Christianity is Not a Religion.. (part 2)
25 MORE Questions that Most Christians Can't Answer..
The Answers Are Here..
1. If God created all things, why did He create AIDS, influenza, Ebola, ecoli, etc?? As viruses, these are living things. Is this yet another of ‘God’s plans’? You can't use the free will card for this one. Romans 8:28 is reminder that God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result. In Psalm 119 notice the progression through verses 67, 71, and 75 - "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word... It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.. I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me." The author of Psalm 119 was looking at suffering from God's perspective. It was good for him to be afflicted. It was faithfulness that caused God to afflict him. The result was so that he could learn God's decrees and obey His Word.
2. Why does God answer prayers of some, providing good incomes and large homes, etc.. yet ignore prayers for cessation of starvation & disease among millions of others throughout the world? Is this yet more of His infinitely wise plan? ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8-9). Trials & distress aren't unusual in life, and are part of what it means to be human in a fallen world. He uses suffering to draw us to Himself so that we'll cling to Him. Jesus said, “ In the world you shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). The sufferings we endure and which seem so terrible are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.(Romans 8:18). However, Jesus did say, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:33-34). And the believer who selflessly gives to the poor will be blessed by God. “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, / and He will reward him for what he has done” (Proverbs 19:17).
Today the typical American Ideal is the pursuit of happiness for here and now, no matter what the cost. And it is likely that there is a poor, hungry, or sick person within walking distance of every American home & workplace. Yet odds are, also, that few if any, ever give a helping hand to their own less fortunate neighbors. And then consider the following verse from Mark 8:36: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
3. How can we trust in the Bible 100%, when even though it's supposed to be accurate, there are hundreds of excluded texts due to the many translations & revisions throughout history? God would never have allowed vital information to be lost in any way. Thus, there's no missing or excluded books of the Bible. It is complete, so that we who read and understand it may also be complete and equipped for all good work.. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible judges us, not vice verse. “For the word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Note the relationship between the heart & the Word. The Word examines; the heart is being examined. “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). “The law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7). “Every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5)
4. Why is there no evidence that God ever performed even one single miracle? We have the truth of Jesus recorded in Scripture. We have the writings of the apostles recorded in Scripture. Jesus & His apostles, as recorded in Scripture, are the cornerstone & foundation of our faith (Ephesians 2:20). In this sense, miracles are no longer necessary, since the message of Jesus and His apostles have already been attested to & accurately recorded. In reference to the gospel, Hebrews 2:4 states, “God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”
5. If God and Jesus are one, of the same mind, power, and knowledge, then why didn't He spare himself of being crucified? And why would Jesus ask himself why he has forsaken himself by allowing himself to be crucified? Most people have difficulty understanding the Trinity because it exceeds our intellectual capability. As humans, we exist in something called the space/time continuum. That means we’re subject to certain laws, one of which is that only one entity can occupy a given place at a given time. It’s all we know. So how can God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit be One, yet Three? All in the same place, at the same time, in one instant, three vastly different places in the next, and then back to one again? They talk to each other and yet they are each other. It’s beyond our comprehension. "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:33-34).
Answer to questions 6, 7, & 8, follow #8..
6.If you believe that all children are innocent in Gods eyes, and that eternal life is more important than physical life, then shouldn't we kill our children so to guarantee their entry to Heaven? and don't state that killing is a sin.. since you could repent afterward, and be forgiven. Also, if you believe that eternal life is most important, and you would sacrifice your own life for that of your child, then wouldn't it seem reasonable that we should kill our children before age of accountability so as to ensure their entry to Heaven?
7. Doesn't it seem reasonable that abortionists are actually winning more souls for Christ than Christian missionaries are? Given that children are innocent in the eyes of God, why not bomb preschools?
8. Then if you don't believe that children are innocent in God's eyes, in all fairness couldn't we suggest that God is some kind of monster? ..see the conundrum here?
Eternal life is not more important than our physical life; rather our eternal life is dependent upon our physical life, and a reflection of how we choose to live our physical life. God’s grace not only redeems believers from unholy deeds, but also guides believers into holy living. They become eager for good deeds. This doesn’t mean that believers don't sin, rather their passion is to honor God due to His grace working in their lives. True believers don't live lifestyles of continual, unrepentant sin, and would not consider killing children, because their lives changed when they became Christians. In fact, those considering themselves Christians, yet desiring life with sin, have reason to doubt their salvation. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves". (1 John 3:8-9)(2 Corinthians 13:5)(Galatians 5:19-21). Though believers may stumble or fall into sin at times, (even in big ways), the basic direction of their lives is that of holiness & passion for God & His glory. The Bible instructs that true believers never view sin flippantly, but strive for the strength of God’s grace(Galatians 5:19-21). We're told to do unto others as we would have others do unto us.. He wants us to love as He loves.. His example is not murder.
