So, where do I begin?
To me, it is not logical to suppose that matter sprang into being all on it's own. Certainly it did not come to life without some Outside Interference. You may not agree with me, but that doesn't make your position any more valid than mine.
If matter did not come into being all on it's own, it had to have come from Somewhere.
To me, a Divine Creator is the only logical explanation.
I don't have any problem believing that there is a Divine Intelligent Spirit that always existed...but that's me. You may feel differently, but again, that doesn't make your position any more valid than mine.
Still, mankind does seem to have worshiped quite a pantheon of gods and goddesses, in our history, that is very true.
From what I know of these other religious faiths, they basically seem to be mankind's way of reaching out to the God that they instinctively KNOW exists. (Instinct=built-in? maybe)
So far, so good.
So, why do I think that Christianity is more valid than these other religious faiths?
Because, to me, what I see in Christianity is God, reaching down to mankind...as must be so, if, as I believe, God does exist.
Mind you, I believe that this is true for the entire cosmos, not just our planet earth.
That is, that I believe that God stepped into history on every single inhabited planet that there may be.
About now, you are probably wondering "why Jesus, and not Mithra, Isis, etc, ad nauseaum?
Well, because only Jesus has made the vital impact on mankind that God would have to have made upon entering our history.
The others are merely copy-cat gods.
How can they be copy-cats, if they preceeded Jesus in the worlds history?
In the beginning...God!
The Redeemer was promised from the very beginning...and I wouldn't be surprised if certain details were foreseen and told...and, as time wore on, were garbled and twisted, until we have the legends and myths of "other Messiahs" that we read about today.
Again, that is what I believe.
You may not agree with me, and that's fine.
That still doesn't make your logic any more valid than mine.
I don't mind trying to explain my faith to people who ask, and I never, ever, ever, EVER just ignore someone and walk away...at least, not as long as they are asking me valid questions. I don't mind having to think about my answers, in fact it has helped me to clarify my own thinking about what I believe and why, and that, in turn, has strengthened my faith, not weakened it. For that, I am grateful to folks like you.
However, when the conversation devolves into sarcasm, as it so often does, with atheists, I see no reason to waste valuable time trying to convince them to believe something that they find unacceptable. I like to walk away BEFORE they get around to opening up their considerable array of insults to hurl at me.
Call it a survival instinct...
I call it