I'm right with the atheists in that most Christians are pretty stupid. But I'm not with them in all the other BS they like to pull with the Bible being 100% false, God not existing, there being no afterlife and on and on. There is so much to be said about all this so let's just jump right in. These questions were taken from another website.
- If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?
Let's start things off right. What word is used for God during this 6 day creation? Perhaps one should first learn the terms used and then re-think what is really going on here. There are multiple Hebrew words used for God throughout the Bible. Why?
- Why won’t God heal amputees?
Who's to say healing them is the right thing? Do you know how they became that way? Do you know the lessons they need to struggle through to grow? Growth comes through adversity. You grow through challenges.
- If God is so perfect, then why did he create something so imperfect allowing pain, suffering and daily atrocities?
Same as above
- Why did the little old lady that God healed one Sunday need her walker to get around again next Sunday? Was she only temporarily worthy of a healing?
Same as above
- How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species on this planet into his ark?
It's a metaphor. It's a story.
- If Noah did fit all of these species on the ark for forty days and forty nights, how did the penguins make it from Mt. Ararat to the Antarctic? How did the koala bears make it to Australia with no eucalyptus to eat along the way?
It's a story. What is the message being told?
- Why do innocent children have to suffer with terminal diseases such as cancer? What part of ‘God’s plan’ is this exactly?
Here we go again, this point has already been asked a few times. Changing the clothes of a question doesn't make it any different. Perhaps it would be a bit more "scientific" to simplify the list.
- How is it that the bible explains the earth to be 6,000 to 8,000 years old when we know that dinosaur bones are at least 65 million years old? The ‘missing link’ fossil ‘Ida’ found recently is estimated to be at least 47 million years old.
The Bible doesn't say this - Welfare Christians do.
- Why can’t the all-powerful God not forgive someone of their sins after they die? Example: A christian man that is seemingly on God’s good list makes a stupid decision and decides to drink a little too much at the fish fry. On his way home he crashes into a mini-van killing a mother and her two children and himself. This man led a very faithful life and made one stupid, yet grave mistake. If this man did not ask for forgiveness of his sins before the electrical activity in his brain ceased, then God will judge him and send him to hell to burn for eternity.
This is exactly right and this is what the Bible teaches. Most Christians have this concept wrong.
- God wants everyone to worship and follow him and if they don’t, they burn in hell for all eternity. What does this type of attitude say about his character? By definition, he would be described as a tyrant.
Many of the Gods in the Bible (Jehovah, Elohim) are not THE universal God. Therefore, these are simply people, or LORDs, not God. Uh, oh...
- If Jesus died on the cross and spent three days in hell to pay for the sins of the world, then why would we have to go to hell ourselves and pay for them again? God is then, in essence, being paid for our sins twice. With that said, was Jesus’ sacrifice not worthy enough? If that is the case, why should we care that he died for our sins if his sacrifice means nothing at all?
Perhaps one should first ask what hell is really talking about.
- If God wants us all to follow and worship him, why didn’t he create us as such? *Your expected answer will be addressed in the next question.
This is all religious crap, it has nothing to do with God or the Bible.
- What good is it for us to have free will if the intention is for us to not use it? Sure, we can use our free will, but we will burn in hell for eternity if we do. Russian roulette, anybody? It sounds like a set-up to me.
Um, no you won't. The Bible never says this either. Read the freaking book. And don't just surface-read it. Study it.
- In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, why would God kill Lot’s wife, Sarah, by turning her into a pillar of salt for simply looking in the wrong direction? *Warning of impending sarcasm.* God is a merciful God, right.
Again, which God is this really talking about? What Hebrew word is being used for "God" in this story? The Gods of the Bible are almost never the universal principle. It's usually a person or group of people.
- What purpose does hell serve? If it is punishment for sinful actions, shouldn’t it be used for correctional purposes? Seeing as though you burn forever, you will never get out of hell to show that you have learned your lesson. Would it make since to live a faithful Christian life glorifying the Lord and to accidentally sin by saying a curse word the instant you smash your car into the back of a tractor-trailer, thereby being condemned to burn in hell forever?
I was unaware this is what Hell was. I don't see such a description in the Bible. Once again, fooled by the Welfare Christians. And of course Hell is to help you become better.
- We know that we feel physical feelings through electrical impulses that send information to our brains through our nervous system. Once we die, we no longer feel pain due to the lack of a physical nervous system and, oh yeah, a brain. How could we ‘feel’ the excruciating flames of hell for eternity? Does God make you feel this torment for all eternity out of pure malice because you wouldn’t worship him?
I mean cmon. This is coming from a scientific person too. If your spirit was placed in a body that can experience electrical currents can it not be placed into another body? Does it need a physical body at all to experience such things? Read a book.
- If God is omnipotent, why does he not just show himself to all of us, all at once, thereby ending this game of free will and temptation?
Why should he? Maybe he only shows himself to people who live by universal law.
