10 Answers to 10 Easy Questions for Christians by an Atheist
To the author of the original post on You tube I urge you to read these answers if your questions were asked with a view to really finding out the answers. The answers are intended for any atheist who claims to be an intelligent seeker. All questions are copied as closely as possible to the original but are paraphrased in order to represent the ideas behind the original questions. For more details see the questions posted in their original format.
The location of the atheist challenging intelligent Christians can be found on Youtube:
The author is claiming that he has ten questions that are able to persuade many smart Christians that their faith is irrational. Notice how this is a very smart way of manipulating your answer out of you, and getting you to agree with him. The video starts with the address to the Educated Christian: Engineer, Business owner, HR, Architect, you are a smart person, think critically. He goes on to say “Use your education to acquire the right answer”. This is a response from someone who works in the financial industry. In other words, here is someone you may be targeting with your video.
Question One: Why does God not heal people who are amputees? “Interesting question” as the author of the video puts it. Do we as Christians need to invent an answer to defend God? You have to invent an excuse for God!
Answer to question one:
First of all, “Why would any miracle prove or disprove anything?” By definition, this is not a regular occurrence and is therefore not able to be tested in a laboratory by an atheist. Would you cut your subject’s leg again to test your theory? Whilst you may see temporary evidence to this question what would happen when this healed person dies and the same question is then asked by the generation following ours? Do you possess all the insights and know all about the religion that there is to be known? If you answer this question correctly you would have to answer this as a very humble “no”. There are so many unknown facts out there and no serious scientist would claim to possess or even understand even one half of what is to be discovered. And in this author’s humble opinion there is so much more to be discovered that is out there and a very small proportion of what we see we understand today.
Your and my limited knowledge/experience is not sufficient to answer this question; you are not ever-present and therefore indeed can not claim that there are no healed amputees.
Also don’t be deluded or deceived by the showmanship and criminality of many TV evangelists claiming to perform miracles. This does not mean that they are truly part of the invisible church of God. They will receive their judgement when their time comes.
Second questions: Why are there so many dying children? You expect God to answer your prayer to get a pay raise but yet he does not answer the prayer of so many millions of children who are dying of starvation.
Answer to question two:
This is what I will call “emotional manipulation”, when you want somebody to take your side but have no real argument. This is more to do with the fact that we are created in the image of God and the fact that there is a great deal of greed and corruption. Remember, it is our man in suits that have gone to the African countries and have committed economic rape and caused endless destruction. There is no doubt that we all make mistakes but this is so blatantly connected to greed of Man and lust for power and nothing to do with God. It is the deliberate protectionism of the World Bank and abuses of the past from slavery to creating alliances in such a way to economically create a more favourable financial situation for one nation at the cost of the other. Again this is nothing to do with God. In other words “don’t blame God for something that is your and my fault.” If this is bothering you a lot maybe this is God telling you to do something about it such as send some money or go and volunteer where the need is the greatest.
Third Question: Why is it that the Bible tells people to put to death many innocent people for some silly reason? This proves that the Bible is illogical. It does not make sense to kill for insane reasons.
Exodus 35:2 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
Deuteronomy 21:18 “If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, 19 then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. 20 “They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.
Leviticus 20:13 ‘If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
Deuteronomy 22:13 “If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then turns against her, 14 and charges her with shameful deeds and publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’ 15 then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 16 “The girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he turned against her; 17 and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, “I did not find your daughter a virgin.” But this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. 18 “So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him, 19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father, because he publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days. 20 “But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, 21 then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
Answer to question three:
– Read it in context rather than taking just a section of the text and making it say what you want.
– Try to understand the difference between the Old and New Testaments
– Problem solving with limited resources would differ significantly to when new elements and insights are added.
– The law is given to protect. Also, see how many good things are in it; indeed our countries have based their first drafts of our laws on this book.
This question shows a great deal of deliberate distortion. I fear that this question is designed to condemn Christianity without the real desire to understand what the Bible is saying.
