10 Reasons Christianity Makes No Sense

By Godless Mama | 28 December 2015
Secular Press

When I discovered the online atheist community a few years ago, one of the things that astounded and humbled me the most was the scholarliness of so many activist atheists. I had never before been in the company of so many people so versed in scripture, so skilled in the arts of rhetoric and argumentation, so keen to identifying and deconstructing logical fallacies. I’m not going to lie: It’s often been intimidating to be surrounded by people whose expertise in such things is so far beyond my own, comparatively unsophisticated approach. But as time passes and I learn more and more about these subjects, I find that my basic issues with religion in general, and Christianity in particular, have not evolved to more abstract ontological questions, but have rather crystallized my inability to reconcile even the most basic and fundamental principles of Christian faith.

1. Jesus didn’t die. Christians are always going on about how Jesus died for our sins, but if he came back 3 days later then he didn’t die at all; more like being in a brief coma, which is a drag, but not exactly the ultimate sacrifice that the crucifixion is cracked up to be. And it wasn’t just his spirit that departed to heaven, but his actual physical being. If you go dig up a 3-day old grave, regardless of what you think may have happened to that person’s immortal soul, there’s still going to be a body in it. Jesus’ tomb, on the other hand, was empty, meaning that following his resurrection he was either a zombie or he was fully alive, neither of which is dead. Even more relevant is that when he was hanging there on the cross, Jesus knew that he was going to come back. He didn’t have to endure the fear of death that any other human being would have had to face or the uncertainty that presumably afflicts all but the most devout at the moment of death about whether there really was going to be an afterlife, or if this was lights out for good. Yes, he probably suffered physically, but he knew that death would be no more than a long nap and then he’d be up and at ‘em again. In short, he didn’t die.

2. Jesus didn’t have faith. Jesus was always rolling his eyes and scolding his disciples for not having enough faith. There are many verses to be found in the New Testament in which Jesus says some variation of, “Don’t trust your senses, don’t look for evidence, just accept it because I said so.” But if Jesus was the son of god, then faith wasn’t something he needed – he knew god and heaven were real because that’s where he came from, no faith required. How fair is it to command the rest of the world to believe something on faith alone, threatening eternal punishment to any who don’t believe it, when you yourself have no faith and all the evidence?

3. Jesus didn’t take away my sins. Or did he? I am no logician, but if Jesus died to take away the sins of humanity, then doesn’t that mean that once he was crucified there was no longer any such thing as sin? If his “death” was the absolution of the human race, which we are told it was, why do I still have to do what the bible says, or go to church, or even believe? Aren’t I already saved by his “sacrifice?” And if I am not, and there are still rules to follow and sins that could keep me out of heaven, then what exactly was the point?

4. Jesus wasn’t a very nice guy. American Christians talk a lot about so-called family values, but that concept doesn’t have much, if any, basis in the actual story of Christ. Jesus demanded that his disciples abandon their families and save all of their devotion for him and him alone – a rather narcissistic and not particularly family-centric expectation. Aside from seeming to be in direct contradiction to the commandment about honoring thy mother and father, abandoning spouses and children, while not against any commandments, still seems like a douchey thing to do, even 2,000 years ago.

5. Jesus’ dad was really not a nice guy. We all know that the bible is full of rape, murder, genocide, slavery, and every manner of atrocity – and not in a, “This is what our enemies do so don’t be like them” way, but in a “As long as you are one of mine, have at it” way. Then Jesus showed up and said, more or less, that the old laws still applied, and he wasn’t about to change them. Yes, he was willing to call out hypocrisy, and he did seem to care somewhat about social justice – at least with regard to poverty and leprosy – but otherwise he was still the enforcer of some rather distasteful rules. And don’t even get me started on Jesus being his own father – a concept that, in addition to making no sense, makes Jesus himself the very same god of the Old Testament that Christians like to dismiss as no longer relevant (except when it comes to hating gays).

