Questions for theists

Reader consoledreader asked yours truly to prepare a set of questions like the one in the previous post addressed to theists. We promised to do so and while we don’t think, as the author of the questions I have mentioned wrote, that these questions cannot be honestly answered, we believe it would be a great discussion to have.

The questions that I am going to post below are a joint effort by the followers of this blog. They are collated from a post we did a year ago.

I apologize in advance that most of the questions are not as brief as those meant to stump the atheists. This is because we want the questions to be as clear as possible.

1.  Why was eating a forbidden fruit such a great sin? Why and how does a human sacrifice make up for this sin?

2. If the bible/koran/ torah is the word of god as you claim, why so many interpretations as there are believers? Was it impossible for your god to be clear?

3. If your god is spirit, incorporeal, was Jesus born with only his mother’s 23 chromosomes?

4. If there is a creator god that knows all, that he would have to kick Adam out of the garden, that he would have to destroy the Earth with flood, that he would have to sacrifice himself to himself to redeem anyone at all… why did he create the universe full of failures? Was he unable to stop himself?

5. if there is a creator god that knows all, and Adam & Eve screwed up, why not immediately send Jeebus to clear things up right then and not wait some thousands of years with many failed “covenants”, changing languages, “laws”, etc?

6. When we see today a man walking down the street with a long beard, saying we have to repent because God is watching/coming to Earth/will punish us if we don’t, etc, we call them loonies. Some 2,000 ago they called them prophets (or Jesus). If these guys were indeed prophets – as they claim – who is to say the ones standing outside the metro today aren’t prophets too? What’s the difference between them? And if a guy called Jesus appeared today and said the exact same things he said back then, would anyone believe him?

7. If you are Muslim, do you believe the heavenly language is Arabic?

8. Each of you claim your religious text is the right one, does it occur to you that not all of you can be right, so how do we tell who is right?

9. Why aren’t Catholics born to Muslim parents if we are born religious?

10. If your god is self sufficient, immutable and unchanging, what happened at the point it decided to create the universe or it became unchanging after that?

11. If free will is cherished by your god, that it created us with it so we can love him, wasn’t the free will of pharaoh important? Why harden his heart?

12. What god kills the children of slave girls to free his ‘chosen’ people?

And a bonus question.

Classical theists define god as possessing omni-capabilities, is there a thing that god could will and not actualize? How do you know this? Could your god have willed there to be no evil on earth but it didn’t materialize.

 

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10 questions for every atheist

My friend here has answered this set if questions and I would like to add my two cents to them. The questions appear here. The person who asked them writes

Some Questions Atheist Cannot Truly and Honestly REALLY Answer! Which leads to some interesting conclusions…

and am not sure how they could know we couldn’t answer them. I will go ahead and answer them.

1.       How Did You Become an Atheist?

One day I woke up and found I was too intelligent to continue believing in fairies [short version]

Long version is I started to read the bible, met arch and the rest is a long story.

2.       What happens when we die?

As far as I can tell, we die. But I will say more about this when am dead.

3.       What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

I hope that the god in charge of that Hell is not a tyrant of god like the Abrahamic god.

4.       Without God, where do you get your morality from?

Have you read Euthyphro?

5.       If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

If there is god everything is permitted. If there is no go, it is all up to us. Last I checked, god orders rape, condones slavery, commits genocide. As someone said, and I paraphrase

I cannot let a being who drowned his children train me how to raise mine.

6.       If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

Must life have meaning to be lived? Is it not enough to be alive?

Well, once I used to think there was some cosmic meaning to all this, then, I realized it was all up to me. Meaning in life has to come from me. It can’t be given.

7.       Where did the universe come from?

I don’t know.

8.       What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

I will be waiting for a definition of miracles.

The key word in the next part of the question is claim.

9.       What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

How is this important?

10.   If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

This is really a very silly question.