1. Do God(s) or Supreme Beings exist?
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
2. Why doesn’t he make his existence undoubtedly clear?
Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” John 20:29
- It is more exciting this way! DUH! It keeps us guessing.
- He wants to filter out the faithful/gulible to worship him for eternity. The rest will be discarded and tortured forever! Critical thinkers will question everything and won’t be fun to hang with anyway lol
- He is a scientist and we are his experiments. Which begs the question of “What is he testing?”, “Isn’t he all-knowing? He should already know the result. Why bother going through the theatrics?”
- For reasons mere mortals will never understand.
3. Is it possible for an all-knowing, all-powerful loving God to create terrible things like leukemia that kill innocent Children?
4. Did Jesus start Christianity?
Yes. Some say he didn’t mean to, we like to assume that God/Jesus doesn’t make mistakes.
Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned. Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. By using my name they will force out demons, and they will speak new languages. They will handle snakes and will drink poison and not be hurt. They will also heal sick people by placing their hands on them. Mark 16:16-18
5. “Believe in me and go to heaven, ignore me and go to hell” is THE rule declared by Jesus?
Yes, it sounds terrible when said like that but that is the gist. Though technically (as my theist friend points out), it is more like everyone is by default going to hell because of SIN and Jesus is the only hope to save you from eternal damnation.
6. That new rule is only about 2000 years old, what happened to people before Christianity?
However, all first-born cattle, sheep, and goats belong to me and cannot be bought back. Splatter their blood on the altar and send their fat up in smoke, so I can smell it and be pleased. Numbers 18:17
7. Are the Jews killed by Hitler in heaven or hell?
It could be a scare tactic and the Almighty never throws anyone in hell like how parents will threaten to leave their kid(s) at a shopping mall if they misbehave. But what if the Bible wasn’t lying and that people (including ‘good’ people) do go to hell… that would be cruel injustice beyond measure from our limited human perspective.
8. What about people through time who never heard of Christianity?
No one is acceptable to God.
9. What about infants who died, do they go to heaven?
We don’t know. This Christian site sums it up well:
Yes. Jesus let the little children come to him (Luke 18:15–16).
No. All humans are sinners in Adam until they believe in Christ (Rom. 5:12–21).
Yes. David knew that he would see his son in the afterlife (2 Sam. 12:15–23).
No. Not unless they have been baptized: “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5).
Yes. If their parents are believers: A child is sanctified by a Christian parent (1 Cor. 7:14).
Why is the word of God so unclear? Does he lack communication skills? Maybe it was a situation like Hillary Clinton’s when the Bible was written – their opinion changes depending on who they talk to. #WhichHillary #WhichJehovah
10. Is God being fair?
Are we saying God is unfair? Certainly not! Romans 9:14
No, not by our current collective standards of fairness, our standards always evolve anyway. Jehovah probably has his own standards of fairness that never changes? His standard could read something like: “Everything I do is fair and just.” Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Chronicles 19:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:6. He can never do wrong and is always fair and just, according to the Bible.
If the supreme being was fair and just (by our standards), judgment would be based on the virtues we lived by and things we have done inconsideration of our living circumstances. I personally find it hard to worship a being who tortures entire groups of people for any amount of time.
It is obvious that no one will know the answers to some of these questions but I am glad to see more people thinking more critically. Pointless to discuss the unknowable? Maybe… Here’s to more discussions!