6. Prayer is contradictory. We are told that god has a plan for everything, but then we are told to pray – for our loved ones to get better when they fall ill, for safety in the storm, for the home team to win the big game. Does that mean god will change his plan if you pray hard enough, or the right way, or get enough other people to pray for the same thing? At the very least this seems to suggest he doesn’t really have much of a plan if he’s willing to modify it based on popular opinion or for those who ingratiate themselves to him, not to mention that it’s a rather arbitrary, if not capricious, approach to human suffering. Further, people often say they pray for things like inner peace, strength, understanding, the solution to personal problems, etc. I don’t pray, but I do a lot of introspection in search of those same things, and then I do either what my conscience tells me is right or what my objectivity tells me has the best chance for the desired outcome. I suspect that people who pray end up doing more or less the same thing but attributing their conclusion to an outside agency. If that is the case, how can they explain that atheists (or members of other religions) can get to the same place with no (or a different) agent? And how strange is it, anyway, to carve out your conscience, that innermost part of yourself, the very core of what makes you you, and say it isn’t you?

7. The bible doesn’t set the moral bar very high. Let’s face it: Don’t rape people, don’t own people, don’t hate people, and don’t hurt children are kind of no-brainers when it comes to morality. Our friend Jesus and his old man not only failed to make these things clear, but in many instances they encouraged, condoned, or commanded them. Sure, Jesus said a few things about loving your neighbor and being kind to strangers, but he also said that not believing in him was the worst offense a person could commit and that anyone who didn’t believe would burn in Hell for all eternity. And seriously, the Ten Commandments as a basis for all morality? Checking out your neighbor’s wife is worse than raping his daughter? Taking the lord’s name in vain is worse than owning slaves? Nice priorities. Add to this the fact that god himself does not follow his own rules, to which Christians respond that mere mortals cannot understand or judge the morality of god. But if the bible defines morality, and god has a different set of rules for himself than for humans, and we are not allowed to know or understand his rules except that we are expected to do as he says but not as he does, then how exactly does that provide any kind of moral baseline whatsoever?

8. Christian love is not very loving. We hear a lot about Jesus’ love and god’s love, and how god so loved the world that he gave his only son, yada yada yada. We already covered the part about him not really giving up his son, and enough has been said by people smarter than I am about the questionable necessity of having a baby, leaving him be for 30 years, torturing him to death, and then bringing him back to life a few days later as a way of forgiving humanity instead of – oh, I don’t know, just saying “I forgive you.” We covered too that this supposed forgiveness isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on if I’m still considered a sinner and an apostate and bound for hell for not believing. But if we set that part of the contradiction aside, how loosely are we defining love if we are applying it to the bible? “I love you so much that I will torture and murder my own son as a symbol of something I could just give you without the bloodbath. I love you so much that I will reward you with an eternity in heaven, but you have to suffer and die in this world first. Salvation is yours, so long as you swear your devotion to me and only me. And believe what I say even if it sounds like nonsense because I told you to. And admit that deep down you are a rotten piece of garbage who doesn’t really deserve my love. And if you don’t do all of these things you will burn in a lake of fire for all eternity. But seriously, I love you.”

9. Terrible things happen to good people. A quarter of a million people died in the tsunami of 2006. Twenty first graders and six adults were slaughtered at Sandy Hook. People die of starvation, are killed by war and disease, are raped or beaten by people who have power over them, and suffer in countless other ways. If there is an omniscient, omnipotent god who is also loving, as Christians would have us believe, why do these things happen? Why do children suffer and die? Why are there droughts and floods and famines and pestilences and earthquakes and wars? Why couldn’t god just make people nice? Why create natural disasters? Why didn’t he set forth better, clearer rules to eliminate ambiguity about how we are supposed to treat each other? God either intervenes or he doesn’t; god is either omnipotent or he isn’t. If he does and he is, then suffering exists because god intends for it to be that way. If he doesn’t and he isn’t, then he isn’t in control of anything, including the minutiae of how we live our daily lives. How is either a god worth worshipping?

10. It’s all just way too convenient. Got what you prayed for? He answered your prayers. Praise Jesus! Didn’t get it? He has another plan. Praise Jesus! Don’t have the answers? You’re not meant to. Praise Jesus! Figured out the answer? He chose you. Praise Jesus! Sad about the deaths of your loved ones? They’re in a better place. Praise Jesus! Sad about how much your life sucks? You’ll be happy once you’re dead. Praise Jesus! Honestly, when the answer to every question is exactly the thing that makes you feel best / most comforted / least in need of using your own intellect, should that not send up a huge red flag that maybe you’re not being completely objective?