9. Common Christian belief is that conscious rejection of Christ as Lord & Saviour is the only unforgivable sin ..that babies & others with no concept of Christ are in no position to reject Him, which would allow them entry to Heaven by default.. so, why tell anyone about Christ? If their ignorance guarantees them Heaven, then why not just let it be? Shouldn't we rethink the whole fishers of men thing? First, for Christians, there is no unforgivable sin. All sin was forgiven at the cross. When Jesus said, "It is finished" (John 19:30), it meant the penalty for all sin was paid in full. "it is finished" translated to Greek is “tetelestai", which was the word on stamps nailed to the door of criminals,as proof their crimes had been paid in full. While some may be ignorant of Scripture and the teachings of Christ, they are not deprived of any knowledge of what is right and wrong, nor are they deprived of the knowledge of God’s existence. Romans 1:20 tells us “For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” In reality, it's not that some people haven't heard about Christ, but that they've rejected what they have heard, and what is easily seen in nature. Deuteronomy 4:29 states, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” That is.. everyone who truly seeks after Truth will find it.
10. We probably wouldn't be liked very much if we had the power and ability to feed all the hungry, and end all suffering, but because people didn't like us, we chose to ignore their hunger and suffering. So, why does God get the 'out of jail free' card' here? Oh of course, it's all part of god's plan.. We tend to see our lives in the very small picture.. that is, terms of anywhere from a few minutes to maybe 100, 105 years, but God sees our lives in the big picture, that is eternity. Among the things God hates are idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:31, 16:22) & those who do evil (Psalm 5:4-6, 11:5). (Proverbs 6:16-19) outlines seven things the Lord hates: pride, lying, murder, evil plots, those who love evil, false witness, and troublemakers. Notice that this passage does not include just things that God hates; it includes people as well.
11. Why are so many atrocities committed in Gods name? Many people (& governments) use God as an excuse for evil activities. Along with his work of tempting mankind, satan delights in deception (1 Timothy 3:6-7; 2 Timothy 2:26). One huge falsehood he uses so frequently is that good can be attained by doing wrong. As the greatest deceiver, satan is an expert at falsifying truth (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
12. The Bible says it's 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, so if it's reasonably impossible for the rich to enter heaven, why are there wealthy Christians? and why wouldn’t rich Christians forfeit their wealth to ease their entry to Heaven? Rich true believers do share their wealth with the less fortunate.. Jesus’ parable of the seed and the soils in Matthew 13 clearly states that not all professions of faith in Him are genuine. Many professed believers will be stunned when they hear Him say to them, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”, (Matthew 7:23), & that group will include many wealthy people.The rich are so often blinded to their spiritual poverty due to their pride of material accomplishments, and contentment with their wealth. They are as likely to humble themselves before God as a camel is to crawl through the eye of a needle.
13. So, if it's nearly impossible for the rich to enter Heaven, why does God describe Heaven with pearly gates, streets of gold, and many mansions? It as though He wants us to be poor now, so that we'll want to be rich in the afterlife? Does this make any sense? He wants us to be spiritually rich, not spiritually poor, so that we will know, enjoy, and "see what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him."1 Corinthians 2:9). Also, the eloquent descriptions of heaven depicted in this question, and others like it, come no where near describing Heaven, as it is beyond the ability of finite man to describe.
14.If God and all His creations, including earth, are supposed to be perfect, then why would He need to create another perfect place (Heaven) to entice us? and what guarantee have we that Heaven is any more perfect than His perfect earth is? The created can not be greater than the creator.. God created us for His pleasure, and so that we, as His creation, would have the pleasure of knowing Him. We were not created perfect, nor was the earth.. The Bible tells us exactly how to attain the perfection we seek..
15. God allowed satan to tempt Jesus as a human in the wilderness of the desert.. so, if God and Jesus are one entity, why would God to allow Himself to be tempted by satan to see if He'd succumb to the temptation? Additionally, if He were so all-knowing, he would already known the outcome, and could have avoided the entire scenario to begin with. This question refers to actions taken as result of agape love, which is uniquely distinguished by the essence of self-sacrifice, and is exemplified in the question. God knew exactly what He was doing; in fact it was prophesied throughout the entire 53rd chapter of Isaiah, and is clearly unmistakable in Isaiah 53:3-7: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.”
16. How could one be happy in Heaven, which is supposedly a place free of suffering, sadness, and pain, knowing that the vast majority of humanity is burning painfully for eternity? ..especially knowing that some of these may be loved ones.. Lucky us! since He says He will wipe away not only our tears, but also the memories. It's easy to understand that some might believe they'd be unhappy in Heaven, knowing that some of their loved ones are suffering an eternity of torment in hell.. However, if some of our loved ones are not in heaven, we will be in absolute agreement that they do not belong there, and that they are condemned by their own refusal to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior (John 3:16; 14:6). Though difficult to understand, we will not be saddened by the lack of their presence.
