The third and final reason (for now) that I would argue in favor of freedom of religion, even those I disagree with, is because, at the end of the day, as a Christian, I have come to the conclusion that Christianity is the worldview that provides the best explanation of the way the world is.
If Christianity is true, then the ultimate outcome of the competition I wrote about in the last post is that people are going to naturally gravitate towards Christianity in a perfectly free marketplace.
If people are willing to critically evaluate the evidence and have the ability to do so in a society that embraces the freedom of religion, then because I believe that Christianity is true, I know where that research is going to end up.
Therefore, as a Christian, I am not worried about freedom of religion whatsoever, and I’m not afraid of critical thinking. Let’s do our homework, and we can search together for the answers. We can see where the proof ultimately lies.
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Will some people come to different conclusions? Yes, that is the freedom they have. Everyone has the freedom to believe or not believe.
As I said before, I would love to see everyone become a Christian and I do believe that it would be ultimately beneficial for everyone to follow Jesus Christ, but think about the two separate approaches that have been outlined over these past few days.
On one hand, you have state-mandated Christianity. In that system, people are Christians in name only because they have to be. They might not know what they believe, and they might not even be truly Christians because they had never made that true faith commitment.
On the other hand, you have people who are free to become Christians if that is where the evidence leads them. In that system, they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because they believe that He is the best answer to all the problems in the world. That is consistent with Christianity, and it avoids the potential abuses that can come from a state-mandated religion.
The marketplace of ideas benefits from freedom rather than restriction, and even though it might be tempting for us as Christians to want a theocracy, this side of eternity, freedom brings better results.