10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers

Written by Rick Warren

10 Spiritual Questions_290x220Question 1: Why is there evil in the world?

If God exists, why is there evil in the world? You know, this is a difficult stumbling block and question for many people. The simplest way to look at this question is to examine God’s nature and his desire for mankind. Look at the logic. God loves us and wants us to love him back. And how could we love him back unless we have the freedom to not love?

God could have made us like robots who do nothing more than say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.” But we’d be forced to do that and that wouldn’t be real love. Love is a choice. And if you have a choice you have to be able to choose not to love and that in itself is the nature of evil. Evil is choosing not to love. So when God gave us the freedom to choose, he gave us not only our greatest blessing, but he also gave us our greatest curse because we can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.

The reason there’s evil in the world is not because of God, but because God gave us the freedom to choose. Now the potential for love outweighs the existence of evil, because you see, evil is only going to exist for a short time, but love is going to go on forever. And all of the suffering and all of the death that we see in the world today are the result because man has chosen to make wrong choices.

God could have taken our freedom, but He didn’t. I hope you’ll use your freedom to choose God.

Question 2: Is Jesus really God?

Well when you think about it you only have three options as to who Jesus Christ was. You see, Jesus claimed to be God. He said things like, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He claimed to be God many, many times. Now, that means either:

  1. He is who he says He was
  2. He was the biggest liar in history or
  3. He was crazy, He was a lunatic on the order of the man who calls himself a fried egg.

You see, you can’t just say Jesus was a good man. I’ve had many friends who said, “Oh, I believe Jesus was a good man.” Well He couldn’t have been a good man and said those things He said. For instance, if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m a good teacher and a good husband.” You might say, “Okay, I buy that.” But if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m God and I’m the only way to heaven.” Well, you would have to make a decision. You couldn’t say I was a good person because a good person wouldn’t say that. You’d either say, “He is who he says he was, or he’s a liar or he’s crazy.”

Now Jesus didn’t just expect us to believe Him and take Him at His word. He said, “I’m going to prove the claim that I am God.” He said, “I’m going to let people kill me on a cross, then let them bury me. I’ll be dead for three days and then I’ll come back to life.” And, of course, that was the event that changed history. The resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every person since then refers to Jesus Christ, whether they believe in Him or not, every time you right a date, A.D. or B.C., what’s the reference point? Jesus Christ. Because it was the event that split history when Jesus proved that He was who He said He was, He is God.

Question 3: Do all religions lead to God?

Well now think about the logic of this. Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God.

You see, it all depends on which direction you take. Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I’m betting my life on the fact that He was right because I figured Jesus knows more about it than I did.

The Bible tells us that on the road to heaven, there are only two directions, toward Christ or away from Him. You can accept it or you can reject it, that’s your choice. You can make Jesus the Lord of your life, that means the manager, the ceo, the person in charge of your life, or you can call Him a liar, but that’s what the Bible declares.

You know a lot of people sincerely believe that even though they’ve broken God’s rules that they can earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam or the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, for example. But I don’t get it. How will doing some good works that we should have done all our lives, make up for all the countless times we failed? You see, heaven is a perfect place and that means only perfect people get to go there. If not-perfect people were allowed in, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore. Well I don’t know about you, but I stopped being perfect a long time ago. So God came up with plan b. He came to earth in human form, Jesus Christ, and He lived a perfect life and now He offers to let us go to heaven on His ticket. And I pray that you will trust Jesus Christ and stop trying to bat a thousand because you ended up not doing that a long time ago and accept God’s free ticket through Jesus Christ.

Question 4: What’s going to happen to those people in the world who’ve never heard about Jesus Christ?

You may have heard this question put this way: “What about the person living in the jungle somewhere who’s never heard the good news about Jesus Christ? Are you christians saying that a person won’t go to heaven based solely on where he lives?” No, we’re not saying that. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t work that way. We understand that God is perfect in His love and perfect in His holiness and He’s perfectly just and fair. Therefore, it’s against God’s nature to be unfair. It’s against God’s nature to hide the ball on salvation or to condemn somebody who’s ignorant of his truth. In fact the scripture, the bible declares that God is loving and patient and not willing that anybody should perish. But He wants everybody to come to repentance, to come to know Him.

So if God is a perfectly loving and righteous God, then He will figure out ways to help people understand Him. He somehow reveals the simple truth of the gospel to people throughout the world. You know, I’ve talked to people who were missionaries in Africa who’ve told me that Jesus has revealed Himself through nature. When you look at nature you learn that God is organized, that God is creative, that God likes variety. But it’s when we look at Jesus Christ we realize that God is loving.

And as Christians we are called to tell the good news to other people. It’s God’s decision to decide what happens to people who haven’t heard about Him. But it is our decision to take that news to as many people as possible. And the bible says we will be held more responsible because we have heard and we have known that God is love, that God wants a relationship to us and that God will forgive us if we give our lives to Jesus Christ.

So, what do we do about those who haven’t heard? We tell them. First we accept God’s good news and then we tell them and we leave the result in the hands of a fair, loving and just God.

Question 5: What about all the wars that are caused in the name of Christianity?

Well first, let me say that a lot of things have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus Christ would totally disavow. And just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily make him a follower of Christ, nor does it make him a representative of Jesus. It’s very, very important to distinguish between the bible kind of Christianity and the actions that have been taken throughout history by people who claim to be Christians but really didn’t know.

You see there’s a difference between religion and a relationship with God. Jesus is not interested in the religion of Christianity. He’s interested in you having a relationship to Him. Jesus never said, “I’ve come that you might have religion.” He said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Now a lot of people have claimed to be followers of Christ but they’ve lived their lives contrary to His teaching. And we shouldn’t label that group Christian. But let me say this, have you ever seen a counterfeit dollar? Well, maybe you haven’t, but maybe you’ve heard of them. Why are there counterfeit dollars in the world? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because there are real dollars in the world. If there were no real dollars, there would be no counterfeits. And if you find counterfeit Christianity in the world, it must mean that somewhere there must be the real thing. The point is we don’t identify Jesus by claiming that all the things that were done in His name were done by Him. In fact, Jesus proffended His own disciples from defending themselves against the enemies when He said on a personal basis, He said, “I want you to turn the other cheek.”

So a lot of wars have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus probably would have disavowed. The real issue is do you know Jesus Christ? You see, it doesn’t matter so much what has been done by hypocrites or phonies or false followers of Christ. What matters is do you know the real, true, genuine item? Have you ever turned your life over to Jesus Christ? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to investigate Him today.

Question 6: Is there any real right or wrong?

