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Ten questions you must answer if you are Christians

Updated on December 27, 2014

Questions that demand answers

I found a couple of fascinating videos that argue against Christianity.

Questions put forward by the authors are very interesting. Of course, some of them are not much of significance to my judgment than he thinks, but I intend to answer them.

By no means will I defend Christianity with bias, which I means by developing nonsensical doctrines or sabotaging productive debates. All I want to do is to provide my honest opinions and assessment.

In so doing, I won't try to debase Christianity or irresponsibly advocate atheism.

Let us dive into the questions.

A fascinating video that questions God

As I examine the questions, well....

I think his first question is a bit childish.

Obviously prayers for divine intervention does not necessarily imply that we deserve anything indulgent on our part however our desires might be found reasonable or natural.

I don't think any sensible Christian expect such a God who grants any wish he or she has in prayer.

On the other hand, what's the use of praying if God doesn't do in our prayer? I think that's quite logical and sensible, and something Christianity can't answer.

But that makes also a preposition or assumption feasible that God we are talking about may not be a good one, but at the same time that's not necessarily to suggest that God's existential property is found false.

I wholeheartedly agree that it's not very convincing to say that God wants these children to suffer or die for some divine, mysterious reason.

I too am sick and tired of listening to that claim. So what really amounts to those millions suffering, especially after all Christ died for his people?

I think it's a time for God to issue responsible answers, more logical or more sensible than that, or God may not be as good as people would like to believe.

As for third question, I am more inclined to think that God's assessment on human life and value may be different from ours. But then again, that makes God a different kind of God from we know it.

I am also willing to think those innocent may not be so in God's eyes or in different perspectives. The more I live the less I sympathize humans.

Innocent? Yeah maybe, but who is really innocent?

Yet the punishment is over the top.

Perhaps God's property was just an invention of ruling tools in old days, rather than a divine person, and we keep rehashing something stink in the old jukebox in order to make it convincing to the listeners.

Historically ruling makes it inevitable to systematically root out dissents or outlaws in order to make the rest under subjugation. Power struggle is the most natural development in human society and became a seed of instability.

Yeah, take this. Without bloodshed we can't rule this species. That's why each time power changes, millions were butchered.

But even then, those punishments are outrageous. If ruling is inevitable, for whom the rules really needs to exist?

At the same time there is a problem when you apply our own cultural standards to others. There are always values in the sub-level and boundary conditions that change perspectives.

Subversion or undervalue in moral or legality is something we shouldn't overlook. Say, among the lot of serial killers, one who decided to steal rather than killing will be considered as a saint.

But spitting on Koran or Bible can never be a form of expression in freedom of speech if you live in a society where spitting on Koran deserves death penalty.

I do not condone and have no intention to look away from any atrocity, but we shouldn't ignore different values before criticizing.


Not so quite refreshing as I thought

Fourth question is very disappointing.

The author keeps saying intelligent education or science throughout the video, but I don't think he is really scientifically minded.

Those who are saying that what they saw and knew covers everything in the world are just arrogant idiots. You'd better not say it's nonsense because it's hard to believe.

Of course that's much better than just giving in to elaborate claims. You'd do better almost all the time when you are skeptical but be open-minded.

Just look around how many things in the world you actually know and understand. The more you learn the less you are convinced of anything.

Fifth question is again based on different values. I think sixth question is the most attractive. Why indeed? Why should good people suffer? But again, that also categorically falls into the same value question.

But again that does not put God in question in terms of existential property. Seventh question is also demonstrating the lack of the author's capacity in knowledge. There are tons of miracles or supernatural events or paranormal phenomena in the world that appear greater than miracles Christ did.

I know that does not give any advantage to Christianity. I consider rank stupid people who say there isn't miracle or something incredibly extraordinary. We don't have to, well, we shouldn't refer automatically to God or anything divine when we see something extraordinary or even try to extract divine ingredients out of it.

But there are too many things in life and in the world we simply don't know what they are and why about them. If you want to say it's impossible because that's impossible in your mind or understanding, well, just keep it to yourself. Don't babble about it. You will know by and by life is full of surprises.

Eighth question is also childish. I don't feel like bothering. Why should he? I don't get it. Why the appearance of Christ has to be a must in order to ratify Christianity or its faith after all?

Ninth question sounds like Catholic. That's why I don't like Catholic; sorry no offense to those subscribers. They can't tell difference between legal papers and poems.

Tenth question seems most sensible. The answer is simple. Religion has nothing to do with what you are. What they believe is one thing, what they do is another.

While I am typing, I found the video less and less enlightening. Most questions simply are echoing the author's limited interest, stunted and shallow. Nevertheless, I think it serves discussion and exchange of ideas.

