Questions Christians Can’t Answer

    By Clay Gibney | 10 January 2016
    Life After 40

    Nearly a year ago, I wrote a pair of posts entitled Hard Questions about God (part 1part 2). When I was a Christian, I would have avoided reading something that casts doubt about the Bible. And whenever I was presented with difficult questions, I would have usually either looked away out of fear, or simply dismissed the questions with a wave of my hand. I was good at rationalizing answers. Confirmation bias is, after-all, a powerful thing. We humans are profoundly motivated by fear and by the need to protect ourselves. Sometimes, cognitive dissonance can compel us to pursue truth even though fear pushes us to run. I’m truly glad I eventually swallowed the red pill.

    While the theme of questions below are not fully original to me, they follow up nicely to my previous posts.

    Questions Christians Can’t Answer:

    • Do you believe hell is an appropriate and/or justifiable punishment for a simple lack of belief? If that punishment is never-ending (per Jesus in Matt 25:46), do you still believe it justifiable?
    • Using only the Bible, can you make a moral case against rape? Or against slavery? And can you do so without disregarding substantial passages found in the Old Testament that discuss property rights of fathers over their daughters and the rights of slave owners over slaves?
    • If today, a devote group of Christian men were to enter a neighboring town and slaughter all who lived there because it was reported that the residents were largely populated by those who didn’t worship the Christian God, would that be justified? What if those Christians believed God had commanded them to do so? And what if God’s command included that women, children and infants be slaughtered by the sword? Since such events are recorded in the Old Testament, is it accurate to describe the God of the Old Testament as loving, merciful and good? Is it possible that such written accounts were man-made justifications to overtake another tribe?
    • Would you kill babies or children for God if you believed Yahweh asked you to do so? Since such instances are written in the Bible, is it possible that others have murdered their children because “God told them to do so”, and in fact, God actually did tell them to? If you don’t believe God would do that today, why not?
    • Would you sacrifice your beloved child if god asked you to?
    • Can God tell a lie if he wanted to?
    • Is it acceptable to disregard commandments or doctrines in the Bible that you don’t like? If you disregard commands that you disagree with, how do you justify doing so?
    • The Bible declares in Genesis that all animals were plant eaters (herbivores) before the flood. Why do we find that dinosaur fossils show an abundance of carnivorous animals which contradicts the Bible?
    • If Noah’s flood really took place as described, and if the boat came to rest somewhere in the middle east (as described), how did animals like kangaroos and pandas get from there to other continents which have a huge expanse of ocean between?
    • If a dear friend believed that the earth was flat (a “flat-earther“) by claiming that all pictures and videos which show a sphere shaped planet are man-made lies, would you be able to convince them that the earth is a globe?
    • Similarly, is there any amount of evidence that would change your view about the validity of the Bible?

    Reprinted with permission from the author.

    Clay Gibney is a former Christian fundamentalist. Check out his blog Life After 40: A Former Liberty Student’s Journey with Christian Fundamentalism.

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    1. Isaiah 55 The bible You can't outsmart God He knows everything even the motive behind your trivial questions

      6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
      call on him while he is near.
      7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
      and the unrighteous their thoughts.
      Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
      and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
      8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
      neither are your ways my ways,”
      declares the Lord.
      9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so are my ways higher than your ways
      and my thoughts than your thoughts.
      10 As the rain and the snow
      come down from heaven,
      and do not return to it
      without watering the earth
      and making it bud and flourish,
      so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
      11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
      It will not return to me empty,
      but will accomplish what I desire
      and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

    2. These questions are all answerable, albeit not without shedding blind adherence to certain dogmas, including what Christianity (and God) actually is. For instance, as to the first 2 questions:
      There is no God that "punishes" anyone for anything any more that the law of electricity "punishes" its violators. "eternal punishment" simply indicates that there is no time when and no exceptions to the fact that some form of discord or "hell" is going to result from total conformance to the way things are.