#2: They believe in the supernatural. They make the the universe God-haunted, demon-filled, and divinely-dependent. They think God hears prayers, responds to human choice, and invades human decision-making. The problem with this is God can override me and circumvent me.
#3: They believe in hell and judgment. They believe human thoughts, attitudes, and behavior are observed by an all-seeing eye who responds to my wrongdoing without favoritism. My life matters according to the cosmic scale of history. If I align myself with the universe and its divinely appointed author, then I am rewarded. If I go against the Maker and his ways, I experience the consequences of opposing the ordering of the universe. The problem with this is I cannot live any way I want and get whatever consequences I want.
#4: They believe Jesus was God and Human (John 1:1-3, 14). They think Jesus is not just a good moral teacher who I can carefully scrutinize picking and choosing what ideas I like. They think what Jesus says about marriage and adultery (Matthew 19) is as important as what he says about children (Matthew 18) and the poor (Matthew 25). They believe if I pick and choose what I like about Jesus, His teaching, and His apostles, then I'm really not a Christian but a part of a religion of my own making. The problem with this is Jesus' demands and expectations are out of this world; no one can do all this; it's simply impossible.
#5: They believe grace leads to life change. They think grace is not a license for immorality, but a pathway to transformation. They believe love has strings attached, jealous strings that demand affection and loyalty from those who claim to love God (John 14:21). They believe the costly grace of the Cross leads to costly obedience. The problem with this is I'm running out of excuses.
#6: They believe faith and repentance in Jesus Christ is the only pathway to hope. They do not think Jesus is a way to God but the way (John 14:6). The problem with this...wait, wait just a minute. That's amazing news. There is a way to God!! Who cares if it's only one way? There is a way. Glory, hallelujah. I'm going to give up my problems with evangelical Christianity because their solutions are way more sufficient and satisfying than my problems.