You know, you might have heard somebody say, “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as right or wrong.” Or maybe you’ve heard a professor say, “There are no absolutes.” Whenever I hear that I want to say, “Are you absolutely sure?” You have to ask yourself, “Is this statement even logical? Is there any right or wrong?” Because when people say, “There is no right or wrong, or it’s wrong for you to impose your morals on me,” think about it, by them telling you that, they are imposing their morals on you.

The fact is we all inheritantly know right from wrong and we just have this weird tendency to disregard it. To disregard morality when it conflicts with our desires for pleasure or personal gain. Now, sure, you might justify having an affair, but certainly you wouldn’t condone your spouse having one. Or you might justify taking something without permission, but if you were the one being robbed you wouldn’t think it was okay. You see the fact is, there isn’t a person alive today who’d come home from work and discover that their entire house had been robbed and say, “Oh, how wonderful that this burglar is able to enjoy all my things without my permission. And who am I to impose my view of right or wrong on this poor burglar?” You see how ridiculous that is? Of course.

Even those who claim there is no right or wrong have their own moral conscious, they’ve just set their own standards. Here’s a good way to determine right from wrong. Turn the situation around on yourself. Jesus said it best. He said, “Treat people the same way you want people to treat you.” You see we all know that murder and rape and lying and stealing and torture and injustice are absolutely wrong. Why? Because we wouldn’t want any of these things to happen to us. The person who would say, “there is no right or wrong,” would not agree that it was okay for them to be raped. No, when you turn it on yourself, you realize that even inside ourselves God has placed a moral conscious and that conscious tells us when we do right and when we do wrong. And when we violate our conscious, we need forgiveness. That’s why the bible said, “God sent Jesus to earth so that we might be forgiven of all of our wrong.”

Question 7: Why do I exist?

That’s the most fundamental question of life. What on earth am I here for?

Well, you need to understand God to answer that question. You see, the bible says, “God is love.” It doesn’t say He has love, it says He is love. It’s part of His nature, His character, it is the essence of His being. God is love. Now, love isn’t very valuable unless you bestow it on something and the bible says, “God made you to love you.” You were created as an object of God’s love. If you want to know why you’re taking breath right now, why your heart is beating, it’s because God made you to love you. It’s the sole reason. You were made to be loved by God and to bring Him pleasure.

Now God wants you to learn to love Him back and that’s the first purpose of your life, to get to know and love Him back. One day Jesus was walking down the street and a man came up and said, “What’s the most important command in the bible?” And Jesus said, “I’m going to summarize the entire bible in one sentence. Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.” That’s called the great commandment. And God wants you to get to know and love Him back. So that means when you get up in the morning, you should sit on the side of your bed and say, “God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know you a little bit better and I want to love you a little bit more.” Because if at the end of the day you know God more and you love Him more, you have just fulfilled one of the purposes of your life.

If, on the other hand, you’ve accomplished all kinds of things and achieved many, many successes in life, but at the end of the day you don’t know God better or love Him more, you have missed the primary purpose of your life. Because God didn’t put you on this earth just to mark things off your to-do list. He put you here to know Him and love Him. That’s why you exist.

Question 8: What is my purpose in life?

Well the truth is, God created you for five purposes. You see, you were made by God and you were made for God. And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense. When you come to this question, what is my purpose, you only have three alternatives.

  1. First is what I call the mystical approach, and that is look within. You find this in a lot of talk shows, a lot of new age books a lot of seminars. They say, “look within to discover your purpose.” The only problem is that doesn’t work. We’ve all looked within and I didn’t like what I saw. It’s quite confusing. In fact, if you could know the purpose of your life by looking within, we’d all know it by now. It doesn’t work.
  2. The second way you can try to discover your purpose is called the intellectual or philosophical approach. And that’s where you go to a seminary class or university class and you sit there with a pipe and your latte and your coffee and you ask questions like, “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” I once read a book by professor John Morehead, the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Northeastern University in Illinois. And he wrote to 250 well-known intellectuals and asked them, “What is the meaning and purpose of life?” These were novelists, scientists, well-known intellectuals, and I read the book, it’s now out of print, it was quite depressing because most of the people said, “I have no idea what the purpose of life is.” Some of them admitted they just made up a purpose. And some of the admitted they guessed. And some of them said, “If you know the purpose, please tell me.”
  3. You see, there’s a better answer to speculation and that’s revelation. If I were to hold up an invention that you have never seen before, you wouldn’t know its purpose. The only way you’d know its purpose was either talk to the inventor, the creator who made it or read the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual of life is the bible and your Creator is God. And it is only as you get to know God you will discover his five purposes for your life. I hope you’ll begin that journey today.

Question 9: Does my life really matter?

Well, it’s a good question. You know, today we teach our kids that we’re all just one big cosmic accident. We came from the goo through the zoo to you over billions of years. Well, if that is true, in a nutshell it teaches that your life really doesn’t matter, you’re just the freak accident of random chance, you’re complex slime and you were an accident. And if you get accidentally killed, well, of course, that doesn’t matter. And that creates a lot of our sociological problems and a lot of our self-esteem issues.

But the truth is you are not an accident. You were created by a loving God who loves you and designed you with intricate detail in your life and when you understand that God made you to love you and that God made you to be a part of His family and that God made you to last forever, then you’re never going to have a problem with low self-esteem again.

It was Bertram Russell the atheist who once said, “Unless you assume the existence of God, then the purpose and meaning of life is irrelevant.” The truth is, if there is no God your life doesn’t matter. But because there is a God, God had a specific purpose in mind when He created you and you do matter. You matter because God created you. You matter because he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. If you want to know how much you matter, think of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched saying, “I love you this much.”

Now, if you had to chose between a loved one and a material thing, even if that thing was priceless, you’d chose your loved one in a heartbeat. And when you’re on your deathbed, you’re not going to surround yourself with material possessions, you’re not going to say, “Bring me my trophies. Bring me my credentials. Bring me my certificates so I can look one more time at my grade point average.” No, you’re going to surround yourself with loved ones and everybody’s going to be crying because they’re going to miss you. You see, that’s how much you matter.

Personal relationships to God and to other people are the most important thing in life. And God wants you to know Him and He wants you to have a relationship with Him because you’re worth so much in God’s eyes that he sent His Son to die for you. I hope you’ll get to know Him very soon.

Question 10: Is there a real hell and why would a loving God send anyone there?

Well, first I believe in hell because Jesus talked about it. In fact, Jesus talked more about hell then He did heaven. He said it is a real place and it is a place of eternal torment. And I believe Jesus knows more about it than either you or I.

But second, I believe in hell because logic and fairness demand it. Think of all the atrocities and evil that have been done throughout history by evildoers in this world. For God to allow those crimes to go unpunished would mean that God is not worthy of our worship and love.

