- Some Questions For The Believer
1) How would you define "God," and why are you convinced such
2) If everything needs a creator, then who or what created God?
3) How can something that cannot be described be said to
4) Since there are countless religions in the world today claiming
to the "one true religion," why do you think your beliefs are the
5) Since these religions make opposing claims, can more than
them be right?
6) If you feel "in your heart" that your religion is the right one,
how do you answer those of other faiths who claim the same
7) How is it possible to settle the debate as to which of these
religions, if any, is correct?
8) Why does your god allow all these false religions to exist?
9) Is the bloody history of Christianity consistent with what is
supposed to be a religion of love, or does it instead show the
consequences of abandoning reason for faith?
10) If everything is the product of a "grand design" by an
omniscient, benevolent designer, why is the history of life so
filled with horrible suffering, blundering waste, and miserable
failures? Why does this god go through billions of years of such
carnage without yet arriving at his goal?
11) Why did your god intervene so many times in human affairs
antiquity (according to the Bible) and yet not do a single thing
during modern times?
12) Why should one's inner convictions about the existence of
indicate that such a being exists outside of the believer's own
mind? In other words, if we can rely on subjective "intuitions"
about god, why can't we rely on subjective intuitions about
devils, witches, and other supernatural agents?
13) If you claim that the Resurrection (accompanied by two major
earthquakes and zombies arising from their graves, according
gospel of Matthew, an eclipse according to Luke) they why are
no extra-biblical records of these events?
14) If you claim that the gospels are eye-witness accounts of
events, then why do they disagree so widely over what
15) Can a god who would abandon his children when they
the most (as during the Holocaust of the Second World War) still
16) If something is not rational, should it be believed anyway?
17) If the god of the Bible is "all-good," why does he himself say
that he created evil (Isaiah 45: 7)?
18) Is there a better way than reason to acquire knowledge and
19) If you would answer #16 with "faith," then why are there so
contradictory faiths in the world?
20) Is comfort more important to you than intellectual integrity?
21) What would it take to convince you that you are wrong?
22) If no rational argument can convince you that you are wrong,
then why should anyone with a different point of view see your
as anything other than a cult?
23) If an atheist lives a decent, moral life, why should a loving,
compassionate god care whether or not we believe in him?
24) Why is faith (belief without evidence) considered a virtue?
25) How is faith without evidence any different from gullibility?
26) Should any religion that demands we elevate faith over
27) Why do so many religious people thank god when they
disaster, yet fail to be angry with him for causing the disaster in
the first place?
28) If you insist that the atheist disprove the god of the Bible,
are you prepared to disprove the existence of Zeus, Odin, Ran
all the other ancient gods and goddesses?
29) Why is the number of atheists in prisons disproportionately
smaller than their numbers in the general population?
30) Is the brutal, vengeful and bloodthirsty god as depicted in the
Old Testament still a loving god? Or is the Old Testament (which
Jesus was supposed to uphold "every jot and tittle") wrong?
31) How can the same god that, according to the Old Testament,
killed everybody on Earth except for four people (Noah's Flood)
considered as anything other than evil?
32) Is the acceptance of religious mysticism, magic and
consistent with our understanding of good mental health?
33) In order to be good Christians, must we really do as Jesus
in Luke 14: 26 and hate ourselves and our families?
34) Since the ancient world abounded with tales of resurrected
Savior-Gods that were supposed to have returned from the dead
to "save" humanity, why should the Jesus story be considered
while the others are regarded as false?
35) If the Bible is the standard for morality, why does it not
forbid slavery and war crimes, such as those committed by the
36) If the Bible is the inerrant word of God, why does it contain so
many factual errors and contradictions, such as the two
contradictory accounts of Creation in Genesis?
37) Why isn't the Bible written in a straightforward way which
leaves no doubt about what it means? In other words, why are
so many Christian sects?
38) The last time Christianity attained total power, it resulted in
the Dark Ages, so why should we expect anything different from
Christian fundamentalists today?
39) Has anyone ever been killed in the name of atheism?
40) Why does history show that every time a fundamentalist
has gained political power, tyranny and persecutions have soon
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- Replying to Robert Bassett:
Thanks for replying. On 19 Jul 2005 at 12:15, you said:
> I do agree with what you say about religious hypocrisy Eric but youI was addressing what I thought was Jeep's more fundamental
> must admit that there has to be one real truth.
question about which religion was true. Since his question mixed in
world religions, Christian denominations, and cults, it was my view
that the best way to frame a response was as I did: the Christian
religion is true, but being part of the "right church" won't save
you. I think this is the basics for further discussion.
> The Godhead must be either the trinity as described by RC and mostTrue, they cannot all be right. And the Godhead might fit some
> Protestants, God and the glorified man Christ as described by JW and
> others or maybe 3 separate beings as described by Mormons. They cannot
> all be right.
different configuration altogether (binitarian, unitarian,
modalistic, panentheistic, etc.). I acknowledge that on a descriptive
level, the law of noncontradiction holds.
My assertion, for Jeep's sake, is that even believing in the
"right" understanding of Godhead is not enough. As I said to him in
my last message:
EP> In the last analysis, Bible knowledge without eternal life
EP> is worthless.
I think that holds for knowledge of true doctrines as well. In my
understanding, a person could conceptually believe in the "right" or
ultimately most correct understanding of theology, christology,
pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and all the rest, and still
not be "saved." Salvation is not obtained by intellectual assent even
to correct propositions and statement. Salvation is based on a
personal decision of the will to turn from sin and trust in Christ as
your sin-bearer, master, and risen Lord.
There are components of this decision that involve ideas (what is
sin? what does "risen" mean? etc.), but there are additional
components that require will, volition, allegiance, faith, and so on.
> I do agree though that participation in any religion doesnt guaranteeI think so too ... so long as those different faiths don't
> salvation, any many individuals of many different faiths will hear the
> words of the shepherd and heed his voice.
"differ" so greatly that they lose or deny the Jesus and gospel of
Scripture. Thanks for writing.