- If God is perfect and his creations perfect, why did he fail several times? He had to impose suffering upon the human race because Adam and Eve defied him by eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Failed! He had to flood the planet 1,600 years later wiping out all but eight humans. Failure! He had to confuse human language after Nimrod and the Tower of Babel incident so that they could not effectively communicate with each other. Failure! How is this a track record of a perfect being?
Once again, the God of the Bible is almost NEVER THE God.
- If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers. Failed, again!
I really can't even approach questions like this. The questions are totally re-iterations of what Welfare Christians say and have no foundation Biblically or even rationally.
- Why would you trust ‘God’s plan’ given his track record of many failures?
Um, yeah. Once again, what is that Hebrew word used for God again? I'm familiar with Elohim and Jehovah, but not quite sure about what this God word means...
- A disciple of Christ, Thomas, was a skeptic. He walked with Jesus during his time on earth and physically witnessed with his own eyes certain miracles performed by him such as raising Lazarus from the dead and so forth. However, after the crucifixion, Jesus supposedly rose three days later. Thomas did not believe it was truly him despite being told, prior to the incident by Jesus, that he would rise again in three days. Thomas required physical proof. Jesus allowed him to touch him and feel the wounds in his body to offer proof. Why doesn’t god extend the same proof to humans alive today? Those that doubt his existence are no different than Thomas, requiring physical proof and he was a disciple of Jesus himself. If Thomas had been born one generation later, or even living today, he would have burned in hell for all eternity because he would not believe for the lack of physical proof. Paul was born after the death and ascension of Christ. Throughout his life, he did not believe that Jesus was the son of God and even went out of his way to persecute Christians thinking that their religion was a dangerous belief system to practice. Lo and behold a flash of light came out of the sky and Jesus Christ himself appeared to Paul explaining to him that he is actually the one true god. Jesus told him that he was persecuting the followers of the only true faith. From that point on, Paul was a converted Christian. Again, if God was willing to go out of his way to physically prove to Paul that he actually exists, why is this not done today? Why isn’t God willing to show those that doubt today the same degree of physical proof? Why should we be any different than Thomas and Paul?
- Christians argue evolution by asking why there aren’t any half-ape half-men walking around today, right? Why don’t we see giants, fiery talking serpents, talking donkeys and many other mythical creatures that are described in the Bible?
Maybe there were, maybe there weren't. It's not really a big deal. What is a big deal is the story.
- If we are to only have sex for the purpose of pro-creation, and to do so outside of the scope of pro-creation is sinful, then why would God create us with an over abundance of nerve endings in our reproductive organs making sex extremely pleasurable? It sounds like yet another set-up.
Perhaps some setups are to be overcome?
- Why do Christians share the same statistical rate of divorce as everyone else? “What God hath made, let no man put asunder.” How could Christian marriages fail if they are sanctified by God? Hmmmm…. interesting.
Because most Christians are phony Christians. I call them Welfare Christians.
- In the book of Luke chapter 19 verse 27, Jesus says, “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” This seems pretty clear that Jesus would have Christians kill all non-believers. How do you explain this?
I use my head for once and understand the message.
- If God created everything, why did he create AIDS, influenza, ebola, ecoli and so on and so on? These, as viruses, are living things. You definitely can not use the free will card for this one. Is this another part of ‘God’s plan’?
Why do parent's children do evil things? Is this question some kind of a joke?
- 27 – How can God answer a prayer giving a working-class man in the United States a raise at his place of employment so that he can move his family into a larger house, but he does not answer the prayers to stop the starvation and disease of millions upon millions of children around the world? This must be another infinitely wise part of ‘God’s plan’.
I'm not sure if you've realized it or not, but life is a class to learn lessons. It's not supposed to be fun or easy. You have to work to make it that way. There's nothing wrong with a little pain and strife. If you want easy leave the material world.
- If God’s word is supposed to be the accurate word of God himself, how are we supposed to trust it enough to model our lives after it 100% when hundreds of books were excluded from the original text throughout so many translations and revisions in history?
Truth is truth, it doesn't matter where it comes from. If the Bible says something that is true why would you discard it simply because of the source?
- Why is there no evidence of any of the miracles performed by God? None whatsoever.
What would evidence look like?
- If God and Jesus are the same, having the same mind, knowledge and power, then why would Jesus beg himself in the garden of Gethsemane, to spare himself from having to be crucified? Furthermore, why would Jesus ask himself why he has forsaken himself by allowing himself to be crucified?
They're not the same.
- If you believe that your eternal life is more important than your physical life and you believe that all children are innocent in the eyes of God, why not kill your children so they are guaranteed to go to heaven? You can’t tell me that it is because killing is a sin. First of all, you could repent thereafter and be forgiven. Secondly, if you would sacrifice your life for your child who is about to be hit by a train, and you believe your eternal life is more important than this life, then it would stand to reason that you should kill your children to ensure their entrance into heaven before they are old enough to be held accountable for being a creature of sin, right?
You don't learn your lessons by avoiding them. Most Christians obviously have this wrong.
- If you do believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be reasonable to suggest that abortion doctors are winning more souls for Christ than Christian missionaries? Why not bomb a pre-school? That would surely win a lot of souls for Christ.