In short this Old Testament text deals with different situations from that which we find ourselves in today. (Different location/different nation).
Sin still stays classed as sin but is dealt with using a different approach. Judgement is reserved for the end time and will be done by Jesus himself.
This is related to the preservation of holiness of Israel when they are about to enter new lands (From Egypt to Palestine and slavery to freedom) which is considered to be polluted by sin. Yes, standards are very high as they are given to Israel by God.
This is also a judicial / legal matter of the government of the nation and not a personal approach to this issue. It is not your or my judgements anymore than it’s God’s judgement.
I would recommend that you read a book by Dostoyevsky who wrote a small book about a man who arrived to a completely unspoiled place where people did not possess an understanding of right and wrong. The newcomer soon destroyed all that was made by introducing the people to all sorts of unsavoury things.
Simply put, “A drastic situation may demand drastic action sometimes”. In order to protect many, it is common to sacrifice a few which is why we send our soldiers to war.
Question four: The Bible contains unscientific ideas that are nonsense like the six day creation 6000 years ago, the global flood and the story of Noah. Jonah did not live inside a fish for 3 days and the story and creation of Adam from dust is hardly believable.
Answer to question four:
Intelligence and Creationism: To a person who is researching in earnest, I would recommend a look at the vast material available out there. There are many scientists who not only endorse but also propagate the possibility of creationism and intelligent design.
Story of Jonah: There is some evidence that the whale can swallow entire man without actually causing any external skin damage, whilst there are no profs which could corroborate the survival of anyone who was swallowed and then three days later manged to emerge unharmed we need to remember that these are non repeatable experiments. Therefore even if there was anything mentioned in the history of the mankind it would not be admissible as a proof, this however does not disprove the possibility of this happening at any point, to disprove it or to prove it one would have to test this on a human being, which is not very ethical and therefore will always stay controversial subject.
Global flood: here is a question for those who doubt the global flood:
- Why are there so many stories around the world about a global flood from the Babylonian story of Gilgamesh to Plato giving an account of Atlantis to some recorded documentation in South America?
- Also, why is it that palaeontologists around the world are finding evidence of a flood which rapidly buried dinosaurs and trees which have been found in an upright position?
In my opinion, it is wrong to argue that it is very easy to make statements and claims that are very difficult to verify while at the same time being prepared to dismiss them without serious contemplation on where these views would lead and the implications they would have for us. You can’t have it both ways: if you can’t prove something, how are you going to disprove it?
Question Five: The Bible supports slavery; therefore you need to create yet another excuse.
Answer to question five:
I would argue that this is a misunderstanding and would urge anyone to really read the Bible before such statements are made.
Bible view on slavery: In fact, what you find is something very different where the Bible argues that if one sells himself (because they can’t support themselves of their family due to their financial difficulties) this will be for a limited time only (more like a servant than a slave). The Bible also argues that any land sold should be returned to the original seller after certain time has passed making sure that his birth right would guarantee that his descendents would not lose out. I would go as far as to say that this is very progressive and nothing like the implication given in question five.
Question Six: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Answer to question six:
This is a common question asked by many. However, this does not disprove anything. It is the understanding of good and bad that is at fault.
Here are my responses to this question:
– Who and what is good or bad?
– Who decides on this definition of goodness?
– Where do we get this sense of right and wrong?
If the answer to this latter point is that over time our evolutionary development helps us understand better what is in our interest, (this is commonly known now as the selfish gene and self preservation) I would very strongly argue that as we evolve we only evolve better ways of destroying each other.
We may have started killing each other with stones then spears which evolved to knives, swords, guns, tanks rockets. Our evolution seems only to lead us closer to destruction rather than to a better place of greater enlightenment.
The fact is our sense of right and wrong is God-given and therefore is proof rather than something that should make you question the existence of God.
Free-will and man’s corruption are more than sufficient to answer the existence of evil. There are many excellent books for anyone who is genuinely searching the answer to this question.
Question Seven: Why is there no evidence for any of the miracles that Jesus did?
