Never a True Christian
Questions for Christians
NOTE: Some of them are frivolous.

1. Have you ever read the entire Bible, cover to cover? Why not? If you haven't read the whole thing, do you claim to believe that everything in it is true?

Your Heavenly Father, the creator of the entire universe, who sent his only Son to die for your sins ... has written only one book, just for you ... and you've never even read it!

2. The Bible orders you to kill witches; it is the explicit, unequivocal commandment of your God (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27). And no, I'm not "taking those verses out of context;" go ahead and look them up.

If you met a witch, and he assured you that he is in fact a witch, would you kill him? If not, why not? You should obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). Are there any other parts of the Bible that you routinely disobey? Does this mean that you have a rebellious spirit, and need to repent?

Or does it perhaps mean that you obey only the easy commandments of God ("Love thy neighbor") and ignore the commandments that might get you into trouble?

How would you like it if MY holy book ordered me to kill Christians ("Thou shalt not suffer a Bible-thumper to live")? Would it make you a little bit nervous if we got into the same elevator?

3. In Genesis 22, God ordered Abraham to kill his own child. If God gave you a personal, direct order to kill your own child, would you obey Him? If not, why not?

And by the way, if you DID receive such an order (from a booming, disembodied voice emanating from the sky), how would you verify that it was really God, and not a trick (I hope that you would be just the least little bit skeptical if you heard such a voice)?

What if your God didn't order you to murder your own son, but ordered you to do something else that you knew was morally wrong? What if God ordered you to kill yourself? Or if he ordered you to rape a seven-year-old girl?

4. Do you believe that rabbits chew cud? God does ... he said it twice (Leviticus 11:6, Deuteronomy 14:6-7).

5. Are you aware that the Old Testament contains absolutely no descriptions of an afterlife - either heaven OR hell? Why do you think this is?

6. Mark 16:18 says that if a Christian drinks deadly poison, it won't hurt him at all. Are you a Christian? If someone gave you some poison, would you drink it?

7. Do you believe that God creates evil, as the Bible states (Isaiah 45:7, KJV)? If you believe this, why do you worship him?

8. I read in Matthew 2:23 that it was spoken by the prophets that "He [Jesus] shall be called a Nazarene." Can you find this prophecy in the Old Testament for me, please, or in any other writing that existed prior to 31 CE?

9. Joshua 10:12ff tells a story about God making the sun stand still for about one extra day. This would certainly have been noticed by every human being on earth. Do you ever wonder why there are no other accounts of this event anywhere in non-Biblical historical writings?

By the way ... even if the sun did "stand still," wouldn't the earth still be revolving? People down here on earth wouldn't be able to tell the difference, would they?

10. Ecclesiastes 1:4 says that the earth will last forever; II Peter 3:10 says that it won't. Which do you believe?

11. Genesis 6:19 tells us that God ordered Noah to take one pair of each animal into the ark.   Genesis 7:2 tells us that God ordered Noah to take seven of every clean beast and two of every unclean beast. Which do you believe?

12. Ecclesiastes 1:18 says that wisdom brings grief; Ecclesiastes 8:1 says that wisdom causes one's face to shine. Which statement do you believe?

13. II Kings 2:11 says that Elijah ascended to heaven in a whirlwind. John 3:13 says that nobody before Jesus ever ascended into heaven. Which statement do you believe?

14. Do you believe that a stubborn and rebellious son should be executed in public? God does (Deuteronomy 21:18ff).

15. Do you believe that a medium or spiritist should be killed? God does (Leviticus 20:27).

16. Do you believe that people who commit adultery should be executed? God does (Leviticus 20:10).

By the way ... if a Christian commits adultery, will he still go to heaven?

17. Do you support the death penalty for homosexuality? God does (Leviticus 20:13).

If you contend that these "death penalty" rules from the Old Testament no longer apply, please explain how I can determine which parts of the Bible are still valid and which aren't.

The Bible is an extremely bloodthirsty book. It specifies, over and over, whole categories of people who should be killed (including children who curse their parents ... Exodus 21:17. It says they MUST be put to death. No mercy is allowed!).

18. Why do you think the United States has the highest incarceration rate of all countries in the world, and the highest crime rates of all developed countries? If (a) Christianity really does make people better and (b) 75% of all Americans are "born-again Christians," as all the polls indicate, shouldn't the United States be a country full of loving, righteous, happy, moral people?

19. Do you hate your mother and father? Jesus said that if you don't, you can't be his disciple (Luke 14:26). Are you disqualified from being a Christian?

