Did a strict upbringing cause me to rebel?

When I was a young child my parents taught me their Christian beliefs. I learned that the Bible was the infallible Word of God and that we are all sinners who deserve eternal punishment in hell. I was taught that God sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for our sins, so that if we repent and trust in God for our salvation we can go to heaven when we die.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16

I no longer believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. I believe that it is an extraordinary book written by men who sincerely believed what they wrote. Out of the six children in my family, I am the only one who no longer believes. Friends ask me if I would have rejected the teachings of my youth if my parents weren’t so dogmatic in their beliefs, that maybe I’m just rebelling. I don’t think that is why I am no longer a believer. I don’t feel like I have rebelled against my parents, but I have rebelled against the belief system. I grew up believing that I should submit myself to God. Matthew 16:24 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” I was and still am unwilling to submit my will to God. I wanted to live the way I wanted to live, do what I wanted to do. Why should I obey God? The more I excerted my own will, the more I doubted the Bible. I began to consider the possibility that the Bible might have errors in it. I began to ask myself, “Why should I believe something for which there is no evidence?” There certainly is lots of evidence for most of the historical events described in the Old and New Testaments, but where is evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? What evidence could there possibly be for the “Virgin Birth”.

Christian Viewpoint
Institute for Creation Research
Bob Jones University
Moody Bible Institue

Other opinions
Skeptic’s Guide to Jesus
Wikipedia’s Jesus article
Committe for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
Reason Online