Now why would a loving God send anyone to hell? Well in a nutshell, God doesn’t. God doesn’t send anybody to hell. We choose to go there when we reject the love of God. If I were to say to my right is a door heading to heaven, and to my left is a door heading to hell, if you walk out the door heading to hell, you don’t have anybody to blame but yourself.

In fact, the bible tells us that God does almost everything – well everything possible to keep us out of hell. He cared so much to keep us out of hell that he sent Jesus Christ to come to earth, to die on the cross, to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to pay for them. He wants to set us free. He wants to give us forgiveness. God made us in his image and He gave us the ultimate power to say yes or no.

Now if we chose to reject God here on earth, then we, at the same time, are choosing to spend eternity separated from Him. You see, there are only two people in the world – two kinds of people. Those who say, “Thy will be done here to God on earth” and those to whom God says, “Your will be done,” when we say, “I want to do it my way.” And if we say, “God I don’t want you in my life while I’m here on earth,” then God says, “I don’t want you in my heaven for eternity.”

You don’t have to go to hell. In fact, Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to go to heaven. Open your heart to Him and say, “Jesus Christ, I need you, I want you, I trust you and I ask you to forgive me.” And He’ll come in and save you.

You can begin your journey today! Learn more about how you can discover purpose in your life.

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275 Responses to “10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers”

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Nate, I agree with you about Nino . . . I cannot understand why he/she would post such antagonistic comments on a Christian website. If you do not agree with another’s faith, you do not need to attack them nor insult the source of their faith; and no matter what your beliefs are, hopefully kindness and courtesy are part of your belief system. That is how we can pray for him/her.

    As far as the existence of God, I have mentioned before to just visit the webpage (http://htwins.net/scale2/?bordercolor=white) that displays the grandeur of this cosmos and you will be convinced that God is and that He most probably is Who He says He is, the great I AM, our Abba Father, who miraculously invites each of us to be in a personal relationship with Him, the Creator and Sustainor of this universe. As I meditate on that, I am both humbled and awed and I pray this blessing for everyone who reads this.

  • Nate says:

    Nina, im not aware of who you are or why you post statements without substance. Why do you have to hide behind a blog and declare ur “belief that God doesn’t exist?” You afraid God my find you? Anyway, I’m gonna ask everyone here to just pray for nina. God even loves you too.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Abba Father, I thank you for the author, Rick Warren, of this article, what a blessing his devotionals are plus his books (especially The Purpose Driven Church) and the impact Saddleback Church has had on the Christian community at large. Please continue giving him the grace to carry out Your mission for his life. Amen.

  • Nino says:

    I deal with Christian lies on a daily basis. These lies range from the myth that Einstein was a theist, to the claim that there is conclusive evidence for Jesus’ existence. I had to make this page so that I could collect some common lies told and present the truth behind the matter. There are hundreds of things I feel compelled to discuss but I shall limit it to a top five list. The top five lies Christian’s tell:

    Darwin recanted on his deathbed. This is completely fabricated and has no foundation in truth whatsoever. A woman named “Lady Hope” spoke to a church group shortly after the death of Charles Darwin. She claimed that she was at Darwin’s bedside on the day of his death. She also claimed that Darwin recanted on evolution and accepted Jesus on his deathbed. Her claims are not only unsupported, but are directly opposed by Darwin’s daughter, Henrietta. Henrietta stated “I was present at his deathbed, Lady Hope was not present during his last illness, or any illness. I believe he never even saw her, but in any case she had no influence over him in any department of thought or belief. My father never recanted any of his scientific views, either then or earlier. I am upset that the U.S. Christians have fabricated this conversion nonsense. The whole story has no foundation whatever.” February 23, 1922.

    Evolution has been proven false (is only a theory). Evolution can be divided into two parts, macro and micro. Micro evolution is a fact, where as macro evolution remains a theory due to debates on the exact steps of the evolutionary process. EVOLUTION DID HAPPEN we simply can’t trace the exact evolutionary steps of the of the 3 trillion plus species on earth. Considering there is no way that we can even prove if we have located all the species on earth, this may always remain a theory. We can prove though, beyond a doubt, that humans have evolved. We can trace it back conclusively 3.6 million years. 97% of all scientists accept evolution (so does the Catholic Church). Christians have spread lies about this excessively, they especially like to say evolution preaches that Humans evolved from monkeys. Evolution does not state that humans evolved from monkeys, that idea is completely absurd. Science states that monkeys and humans evolved from a shared forefather and are hence relatives, (all primates are) but we are in no way direct descendants of them.

    Atheists have no morals. All one has to do is take a look at the American prison system. Nearly 76% of violent criminals are Christian and NO, most of these Christians did not convert after conviction, they were Christian at the time of the crime. The greatest genocides in human history stemmed from the Christian faith. If you examine secular societies in comparison to religious societies; secular societies will consistently have less crime, unemployment, corruption and more freedom, share of wealth and a higher standard of living. Nearly EVERY single advancement towards morality (I.E: ceasing native genocide, freeing the slaves and women’s suffrage) was OPPOSED by the church and Christian organizations.

    This United States is a country founded on Christianity. This is the biggest sack of horse shit and only an EXTREME MORON would believe something this retarded. The VERY FIRST AMENDMENT of the constitution is based on the Separation of church and state. The paramount reason why the forefathers came to this country was for religious freedom. They listed it as their top goal in forming America. Matter of fact most of the fore fathers weren’t even Christian, but deist, atheist and agnostic. I could site thousands of quotes which piss on this lie from Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, etc. but I shouldn’t need to, considering the reading of the constitution is a 4th grade curriculum requirement.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord I lift up my friends who have responded to the article that was written in this blog. Lord I pray that they will be blessed by You and will seek Your grace each day. In Jesus name Amen

  • Dustin says:

    This will be my last post. Once again I find that people on both sides with varying beliefs struggle to find common ground. On the other hand the Christian responses on this site that I have seen have all been courteous, well written and full of the love of God. Absent so many churches these days. I want to thank all of you who have been helpful.Even though I may not agree with the some of the doctrine I believe misinterpreted in the bible, I will ALWAYS believe in the power of the blood of Jesus. So many of you are TRUE caring and compassionate Christians. Keep up the good work and you will win the souls of the willing and plant the seeds in others that in time may bear great fruit. May Jesus continue to use you. For the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. To the rest of you may God find you in any way he can. Blessings and hope upon you all.

  • Nino says:

    After i was done with this, i know that the bible is full of BS.

    it’s just another deceiving editie.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    niño…i would suggest concentrating on the words of jesus. whatever confusión you have regarding the old testament isnt really needful at this time, since the old covenant ended when jesus started the new one. let jesus words speak to your heart. you will find faith being generated as you do. blessings!

