RoamingMillennial

Hey everyone,

I have a feeling this might prove to be a pretty controversial post, but hey, that’s kind of been my thing lately.

Since starting this site and opening myself to questions from viewers, one thing has struck me as especially surprising. Although I’ve never mentioned my own faith or faith in general on my channel, outside of the actions of Islamic extremists, I’ve received numerous questions surrounding my views on religion and my own religious beliefs.

To address these questions, I plan on starting a series (either here on my site or on my YouTube channel, depending on interest) where I examine what actually defines a religion, how they’re different from other ideologies, and how they impact our societies. I think it would also be interesting to contrast the ways that different religions (e.g. Christianity and Islam) are treated in the West, and what the effects of secularization have been.

I don’t intend for this series to be a proselytizing effort, nor do I intend to engage in Christian apologetics to justify biblical theology. In fact, I don’t intend for this series to touch much upon theology at all, and I'll instead focus on the societal effects of religion, which I think are more in keeping with the scope of my channel.

However, since my own personal beliefs and experiences with faith have doubtlessly affected the way I view organized religion, I felt it best to clarify my own stance on spirituality for transparency’s sake before diving deeper into the issue. So, although I’ve briefly mentioned this in streams and comments, consider this my formal “coming out.”

Yes, I am Christian.

I’ve been asked by many to make videos discussing things like my reasons for being a Christian, my conversion process, etc., but again, since I feel that’s not something that really relates to my content, this will be the only place I address this subject. The last thing I want to do is push my religion onto my subscribers. That’s simply just not why I started a YouTube channel. I feel like I have a lot more freedom and flexibility on this platform, however, so for anyone who’s curious about it, here are my responses to some of the most popular questions I get as a Christian.

I’m Baptist, but have been looking into non-denominational Christianity a lot lately.

No, I don’t think I’m perfect or that I’m better than anyone.

No, I wasn’t raised Christian. My father is Catholic, but really didn’t practice, and aside from some Bible camps and casual religion classes, I don’t consider my upbringing a Christian one.

Yes, my faith does play a big part in my life.

Yes, I think organized faith can have positive effects on society.

No, I don’t hate atheists.

No, I don’t hate gay people.

Yes, I believe in evolution.

No, my religious beliefs are not the reason for my political beliefs.

Another question I often get is “Are you religious?” and honestly, that’s one I never know how to answer. Does being religious mean believing in God? Does being religious mean going to Church? Does being religious mean conducting yourself in a certain way? It seems like the answer to these questions changes depending on who you ask. I consider my Christianity more of a lifestyle choice and personal relationship than a religion, but that’s a hard concept to explain to people who don’t have firsthand experience dealing with faith on a spiritual/philosophical level.

Anyway, I think that’s all I have to say about this for now. If you’d like to know more about my own faith, please feel free to drop your questions in the “Ask” section here on this site. I’m not trying to be secretive or evasive with my personal beliefs, I just want to make sure I don’t lose sight of why I create videos and what I want the message of my channel to be. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions of what kind of things you’d like to see addressed in this series, then please leave them in a comment down below.

Be excellent to each other,

RM

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Labasuraa
Labasuraa

PacMan, The Amazing Atheist is no longer a "debate me" atheist, he has changed a lot since 2012. He makes videos and podcasts against feminism and social justice. Tj is so far from his Amazing Atheist identity he changed his youtube channel to TJ Kirk. You should give his videos a try lol.

Mandos
Mandos

Well, as a person who grew up catholic and then decided religion wasn't for me at all (though I am not an atheist per se, more agnostic theist) I don't mind people who have beliefs in things above us as none of us know of what may be, so long as one is fine to discuss topics and hopefully open to be convinced of another side and are willing to put religious teachings aside for cases in which law is concerned (which seems to ring true for you). After all, we are all people, and it is the people who don't consider me a person who are the only people I take issue with

billso
billso

I've always felt the hard-core atheists who go out of their way to criticize religion and debate believers are themselves engaging in proselytizing, pushing their beliefs on others.

