The site godisimaginary.com created a video entitled 10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer. Here are the questions and my answers:
Question #1: Why won’t God heal amputees?
The short answer is free will. If free will is important for the development of humanity, then God’s interference in physical reality could endanger that goal. This question is a specific example of The Problem of Evil.
You have to invent an excuse on God’s behalf to explain this strange fact of life.
Trying to explain the way things are is hardly “inventing an excuse”.
Question #2: Why are there so many starving people in our world?
This is the same question as #1.
Question #3: Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible?
The bible was written by men. This means that, while it contains spiritual wisdom, it contains much that is downright wrong. The God the Israelites believed in was not a loving God. Yahweh was used by the priestly class to enforce their will on the people. Anyone believing the Torah to be entirely factual is irrational.
Question #4: Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense?
See my answer to #3.
Question #5: Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible?
See my answer to #3.
Question #6: Why do bad things happen to good people?
This is another example of the question of evil. Most learning comes through adversity. If the objective is to learn and improve, a universe where nothing “bad” ever happens will not achieve it.
Question #7: Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence?
If you believe that Jesus was a man with a profound connection to the creative power of the universe, but that, for the preservation of human free will, that power cannot be used to permanently alter physical laws, this doesn’t seem that surprising.
Question #8: How do you explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?
How do you explain the fact that Jesus does appear to vast numbers of people? Why would I presume that Jesus would personally appear to me?
Question #9: Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood?
Not being Catholic, I don’t subscribe to the rite of the mass. The mass is a ritual, created by inspired men, to put one in a religious state. Personally, I have used meditation for much the same purpose.
Question #10: Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?
Christians actually divorce at slightly higher rates than atheists. Since Christians are human, they are imperfect. Clearly divorce is not a good thing, which is why Jesus was against it. Paul went as far to suggest celibacy for those able to remain celibate, which, IMO, is good advice as well. The fact that Christians are as human as the next man shouldn’t be a surprise.
If you think about it honestly, using the critical thinking skills that you learned in college, you have to admit that your answers to these questions make no sense at all.
No, I don’t.
Our world only makes sense when we understand that God is imaginary.
There are many phenomena that can’t be explained by science today. Here are a few that, to me, inspire doubt that there is no higher power:
- What is the spiritual experience? Is it merely a mental state? What is its purpose?
- Why are there moral truths? Why is there altruism?
- Why are people creative? Why is there an aesthetic of beauty?
- Why does romantic love exist and why is it pervasive?
- Why do so many people have near death experiences involving a higher power?
- Why do so many people have visions of angelic beings?
One day we may discover scientific answers to all of these questions that have nothing to do with a higher power. Until we do, I think these questions are much more difficult to answer than the ones posed by godisimaginary.com.