20. Do you believe that anyone has ever seen God? Isaiah clearly stated that he did (Isaiah 6:1); but John said (twice) that nobody has ever seen God at any time (I John 4:12; John 1:18). Who's correct, John or Isaiah?

Some people say that Isaiah saw God "in a vision" only. What is the difference between seeing God "in person" vs. seeing God in a vision that's provided by God himself?

21. Exodus 20:5 says that God will punish a child for his father's sin (see also Jeremiah 16:10-11); Ezekiel 18:20 says he won't. Which do you believe?

22. Do you believe that you can be saved (go to heaven after you die) if you don't believe in the virgin birth of Jesus? Two of the four gospels [i.e., Mark and John] don't mention the virgin birth at all. Are you aware that (a) there is good reason to believe that the word translated "virgin" in Isaiah 7:14 doesn't mean "virgin," and (b) Isaiah 7:14 is the only Old Testament verse that "prophesies" the virgin birth of anybody?

[The Hebrew word in Isaiah 7:14 that's mistranslated "virgin" is almah (it simply means "young woman"). It carries with it no indication, either way, about the young woman's sexual experience. The Hebrew word that specifically means "virgin" is bethulah, a word that we know Isaiah was familiar with, since he used it four different times - (a) Isaiah 23:12, (b) Isaiah 37:22, (c) Isaiah 47:1, and (d) Isaiah 62:5.]

In other words, if Isaiah had wanted to say "virgin" in Isaiah 7:14, he knew how to say "virgin."   And he didn't.

And have you ever wondered why Jesus himself never once mentioned his virgin birth, in all his teachings?

23. Do you have faith in God? Does your faith express itself in love? Are you aware that the Bible says that the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6)?

Note that it doesn't say, "The only thing that counts is believing the right details about Jesus."
It doesn't say, "The only thing that counts is the Bible."
It doesn't say, "The only thing that counts is abortion laws."

24. Do you believe that a snake can talk (Genesis 3:1)? It doesn't have lips. How does it make the "w" sound?

25. Are you aware that Jesus threatened to murder children (Revelation 2:23)? Does this change your opinion about him? If not, what would it take to change your opinion about Jesus?

Of course, his Father also threatened to kill children (Hosea 9:16).

Here's what Jehovah God Almighty (the deity to whom your child prays his bedtime prayers each night) says in his book:

"O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us - he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks."
- God (Psalm 137:8-9, NIV)

      [May the Lord bess the reading of His Word]

Do you, like God, ever want to throw human babies (Babylonian or otherwise) against rocks? Would doing so make you happy, as God predicts? Would you want this hideous Bible verse taught to your child in Sunday School? In a children's Bible, how do you think this verse should be illustrated? Please take a minute and do a quick sketch of Psalm 137:9 for my seven-year-old son.

And please explain to me your theory of how the mysterious omniscient almightiness of God could transform this detestable Bible verse into anything other than what it is (i.e., an absolute obscenity).

And please explain to me why you believe that your God, who so casually talks about murdering infants, is "pro-life" (you might also want to look at Hosea 13:16).

If you saw a similar statement in another sacred text, such as the Koran or the Upanishads ("O lovers of Vishnu, you will find joy when you smash babies against rocks," for instance), would you be as quick to chalk it up to the unknowable infinite wisdom of that deity? Or would your immediate reaction be "Yuck"?

Abortion

26. Do you believe that there's any Bible verse that applies to abortion? Which verse(s)? Do you believe that "abortion is murder?" If so, would you kill a doctor who was about to perform an abortion, in order to defend the "life" of the fetus? Do you think that would be justifiable homicide? Do you believe there are any circumstances where abortion is permissible? What circumstances? Rape? Incest? To save the life of the mother? If abortion is murder, why would these special circumstances make any difference - why would they make it okay to kill a helpless fetus? And please give a specific Bible verse to justify your position that abortion is permissible if it causes the death of an innocent baby who is the result of a rape.

Let's suppose it's 1888, and we're all living in Austria. Adolf Hitler's mother has just found out she's pregnant, and she's on her way to the (secret) abortion clinic. You and your foaming-at-the-mouth anti- abortion folks have two options: (1) hold a huge rally, block her path, and prevent her from getting an abortion; or (2) do nothing (i.e., mind your own business) - and the birth of a mass-murdering monster will be prevented (and you'll save the lives of six million innocent Jews). What would you do?