These are not overtly intellectual, clever, or even particularly insightful observations, nor am I the first person to make them. But as someone who has lived an entire life without religion, the exercises of engaging apologists, philosophizing, or running ontological obstacle courses seem – perhaps naively, but seem nonetheless – to be almost beside the point when the most basic premises of religious belief are so deeply flawed. These irreconcilable contradictions explain a lot about why religious indoctrination is necessary at a very young age, and sadly, they explain a lot about why the world is in the sorry state it is: Because they make people adept at rationalizing the irrational, believing the unlikely, and justifying the immoral.

Godless Mama is a liberal, atheist, anti-theist writer and parent seeking to make the world a better place through the spread of secularism and the exposing of the harms of religion. In addition to GodlessMama.com, she contributes to a number of other political and atheist pages and blogs.

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  1. Christianity makes no sense to atheists who rely on what they glean about Christianity from pop-culture, but it makes perfect sense if you study the Bible itself.

    1. Jesus did die.

    His heart stopped beating and he died a spiritual death, which the cross was a visual representation of.

    2. Faith is the confidence in someone or something's trustworthiness. Of course, Jesus had faith in God the Father. When he prayed, "Let your will be done," in the Garden of Gethsemane, that was him exercising faith in its purest form — i.e., complete confidence in God the Father's trustworthiness.

    3. Jesus DIED for the sins of humanity. The wages of sin is death. He payed the wages by dying on the cross.

    4. The disciples didn't have any families — they were all single men.

    5. The Bible does not condone rape, murder or genocide for anyone.

    6. Jesus taught us how to pray, and we're to pray in God's will. So I can pray that I get a new job, but I pray it in God's will.

    The purpose of prayer, as Jesus taught us, is communion with God (you can't have a relationship with someone you don't talk to) and to subject our will to God's.

    7. "The Bible doesn't set the moral bar very high." According to what, exactly? What moral standard does the atheist use to judge other moral standards as inadequate?

    8. God does not love everyone. He hates the wicked. For instance, he hates Hitler. If God loved Hitler, that would make God wicked.

    9a. No one is good. "No one is good but God."

    9b. Until atheism can supply a standard for moral justice, they're being intellectually dishonest. No where in the universe is it written that anything, good or bad, should or shouldn't happen to good or bad people.

    10. So what?

    • The basic problem with this is your first sentence. It was studying the Bible that made me finally realize how ridiculous it all was. I will go toe-to-toe with anybody on here who is a Christian as far as not only knowing what the Bible says, but understanding it in context of the times, knowing the social and political and financial conditions surrounding the writer at the time it was written, and defining things that we don't understand (chaff anyone?) in modern times. I was fine with being a Christian–until I studied the Bible. The first thing I realized was I had to stop playing my kids the tapes of even the kids' Bible version of the OT because – way too violent. Then I finally had to admit that this here God I was studying – cruel, misogynistic, totally arbitrary, and not personal or loving. So your point – because we don't even know the Bible – sorry, lady, gotta disagree with you on that one.

    • Here's one for you to explain, or more likely 'justify', 'excuse' or attempt to philosophise away:

      According to the bible, God the Father sent his son down to earth to save mankind, because chiefly, He 'loved the world so much'. That was over 2000 years ago. God (and his son) watched mankind suffering for thousands of years after Adam and Eve sinned, many living wretched lives, humans (including children) as well as innocent animals being abused and dying from many diseases or simply old age, which is not pleasant in itself.

      Finally, after thousands of years, God devised a plan and sent forth his son. One would think that virtually immediately after the original sin he would have conjured such a plan, but nevertheless, He eventually does so. Yet, here we are, over 2000 years AFTER God sent his Son down because 'He loved the world (and mankind) so much' and things are worse than ever… with countless wars and atrocities, disease and death affecting every single human, animal and all living beings!

      So much for 'loving the world so much'! It is obvious that there is no kind, caring, compassionate God, for if there were, he would not have allowed these terrible things to befall mankind in the first place (mankind who is not responsible for Adam and Eve's sins), or at least would have brought an end to the world's suffering immediately after his Son saved mankind.