17. Since everything we all enjoy (including Christians) in the modern world are products of science, why is it that Christians so fervently deny factual scientific evidence disproving most aspects of the Bible and their religion as a whole? The Bible states that people will reject the clear & undeniable knowledge of God & believe lies instead. Romans 1:25 declares, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” The Bible also proclaims that people are without excuse for not believing in God: “For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities— His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). As we sit before our computers today, highly noted and respected scientists of our time are being blackballed from the scientific community because they dared to declare scientific proof of intelligent design...
18. If Christianity is the only true religion, why do practitioners of other religions feel fulfilled in their faith, and acquire the same desired results as Christians? Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God that He initiated & maintains. Man, in his creativity, invented numerous religions in attempt to reach God. Romans 1:19-21 contains the biblical explanation for why there are so many religions. The truth of God is seen & known by all human beings because God has made it so. But instead of accepting & submitting to the truth about God, many people reject it, and seek their own way to understand God.
19. Assuming God did create everything, why did he put a tree of knowledge of good and evil right in the middle of the garden of Eden for Eve to eat of it’s fruit if He didn’t want her to eat it? Moreover, why did God create the serpent that tempted Eve? ...another set-up? God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve the choice of obedience or disobedience. If God hadn't given Adam and Eve the choice, they'd have essentially been robots, simply doing whatever they were programmed to do. The serpent was satan, either appearing as a serpent, possessing the serpent, or deceiving Adam and Eve into believing that it was the serpent talking to them. Serpents / snakes do not speak. Revelation 12:9 and 20:2 both describe satan as the serpent.
20. If in the beginning God created Adam and Eve, and then Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel, what happened next? How did humanity propagate itself, since incest is genetically detrimental? Not to mention that even Christians agree that incest is immoral. Yet, either there was incest or God created more people from scratch than we were told about. And the same applies to the flood situation, since even though Noah had three sons who all had wives, it would still have meant that there were only eight individuals, and only a 50% variation of genetic code. Still, mathematically, inbreeding would have been necessary to replenish the earth. Adam & Eve were the first (and only) human beings, and their children would've had no choice but to intermarry. God didn't forbid inter-family marriage until later when there were enough people to make intermarriage unnecessary (Leviticus 18:6-18). Adam and Eve did not have any genetic defects, which enabled them and the first few generations of their descendants to enjoy far greater quality of health than we do today. The human genetic code has become increasingly 'polluted' over the centuries as genetic defects are multiplied, amplified, and passed down from generation to generation.
21. Why does God allow atrocities, even among his followers, as long as done in His name? Throughout history, there's been more death Gods name than any other. Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that suffering of any kind is OK as long as administered in His name. He uses suffering to draw us to Himself so that we'll cling to Him. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). God uses suffering to take our eyes off this world and put them on the next. The sufferings we endure and which seem so terrible are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
22. Since anthropological evidence shows that we've progressively increased our longevity, how did Adam live to 930, Seth 912 and Methuselah 969 years old? Why isn't there evidence of this throughout written history? After the flood the earth was completely different than before it. There were widespread global differences; changes of climate, composition of the atmosphere, hydrolic cycle, geological features, cosmic radiation reaching earth, ozone concentration, ultraviolet light, background radiation, genetics, diet, chemical & physiological changes which caused a rapid decline in the longevity of life, which demonstrates that the long ages are not myths. This can be done by an understanding of the exponential (natural) decay rate. For example if you expose a container of living organisms to a radioactive substance they will die off in what is called a natural decay rate or curve.
23. God has killed more people than Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Sadam Hussein, Jim Jones, and Milosavic combined so why not follow leaders like them instead of God? Somehow those monsters seem compassionate compared to God. Those men sacrificed their lives for no one, other than perhaps, themselves. In fact they made no personal sacrifices for others whatsoever. They were unable to offer eternal life, and were mere human beings, just like us. They were not all powerful & all knowing. Though God has allowed many to die, only He will have final say of how and where they will live for eternity. Wouldn't one rather serve a master who has power over eternal life, as opposed to one whose power is limited only to the now?
24. Why is it that when Christians are faced with questions of negative implications regarding the logic of their faith, they conveniently say that it's all about Gods plan? Judging by the aforementioned failures, Gods plan doesn't seem like a good one... God’s purpose includes reward for those who trust in Him.. “We speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been destined for our glory since before time began. It is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:7-9). That's reason enough for Christians to believe in His plan...
25. When it comes to believing in Him, why doesn't God expect us to use the capability of logic and reason that He gave us? No where in the Bible is it stated that God does not expect us to use the gifts he's given us. Jesus identified the logic described in this question when He said, “You refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). Clearly, unbelievers can accept Him if they want to; but so many choose not to.“A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7), & those who are outside of salvation are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20-21).
I believe that many people have difficulty with Christianity for three reasons..
1) They take it too seriously, believing Christianity is too restricting.
2) They don't take it seriously enough, believing there's plenty of time, should they change their minds.
3) They rebel against authority, not realizing that no earthly freedom can compare to Christian freedom... and that Gods laws are actually easier to to trust than man-made laws are.