Questions for Christians

Posted on 20 March, 2008

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I have a genuine interest in trying to understand and would be very grateful to any Christians who might be able to help. I have a few questions in particular to which I’ve never heard a satisfactory answer. Feel free to answer any or all and thankyou very much for any comments you do decide to leave 🙂

1. Are your beliefs based on faith or evidence?

2. Is the Bible meant to be taken literally? And if only parts of it are, how do you know what is literal and what isn’t?

3: What’s to be learned from the following Bible quote:

Judges 19: 22-27

22 While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we may know him.”

 23 The owner of the house went outside and said to them, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this disgraceful thing. 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But to this man, don’t do such a disgraceful thing.”

 25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. 26 At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.

 27 When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28 He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.”

4. (Assuming you take it all literally, and picking just one example) How did Noah get polar bears, kangaroos, etc onto the Ark?

5. Leviticus 25:44” ‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.” Does this mean slavery is ok?

6. Why are the events of the Bible all situated in one small area of the Globe?

7. Matthew 13: 55-57 “55Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” Did Jesus have brothers and sisters, and if so, were they all virgin births too?

8. How do you know the Bible isn’t man-made?

9. Is God omnipotent or omnipresent?

10. (One for Muslim readers) When a female suicide bomber gets to heaven does she get 81 male virgins as a reward?

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