      How could a God who supposedly loved mankind so much, watch his creation suffer for many thousands of years, and that includes innocent children and animals, who through no fault of their own have been thrust into this situation? Obviously there is no such kind, caring God.

      Please don't reply with the inane excuse that a thousand years is only a day to God, as it is the length of time which mankind experiences which is important, not a spirit being who is not suffering on earth. Also don't offer the usual, 'we do not know the mind of God' excuse as that is the usual cop outs offered when there is no answer to the question, and is not a valid explanation in any event.

    • THESE 10 SO CALLED REASON ARE LAUGHABLE Roman historians wrote Jesus died and arose again these people were not Christians but reporting the events that happen .This rest of these reasons you post are absolutely foolishness .You show even more cluelessness because the bible show the blunt sins of the world .It does not promote them like rape for example . .But you really care not to understand the Biblical truth because it offends your love of sin.You cannot comprehend or read in context because that would make you desire to see the truth .The love you hate http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0085/0085_01…. That God came in the flesh to died for you .That you hate him so much you reject his love .

  2. I feel like many points need to be addressed. Nothing personal. I just want to try and get Christians to really and truly think about what they are believing in.
    I myself grew up in a Christian home, went to church every Sunday, and seriously thought I believed it. But as I got older, going through high school and approaching college, I started thinking with more and more logic and reasoning.
    GOD CANNOT POSSIBLY BE ALL-LOVING, ALL-POWERFUL, AND ALL-KNOWING. This is the main argument for me as to why Christianity does not add up.
    So Jesus was apparently sent to Earth for the purpose of dying for our sins. He died as the ultimate sacrifice, but rose again to show people that there is life after death with him and him alone. The flaw? Well…why was there a need for all of this to begin with? God hates sin and God is all-powerful, but sin still exists. In the blink of an eye, he should have the power to wipe out sin. So why was there a need for all the theatrics with his death and ressurection? Why did he create sin?
    And the wages of sin is death? God is punishing us for being sinful, which is the way he created us. So we’re being punished for his mistake in creating us, which again, he could fix with the snap of his fingers if he really is all-powerful. But no, God created death in this world as well as sin like I said before.
    Somebody commented that God hates the wicked? I was taught that God loves all his children (hence the all-loving part), but I’ll play along with this comment for the sake of a good argument. So God hates the wicked such as Hitler for an example, correct? Well…who created Hitler? God. Who has a plan for everybody? God. So then who truly caused the world wars and, furthermore, any act of terror or violence? God. It was God that created terrorism, rape, murder, etc. Humans didn’t create these evil things on their own because it was all a part of God’s plan to begin with.
    You might argue that the evil is caused by Satan, but who created Satan? God. Satan was supposedly an angel that envied God and went to hell along with 1/3 of all the angels, all of which were God’s creations. And all of that was God’s plan too. I mean he knew it was going to happen, right? He knows all, right? Again, if he really hates these evil things, and he is all-powerful, then why do they exist?
    Also playing along with the idea of God hating the wicked, then God does apparently love those that he deems “good”, correct? Then why do they have to suffer from anything if they are innocent? Here’s an example to think about. Think about your family for a minute. Assuming you love them like most people do love their families, then you want the best for them, correct? If you had the power to give them a better world and a better life, then you would, correct? Then why does God allow his children to suffer if he loves them? He has the power to make everything perfect, yet he doesn’t.
    Sounds like God’s moral standards are a bit twisted, doesn’t it? Seems like the well-being of his “loved” ones aren’t a priority. I would think that caring for your loved ones and hating the suffering of innocent people is considered good moral standards, but this is all just coming from some 22 year old, agnostic college student like me. I mean, “clearly” this “God” has better moral standards than some kid, right? Well…seems to me like he is a sick and twisted being.
    One last thing to point out is that there are so many translations of the Bible and many different denominations of Christianity. Why can’t God be clear enough so that everybody understands the same message? Clearly the Bible is confusing because all the Christians are divided up into different groups that translate the Bible the way they want it to be translated based on who they are.
    Take homosexuality as a quick and easy example of this. The Bible states that it is an abomination. However, my church had a sermon on the topic where a guest pastor was talking about a gay couple that attends his church and has a sexless relationship. On the other hand, there are churches out there that flat out say that God hates gay people and even churches that will say that it’s OK. People will interpret any work of literature in different ways based on their perspective.
    Based on all this reasoning, if a god exists that created us all, then he either does not truly love us, does not know about the evil in the world that he created, or does not have unlimited power.
    But if anything, Christianity does good in keeping people under control, teaching discipline, and calming those that fear death. For that, I don’t mind Christianity existing for those that need it.
    If you took the time to read all this and still feel like Christianity cannot be questioned and that what I stated is crap, then we just need to agree to disagree because you probably just turned a blind eye to it all.