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Nino, your last postings certainly were a “mighty swat”! I am intrigued as to why you would post such offensive, sarcastic and obvious anti-Christian statements on a Christian website that is established to help people along in their faith, to edify them and to unify them. Let’s be real: in a civil, productive conversation, you do not use words like “stupid (3 times) and “illiterate”, nor describe God as a “genocidal baby murdering maniac who loves torture and human sacrifice” or suggest that, for a Christian, “it would stand to reason that you should kill your children to ensure their entrance into heaven before they are old enough to be held accountable for being a creature of sin”. Let’s work together at this dialog and be positively engaged . . . or we can just stop and let go.

    There is ample evidence that the Bible is a historical accounting of real events that transpired in the history of mankind. Men wrote about what they saw as well as recording the words of God as He inspired them. The books of Job and Isaiah and John in particular are obviously “divine” because a mere human could not have “dreamed them up”, they are simply “too Godly”. And certainly the Jews of Jesus’ time would have proven the Gospels wrong if they possibly could and they were clearly in position to do so but did not. Yes you can ask hard questions about source of evil or diseases or mudslides but don’t make the mistake of hanging up on issues that distract you from critical life decisions. What you believe and why you believe such are very important convictions that impact your life today and, more importantly, will for long after your death – that’s big!

    Speaking of Job, his “profound scientific insights”, 1000’s of years before science discovered those truths, are many . . . the dark hole over our North Pole and how earth spins freely in space (Job 26:7) and Elihu’s description of the formation of rain (36:27-28) give credence to the revelations that his Redeemer (Jesus) would live on earth and that after death, he would see God (19:25-26). Read the book and look for divine inspiration and you will find it.

    Most of all, please visit an extremely convincing webpage (http://htwins.net/scale2/?bordercolor=white) that allows one to zoom in-and-out on the Scale of the Universe from a Plank Length (10 to – 35th) to the Deep Hubble Field (10 to + 26th). Christianity ascribes this cosmos to the God revealed in Scripture – how does your faith explain this infinite variety of substances? I cannot bring myself to believe it was created by “divine human souls”. Whoever made this universe could easily make earth in a day or 6 or over 1000’s of years as He chose. Simply ponder over that website with an open mind and see how you are affected. How? Who? Why? Implications to my life? Implications to my beliefs?

    Finally I observe that your demeanor throughout speaks of “anger”, possibly at God Himself, but certainly against Christianity. There are just too many sarcastic and profane insults therein to believe that you just do not accept Christian beliefs. If you do not believe another’s faith does not mean you need to attack them. What is really going on in your life?

  • Nino says:

    By saying Satan tempted Eve is stupid. Your “god” figure was the first to put temptation there by putting the tree there and then telling Adam & Lilith or Eve that it was forbidden.

    It is also stupid to keep spewing that the Great Holy Book is the “word of god”. It is NOT, it was written by MEN, and there was zero divine intervention in the development of the myths that were stolen from other mythology.?

  • Nino says:

    Jamie, considering your lord is supposed to love everyone unconditionally, but will banish us to hell for simply having an open mind on beliefs, doesn’t really sit right. If he loves unconditionally, and loves everyone, why banish people to hell? Why do “damned” souls go there? Shouldn’t he save them, regardless what they have believed in the mortal life, because we are a flawed creation and are supposedly his children? Organized religion has too many flaws and holes for many people to accept in this modern day and age.

    We are divine souls going on a journey that is endless. However there are energies who do not have human souls i.e., divine soul, These beings that do not have human divine souls need our energy to survive.

    These beings are as unto spiritual parasites that feed off human divine soul energy. This is how religion comes into play. Many beings are posing as “gods” and through love, worship and fear they feed off our energy and they become powerful. Many divine souls have awaken to the truth and have stopped giving these parasites our energy.
    These fake “gods” who are beings who don’t have divine souls as ours include the angry Jewish god “Jehovah” also ” Allah” and the Christian god “God the Father” and many other fake entities who are liars and fakes feed off human divine soul worship and fear.
    This is why many ancient texts say you must fear their “god” or be punished. They do not want you to learn the secret that they are not the ones who are inferior and constantly need energy to survive.
    Important! Not all humans have divine souls. There are many posers who pose as humans. You can easily tell them apart from a true divine soul as these posers have no conscience or feelings of right or wrong, they do not feel remorse for their evil actions, they may act as though they love, then they do insane acts all the while acting as though they are moral and good, these are the posers. If you have a divine soul, and have broken from the “matrix” you will know who they are.
    Many of the posers are world leaders of the the present, and of the ancient past. They are also those who control the world banking institutions. These posers have been in control of true divine humanity for thousands of years.
    Many divine souls have tried to inform the public of these truths and have been killed in the process, e.g., John F. Kennedy, Dr. King, Malcolm X and many others. Prime example just listen to Kennedy’s famous “conspiracy” speach, and if your are a divine soul, you will know he was speaking the truth.

    The world elites and false human entities i.e, spirit beings do not want humans to know they have a divine soul, or to know that they are actually GOD.
    This is the Truth, a human divine soul is all powerful, all knowing and is God. Those who have been awaken, are not going to take it anymore and refuse to give their energy to these parasitic beings anymore.
    If you have a divine soul ( you know who you are ) stop and realize you are and take back your energy and be who you really are…which is God. The key is NO FEAR, you can no longer FEAR anything anyone not even death. Once the true divine soul understands this they are able to protect their energy, then they come the the truth and look beyond the matrix of this world and what society has taught them and become what they really are…..God.
    16 juli 19:17
    God Yahweh = satan, they both are one and the same and is a father of humanity. This is a false entity which imposes real God, who is much more than what is written in the bible. Bible is a tool of control, manipulation and mind program and is a service to false imposter god and graven image (cross with crucifix). Can guarantee you on that.

    BTW, How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species of animals on this planet into his ark? It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to realize the physical impossibility of this.

    Why won’t God heal amputees?

    If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?

    Why do innocent children have to suffer with terminal diseases such as cancer? What part of ‘God’s plan’ is this exactly?

    What good is it for us to have free will if the intention is for us not to use it? Sure, we can use our free will, but we will burn in hell for eternity if we do. Russian roulette, anybody? It sounds like a set-up to me.

    If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers. Failed, again!

    Why would you trust ‘God’s plan’ given his track record of many failures?

    How can God answer a prayer giving a working-class man in the United States a raise at his place of employment so that he can move his family into a larger house, but he does not answer the prayers to stop the starvation and disease of millions upon millions of children around the world? This must be another infinitely wise part of ‘God’s plan’.