Answer to question seven:
I would use the same answer that Jesus gave. This adulterous generation seeks proof yet He would refuse to get involved as there was already ample evidence out there for whoever searched in earnest and with an open mind.
Existence of material things: The fact that we exist and that material things are here rather than being “non-existent” proves that God is there. You have to have a beginning somewhere; nothing can start from nothing. If you go back in time far enough there has to be an absolute beginning; all physicists agree that our very existence can only be explained by a miraculous start such as the Big Bang theory. Remember, not so long ago many scientists believed that the universe was internal but now it is a commonly held belief that the universe had a beginning and that one day it will see its end. If this sounds familiar, it is. This is exactly what the Bible says!
Bible Prophecies: Please note, that many Old Testament prophecies predicted the ministry of Jesus from His birth, His life to His death in very significant detail. These prophecies were unprecedented and historical evidence shows that they were 100 per cent accurate which must mean they were revealed to the prophets by God and in turn they clearly show that Jesus was indeed God. (As with any mathematical probability, use your critical analysis. For example, if you drive a well-known make of car from point A to point B separated by a known distance at a speed known to the assessor, you can work out when and where the subject will arrive.) If we are REALLY honest with ourselves and have an open mind that is not biased towards pre-existent personal beliefs, Bible prophecy can be the solid scientific proof that there is a God and one will conclude that Jesus is His son.
Eye witnesses: One can also argue that the fact that many original apostles went to their death because of their belief in Jesus and his ministry, this could rightly be treated as historical, legal evidence for verifying His miracles and His teaching.
Should we consider ourselves more intelligent, better placed than the eyewitnesses at the time of Jesus or can we go back in time ourselves to witness all the things that He did and verify this for ourselves?
Question Eight: How do you explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?
Answer to question eight:
This feels like a personal quest that the author expands on here. I’m sorry if his search ended in failure or if indeed there has been an honest seeking of God?
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Definitive knowledge: One can’t possibly claim to know every single person on earth in order to categorically deny and absolutely be sure that this kind of thing does not happen. In addition, how would one define this appearing process?
The Bible does state that Jesus will return and at that time of his return He will come as a judge, judging those who deliberately sided with evil and the sin within them. It also says that nobody will have a choice about this. It states that at that given point in the history of humankind that every knee will bow and acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
This means every criminal, every scientist, every philosopher, every sinner, every atheist and indeed every Christian. In other words, everyone who has ever lived on the face of this earth.
Romans 14:11-12 for it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, and AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Question Nine: Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? This is grotesque and would be considered both satanic and cannibalistic under any other circumstances.
Answer to question nine:
What does the Bible say: This is not what Jesus said. In fact, if you read the text very carefully, you will notice that Jesus was giving them food. Yes, that’s right, it was bread and wine! The bread represents his body which was broken for you ie He died on the cross and the blood represents the blood that He shed for you. Jesus asked us to break bread and drink wine while remembering what He did for us.
Difference in church doctrine/teaching: For those who research carefully, they will notice that transubstantiation (wine changing into blood and bread into the body of Christ) is the view that is held by the Roman Catholic Church. There are many millions of Christians who do not hold this view (the author of this document certainly does not believe in transubstantiation). This question would not be a stumbling block for an honest seeker of the truth.
Question Ten: Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians? Will you now create convoluted rationalisation? This will make an intelligent person uncomfortable?
Answer to question ten:
Regarding this question, I would remind everyone, as someone who frequently deals with statistics, that the use of statistics can be used to justify anything. “Evidence” can be used to start a war in Iraq, for example, even when there is no supporting evidence. One has to be very careful when studying statistics or making use of them as in hindsight, they may show our hasty judgement to be incorrect.
This is what the Bible says about divorceMark 10 : 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God `made them male and female.’ 7 `For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Testing question: Based on Mark 10, should we assume that this question is a trick one asked by the original author aiming to catch out Christians and thereby giving non-Christians an excuse not to seriously consider Jesus.
