ezekiel's chariot - 張敦楷 (pjammer) wrote,
ezekiel's chariot - 張敦楷

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Tough Questions for Christians

Tough questions for Christians (authored by Douglas Crews):

1. Why does God allow charlatans to use His name to extract money, sex, attention and even their very lives from devout believers, who truly, honestly believe that they are listening to the word of God?

If I knew of someone using my name as part of a scam, I would be very angry and take steps to make them stop. Even if it weren't a scam, but the person actually believed they were speaking my words (as I assume is sometimes the case in cults), I would let them know that their beliefs were wrong. Surely the innocent victims are entitled to know that they are mistaken -- that the leader they follow does not speak for God. It's just common courtesy, but apparently it's too much to ask of God

2. How can my mother enjoy Heaven, knowing that her atheist son will be tortured forever in the fires of Hell?

Does she forget I ever existed?
Does she cease to care about my welfare?
Are either of those acceptable alternatives?

Everyone on the planet knows someone that they care about (even if just a little bit) who is destined for Hell. Can you enjoy Heaven knowing that your son/daughter/father/mother/friend/etc., is writhing in torment and will continue to do so for eternity? Does it matter that it's a friend or family member, or is the eternal suffering of a single fellow human being enough to "spoil" Heaven for you? What do your answers say about your own morality?

3. What moral lessons are we to learn from:

Numbers 31:17-18 - Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Hosea 13:16 - Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
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