Questions

I have been a Christian for more than twenty years and many times I find that Christians are unwilling to admit that they have questions about the Bible.  If you have questions, then you must have doubts and we are commanded not to doubt but to believe.  Honestly, this conception of Christianity is alien to me because my whole life has been a learning process where I have grown in knowledge, understanding and maturity.  For this reason, I believe that asking questions is a vital part of a dynamic life of faith and I have asked many questions over the course of my Christian life.  I write this blog to share the best answers that I have found in the life of exploration that is the Christian faith.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  (Luke 11:9)

What is the Purpose of Suffering in the world? / What is the meaning of life?

  1. In “Bad Theology Part 1:  Adam in the Garden“, I argue that the Bible clearly teaches us that all human beings are inherently evil.  That is to say, that all human beings are incapable of a perfect love for one another without God’s help.  What does a world with imperfect love look like?  Take a look around and see for yourself.
  2. In “Bad Theology Part 2: The Purpose of this world“, I argue that God uses the pain of this world to demonstrate the human need of divine assistance to love one another.
  3. In “Explaining the Ocean of Human Suffering“, I briefly review the arguments made in the other essays.
  4. In “The Plan of God“, I give a broad overview of why I think God created us in a world that has suffering and requires faith.
  5. In “A Positive Gospel Presentation“, I make the appeal that I think defines the meaning of this life.

What about the violence and evil in the Old Testament?

  1. In “Atheistic Bedrock“, I address the claim made in The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins that God in the Old Testament is a monster.
  2. In “Throwing Moses Under the Bus Part 1” and its follow on posts (see the list at the end of that post), I talk about two ignored divine imperatives and the sinful nature of the Old Testament prophets.
  3. In “Quantum Mechanics in Kindergarten“, I address the argument that finding good morality in the Bible requires us to “cherry pick” the Bible.  I note that Christian faith is the search to understand morality as science is the search to understand physical reality and that both searches have had ups and downs.

How could a good God punish people in hell?

  1. In “The Nature of Hell” I argue that there are two levels of Hell.  One is relative well which I liken to living life as an eternal quadriplegic.  The second is absolute hell where those who reject God’s love all live together for eternity.  (Think about the movies “Escape from New York” or “Death Becomes Her” to get an idea of absolute hell.)
  2. In “Punishment or Consequences” I argue that hell is not punishment but the consequences of choosing to reject God’s love.
  3. In “Artifact of Eternity” I examine the nature of eternity and why God’s love is essential to avoid hell.

Isn’t the Bible full of mythology?

  1. I have addressed this issue in my post, “Mythology in the Bible“.
  2. I also found a video that dramatizes a conversation between C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to be helpful in this regard.

Why does God require faith?

  1. I have addressed this question in a post entitled, “The Importance of Faith“.

Isn’t the idea that God requires His Son to die on the cross for us barbaric?

  1. I talk about an aspect of the cross of Jesus Christ that doesn’t get much airtime in my essay, “The Nature of the Atonement“.

Have scientists “torpedoed” the notion of free will?

  1. In “Harris and Dawkins Argue Against Free Will“, I discuss a talk given by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins
  2. In “Free Will Illusions”, I attempt to explain the scientific evidence that atheists use to attack the existence of free will.on this issue.
  3. I also have two YouTube videos on this subject that explore different aspects of the question.  In these videos, I made the mistake of thinking that Dr. Harris was talking about an experiment I had heard about concerning involuntary movement.  I later did some research and came across the Libet experiment and this was what motivated writing the essay “Free Will Illusions” mentioned above.
  4. I have gone over some critic responses to videos that I posted on YouTube in my essay “Free Will Arguments“.

Does the Theory of Evolution make belief in a divine designer irrational?

  1. In “Evolution as a Guided Process:  The Primary Argument“, I look at highly conserved DNA sequences and argue that they are an indicator of divine guidance.
  2. In “Evolution and Imperfection“, I examine the inadequacies of the argument that imperfection is positive evidence for atheism.
  3. In “Unpackaging Evolution“, I examine the different meanings of the word evolution  as used in the origins debate and argue that only one aspect of the broad term “evolution” really has any theological impact.
  4. In “The Lure of Theistic Evolution“, I describe why I find theistic evolution attractive from a theological perspective.

Is the Christian faith inherently narcissistic?

  1. In “Is Christianity Inherently Narcissistic“, I discuss this accusation as made by Dr. Sam Harris.

What about the political issue of abortion?

In “The Politics of Abortion“, I discuss why I believe that Christians should be both pro-life and pro-choice.

 

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