Note 1: In Addressing a Response to Question 5 (truthseekingatheist.wordpress.com) and Responding to a Christian Response, Herald Newman responded to some of my answers. When I get time I will respond to his responses.
Note 2: We have addressed all ten of Herald Newman’s questions in the comments below. In my next post we will consider some of Newman’s responses to the answers we have provided to his questions.
H/T Silence of Mind (https://silenceofmind.wordpress.com/)
I will try spend the next several days “answering” the questions in the comments below. Since I am not God, I will have to reference the Bible to get the best answers. If the Bible does not have an answer, I may have to admit I don’t know the answer.
As King Solomon observed…
New American Standard Bible
12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom about everything that has been done under heaven. It is a sorry task with which God has given the sons of mankind to be troubled. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is futility and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know insanity and foolishness; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief; and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
Christians and their apologists seem to have a proclivity for asking these “10 questions for atheists”, in the hope of either getting answer or exposing some hypothetical problem of our worldview. I thought it might be interesting to ask my own set of 10 questions that I have about Christianity. If you, as a non-believer, have your own questions, feel free to add them to the comments section.
So, without further ado, here they are:
- How do you reconcile the obvious and extreme suffering of sentient life on this planet with your belief that God is perfectly loving, moral, and all powerful? In other words, shouldn’t a loving, moral, and all powerful God act in ways that shield us from suffering, and if not why not?
- Do you believe that God owes any duties to humanity, such as a duty to protect us, or at least credibly warn us of…
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