Ask @chrisdarius:

If you died and found out that God does not exist (not suggesting that in any way cause He definitely does!), would you feel that your belief system is meaningless? I've wondered about this myself and thought you'd have a good answer.

Nick Gianni
Well, Nick, that is a good question. Everyone thinks about it. However, this idea is fundamentally flawed.
Here's how:
First, this idea suggests that there is life after death - but with no God. How is that possible? Short answer: it isn't. If we ceased to exist, as the atheists like to believe, we wouldn't know if there was a God or not - we wouldn't exist to find out.
Second, this idea wonders if our God is not the one true God. This idea questions the sovereignty of God and the reality of His existence. I know that He is the only true God. You and I both know the reality of God and the truth of His existence. The only plausible explanation for this idea is if there was a different god (or gods) - but we know that that is impossible, because we know how legit He is.
Hopefully this basic response answered your question. If you want to know more, feel free to Facebook me and we'll set up a time to have a phone call and chat about it!

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Why are you so crazy about marriage aren't you like a freshman

Yes I am "like a freshman". Lol.
Here's how I see it:
Imagine that you know that you've got a best friend somewhere out there in the world. And this best friend is really awesome - like, once you meet them, you get to hang out all the time, you get to wake up next to them, you get to be the one that'll be there for them whenever they need someone, and you just love being around them and doing things with them and living life with them.
Now, it's only a matter of time before you get to meet them (or discover that they're your best friend). Wouldn't you want to hurry up already and meet up? I know that yes I am spending the rest of my life with them, but I want to meet them as soon as possible and just live life with them. And do fun things. And grow closer. And have a blast doing it all!
So yeah, I am "like a freshman". And I am "crazy about marriage". Cuz it's awesome that's why.

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Do you think being religious comes from families that heavily believe in it? If your family was not religious would you still be?

I do not think that being religious comes from families that believe heavily in it. (Note following, then full answer)
[NOTE: I am personally defining "religious" more as faith-based instead of the actual definition of "religious" which means to follow all the rules with complete and utter precision. The literal definition of "religious" (which I do not abide by) implies that the rules are of the highest regard, while my interpretation of what I think you are trying to get across is more about faith and love for the object of your faith. I also am assuming that you are talking about Christianity, since that is what I know and I am public about it. "Religion", which is literally just all about rules and regulations, does not line up with Christianity, where we follow "the spirit of the Law" and not "the letter of the Law", allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us and in us to empower us to refrain from sin.]
I know plenty of people who come from "non-religious" families who are strong in faith and who are leaders among those in the church. One of my RAs this year is an example - he was the first in his household to come to faith in Jesus, and I know few who have faith like his. I do think that having a "religious" family can contribute to the faith of the children, but it is very common for kids to walk away from the faith in their teen or college years when the faith is approached in terms of rules and regulations (the literal definition of religion). It goes either way. I do not think we can definitively say, unless you look at a family who has a strong belief in Christ and who follows "the spirit of the Law". In that case, I think you would see a higher probability of faith in the children because they will have seen the truth of it.
In the literal definition of "religious", however, when it comes to other faiths such as Hinduism and Islam, I would say that family following of a certain religion does play a part, especially when it is expected by the family or the community that the children will continue to practice said religion.
It is hard to say whether I would have the faith that I have if my family were not believers. I think, if I was exposed to the truth which I know to be true, and I was raised in a different home, I would come to the same faith in Jesus Christ that I have - perhaps just not as soon as I did.

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What is your second favorite religion?

There is no answer for this question. It's like asking what my second favorite grass color is. No other color but green is acceptable, so there cannot be a second favorite color. (Keep in mind that no analogy is perfect. If you were to follow this to completion, I bet it would fall apart as well. This is as close as I could get to how it is in reality.) In the same way, I have seen that there is no other way to heaven than through Jesus' grace which He freely gives.

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I just wanted to say that I just read through a good bit of your blog, and it's extremely touching and inspiring. Especially your letters to your future children. Have you written one to your future self, or your future wife? Just, thanks for inspiring me, as I'm sure you have many others. :)

Thank you so much! That is so good to hear. :)
I haven't written one to my future self, but I have written a few drafts of letters to my future wife.
Your encouraging words are much appreciated. :))

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