Recently, I have been in a dialog with Stephen Drain, the Philadelphia Christian Perspectives Examiner. Together we decided that we would ask each other five questions. I will answer his and he will answer mine. Of course I welcome all of my Christian friends and even those who are less than friendly to answer in the comments section.
Picking the five questions is a challenge in and of itself, however. There are so many questions that come to mind and so many different kinds of Christians that I want to refrain from only focusing on a particular type of Christian. I could always stick with the classic questions that Christians have been trying to answer through various verbal gymnastics for hundreds and even thousands of years. For example, I could ask about the Problem of Evil or the Euthyphro dilemma.
No, I those questions are too intellectual. Asking those questions gives too much respect to such a ridiculous belief system in my opinion. While it is always important to respect people, it is not a necessity to respect people’s ridiculous ideas. I have often said that the Christian belief system has more plot holes than a Michael Bay film and so I think I will ask questions that will reflect that. To me, Christianity makes even less sense than a belief system based on Transformers 2, except without Megan Fox.
Question One: What does God need a starship? This question was originally asked by Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Of course we don’t have starships yet, but Christians often claim that God works through people. Why? Why does God need you? Isn’t he God?
Question Two: Is God a vampire? Twilight is all the rage these days, God and Edward even share something in common, besides not actually existing, they both crave blood. God used to require the blood sacrifice of animals (mainly goats and lambs) but now, he seems to have developed a taste for human/god blood. All of Christianity is based on God’s need for blood as the atonement for sin. I wonder if Christians have really thought about why blood is needed to atone for sin at all. How does that work exactly?
Question Three: What exactly did Jesus sacrifice? This is maybe a little more serious then my last questions, but it seems to me that if Jesus knew he was God, knew that he could not die, and knew that he would live forever at the right hand of God (or maybe as the right hand of God), then what was his sacrifice exactly? A few hours of pain and then three days of death is hardly a sacrifice. If anything, Judas was the one who made the real sacrifice. Not only did he go to Hell to be tortured for all eternity but he also got stuck with the bad rap. Everybody hates that dude. So isn’t Judas the real savoir in the story?
Question Four: Why the elaborate scheme? If God wants me to go to Heaven, why can’t he just make it happen? Yeah, I know the whole story about how humans screwed up by eating the apple (Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil) and that this created some sort of rift, blah blah blah. Bottom line is that God’s elaborate scheme to set everything right is wholly unnecessary. If he’s God, he can just make it happen. He wouldn’t even have to think about it. Poof, done.
Question Five: Couldn’t God have changed the laws of physics, logic, and reason so that we could have freewill and love him freely without contradiction? Sorry, I knew this would come up so I had to preempt your last answer with this question. It seems that Christians tend to think as mortals. That’s not a problem since we all are mortals, but can’t we use our imagination and put ourselves in God’s shoes for a moment. If you were all powerful, couldn’t you just change the laws of logic and reason to avoid the contradiction regarding freewill and free love? I guess this just leaves us back to the last question of, Why the elaborate scheme? I’ll give you a moment to edit your answer on that one if you need to.
Well, there are plenty more questions where those came from, but I told Stephen we would just keep it to five this time. I’ll have answered his questions. Here are my answers. If any of my fellow atheists take up the challenge to answering his questions, please remember to respect the person, but feel free to criticize any ridiculous ideas.
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