to the local Ratio Christi leader. He invited me to come to the RC group meetings every Monday, as well as prescribed a book called I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, written by Frank Turek. Between [the group's] Christian apologetics lessons and Frank's book, my faith was restored, my depression receded, and I'm living happier now than I ever have before. And I have Ratio Christi to thank for it! ~ Name has been withheld for obvious reasons.
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