    If you believe that your eternal life is more important than your physical life and you believe that all children are innocent in the eyes of God, why not kill your children so they are guaranteed to go to heaven? You can’t tell me that it is because killing is a sin. First of all, you could repent thereafter and be forgiven. Secondly, if you would sacrifice your life for your child who is about to be hit by a train, and you believe your eternal life is more important than this life, then it would stand to reason that you should kill your children to ensure their entrance into heaven before they are old enough to be held accountable for being a creature of sin, right?

    Christians claim that their god allows their devil to do the things he supposedly does to test us. Of course, they never explain why an omniscient god would need to test anything. An all-knowing god would already know what the result of the test would be, so the idea that their god would be testing us makes no sense, (just like the rest of their religion).

    the lies of eternal torment is wide spread. Many Christians who don’t crack their Bible believe in eternal torment…..also some even distort this;… believing that satan and demons rule this (so-called) “under world”

    Im not trying to start a flame war, I simply have a question. And as an non christian I can’t answer really answer it.

    So the devil was once an angel, yes? One that got full of himself and tried to throw God out of his throne. And the devil became evil so God kicked him out of heaven, and making hell.

    So my question, whats stopping another angel from doing the same thing? If heaven is some perfect place where there is no evil; why did the devil become evil?

    And another question, in the story there were other angels there. Angels of which I assume dead people. So that must mean there were people who have already died. Does this mean there was a time before evil according to the bible?
    If you were to create something – perhaps a work of art or a machine of some kind, you can only create according to your own image of what you want to accomplish. This means that God created Satan in his own image. This means that if Satan is evil, then God is evil.

    That Biblical God is depicted as being evil. Why else would one be required to fear its love?

    Why should you feel good when God is in the room with you? God is a genocidal baby murdering maniac who loves torture and human sacrifice. If that kind of person was in the room with me, I’d be very scared.

    We preceivers, we are awareness; we are not object; we have no solidity. We are boundless… We, or rather our reason, forget this and thus we entrap the totality of ourselves in a victious circle from which we rarely emerge in our lifetime.

    Revelation 21:8New International Version (NIV)

    8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

    Even if you ignore that part, biologically it isn’t possible to create an entire species with only two animals. You need about 15. Otherwise, there isn’t enough genetic variation in the offspring, and mutations are amplified, causing them to die out.
    WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED – ACTS 2:21

    NOT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED – MATTHEW 7:21

  • Nino says:

    Imagine that you were the perfect, omnipotent, all-knowing Lord and Creator of the universe. You decided that you were going to give one — just one — book to humanity. It would be their moral compass, an insight into their nature and into yours, and act as a guide for how they could live rightly and walk a path that would lead their souls into an eternity with you. Obviously, the first thing you’d want to put in there are some totally unscientific, archaic behavioral codes for menstruating women, and for pregnant women after they give birth. You’d want to be sure to help them regulate slavery, and specify how badly they were allowed to beat their slaves. And of course you’d want the book to be chock full of mythology — a creation myth, a flood myth, a fictional exodus, and hagiographical stories about how your loyal armies killed the shit out of everyone who dared to worship the wrong gods. There’s a point here about the Bible that, in my estimation, really cannot be understated: there is absolutely nothing in the Bible that could not have been simply made up by Bronze-Age human beings. Nothing at all. There are no profound scientific insights that such cultures could never have known. There’s some bogus cosmology, a flat Earth, and instructions for how to slaughter animals among other profound insights. Now, some Christians are keen to point out that the Jews did apparently get some things right. They had a sanitation system… but so did ancient Egypt, the Hittities, the Elamites, and the Aegean civilization. So, big whoop. They also had some codes for cleansing themselves after handling dead bodies or lepers, but these rituals also included ritual animal sacrifice. Not exactly cutting-edge. Moreover, the rituals themselves were stupid — after handling a corpse, for example, you would be “unclean for seven days” [Numbers 19:11]. This obviously had little to do with hygiene. Then we have the New Testament. Written by anonymous authors decades after the events purportedly happened and filled with internal factual contradictions, with no trace of the original manuscripts and thousands of copies rife with errors, there is nothing about the New Testament that demands that a rational person should believe it to be divinely inspired. I talked about this in detail in my post The Gospel Challenge, where I challenged Christians to show that the evidence demanded that we believe the supernatural claims of the Bible are anything more than made-up. There’s simply no reason whatsoever for any rational person to make such an assumption. Is the Bible really the best God could do? Is this book of myths, scientific blunders, and ambiguous or even downright demonstrably bogus historicity really what anyone really thinks the omnipotent Lord of the universe would bestow upon humanity? That this God would ignore humanity for the bulk of its 200,000+ years on the Earth, only deciding to reveal his One True Religion to a small, mostly illiterate Bronze Age tribal culture? Think of all the things the Bible could be if it were really divinely inspired. Think of all the knowledge and insight such a holy book could contain that simply could never have been made up — profound scientific insights, timeless moral instruction, and revelation clear enough to prevent the innumerable schisms in Christian theology over fundamental issues, like how to attain salvation. Any sane, rational view of the Bible shows it to be little more than the confused scribblings of Bronze Age tribes.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Richard, you really took a lot of time and thought to your post here. Thanks for adding so much to the conversation here. It is great to have a variety of opinions and let people search out the answers for themselves. I am not going to be able to respond to all of your questions but I would like challenge a few of your ideas. I apologize beforehand because I probably will slip in a few “God said…” I will try not to use that in any circular kind of argument but I think it is an acceptable practice to look at the statements of someone who is under investigation in order to better understand who they are and to discern whether they speak truthfully or not. Wouldn’t you agree?

    First of all, let me start with a statement that you opened up with. You wrote, “I know that faith is a function of the brain that will be motivated by any belief system or religion that each individual feels personally comfortable with deep inside themselves.” You seem to have limited faith to a neurological process that begins within the person’s environment and conditioning. What about people who have made a significant ‘faith change’ in life because of a personal experience they have had; you, for example. You seem to suggest that at one point you had faith in Christianity but that through the experience of reading and investigation your faith has moved to… well I guess you don’t really say what you put your faith in but if I can make an assumption from the authors you list it has something to do with being master of your own destiny through conscious choices you make. Wouldn’t you say that those experiences were real events therefore have added credibility to the faith that one holds? So if God really exists as He is presented in the Bible, faith in Him is more that just “a function of the brain” but is a person’s interaction with reality? I know that does little for proving the existence of God but I don’t think it is helpful to minimize the role of people’s experience in matters of faith just because you have not shared their experience.

