Tract #23: Tough Questions for Christians

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Tough Questions for Christians

It’s possible to be both philosophically rigorous and a Christian, but far too many Christians have not asked themselves enough tough questions about their own beliefs to make sure that they are indeed rigorous. Here are a few they might consider:

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Dealing with religious folks, Tract

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  1. Written by cassie
    on January 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm
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    stupid god damn christians overbearing and forceful is all you are

    • Written by JJ
      on April 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm
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      In what way, sir? Please back yourself up before making such large statements.

  2. Written by BenAlan
    on February 3, 2013 at 12:37 am
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    Everything we believe is subjective. What makes something a fact is that we believe it is a fact, regardless of the absolute. Just because we cannot measure or observe something does not mean it isn’t real. Think of situations where your five senses have failed. Think about your mind. Have you ever held a wrong belief about something? If you cannot always trust yourself then how can you be sure you truly know the absolutes in life? Our lives are completely lived on faith. As Christians we believe YHWH is the ultimate absolute. We are fallible, He is infallible. To atheists on here, ask yourself: Is not not by faith you are an atheist? The ‘proofs’ you believe are only proofs because you believe them to be so. Atheists live by faith too. Just because you are unable to measure or observe and don’t believe in a god does not mean that one doesn’t exist.

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    on February 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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  4. Written by allison
    on March 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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    the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God are like 3-in-one shampoo/conditioner ect. think about it, they are all one, but they are also all seperate things. there’s your analogy

  5. Written by Dennis
    on April 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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    You have alot of interesting question but if you read and understood the Bible then almost all of them would be answered

    1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 can all be answered by scripture. 3 is easy….go to a small town where the sheriff is also the judge and the town barber. He is the same guy with different jobs/functions. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the same God with different functions. 13 -Can’t answer that..only God know why.

    • Written by Anonymous
      on May 6, 2013 at 9:01 am
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      stupid christians

  6. Written by Peter John Thomas
    on June 5, 2013 at 11:17 am
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    There are credible solid answers to all of the questions posed. Christianity is factual, reasonable, logical, historical, relevant and life changing. Christianity is tried and true. There are millions of people whose lives have been transformed by God.

  7. Written by dice
    on June 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm
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    So is the flying spaghetti monster

  8. Written by dice
    on June 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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    I dont know if you knew this or not but the bible says to kill youreenemies and keep the women and children for youself to lay beneath you

  9. Written by Anonymous
    on June 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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    where does it say that?

  10. Written by OrugTor
    on July 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm
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    Not tough questions…like asking someone with paranoid schizophrenia if it is reasonable to think the government is spying on him with helicopters.
    Don’t attempt to reason with someone whose mental health condition includes a crippled ability to apply reason.

  11. Written by Rick
    on July 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm
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    You have asked some very good questions that are well within your rights to not only ask a believer but also God Himself. I believe He is anxious to answer them for you!

    · Does God have free will? Could He choose to do evil? A free will does not necessitate that one act outside of their nature.
    · What crime deserves an eternity of punishment? Eternal punishment is subject to many perspectives within Christianity. Certainly you would agree that if a soul prefers to live outside of a relationship with God, they are entitled to the consequences of that decision.
    · What does it mean when you say that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one? Can you form an analogy to make this more clear? God is Family, Jesus is the manifest will of God the Father born of the Holy Spirit!
    · Some Christians pray to Jesus in the hope that he will intercede with God. Does this make sense if Jesus and God are the same person? Christians believe Jesus intercedes for the believer, Jesus and God the Father are not the same person but they with the Holy Spirit constitute the Godhead or Family.
    · If human evils must be allowed so that we can have free will, why did God also create natural evils, like floods and disease? Free-will is over stated, faith enables love. Grace is God’s unmerited love for mankind; faith in God’s grace is how we inter into a loving relationship with God. Temporary disasters have not proven to be deterrents from a relationship with God.
    · You believe in the supernatural. How do you know when to reject supernatural explanations for things like UFOs or spontaneous human combustion? The Bible does warn believers to discern between the spirit from which something is made manifest. The Bible does provide some understanding in regard to spirit realities.
    · How can you tell false and true religions apart? Where do false religions — including false Christian sects — come from? Generally false religions center on a false perspective of the heart of God. Mankind historically is very self-serving; this is as you know true within the Church.
    · What is a Christian? Are there any groups of people who call themselves Christians that are not really Christians? The Bible claims that they are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. In reality a Christian is one that realizes their need for God’s grace and having had the benefit of hearing the Gospel know who to serve as Lord (Jesus).
    · If God sometimes interferes in human events, why didn’t he either prevent the Holocaust or arrange for it to end sooner? The Bible speaks of two deaths, the first death is one that all of mankind faces; the second death is eternal separation from God.
    · If prayer can help someone get into Heaven, does this mean that someone who went to Hell might have been saved if someone had prayed for them? Is that fair? Good question, we do not know who is or who is not going to Heaven. God gives the Christian personal assurance in their heart. Prayer for or from those that have already passed garners a variety of perspectives within Christianity.
    · If God told you to kill a child, would you do it? If God told someone else to kill a child, would you interfere? I personally do not have an audible relationship with God and would question the viability of such a statement from someone else. However in the Old Testament God did command such of the Israelites. Again, the eternal outcome of those that were wiped of the Earth is unknown. Many believe when a child’s life is taken prior to the age of accountability they go to be with the Lord.
    · If you believe homosexuality is wrong, would you encourage Christian girls to marry gay men and end their lives of sin? No I would not encourage any girls to marry gay men, I do believe however that chastity is a legitimate lifestyle that few consider today.
    · Why aren’t amputees ever miraculously cured? I didn’t know that they never have been.
    · Why are modern-day miracles less impressive than those in Biblical times? In the New Testament God reveals that He is seeking worshipers that will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Miracles are for unbelievers and I am told that in remote areas where Christianity has not advanced miracles are more common.
    · Does God value faith more than He values belief based on evidence? If so, does that make sense? You are correct that He values faith; everyone is looking for a worthy love to invest his or her faith in. God is love, so as the highest love faith is an appropriate response to His love.
    · If you pray for an answer to a question, how do you know when God answers? Could it be that you are being deceived by a demon? Ultimately the Christian should want what God wants for Him. We pray so our hearts might be prepared for God’s will in our life.
    · How can you tell the difference between a prayer that’s been answered by God and a coincidence that happens to coincide with your desires? A believer does not look for proof he receives an answer by faith
    · If some of your beliefs are based on what you feel in your heart, do you accept as true what others feel? The Bible says where your treasure is there your heart will be also. This implies that within ones heart is a personal economy. The Bible requires that a Christian visits and evaluates the viability of what is stored within the heart.
    · Did all of the people who lived before the time of Jesus go to Hell? Is that just? No the Bible would indicate otherwise. Jesus Christ work of salvation was the fulfillment of a promise. It also was an eternal work of grace. The Christian is unique in that they know who saved them thus thy know whom to serve as Lord.
    · Can people who never hear about Jesus go to Heaven? I believe so!
    · If God gave us intelligence, wouldn’t he want us to examine our beliefs with reason? Yes

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