bunkoman
bunkoman

I used to be one of those atheists who hated all religions and nitpicked the smallest things about it and especially about Christianity so I could talk shit any chance I got. Come in Islam & Milo Yiannopoulos, and I realised just how wrong I was. My mind had only changed less than a year ago. I didn't think there was a reason to believe in God and I thought it was stupid and anti-science. Now I realized that it isn't any more stupid to believe in God than to not. Nobody has proof, nobody has the answer, so no option is in any way better than the other. I saw the importance of Judeo-Christian values and ideas in shaping Western Society and of our value system. Despite what atheists claim, a belief in a higher power's designed righteousness, an established law of what is wrong and what is right is key in shaping, spreading and reinforcing a society's morals, whether you actually believe in God or not, without religion a large society's morals would eventually become subjective, ending in a free for all and bloodshed most likely. Religious values are important, as long as those values are good! Like in the case of Christianity. But if they're bad, like in the case of Islam, Scandinavian Paganism and the Aztek religion, it won't make a difference and those groups will end up being hated by their neigbours. And as far as Christianity being anti-science goes, most scientists after Christ were Christian, and I believe the early theories of the Big Bang theory were also made by Christians. I also don't believe that being a constantly evolving species (evolution) contradicts Christianity, it's only Darwin's Theory which Christian's seem to have a problem with, which is not a 100% accurate theory and scientists have made a number of "evolutions" to the whole theory. According to Darwin, the strongest, smartest & coldest always survives. If that were true, we would all be psychopaths. But as it turns out, since we are group creatures, the most compassionate function the best as a group, thus they survive. I have nothing but respect for Christians now, and all other religions (except maybe Islam) it must be hard for people to keep their faith in today's world and to deal with all the condescending bullshit from radical atheists. I like Christians these days, I know they're important and do good things like charity. So I'm glad you're a Christian, I had a feeling you were. And I hope the Christian God exists. I myself will never identify as a Christian, but I'll try to live my life like one.

Qbeck
Qbeck

I use to love the "critique" atheist videos on YouTube but after watching far too many of them you see the tactics they use: straw manning, picking low hanging fruit, making the most negative interpretation of their opponent's statements. Once you understand how much Christian theology formed the western world and the alternative is the atheistic nihilist/ Maxist pit of hedonism and decadence it helps you appreciate the Christian religion. Now I'd consider myself a cultural Christain.

JoshuahWarner
JoshuahWarner

Hey Roaming, I think you might be interested in reaching out to a youtuber called Wranglerstar. His channel is not focused on his religion but he has incorporated quotes etc. into his content. He has experienced some backlash but rightfully doesn't care. I think it might be interesting to have him on a live stream and chat. Also, I was raised Catholic but consider myself agnostic. Have a great day.

JMSum
JMSum

Woudn't it be weird if I tell you that I always knew you were a Christian? Everytime I have the opportunity to watch your videos, (I haven't watched them all yet but I will...soon), I can't help but notice Christian ideologies and principles here and there. Anyway, thanks for sharing your faith to us. I agree with all of your convictions on your post save the evolution part (but hey that's fine). I always tell people that Christianity is not primarily a religion but a personal relationship with God and in His Word. Anyway, proud of what you're doing RM, keep up that sweet spirit of yours!
I'm a Baptist too btw. ;)

Mikeroe_
Mikeroe_

As a Christian myself (not in church right now due to late-nght Canada Day festivities), I completely understand the "Are you religious?" question. What is religious? By some definitions, feminism is a religion. As opposed to "religion", I prefer the term "faith". I was not raised Christian but I believe in God, I do not think life is some crazy cosmic coincidence, I pray and go to church on (most) Sundays. I try to follow what Jesus taught us, do unto others, the Sermon on the Mount, self-sacrificial love, etc. and teach my children the same. I am very interested in hearing RoMi's ideas on religion, the contrast between Islam and Christianity and how religion affects societies. Looking forward to it.

whitefatass
whitefatass

good for you, personally i see no reason to believe that a god exists or jesus was a savior, and i get this gives a lot of people hope (i'd rather people have false hope than nothing) so i won't be an asshole about it

PacMan
PacMan

Dont let people shit talk you, Roaming. The "debate me" atheists are some of the most cancerous people on earth, and im saying this as an atheist. They make us all look bad. lol yhey think they're smart because they can beat someone on one point, and they're so proud of it that they base their entire identities around it. (The Amazing Atheist )(Atheism is Unstoppable )