    I also want to respond to your concern about followers of Jesus who desire to “win your soul”. I agree that the tactics of some are offensive and coercive which totally detracts from the message that is being communicated. I also would agree that some people’s motivations are less then pure and are more about their own self-centredness than about a concern for the soul of those to whom they talk. But painting every Christian with that same brush is missing out on the true heart of what is being attempted by a follower of Jesus. These people have had a very real encounter that has made a significant impact on their outlook on life. They truly believe that the only hope for any human is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. An analogy would be a person walking through the darkness of a cave all of their life but discovering the way out into the beauty and light of our world. It is natural to want to go back into the cave to help as many people as they can to come and discover the beauty of light and colour as well. Just as you have a desire to help people be set free from the restrictions of religious worldview and so you invest such time and effort to type out a long treatise like this. I may disagree with your point of view but I really admire your passion to help me.

    So Richard I would be interested in knowing more of what it is that you do have faith in. What have you learned from your reading and investigation that helps guide your life? How has that made your life fuller and more free?

  • Dustin says:

    Hello Richard. All of the questions you ask are loaded questions and are worded quite cynically. You need to take a better approach than that if you want to make an argument. Your hatred and disdain not only for God but also Christianity destroys any point you may have been able to make. I was once a traditional Christian like you so I get your frustration but come on man. Most of those questions aren’t even questions, just insults in the form of a question. Some people are blind and will believe anything. Accept it and fight for those who will listen. We are out there. Our quest has to be about the truth and not proving we are right by taking out our anger on those who have constantly let us down in life by failing to provide answers we so desperately seek. The world doesn’t need more hate and I have a feeling your worth a lot more than those questions reveal.

  • Dustin says:

    Except for there being no Devil of course. He has many disguises.

  • Dustin says:

    Hi, This is for Daniel you have a lot of good points and I cant say I have a problem with any of them. I would very much like to speak with you more. Post a reply and I will give you my email.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Well! I believe in what is said in the Bible. I believe that God sent His Son to earth to redeem me from sin. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I pray and plant a seed of salvation to anyone who does not know Jesus, that when they call on His name that they will be saved.

  • Richard says:

    right… so, i’m the one who does not know to start?? most of these things i know myself, and not from a book.

  • babu says:

    maybe or maybe not richard don’t know where to start, but for sure he is out of all bogus claims any book made, he is a man with open eyes, and chances are far more higher for him to find the real way than others those who are still stuck in blind faith bcz of their Book is telling them, this is simply a blindness to keep on believing something illogical which most of the sheeps are doing today.

  • Richard says:

    i have lived as a faithful Christian for the first half of my life. My apostasy began with the introduction of such authors as Napoleon Hill, Brian Tracy, Norman Vincent Peale and Anthony Robbins. The lessons I had learned from their concepts of how faith really works as a functional component of the human brain led me to scrutinize “God’s word” and present questions that point to inconsistencies that Christians have no sufficient answer for. Don’t get me wrong, they will have an answer for them. You will find, however, that their answers have no basis in verifiable fact or evidence whatsoever, and will be largely based in their blind faith forsaking all reason.
    Before I begin the top 50 questions, I would like to clarify my position and intention with this list. It is not in my intention to tell any believer in the Christian faith that they should not practice their religion. Please re-read that last sentence more than once. I know that faith is a function of the brain that will be motivated by any belief system or religion that each individual feels personally comfortable with deep inside themselves.

    If only one religion was the only ‘true religion,’ then the vast majority of the world would be spiritually unfulfilled and miserable with their personal religions. We know that is not the case. Christians practice their religion and achieve the desired results just as Hindus, Buddhists and Wiccans achieve the same desired results through their methods. Religion is simply a story about how life came to be, why we are here, what we are to do while we are here and how, where we are going after death and what it all really means. This story, however, has to be unique to your environmental experience throughout your life to be believable enough to be accepted by faith. That is why a young Pentecostal Christian child being raised in southern Missouri, US, will not readily be expected to grow up to be a follower of the Hindu faith. Religion is simply an environmentally influenced and culturally appropriate psychological vehicle needed for one to motivate their faith to positive affect.

    I believe that every religion ‘works’ for every individual because psychological requirements for motivating faith is unique to every individual. You may ask, then, why would I write such an article as this, seemingly bashing the Christian faith? This article was inspired by much time spent in spirited debate (no pun intended), with Christians that insist upon being “fishers of men”. There are many Christians who understand that they can not change how others believe and settle for living their own Christian lives. These are not the ones this is directed to. This is intended for those Christians that will not accept, “no thank you, I believe in xyz.” They make it their personal mission to “win your soul for the Lord.”

    This type of approach is vastly counter productive and quite inappropriate serving only as an annoyance for most. This list is for those obnoxious Christians we all know that stand behind ‘god’s word’ as realistic fact to support their mission to win your soul. This list, I hope, should also serve as a catalyst for one to question what they are comfortable with themselves thereby motivating their own faith. Some of these questions, I’m sure, you have heard before and some you may not have. Nonetheless, I welcome all to comment on this article and attempt answering these questions based upon your own faith, whether you agree with me or not.

    Please note that the following questions are not listed in any order of precedence or specific organization.

    1 – If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?

    2 – Why won’t God heal amputees?

    3 – If God is so perfect, then why did he create something so imperfect allowing pain, suffering and daily atrocities?

    4 – Why did the little old lady that God healed one Sunday need her walker to get around again next Sunday? Was she only temporarily worthy of a healing?

    5 – How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species of animals on this planet into his ark? It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to realize the physical impossibility of this.

    6 – If Noah did fit all of these species on the ark for forty days and forty nights, how did the penguins make it from Mt. Ararat to the Antarctic? How did the koala bears make it to Australia with no eucalyptus to eat along the way?

    7 – Why do innocent children have to suffer with terminal diseases such as cancer? What part of ‘God’s plan’ is this exactly?

    8 – How is it that the bible explains the earth to be 6,000 to 8,000 years old when we know that dinosaur bones are at least 65 million years old? This isn’t the only example of our planet’s age by any means, either.

    9 – Why can’t the all-powerful God forgive someone of their sins after they die? Example: A Christian man that is seemingly on God’s good list makes a stupid decision and decides to drink a little too much at the fish fry. On his way home he crashes into a mini-van killing a mother, her two children and his self. This man led a very faithful life and made one stupid, yet grave mistake. If this man did not ask for forgiveness of his sins before the electrical activity in his brain ceased, then God will judge him and send him to hell to burn for eternity.

    10 – God wants everyone to worship and follow him and, if they don’t, they burn in hell for all eternity. What does this type of attitude say about his character? By definition, he would be described as a tyrant.

