5:5 Answers & Concerns
Below are answers and responses to common questions and concerns related to Christianity, theism, atheism, humanism, nature, and science.
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Did God give us freewill?
According to the Bible, NO. Will is the ability to make our own choices about what we want to do. Freewill is the allowance to freely act upon those choices. In the stories of the Bible, God only gave us will, not freewill. It is told that if we don't follow what God commands we will be punished with eternal torment.
The topic of freewill and pain & suffering
Some argue that God cannot intervene to stop pain & suffering because it would interfere with a person's freewill. Stopping a murder from murdering a little girl will prevent the murder from utilizing his freewill but what about the little girl's freewill? Isn't allowing a person to murder her preventing the girl from utilizing her freewill? Besides, do you honestly think police officers should no longer intervene to prevent crime because doing so will take away a person's freewill? Also, not all pain & suffering is caused from people, an example would be natural disasters.
You should ask my friend, he/she knows more than I do
Often, when a Christian cannot provide answers to a problem related to their beliefs they suggest asking one of their "more knowledgeable" friends instead. However it is such Christians that are still the ones making particular claims and it is important to find out why they believe what they believe. The conversation is about their beliefs, not their friend's. To reference a friend is the same as saying, "I don't know why I believe what I believe. Ask my friend, they know." No matter the topic, if a person cannot back their own claims they should not be making such claims.
Just give God a try
Christians often tell people who do not believe in the existence of a god to "just give God a try." Would such Christians ask a judge to not worry about a lack of evidence and just try believing that the defendant is guilty?
Just ask God to talk to you and reveal himself to you
Many Christians credit the "voice in their head" as God communicating to them. They often suggest that others should "ask God to talk to them" and listen to what that voice says. That voice in our head however is nothing more than unfiltered thoughts. It is the same "voice" that speaks when people talk to other gods or when children talk to their imaginary friends. For a Christian to suggest that someone should listen to that "voice" is asking a person to discard all rational thought and reframe from thinking.
Also, if God existed why would his communication abilities be limited to the same level as imaginary friends? In the Bible God speaks aloud, either projected from a bush, through the mouth of a donkey, or even face to face.
When no evidence can be presented many resort to faith. If faith is your reason for saying something is true then ask yourself why? Claiming that something is true because of faith is in fact the same as claiming that something is true because you want it to be true. Faith is not a reason to believe in something, it is the lack of reason to believe in something. Faith is simply an excuse to avoid giving a reason.
This wager states: If God doesn't exit you lose nothing by worshiping him. If God does exist you gain everything by worshiping him and burn in Hell if you don't. So why not just worship him?
The most obviously problem with this wager is that it assumes there can only be two options. What if one of the thousands of other god stories were true? Sure, if you are wrong about Christianity you'll suffer in Hell. But if you are wrong about Zoroastrianism you'll suffer in the Chinvat Bridge, about Zeus you'll suffer in Hades, about Islam you'll suffer in Hell, about Hinduism you'll suffer in Samsara, or about Tibetan Buddhism you'll suffer in The Bardo.
Also, if you are wrong about an invisible train track running through your bed room you'll get killed. And if you're wrong about the invisible train track in your kitchen and go to your kitchen to avoid the possible invisible train track in you bedroom you will get killed. THE POINT BEING, if we based our lives around all that is unproven we will be running around in circles avoiding every possible imaginary scenario. Thus we should only make decisions based on what HAS been proven, not by what has NOT been proven.
Secondly, you lose a lot by being a Christian since Christianity is false. You would have wasted your life, your window of opportunity, invested in a lie and working towards a non-existing reward. Not to mention all of the harm towards others that you would have contributed to by supporting a collection of false claims as noted in Chapter 1:2.
God can't talk to us directly, his voice is too powerful
When asked why doesn't God just come out and say that he exists or speak for himself some Christians actually claim that if he did he would destroy us with his voice. Is God really a clumsy babbling fool that can't control his "powerful voice"? And doesn't the Bible claim that God directly spoke to several people like Moses and Job?
God can't prove he exists because of freewill
If God proved his existence by making a public appearance or performing supernatural acts that break any of the well known laws/limitations of nature this would not affect our freedom to love him. Only after his existence is solidly proven is one free to honestly decide if they wish to worship or love God. One might argue that people will just falsely worship God for sakes of going to Heaven but isn't God said to be able to tell if a person is being honest or not?
The topic of God and pain & suffering
The question is not "why does God allow pain & suffering" but rather why did God CREATE pain and suffering. Pain is simply a primitive indicator to warn organisms. Just as a "check oil" light alerts car owners of a problem, pain alerts organisms of a problem. Primitive organisms like worms do not have the mental capacity to respond to a blinking warning light so they needed a primitive warning system. If a worm runs into the tip of a nail pain will prevent it from continuing its course into the nail.
Since humans evolved from primitive organisms we have this primitive evolutionary alert systems. However, we have advance brains and could just as easily respond to less primitive warning systems. For a God to create humans with the ability to feel physical pain is like a car company making a car that jams a fork in the driver's eye when the oil is low instead of simply using a "check oil" light.
No God means we are not accountable for our actions
People are still capable of being moral even though a god does not exist to look over us. As a society we have determined what is not acceptable and what kind of community we want to live in. We have also set forth a judicial system to make sure people are held accountable for their actions. A Christian may argue that a person could rape, steal, and murder then die and not be punished. But how is that any worse than Christianity claiming that a person can rape, steal, and murder then accept Jesus before they die and not be punished, but rather get rewarded?
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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