  3. NO God, no peace! Know God, KNOW peace! As a Christian I respect differing opinions but in “my little world” I don’t support any religion. I see it this way, either you are a Christian or you are something else. Simple enough?

    • Wars are fought over religion.
      No wars are fought over science and factual enquiry.
      Religion is the cause of fighting, death and violence. Because it's embedded within the scripture. Stoning people, killing and slaughtering them. All right there. Easy to find in the pages of your bible. When you don't believe in this disgusting fiction, you don't have it underpinning your broken morality.

  4. THESE 10 SO CALLED REASON ARE LAUGHABLE Roman historians wrote Jesus died and arose again these people were not Christians but reporting the events that happen .This rest of these reasons you post are absolutely foolishness .You show even more cluelessness because the bible show the blunt sins of the world .It does not promote them like rape for example . .But you really care not to understand the Biblical truth because it offends your love of sin.You cannot comprehend or read in context because that would make you desire to see the truth .The love you hate http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0085/0085_01.asp Thaqt God came in the flesh to died for you .That you hate him so much you reject his love .

  5. We are all on our own on Earth. Bad shit happens to good people and where is God??? I tried to lead a good loving life, being kind to everyone and all I ever ot was crapped on and a man killed my beloved dogs and my daughter, where was God to intervein! God is Bull Shit! But I do know for a fact there are Spirits and I am not sure how that is? If there is a God, he don't give a crap! And after all my suffering and losses…I have no faith or love for God! I would rather pray to Lucifer then God any day and I do!

  6. Explain why since the religion of atheism took full speed ahead since 1963 that our nation has become so violent? Atheists are weak willed bigoted cowards that need to be horse whipped for spreading evil and wicked agendas. No one thing proves there is a God than atheists. Atheists prove there is a Hell by their behavior.

    • Nice substance! All I read in your post was general name calling but really nothing substantial to defend your view. Nice one! Very good argument there pal. I'm so enlightened now thanks to your wise words. Lol

    • Atheism is not a religion. By “our nation” I take it you are talking about the USA, the most religious nation in the west & the most violent. Take the more secular countries of Scandinavia belief in God is incredibly low, crime & social problems that are common in the “bible belt” are rare. They lock up less people, have a better education system, health system & general wellbeing than the “God states” where murder, teen pregnancy rates & gun crime are horrendous. Proof that humans are better off without Christianity.

  7. I am a Christian…I believe that God sent Jesus to earth to teach us and to die, in our place, for our sin and that He did just that. I understand by reading your post that you feel the opposite. I will not debate or argue our different beliefs. I will say just this..
    If your beliefs are right and mine are wrong…I lose nothing. However, if my beliefs are right and your’s are wrong..you have lost everything. I pray that one day you will come to the know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

  8. You will never see logical replies from theists, as their belief is not based on logic, it's based on needing to believe.
    e.g. that atheism is itself a "religion".
    The contradictions and nonsense in the bible are plain for all to see. Theists just don't like hearing about it because it makes their baseless beliefs – that they only hold because of where they were born and because they were told to believe them by parents who suffered the same cycle – look as dumb as they are.
    One doesn't have to try to make the bible look stupid – the bible does a very good job of that on its own.