The better question would be why are they entering the physical to being with?
- If you do not believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be fair to suggest that God is a monster? Do you see the conundrum here?
Who comes up with these questions?
- It is a common belief among Christians that the only unforgivable sin is consciously rejecting Christ as Lord and savior. With that said, it is also believed by Christians that those who have never heard of Jesus and the Christian faith, i.e. individuals within an isolated tribe, babies and so forth, have no concept of Christ and can not, therefore, be in the position to consciously reject him. This would allow them entrance into heaven by default. With that said, why would you tell anyone about Christ? Why would you spread the word if that would put them in the position to consciously reject him? If they are already going to heaven due to their ignorance of the word of God, why not just let that be? You would, in effect, be losing more souls to Satan by spreading the word. You might want to rethink that whole “fishers of men” thing.
Hmmm, or you can just think it through and figure out that the phony Christians preaching this obviously have it wrong.
- Imagine that I had the power and ability to feed millions and end all suffering. Now, imagine that I simply chose not to do so because these millions of people that are suffering did not like me. You would probably like me even less then, right? Then why does God get a ‘get out of jail free card’? Wait a minute, ‘God’s plan,’ right?
Well, if you fed all the starving people they would now live a life of luxury and vice, similar to that of the overweight, stubborn, "godless" Americans. Sounds like a great solution...
- Why are more atrocities committed in the name of God than anything else?
Because most religious people do what they're told.
- The bible states that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. If it is fairly impossible for the rich to go to heaven then why are there wealthy Christians? Why wouldn’t these rich Christians give up all of their wealth to make it easier for them to enter the kingdom of heaven?
Maybe because it's a lesson and not a literal truth.
- Building upon the previous question, if it is almost impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, then why would God create heaven as having pearly gates, streets of gold and many mansions? It sounds like he wants us to be poor in life so that we will want to be rich in the afterlife, maybe? Does this make any real sense?
I was unaware Heaven had pearly gates.
- If God is perfect then his creations should be perfect, right? Then that would mean that the earth is a perfect creation. Then why would God have to create another perfect place, heaven, and use it to entice us to believe in him? What kind of assurance do we have that heaven would be any better than his other ‘perfect’ creation, earth?
I'm going to stop answering these questions now.
- God allowed Jesus to be tempted as a human by Satan in the wilderness of the desert. Again, if God and Jesus are the same entity, then what kind of sense does it make for God to allow himself to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness to see if he would give in to the temptation? In addition to that, if he were all-knowing, he would have already known the outcome and, therefore, could have avoided the whole thing all together.
- If heaven is to be a place free of sadness, pain and suffering, then how can you be happy in heaven knowing that the vast majority of humankind is painfully burning for eternity, especially when some of them may be your loved ones?
- Seeing as though everything we, including Christians, enjoy in the modern world is a product of science, why do Christians so fervently deny factual scientific evidence that disproves so many aspects of the bible and their religion as a whole?
- If Christianity is the only true religion, then why do practitioners of all other religions feel fulfilled in their faith and achieve the same desired results as Christians?
- If God created everything, then why did he create the tree of knowledge of good and evil and put it right in the middle of the garden of Eden for Eve to eat of it’s fruit if he didn’t want her to? Furthermore, why did God create the serpent that tempted Eve? Uh-oh, it sounds like another possible set-up.
- In the beginning God created Adam and Eve, right? Then Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel. What happens next? How did the species propagate itself? Incest is genetically detrimental to offspring. It is also seen as being terribly immoral among the majority of people alive today, including Christians. There was either some incest going on or God created more people from scratch and we weren’t told about it. The same scenario applies to the flood incident. Sure, Noah’s three sons had wives, but that would still mean that, out of the eight remaining individuals on the planet, there is only a 50% variation of genetic code. Mathematically, inbreeding was sure to be necessary to replenish the earth.
- Why does God allow things to happen among his followers that he has already deemed to be sinful, i.e. incest example above, “thou shalt not kill” and so forth, and it is alright as long as it is done in his name? Remember, more deaths have occurred in history in God’s name.
- How did Adam live to 930, Seth 912 and Methuselah 969 years old when anthropological evidence show that we have progressively increased our longevity throughout history? If they did live that long back then, this concept would be reversed and our longevity should have been decreasing throughout history, right? That would mean that people 500 years ago should have lived to at least 200 years old. Why do we not find evidence of this throughout written historical birth and death records as well as archaeological and anthropological evidence?
- God has killed more people than Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Sadam Hussein, Milosavic and Jim Jones combined. Why would you not follow them instead of God? Based on this standard, these monsters are compassionate compared to God.
- Why is it that when a Christian is faced with questions that have huge negative implications towards the logic of their faith, they conveniently say that it is in God’s plan? Judging by the above mentioned failures, God’s plan does not seem to be a very good one.
Last, but not least……..
- Why would God give us the capability of logic and reason and expect us not to use it when it comes to belief in him and his word?
It's almost scary that the supposed "smart" people in our society, atheists, are stumped by these types of questions. I thought they were supposed to be the innovators and thinkers of our time. So much for that.