27. Can you show me a Bible verse that condemns the practice of slavery? If you were God, would you have written the Bible to include a commandment against slavery? If not, why not? Do you believe that slavery is an acceptable institution? God obviously does. He wrote an entire book of picky little rules (including a prohibition against boiling a goat in its mother's milk - Exodus 23:19), but never condemned slavery!

Ephesians 6:5 says, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters." Imagine that it's 1863, and Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Many American slaves at that time considered themselves to be Christians ... obligated to follow the clear teachings of the Bible. Please advise them on what they should do. Should they obey God, or men (Acts 4:19, Acts 5:29)?

In fact, in Exodus 21:7ff, God gives instructions on how a father can sell his own daughter into slavery. If I followed this Biblical teaching, would you want to be friends with me? Would you let your children come over to my house to play with my children (the remaining children that I hadn't sold into slavery)?

In fact, there's an entire "book" of the Bible that is a letter from Paul to a slave owner; Paul is writing to him about one of his slaves (it's the "book" of Philemon). Not once does Paul (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) speak out in any way against the institution of slavery.

The best-selling book in history ... authored by the creator of the universe ... and it never condemns pedophilia, child abuse, abortion, animal abuse, or domestic violence. In fact, Biblegod endorses the beating of children (Proverbs 22:15). Here is God's opportunity to give us a definitive moral guide for living, to tell us not to beat up children, to tell us that men and women should have equal rights ... but he says the exact opposite. Women are second-class citizens in God's eyes. Isn't the Bible out of step with (a) modern times and (b) common-sense morality ... the kind that comes instinctively to a five-year-old?

And while God was dispensing wisdom ... couldn't he have told those guys back in 950 BCE some really useful stuff? Like what causes tooth decay? How about the germ theory of disease? Maybe a warning about cholesterol? Some rudimentary instructions on the manufacture of penicillin? Couldn't he have told them that the earth revolves around the sun ... that it's not flat? Maybe some clear guidance about abortion ... when (if ever) is it okay? When is it NOT okay? What's the age of consent for sexual activity? What are the exceptions to the hearsay rule?

28. And are you aware that not only does the Bible NOT condemn slavery, it specifically allows it - even giving rules [in both the Old and New Testaments] on how to buy slaves, and how they should be treated? See Leviticus 25:44, Exodus 21:2, and Ephesians 6:5. Would you vote for a President who stated publicly that he agrees with this clear, unequivocal doctrine of the Bible (i.e., the acceptability of slavery)?

29. James 2:20 says that faith without works is DEAD. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are SAVED by faith without works. Which do you believe? Is FWOW dead, or does it save us?

And by the way ... can one be saved by works without faith? The Bible clearly says that one can (Ezekiel 18:21-22) ... and clearly says that one can't (Ephesians 2:8-9). Which do you believe?

30. James 2:21 says that Abraham was righteous because of his works; Genesis 15:6 says that Abraham was righteous because he believed God. Which do you think is true? Was Abraham righteous because of works, or beliefs?

31. We know for a fact that Lot was a righteous man, because the Bible says so (II Peter 2:7). We also know for a fact that Lot got drunk, fucked his own daughters (Genesis 19:31ff), and got them both pregnant. If I did this to my daughters, would you tell people that I was a righteous man?

And how would you illustrate this story in my son's Bible?

32. Have you ever prayed to your God and not gotten what you asked for?   Have you ever prayed to your God and asked for something worthwhile (such as healing for a sick relative), but still didn't get what you asked for?   Are you aware that the Bible says this is evidence of your lack of faith (Matthew 7:7-8, 21:22)? Why haven't you ever asked your all-powerful God to eradicate cancer or AIDS? Do you think he'd do it? Why haven't you asked him to stop the war in Syria?

33. II Thessalonians 2:11-12 says that God sends a powerful delusion to certain people, causing them to believe a lie, so that they will be condemned (i.e., spend eternity suffering in hell). Isn't this type of activity, which God admits to in his own book, immoral? Isn't this what Christians accuse Satan (the father of lies - John 8:44) of doing? If you were God, would you cause people to believe a lie? Why?

34. Do you believe that prayer should be allowed in public schools? Are you aware that Jesus himself specifically commanded people not to pray in public (Matthew 6:5-6)?

35. Are you aware that the Bible unequivocally commands - twice - that women are not allowed to speak in church (I Tim. 2:12, I Cor. 14:34)? Has your pastor ever preached a sermon on this Scriptural principle? Does the pastor of your church enforce this commandment? Are there any other areas in which you (and the members of your church) are openly rebelling against the Lord? If you are a female, are you ready to repent of your sin of speaking in church?