    11 – If Jesus died on the cross and spent three days in hell to pay for the sins of the world, then why would we have to go to hell ourselves and pay for them again? God is then, in essence, being paid for our sins twice. With that said, was Jesus’ sacrifice not worthy enough? If that is the case, why should we care that he died for our sins if his sacrifice means nothing at all?

    12 – If God wants us all to follow and worship him, why didn’t he create us as such? *Your expected answer will be addressed in the next question.

    13 – What good is it for us to have free will if the intention is for us not to use it? Sure, we can use our free will, but we will burn in hell for eternity if we do. Russian roulette, anybody? It sounds like a set-up to me.

    14 – In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, why would God kill Lot’s wife, Sarah, by turning her into a pillar of salt for simply looking in the wrong direction? Warning of impending sarcasm. God is a merciful God……….. right.

    15 – What purpose does hell serve? If it is punishment for sinful actions, shouldn’t it be used for correctional purposes? Seeing as though you burn forever, you will never get out of hell to show that you have learned your lesson. Would it make sense to live a faithful Christian life glorifying the Lord and to accidentally sin by saying a curse word the instant you smash your car into the back of a tractor-trailer, thereby being condemned to burn in hell forever?

    16 – We know that we feel physical feelings through electrical impulses that send information to our brains through our nervous system. Once we die, we no longer feel pain due to the lack of a physical nervous system and, oh yeah, a brain. How could we ‘feel’ the excruciating flames of hell for eternity? Does God make you feel this torment for all eternity out of pure malice because you wouldn’t worship him?

    17 – If God is perfect and his creations perfect, why did he fail several times? He had to impose suffering upon the human race because Adam and Eve defied him by eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Failed! He had to flood the planet 1,600 years later wiping out all but eight humans. Failure! He had to confuse human language after Nimrod and the Tower of Babel incident so that they could not effectively communicate with each other. Failure! How is this a track record of a perfect being?

    18 – If God is omnipotent, why does he not just show himself to all of us, all at once, thereby ending this game of free will and temptation?

    19 – If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers. Failed, again!

    20 – Why would you trust ‘God’s plan’ given his track record of many failures?

    21 – A disciple of Christ, Thomas, was a skeptic. He walked with Jesus during his time on earth and physically witnessed with his own eyes certain miracles performed by him such as raising Lazarus from the dead and so forth. However, after the crucifixion, Jesus supposedly rose three days later and Thomas did not believe it was truly him despite being told, prior to the incident by Jesus, that he would rise again in three days. Thomas required physical proof. Jesus allowed him to touch him and feel the wounds in his body to offer that proof to Thomas. Why doesn’t god extend the same proof to humans alive today? Those that doubt his existence are no different than Thomas, requiring physical proof and he was a disciple of Jesus himself. If Thomas had been born one generation later, or even living today, he would have burned in hell for all eternity because he would not believe for the lack of physical proof. Paul was born after the death and ascension of Christ. Throughout his life, he did not believe that Jesus was the son of God and even went out of his way to persecute and murder Christians thinking that their religion was a dangerous belief system to practice. Lo and behold a flash of light came out of the sky and Jesus Christ himself appeared to Paul explaining to him that he is actually the one true god. Jesus told him that he was persecuting the followers of the only true faith. From that point on, Paul was a converted Christian. Again, if God was willing to go out of his way to physically prove to Paul that he actually exists, why is this not done today? Why isn’t God willing to show those that doubt today the same degree of physical proof? Why should we be any different than Thomas and Paul?

    22 – Christians argue evolution by asking why there aren’t any half-ape/half-men walking around today, right? Why don’t we see giants, fiery talking serpents, talking donkeys and many other mythical creatures that are described in the Bible?

    23 – If we are to only have sex for the purpose of pro-creation, and to do so outside of the scope of pro-creation is sinful, then why would God create us with an over abundance of nerve endings in our reproductive organs making sex extremely pleasurable? It sounds like yet another set-up.

    24 – Why do Christians share the same statistical rate of divorce as everyone else? “What God hath made, let no man put asunder.” How could Christian marriages fail if they are sanctified by God? Hmmmm…. interesting.

    25 – In the book of Luke chapter 19 verse 27, Jesus says, “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” This seems pretty clear that Jesus would have Christians kill all non-believers. How do you explain this? Convert them or kill them, right?

    26 – If God created everything, why did he create AIDS, influenza, ebola, ecoli and so on and so on? These, as viruses, are living things. You definitely can not use the free will card for this one. Is this another part of ‘God’s plan’?

    27 – How can God answer a prayer giving a working-class man in the United States a raise at his place of employment so that he can move his family into a larger house, but he does not answer the prayers to stop the starvation and disease of millions upon millions of children around the world? This must be another infinitely wise part of ‘God’s plan’.

    28 – If God’s word is supposed to be the accurate word of God himself, how are we supposed to trust it enough to model our lives after it 100% when hundreds of books were excluded from the original text throughout so many translations and revisions in history?

    29 – Why is there no evidence of any of the miracles performed by God? None whatsoever.

    30 – If God and Jesus are the same, having the same mind, knowledge and power, then why would Jesus beg himself in the garden of Gethsemane, to spare himself from having to be crucified? Furthermore, why would Jesus ask himself why he has forsaken himself by allowing himself to be crucified?

    31 – If you believe that your eternal life is more important than your physical life and you believe that all children are innocent in the eyes of God, why not kill your children so they are guaranteed to go to heaven? You can’t tell me that it is because killing is a sin. First of all, you could repent thereafter and be forgiven. Secondly, if you would sacrifice your life for your child who is about to be hit by a train, and you believe your eternal life is more important than this life, then it would stand to reason that you should kill your children to ensure their entrance into heaven before they are old enough to be held accountable for being a creature of sin, right?

    32 – If you do believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be reasonable to suggest that abortion doctors are winning more souls for Christ than Christian missionaries? Why not bomb a pre-school? That would surely win a lot of souls for Christ.

    33 – If you do not believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be fair to suggest that God is a monster for sending babies and toddlers to hell upon their death? Do you see the conundrum here?

    34 – It is a common belief among Christians that the only unforgivable sin is consciously rejecting Christ as Lord and savior. With that said, it is also believed by Christians that those who have never heard of Jesus and the Christian faith, i.e. individuals within an isolated tribe, babies and so forth, have no concept of Christ and can not, therefore, be in the position to consciously reject him. This would allow them entrance into heaven by default. With that said, why would you tell anyone about Christ? Why would you spread the word if that would put them in the position to consciously reject him? If they are already going to heaven due to their ignorance of the word of God, why not just let that be? You would, in effect, be losing more souls to Satan by spreading the word. You might want to rethink that whole “fishers of men” thing.

