- Religion and Philosophy
10 Questions for Christians
As an Atheist married to a Christian I often have moments of thought where I wonder what you Christians are thinking. I'm fortunate to have a good husband who doesn't mind my constant questions that many Christians would be offended by. However I often wonder if his answers are the common answers among Christians. I truly do not understand how people believe in a God. Understanding isn't a requirement, but it does make living with a Christian easier. Even more than that, if the majority of my local population believes something, it would be nice to some how figure out what is going on in their minds. Atheist often say the belief in a God is like believing in Santa. Some Christians are offended by the comparison, but it strikes close to reality. Christians believe in something they can not see, hear, nor physically feel. It's all about belief and faith. I would love to understand how so many have faith in something they can not do any of those things with.
- Why can't God control everything? If he can create an entire world, I don't understand why he can't control it. Could he not make a way to help us or control certain things with out some how messing up all our other freedoms? So can he even control himself?
- If God is our father why does he allow "free will" to harm his children? Many people are born into horrible lives before they ever have a chance to make their own decisions. These children are abused or neglected and God does nothing. I understand letting adults be effected by "free will" but I do not understand why God doesn't step in when it comes to children. Should all children not be given the opportunity to start out life with positives?
- How can God be loving if he allows number 2? If I allow someone to rape or beat my child I am a horrible person and must not love my child. However if God allows it to happen he is somehow loving?!?! Wouldn't he have provided himself a foolproof way of loving us without some how ruining something else if he was truly loving?
- The explanation offered by many Christians for child abuse and other bad things is that somehow God is teaching us something or that it is God's plan to make us into a good person. My question here is there has to be a better way to teach a child right? If my child needs to learn manners I don't beat it into him. Why not find a nicer approach to life lessons?
- How do you believe in something that there is no evidence it even exists?The thing I hear Christians saying is that "We can't see air but we know it's there". True, but it has also been proven the to be there and proven to be the thing that keeps us alive. All "Miracles" can be explained with rational thoughts. So how do you justify belief in something that has never been shown to even be real?
- How do you explain the multiple impossible things in the bible? I mean everyone knows it is impossible for a dead person to come back to life. Have you ever witnessed a walking dead person? How is Jesus any different than any other story about zombies?
- Why do you think your God is the only right one? As an atheist I struggle with this one. If I am wrong and there is a God, How do we know if there is just one God, multiple Gods, which one is the right one? I mean there have been Gods of sorts since pretty much forever. How do Christians justify the fact they pick this one God to worship?
- Natural disasters are another thing. Do you think this is God's way of controlling the planet's population or just another thing God chooses to do to his people out of spite? I mean killing thousands of people in a tsunami just doesn't sound like something a loving being would do.
- Birth Defects and Child illness. This is one I struggle with very much. With all the children that are born with defects or end up with childhood cancer how do you fit that in with your faith in God? Seems to me that this is something that many say is used to make stronger people. Losing a child builds something in a person so that they can help another parent facing the same problem. But let's be real, if it never happened to begin with then no one would need to be stronger in that way. Why not just keep it from happening?
- This is my last one because this is the one that I personally have fought with. At the end of the day religion is simply faith with no answers. There is no questioning God. Things happen in his time and way and we are to simply believe and worship. How do you worship someone that lets all of the above happen? How do Christians find faith in God when their child dies, their husband is hit by a drunk driver, their wife has breast cancer? I just don't understand how anyone would choose to love, worship, and believe in something that allows all of this pain and sadness with no explanation. I look at a disabled child and I can't see a real God allowing that to happen and if he did I can't see wanting to worship him.
Do you ever doubt your own faith?
End of the Day
At the end of the day I just don't understand the "all powerful, create everything" God allowing all the negative of the world. We create a lot of that negative and if there really was a God he would protect our world. I have no wish to change Christians or down you for your beliefs, but I will never understand them even though I do my best to. Answering my questions with parts of the bible also make it hard for me to believe, because the bible is a book written by men. Can someone just explain to me why the Christian God supposedly sent Jesus Christ here, yet here we sit 2000 years later and he has sent no one here for this set of people?!? It would seem that times are considerably different now and it would make sense to send some "proof" for us.
What religion are you?
When I wrote this hub article I was at a moment in my life where I needed to get out things that had weighed heavy on me for a while. Where I am from Christianity is almost the only religion, people are in your face about it, you can't avoid it, and quite honestly I was tired of people in some groups I was part of who constantly said things like "God has a plan for you" and "God has reasons beyond what we see"
It is out of my system now, and while I will always wonder how people manage to believe these things I am to a point of peace where I can just ignore the comments made. Please understand I don't mean to sound rude when I say this but I really don't care what anyone chooses to believe, so long as they don't expect me to.
With that said, if you have any insight to any of the questions I would still like to hear it. I appreciate a different view than my own sometimes!