If you were the pastor of a church, and it was Sunday morning, and you caught a woman in your church violating this commandment, how would you handle it? What would you say to her?

By the way, Christians are famous for engaging in contortions of logic in trying to avoid the clear, plain, obvious meaning of the "women-have-to-shut-up-in-church" verses (and other verses that show that the author of the Bible is really some male chauvinist non-deity like Moses or Paul). The "standard" apologetics are: (a) this verse is not meant for modern times; (b) there are other verses that indicate that women taught and/or were actually apostles in the early church; (c) you're taking it out of context. Some of the greatest entertainment in the world is watching Christians do furious backflips trying to explain these embarrassing "non-PC" Bible passages.

36. Deuteronomy 13:1-5 states that anyone who preaches a God other than your God should be put to death. PLEASE tell me that you disagree with your God on this point.

Deuteronomy 13:6-9 says: "If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods' (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. You must certainly put him to death." If your eight-year-old son casually suggested following a different religion (don't tell me this thought hasn't occurred to YOU once or twice), would you kill him ... or would you "show him pity," which the Bible specifically forbids? Are you starting to notice that your Bible contains a large number of "death orders?"

37. The Bible tells us that the Israelites wandered in the Sinai desert for 40 years, and that most of them died there (Numbers 14:20-24). Using the census numbers from Exodus and Numbers, that means that approximately two million people died in 40 years in a relatively small area (and we know where it is). Are you aware that there is absolutely no archaeological evidence (pottery, artifacts, spearheads) of those people having been in this part of the world? How do you explain this?

38. The Bible promises that God will meet ALL your needs (Philippians 4:19). Do you carry insurance? Why do you think you need it? Don't you believe what the Bible says? Is a promise from God not good enough for you?

39. Do you believe in evolution? Are you aware that the DNA of a bonobo (a primate) is 98.4% identical to yours (hell, in some states, that's high enough to establish paternity)? If God created everything, why do you think he created you almost exactly like a hairy jungle primate? Are you aware that your skeletal system is pretty much identical to that of a bird, or a dog, or a cat, or a rat - an arm that has a radius and an ulna; carpal and metacarpal bones; a scapula; ribs; a sternum; a pelvis; tibia and fibula bones in the legs; the whole framework covered by a system of muscles and skin tissues; bilateral symmetry; a blood/circulatory system that's powered by a heart? Is your God simply lacking in imagination, that he created most of the warm-blooded animals using exactly the same basic design? Or is there perhaps the tiniest possibility that we all evolved from a lower life form?

40. John 7:38 quotes Jesus as saying, "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." In 31 AD, the Scripture (being the Old Testament only ... the New Testament hadn't been written, of course) said no such thing.   What exactly was Jesus talking about?

And did you know that Jesus contradicted himself ... in two statements that are recorded in the same book of the Bible?

(1) "Jesus answered and said unto them, though I bear record (marturo) of myself, yet my record (marturia) IS TRUE." (John 8:14)

Marturo means "bear witness" (NAS) or "testify" (NIV, NRSV), and it's the same word used in John 5:31, where Jesus says,

(2) "If I bear witness (marturo) of myself, my witness (marturia) IS NOT TRUE."

So tell me, based on the statements of Jesus himself ... if he bears witness of himself, is it true, or not true?

41. Genesis 5:27 says that Methuselah lived 969 years. Honestly now ... do you believe this? What do you think his family gave him for his 762nd birthday? How long did it take for him to blow out all the candles on his cake?

42. In Numbers 31:1-18, God commanded the Israelites to kill the Midianites - all except the female virgins, whom the Israelites were to "save for themselves." If your son were in the Army, and he murdered defenseless civilians, but spared the women so that he and his friends could gang-rape them, what would you think of him? Would it make you proud? Would you brag about him to your friends at church? "Yep, Jeff is a good boy ... killed lots of Iraqi civilians, and then raped some Iraqi girls ... wanna see the pictures he sent us?"

Interestingly enough, the Israelites weren't even at war with the Midianites at the time (and hadn't been at any time in the past) - they were just living in Midian as guests.

43. II Samuel 12:15-20 tells the story of God killing an infant because it was the product of its parents' adultery. If you were God, would you do such a thing? Please (a) explain to me the justification for this infanticide and (b) tell me what this incident reveals about the true character of Biblegod.

