College Is Designed to Strip You of Your Faith

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It was my sophomore year. I was sitting in my biology lab class listening to my professor give his lecture while trying to take notes. We were studying a concept called “half-life.” If you don’t know, that’s a way of defining the process of the breakdown of chemicals. It takes x amount of years for a chemical to lose half of its substance, and then x amount of years to lose half of that, then half of that, and so on. 

He then referred us to fossils that, using this technique, were dated to be millions of years old. He told us that we can still believe in our faith, but do it with this in mind. 

And that was the day I thought:

“This actually makes a lot of sense. Maybe even more sense than my religion.”

Two years later, I’ve come to a conclusion. But it’s not about evolution or origins of life. It’s about college.

College is designed to strip you of your faith.

For me, Satan’s greatest weapon was using science and knowledge, but it happens to everyone.

College is an obstacle course, and it’s almost impossible to get through it without tripping. 

Many people leave home and are greeted with sin, often veiled in social kindness. Inside is a life of drinking, partying, and sex. It can start out as mere curiosity, but after the course of four years you will wake up to realize – or not realize –  that you are no better than the ones you criticized before college. 

For some, it’s the sudden freedom of being away from parents and church. The access to sin is too strong to resist. It doesn’t take long for these people to leave the faith and never look back.

For others, it’s the workload. These people are suddenly confronted with not having time for church or fellowship with others or mission work. Faith is no longer as much of a priority as the three papers due this week. 

And for me, as well as so many others, it’s the thought process of academia that really gets people to question their beliefs.

What if I’m wrong about this whole Christian thing? What if this thing I call a relationship with Christ is just a feeling? What if Heaven is just a desperate hope to overcome oblivion? What if science is right?

It is okay to question your beliefs. This blog does that all the time. But a constant dwelling on the subject has turned into a constant fear. And fear can rock the foundation of any strong faith. 

I still believe, and I think that God is bringing me to a place where my faith is stronger than ever before. He’s taking me to a place here he can use me for the most good. 

College shoots many people’s faith down, and they never get back up again. Don’t let it happen to you. 

It’s only through God’s grace that I will rise up and be an even stronger warrior for Christ. 

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
-1 Corinthians 10:12-13 

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.