    35 – Imagine that I had the power and ability to feed millions and end all suffering. Now, imagine that I simply chose not to do so because these millions of people that are suffering did not like me. You would probably like me even less then, right? Then why does God get a ‘get out of jail free card’ on that one? Wait a minute, ‘God’s plan,’ right? Gotcha.

    36 – Why are more atrocities committed in the name of God than anything else?

    37 – The bible states that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. If it is fairly difficult for the rich to go to heaven then why are there wealthy Christians? Why wouldn’t these rich Christians give up all of their wealth to make it easier for them to enter the kingdom of heaven and help out their fellow man because their God won’t?

    38 – Building upon the previous question, if it is almost impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, then why would God create heaven as having pearly gates, streets of gold and many mansions? It sounds like he wants us to be poor in life so that we will want to be rich in the afterlife, maybe? Is God using the sinful value of greed to attract humans to believe in him? Does that make any sense whatsoever?

    39 – If God is perfect then his creations should be perfect, right? Then that would mean that the earth is a perfect creation. Then why would God have to create another perfect place, heaven, and use it to entice us to believe in him? What kind of assurance do we have that heaven would be any better than his other ‘perfect’ creation, earth?

    40 – God allowed Jesus to be tempted as a human by Satan in the wilderness of the desert. Again, if God and Jesus are the same entity, then what kind of sense does it make for God to allow himself to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness to see if he would give in to the temptation? In addition to that, if he were all-knowing, he would have already known the outcome and, therefore, could have avoided the whole thing all together.

    41 – If heaven is to be a place free of sadness, pain and suffering, then how can you be happy in heaven knowing that the vast majority of humankind is painfully burning for eternity, especially when some of them may be your loved ones?

    42 – Seeing as though everything we, including Christians, enjoy in the modern world is a product of science, why do Christians so fervently deny factual scientific evidence that disproves so many aspects of the bible and their religion as a whole?

    43 – If Christianity is the only true religion, then why do practitioners of all other religions feel fulfilled in their faith and achieve the same desired results as Christians?

    44 – If God created everything, then why did he create the tree of knowledge of good and evil and put it right in the middle of the Garden of Eden for Eve to eat of its fruit if he didn’t want her to? Furthermore, why did God create the serpent that tempted Eve? Uh-oh, it sounds like another possible set-up.

    45 – In the beginning God created Adam and Eve, right? Then Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel. What happens next? How did the species propagate itself? Incest is genetically detrimental to offspring. It is also seen as being terribly immoral among the majority of people alive today, including Christians. There was either some incest going on or God created more people from scratch and we weren’t told about it. The same scenario applies to the flood incident. Sure, Noah’s three sons had wives, but that would still mean that, out of the eight remaining individuals on the planet, there is only a 50% variation of genetic code. Mathematically, inbreeding was sure to be necessary to replenish the earth.

    46 – Why does God allow things to happen among his followers that he has already deemed to be sinful, i.e. incest example above, “thou shall not kill” and so forth, and it is alright as long as it is done in his name? Remember, more deaths have occurred in history in God’s name.

    47 – How did Adam live to 930, Seth 912 and Methuselah 969 years old when anthropological evidence shows that we have progressively increased our longevity throughout history? If they did live that long back then, this concept would be reversed and our longevity should have been decreasing throughout history, right? That would mean that people 500 years ago should have lived to at least 200 years old. Why do we not find evidence of this throughout written historical birth and death records as well as archaeological and anthropological evidence?

    48 – God has killed more people than Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Sadam Hussein, Milosevic, Osama Bin Laden and Jim Jones combined. Why would you not follow them instead of God? Based on this standard, these monsters are compassionate compared to God.

    49 – Why is it that when a Christian is faced with questions that have huge negative implications towards the logic of their faith, they conveniently say that it is in God’s plan? Is the scope of their own understanding of the religion and God they have offered their souls to so limited that their only answer is ‘God’s plan’? Judging by the above mentioned failures, God’s plan does not seem to be a very good one.

    50 – Why would God give us the capability of logic and reason and expect us not to use it when it comes to belief in him and his word?

    In closing, please allow me to reiterate the fact that I am not telling you not to believe what you want to believe, in fact, I encourage it. That is how it is supposed to be, after all. All I am saying is that those who feel their mission in life is to win my soul will be held accountable for rational answers to these questions. A rational answer will not consist of the words “because God said…..” That would be like trying to define a word using the word in the definition. It just doesn’t work.?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Daniel, the Bible actually does not place responsibility for people’s sin on Satan but holds every person responsible for their own actions and attitudes. He does tempt us but that does not remove our responsibility.

    It is interesting that you write off the existence of the devil but do accept the existence of earth-bound spirits. On what do you base that belief?

  • Daniel says:

    There is no devil. But if there is one, he would have to be an insane angel who was crazy enough to fight with God, which would be as futile as for us to try to stop the sunrise. The devil is a mythological character invented by humans and used for a scapegoat. Grown people with immature minds like to blame the devil for their misdeeds instead of acting like people and taking the blame themselves. However, there may be earthbound spirits of low vibrations, whom we may regard as devils because they annoy us through mental telepathy. These demons tune in on us through our low vibrations of hate, fear and greed. They can be tuned out with unselfish love, or if necessary be chased away by the stronger spirit of Jesus Christ. There’s an old saying, Birds of a feather, flock together. The way to be rid of the devil is not to be like him.

  • Dustin says:

    First of all not posting a long answer. Second Michael you have a long way to go in your quest for truth. You seem to be very open minded yet, all I have heard you say is everything you DONT believe. How can you find the truth if you don’t even know where to start? You make a lot of good points and as far as your opinion on hell your on the right track. However, the Devil does exist and the fact is he doesn’t care how we label him. The bible isn’t perfect but its message ultimately is one of love. In the beginning he punished us because he had no other choice or the Jews would have been annihilated. Hence no bible at all. Don’t be a skeptic, find SOMETHING worth loving and follow your heart. Love is all you need. Religion is only a tool and some people do better without it. Keep fighting the good fight. Not all Christians are narrow minded.

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hello Daniel. I’m an administrator for this site. Your recent comment that started with “When you’re finally able to drop your concept of a ‘God…,’’ was not approved to be on the site and there’s only one reason. It is way too long. We are happy to engage in dialogue on this site, but it’s not the place to post essay-length treaties of one’s beliefs. If you want to shorten it by at least half, I’d be happy to have it on the site regardless of whether I agree with it or not. Take care.

  • nelufer says:

    how do you think god feels when we do not care of his creation?

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