Answering “10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer”

I realize that answering this sort of nonsense is a fool’s errand, but I figured that since it has over 6.5 million views it would be worth an hour to respond.

In keeping with Occam’s Razor, I’ve attempted to keep my answers short. I’d be willing to give more detail if asked.  Also, there are still over 1000 words here that I wrote in less than an hour. It’s not hard to answer these questions when you understand the Bible, but I can see how someone with little knowledge about it would come up with such silly questions.

Sorry for the weird formatting. Mating Word with WordPress makes for an ungodly creature.

1.       Why won’t God heal amputees?

  1. The Bible is clear that God has a plan for pain. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  2. Pain allows for compassion. (Lamentations 3:31-32)
  3. Someday He will (Revelation 21:3-4)
  4. This earth is temporary and pain is relatively short compared to eternity.

Pushback:  Again, this world is temporary.  Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning.

2.       Why are there so many starving people in our world?

  1. There is enough food to feed the world.
  2. The UN estimates that it would cost $30 billion a year to end hunger. People around the world spend $90 billion on porn. I think God has provided for everyone, it’s our own selfishness that stands in the way.

Pushback: God gave us the resources to end suffering. Most Christians that I know sponsor children and give to good charities that help. My church operates feeding centers around the world. We are doing what God wants us to. Those who have no god have no moral obligation to help whereas believers (by God’s moving) are answering the call.

3.       Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible?

  1. They aren’t innocent. Violating the laws of the Almighty God has consequences, even though you think they are trivial.
  2. The Bible is clear that sin leads to death. It was our choice.  (Romans 6:23)
  3. The great part is that God is also merciful and we can find salvation despite breaking God’s laws.

Pushback:  Not believing in God and not liking His policies are two different things.  Do you choose to not believe in the government because you disagree with some of its laws?

4.       Why does the Bible contain so much anti-science nonsense?

  1. a.       God is supernatural; you are trying to make supernatural occurrences follow natural law.
  2. b.      The Bible does not say 6000 years ago and the meaning of the word “day” could be disputed.
  3. c.       We are carbon based life forms, so our composition is like dust. If the Bible was made up by primitives, how would they have known this?
  4. d.      It is not geologically impossible to believe that there was a world-wide flood.
  5. The Bible never claims to be a science book and uses phenomenological language.

Pushback:  Contrary to the video’s tone, the Bible gives some brilliant scientific insight to early humans and has inspired scientists for several millennia. Plus, science’s goal is to observe and understand our world. The Bible adds a philosophical dimension of understanding the mind of the Artist. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Albert Einstein

5.  Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible?

  1. The Bible is neutral on slavery but gives council to would-be slave-owners to be humane and generous.
  2. Just because something is mentioned in a book is not a wholesale endorsement of it.
  3. Most of the passages in the Bible about slavery are trying to give slaves the same rights are free workers and treat them as such.
  4. The book of Philemon is about the Apostle Paul convincing a slave-owner to treat a runaway slave as a brother.

Pushback:  If the Bible is pro-slavery, why does it spend so much time trying to elevate slaves to a dignified status?

6.  Why do bad things happen to good people?

  1. First, there are no “good” people. We all break God’s laws. If I were good my whole life and committed murder, should I be set free? Would I be a “good person?”
  2. To give us an opportunity to glorify God. (Book of Job)
  3. To remind us to be dependent. If God were to give us everything on a platter, we’d quickly discard Him and believe that we are self-sufficient.

Pushback:  The better question is, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” More importantly, why would God provide salvation to a people that arrogantly deny Him and break His commandments? We are all liars, adulterers, and murderers at heart, we deserve death but God has been so generous to offer us a free gift!

7.  Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence?

  1. The Resurrection has a ton of evidence, it was His greatest miracle!  http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/josh2.html

Pushback:  What is sad is that many non-believers would deny Jesus existed. This just is ignorant, as there is so much proof that not only did He live, but that He rose from the dead after a brutal, professional execution.

8. How do you explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?

  1. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
  2. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
  3. Jesus is very present in my life, though not visibly, I see Him every day working and using what I do to help people, to care for my family, and to bring hope.

Pushback:  What is sad is that I can’t imagine a world where Jesus is not present in my life. I have tremendous pity on anyone who has to go through life without the hope of eternity and the joy of knowing a sustaining and loving Creator.

9.  Why would Jesus want you to eat His body and drink His blood?

  1. It’s pretty obviously symbolic, Jesus poured wine and passed bread. He didn’t hack off a finger for the fellas to snack on.
  2. Communion is a beautiful reminder to associate ourselves with Jesus’s death and resurrection.

Pushback:  Rituals have always held great power with people.  Jesus gave us a powerful reminder to remember Him through this ceremony. I doubt anyone is against ceremonies.

10. Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?

  1. We’re all sinful.
  2. You make enormous assumptions about who is and is not a Christian.

Pushback:   Churches are desperately trying to help marriages. Again, Christians own the moral high-ground here because we value marriage so greatly and I doubt as many marriages would survive if we didn’t. Two people living together for a lifetime is nearly impossible in a selfish culture like ours without divine intervention.

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