Matthew 5: 31 “It has been said, `Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
Here is the research results from somebody whose work is related to this topic and therefore, I would argue, qualified to give their views on this. For more information visit his web page at:
(This summarizes a series on Christian divorce rates that starts here)
Many people believe that Christian marriages end in divorce just as often as non-Christian, but it turns out, using the best data available, that this is not true.To illustrate, here are the divorce rates among ever-married respondents in the General Social Survey (GSS, 2000-2004)—one of the best known sources of sociological data. “Frequent” is attending church about once a week or more.
58%, non-frequent Black Protestants
54%, non-frequent Evangelicals
51%, no religion (e.g., atheists & agnostics)
48%, ALL NON-CHRISTIANS
48%, non-frequent, other religions
47%, frequent Black Protestants
42%, non-frequent, mainline Protestants
41%, ALL CHRISTIANS
41%, non-frequent Catholics
38%, frequent other religions
34%, frequent Evangelicals
32%, ALL FREQUENT CHRISTIANS
32%, frequent mainline Protestants
23%, frequent CatholicsI also analyzed data from previous years of the GSS and from five other national surveys, and they showed the same pattern: Christians, especially those who frequently attend church, have relatively low divorce rates.This raises an interesting question: Why do so many people believe otherwise? It appears to stem from the work of George Barna. In well-publicized studies, he has compared divorce rates of “born again” Christians against non-Christians, and he finds little difference. Here’s the catch: his type of analysis labels as “non-Christian” many mainline Protestants, such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Episcopalians, and most Catholics. As such, he is comparing Christians against Christians. Ron Sider has publicized Barna’s statistics in his award winning Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.
Some qualifications: The real question here is whether being Christian lessens divorce, and while the data above suggest “yes,” they can be interpreted otherwise. Perhaps people who get divorced also stop attending church. Perhaps those who attend church are also those who would stay married anyway. In addition, members of other religions also have low divorce rates. This should not be surprising since these other religions, such as Judaism, Mormonism, and Christian Science, have similar moral teachings about divorce.
What does this mean for Christians, especially pastors and other Christian leaders? The message is good news: Church efforts to keep marriages together appear to be effective. Also, perhaps the best thing for marriages is frequent church attendance.Brad Wright
About the author of the blog on divorce rates
Bradley R. E. Wright I am an associate professor at the University of Connecticut where I study the sociology of Christianity. I am Christian, a husband and father, and someone who adores goofing around. Hobbies include photography, hang gliding, landscaping, and eating ice cream (listed in roughly ascending order of competence).
Questions from Christians to Atheists
And now some of my own questions; please consider them thoughtfully:
– Shouldn’t Atheism be classed as a religion too considering that one cannot possibly have evidence that disproves God (Physical laws are not testable in the spiritual world) and therefore any statements have to be based on faith not facts?
– Why are atheists so aggressively trying to disprove the existence of God? What is in it for anyone? Is it the fact that we can (assuming that there is no God nor law- giver) live however we like, without any need to conform to anything and, as they say, anything goes (as long as it’s not Christianity) and you and I decide what is right and wrong; one can kill, commit rape, steal, cheat or do whatever it is that our hearts desire because there are no higher standards than us and there is nothing to condemn us.
– Why is it that people can be atheists and still refuse even superficially to consider the possibility of the existence of God and yet according to them they claim to use critical assessments in everything when applying their judgements? Does this approach and uneven handedness not show that they apply double standards when considering this topic?
This is what the Bible tells us about us and our need for God. May I encourage you to consider this and its implications. These are but a few of the things we all need to consider from the Bible. However, these may be your starting points for the entire Bible and will hopefully lead you to further more detailed analysis of this most important Book. Let’s face it, if there is a God and the Bible is His word then nothing, I repeat nothing, can be compared to it in its importance to us and to our existence.
About our situation without God: Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
About the consequences of sin: Rom 6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
About a way to God: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
About the purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice and faith:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
About spiritual warfare, being equipped for battle and the Bible:
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
About faith and relationship with God:
Heb 11:3 by faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Heb 11:33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. 39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
Jimmy Carter: I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.