Questions for Christians #4

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It’s been a while, but the series is back with a bunch of new random questions for Christians.

If a hundred different religions have to be wrong for yours to be right, does this show that people from all over the world like to invent gods that don’t exist? And does this also mean that your religion is likely to be wrong?

Do you hear the voice of God? If so, how can you tell the voice of God from a voice in your head? And how can you tell the voice of God from the voice of Satan?

Rape wasn’t a crime in ancient times, does this explain why it is not on the Ten Commandments?

An all-knowing God can read your mind, so why does he require you to demonstrate your faith by worshiping him?

If you believe in a literal genesis, why did it take 6 days for God to make the universe? He could have done it all in less than a second.

If money is the root of all evil, why do churches need so much of it? Especially considering that Jesus said to give your wealth away.

If missionaries from your religion should be sent to convert people in other countries, should missionaries from other religions be sent to your country for the same reason?

If someone was cured of cancer by means unknown to us, and everyone declared it a miracle, would the chance of scientifically replicating this cure be more or less likely?

If aliens exist on several worlds that have never heard of your god, will they all be going to hell when they die?

Why are several stories from the Bible very, very similar to stories from other religions? Many of which pre-date the Bible, by the way.

The Questions for Christians homepage can be found here.

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7 thoughts on “Questions for Christians #4

  1. A relationship with God is impossible to comprehend by logic alone, and no person comes to God through conscious thought. God can only be experienced through an active pursuit to behave selflessly with the trust that He watches over you. Religion is man’s best representation of that avenue, and isn’t the only major field where we constantly mold rules and regulations to fit our ever-evolving understanding.

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  2. “If a hundred different religions have to be wrong…”

    They don’t.

    “Do you hear the voice of God?”

    No.

    “Rape … is not on the Ten Commandments?”

    “An all-knowing God… why does he require… worshiping him?”

    He doesn’t.

    “If you believe in a literal genesis…”

    I don’t.

    “If money is the root of all evil…”

    It’s not: “For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.” (1 Tim 6:10)

    “…why do churches need so much of it?”

    Optimally, to spend in service of the parish and the poor by, for instance, building and funding hospitals, schools, universities, shelters, providing food and clothing, maintaining the artifacts of cultural history, keeping up the church building, celebrating services open to the entire community, and supplying a basic subsistence to those who dedicated their lives to this work.

    “…should missionaries from other religions be sent…”

    Yes.

    “If someone was cured of cancer…”

    Sorry, I don’t understand this question. Rephrase?

    “If aliens exist…”

    Not necessarily but I neither know for certain nor have enough information about them to even offer odds.

    “Why are several stories…”

    Why not?

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  3. That last one is one of my favorites. In one of my college classes last spring, I discovered that some of the Biblical stories actually occur in some of the less well-known Greek myths, which is crazy to me. If your holy text is borrowed from past holy texts, it’s not the basis for a new religion, it’s a literary adaptation.

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    • The Greeks, Pagans, Egyptians, Sumerians (them especially) the Romans, and the Hindus all have stories that are similar to the Bible, and all of them pre-date it! Not only that, many of the events surrounding the story of Jesus are actually metaphorical, astrological signs, it is really quite hard to explain, and best showcased in this blog post, featuring a good YouTube video: https://countercreationist.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/jesus-christ-the-sun-of-god/

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      • Just watched it. It comes from Zeitgeist, which made me want to fact-check it a bit for the Horus side since I’m a bit skeptical of the other conspiracy theories offered by the film and I don’t want to assume it’s correct, though I think it very well may be at least in part. Since becoming atheist I’ve been open to the notion that Jesus might not have ever been a living person at all, though we can’t really know for sure. I was told by a professor once that I could also compare Jesus to Osiris for the sake of an essay I was writing at the time which compared another literary character to Jesus. He does actually have several of the parallels that the video attributed to Horus (the shepherd symbolism and resurrection for example). I just read up on Horus a bit now and apparently there were 15 distinct versions of his story, some of which have one detail that’s similar to Jesus, some of which have another, but rarely with more than one or two at a time. The video seems to present all those matching details as all clearly existing together for the same distinct character, which is not accurate. That doesn’t disprove the idea that the movement of the sun, moon, and stars influenced these and other myths though. I think that’s a pretty compelling argument. It definitely explains several of the biblical numbers that come up a lot, and why so many of the details of Jesus’ life occur in other myths that predate Christianity.

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