  9. Christianity isn't bad at all. This just pushed me off the edge I got to the second paragraph and I'm already pissed off. This is a really offensive article to all Christians and of course, me, because I'm a strong believer of Jesus Christ. Just because you didn't see it, doesn't mean it hasn't happened. The Bible tells all, no I'm not trying to convert you but I'm stating my beliefs here.
    Jesus DID die for our sins, so we are forgiven for every mistake we make because we are all human. God made us, this earth, life, everything. But we use the tools he made for us to invent things. It happens that way. Secondly, Jesus DID have faith. He was helping others get through their struggles. He turned water into wine, He even walked on water to save one of his disciples that didn't truly believe so he drowned but seeing Jesus and Jesus rescuing him, putting him back on the boat, he believed. God IS out there. Just because we don't see him doesn't mean he isn't real. Jesus DID die on the cross for our sins. Hell, he had a crown of thorns on his head, pulled his own cross that will be the death of him, and he loved everyone. He just wanted peace. For everyone. And when He rose, ppl believed again. Fourth, He was kind to everyone He was NOT selfish of keeping only a few and many to Himself, but tried his best to save everyone. He helped a man who was blind see again. Fifth, God created Jesus and gave Him to Mary. Not the husband. He doesn't hate Gays, he just wants peace for every living being. sixth, God DOES have a plan. Everyone of us. There IS a plan. What I've been through, through all the shit and trauma I've been through, is going to help others in the long run to heal. That's what therapists do. Seventh, God NEVER set the rules of rape is fine as long as you believe? And when people die, they get a chance to speak with God himself to see if he is able to make it to heaven. There is stairs to heaven, you just gotta believe. Eighth, NO NO NO NO NO. The Bible DOES NOT mention, and what I've heard from every strong believer, that loving someone so much that he have to murder them in the name of God? That's not how it works. Yes, bad things happen to good people, and the bad people. But with the good, it's just a pathway to peace. Everyone dies, it's a part of life. God does NOT control everything that happens. It's just people being people. and this -> "Sad about how much your life sucks? You’ll be happy once you’re dead. Praise Jesus!" from the article, just makes me want to cry so hard…..Death is NEVER the option of another when you are sad. It does NOT mean when you finally die you will be happy. Yes, of course you will be happy but the pain doesn't last forever. But if you just believe pray and worship and have hope and faith, it will all be okay. This is why I have NOT killed myself at all even when attempting, because I HAVE hope. I'm posting this and gonna comment this on the article no matter how many haters I get. Because I believe what I believe. Don't take this personally, but this article made me really upset….

  10. The biggest plot holes in Christianity are at least two. One, the so called heaven cannot be such a wonderful place or whatever if Satan managed to rebel there and be kicked out of it. Secondly, God never felt the need to send a savior to the devils, but apparently gave them a license to be evil and tempt fragile and fallible humans. All this is to say that religions are just weird stories totally made up.

  11. I fully understand all what the author said. He is right. But I m still a christian. Why?
    1. There is nothing bad in it
    2. We cannot come from nowhere. There should be a creator somewhere. Maybe he is not exactly as the bible describes it, but at least he exists, and I seek him.
    3. If there is a creator, I realized that Jesus’ instructions and commands are more likely to be what he would ask us to do.
    4. It is normal that our human reasoning does not understand God, because he IS God. If our logic could understand him then it would make him to be a Man.
    5. If christianity remained the way it was at the time of the apostles then anyone would be a christian by now. It was a perfectly loving and caring community. This is how Christianity was meant to be if we sticked to Christ’s teachings.
    6. I need to believe in something. I m not really enthusiast with the Idea of eternal life or hell…Not sure if I believe in them….but putting that aside a relationship with a supernatural helping me to do good to ppl around me does no harm.

    In conclusion, I decided to put aside my correct reasoning and stay a christian. I understand why some wouldn’t do that and I m ok with that.

  12. I am athiest, but i dont deny that christianity is a possibility. I believe that is was science that created the universe and that jesus was probably just some guy who said he was son of god. I just want to know why people keep changing the bible as soon as we, humanity make a mistake such as discrimination against black people or gay people. Also slavery and rape was considered normal around the time that god was supposedly doing stuff e.g telling Abraham actually not to kill his son at the last minute. Now please admit it, this was a huge dick move by god, even though it was a test he made a guy think if he didn’t kill his own son he was dishonering god. Anyway thanks very much if you got this far. I expect nothing less than the comments to go crazy.
    P.s im 5