Next time, let' talk about the video below. I think we will have more penetrating questions.

Do you think there is a hell?

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    • KU37 profile image

      KU37 

      3 years ago

      Jesse, I am delighted to read this Hub! I left a very dismissive nasty comment on a similar Hub of yours for a very important reason that I will get to later. I'll get to right the point. I am agnostic. Having said that, I have many observations about the two videos that might surprise you. I grew up in a private Christian school. By the time I was about 13, all of my classmates were "saved". There was a lot of peer pressure to be "saved". I told them I was "saved". They told me that I had to believe in order to go to heaven. I tried and tried to believe so that I wouldn't go to hell if I were to die the next day. I fooled all my classmates, but I could not fool myself. This was over 40 years ago, and I am still psychologically scarred. Almost 100% of the questions in your videos were rationalized away one way or another by my bible teachers. For somebody who grew up in this kind of environment, and was able to either believe these things, or to grow into believing these things, and remain in a group of people who repeatedly tell each other these things, I honestly don't think these videos are going to reach them. Peer pressure is an incredibly powerful thing, between kids, and especially between adults. There are things about the first video that I absolutely despise. First of all, why do they keep telling me how much education I have? What's up with that? It's obviously disingenuous, since it is clearly aimed at uneducated people. The only one of the ten questions I had trouble with as a child was #8. The other nine I could rationalize away, based on what I was being taught. The second video had so many interesting questions I don't know where to start. I'll select two that I think are interesting. "What will help you more before taking a test - praying or studying?" I think there is a (measurable?) benefit to praying in this case. A person can fool themselves into thinking better of themselves, and therefore perform better. Probably not as good as studying, but not completely worthless. It's like the "placebo effect", but psychological. Second, "If God told you to kill your child, would you do it?" This question is examined in the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, and there have been many interesting philosophical interpretations of this story which are worth studying. Another part of the Bible that is a fascinating take on the "question of evil" is the book of Job. My personal opinion of Job is that it was not written by a believer. It seems to me that some different author who was religious must have added the last two chapters afterwards. If you are sitting on the fence of belief, or even if you are a 100% atheist who is interested in philosophy, you have to read the book of Job.

      The conclusions reached in the first video are wrong. Not because they are untrue, but because they are unimportant. I am perfectly happy and content living my entire life side by side with "delusional" people who cause me no grief. They can study their superstitious beliefs on the weekend, and during the weekdays sit together with my kids in science class. The problem I have with some of these "delusional" people is that some of them are very dangerous. Dangerous dangerous. Not in quotation marks dangerous. These are the people (in the US particularly) who want to take their superstitious beliefs so seriously that they want to call them science. They want to turn back the clock on the progress we have made in the 20th century, both in thought, in civic progress, in technology, and most fundamentally, in science. Their agenda is to remove evolution from the classroom. This is the reason I left such a nasty comment on your other Hub. That Hub belonged here, under the category "Religion and Philosophy". This is the category where we discuss questions about supernatural things. You had published it under "Science". Your other Hub had zero to do with science. Zero. When you start talking about superstitions under "science", that is the beginning of The End. I have to bring up climate science because climate change is the one thing that is most likely bring about the end of the world, according to science. This will most likely happen more than 100 years from now. Does that affect me personally? Does that affect my children? This is a hard sell. A very hard sell. I really need to get to work in my carbon-emitting car. People who cannot distinguish superstitions from science are probably not going to believe climate scientists. They're often the same group of folks, regardless of their education level.

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      Paradise7 

      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Human beings as a whole species create our own negative situations. The children are starving because of a very uneven distribution of food, worldwide. Who is responsible for that? God? Human beings?

      A lot of these questions put the responsibility on God to correct human errors or right human wrongs. I just don't think it works that way, whether there is a God or isn't.

      For example--the amputee question. Was the amputee a soldier? Did he or she get the leg shot off in battle? Was he or she a diabetic with an uncontrollable passion for sweets? Did he or she get into a bad car accident, with a drunk driver responsible for the accident, and thus had to have a limb amputated? Not that I'm saying that any of these people therefore deserve to lose a limb, I'm just saying that maybe it wasn't God but some human occurrence which decided their fate to begin with.

      As for science vs. the Bible version: the science of the days when the Bible was written was not the science of today. The Bible expresses the concepts of things like creation with the best allegory available to the writers at the time.

      Whatever a person believes, there's always a naysayer somewhere. Faith is important for a lot of us. We live better lives and become better people through faith, and I personally think it would be a very sick, sad world with no religion or faith in anything higher than ourselves. We would all be looking down instead of up right along with the naysayers.

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