And please give me a list of all the sins which would justify the killing of a newborn baby (not including someone else's sin of adultery, which we already know about).

And please tell me where the baby went after God killed him - heaven or hell? If your answer is "heaven," please give me some scriptural authority (chapter and verse, please) for the proposition that babies/infants/children automatically go to heaven (no requirement for the fall-on-your-face repentance and Faith in the Substitutionary Death of Jesus).

By the way, if you contend that a two-month-old infant who dies will go to heaven ... does he remain an infant for all eternity? Just crying and crawling, for all eternity? Or does he "grow up?" And please back up your answer with scripture.

And what if my daughter had an abortion? Some Christians think that life begins at conception. What if that microscopic eight-celled zygote is flushed out of my daughter's womb by an evil "abortion doctor?" Does THAT thing go to heaven? What does it look like in heaven? Where does it get its personality? What language does it speak, since it never learned a language (and never had a mouth)?

Or does the zygote go to hell ... even though it couldn't POSSIBLY have ever committed a sin?

Also ... if a mentally retarded person dies and goes to heaven, does he remain mentally retarded for all eternity? Or does God smarten him up, so that he won't make the other Christians uncomfortable? Again, please show me scriptural authority for your answer.

And what language do they speak up in heaven? Surely you don't believe that all Christians speak English. How would you communicate with a Navajo Christian who was born in 1798 and died in 1830, and never learned a single word of English?

44. II Samuel 24:1 says that the Lord incited David to take a census of Israel; I Chronicles 21:1 says that Satan incited David to take a census of Israel. Which do you believe?

And if your explanation is that it was a "scrivener's error," explain to me why the Almighty Omnipotent Creator of the Universe is powerless to prevent copiers' errors. Also, explain to me how any scrivener could be so inept that he accidentally wrote "Satan" instead of "God" (or vice versa).

45. In Genesis 1:26, when God said, "Let us make man in our image," whom was he talking to? The animals? The plants? It couldn't have been a human, because humans didn't exist yet. There's only one God, so he couldn't have been talking to some other god.

Or could he? Are you aware that the word in Genesis 1:1 that's translated "God" - elohim - is plural?

46. Genesis 10:5 says that at that particular point in history, different peoples had different languages; Genesis 11:1, just a few verses down, says that there was only one language in the world. Which do you believe?

47. According to your God, if a girl gets married and it turns out she wasn't a virgin, she deserves the death penalty (Deuteronomy 22:13-21) ... but the same rule doesn't apply to males. Why does God discriminate against females?

Let's imagine that a man (not God) wrote the Bible - no divine inspiration or "supreme wisdom" whatsoever. Let's say it was an ordinary man (or several men) who lived in a primitive pre-technological patriarchal society a few thousand years ago ... and he was just making it all up. What kind of book would we expect?

Let's see ...

--It would reflect the attitudes of that period in that women would be property, just like cattle.
--Rape would be okay, at least in the context of "the spoils of war."
--Violence would be a casual thing, and the beating of children would be permissible.
--God would, of course, be a male.
--The adultery laws and virginity requirements would apply only to women.
--There wouldn't be any scientific revelation in it at all, since the book would merely be a product of its (primitive) time.
--Old age would be revered, and there would be tall tales about people living to be hundreds of years old (all of them men, of course).
--Children would have no rights whatsoever.
--There would be no tolerance of other cultures, and when another nation was conquered, its inhabitants would be slaughtered like animals (an exception, I suppose, to the "Thou shalt not kill" rule) or enslaved.
--Following a different religion would be strictly prohibited (no competition allowed).

Does this sound familiar?

48. All throughout the Bible, it seems that God's solution to every problem involves death and blood. He can't even forgive sin unless there's blood dripping somewhere (Hebrews 9:22). Wouldn't you expect the creator of the universe (the guy who invented positrons, quarks, and neutrinos, and put nipples on men) to have a little more imagination than this?

By the way, are YOU able to forgive sin without somebody (or some animal) bleeding? Doesn't this indicate that you're more merciful than Biblegod?

49. God couldn't forgive your sin without an innocent person (Jesus) suffering. What does it say about the character of your God that he insists on torturing his own son to appease himself? What horrible thing would I have to do to you that you would demand the hideous torture-death of your own son ... that is, nothing else would satisfy you ... you'd insist on your own child being hung on a wooden cross by nails driven into his little hands and feet? And what would this say about you as a person? And how would it constitute evidence that you were "too holy to allow sin into your presence?"

50. And tell me, what is noble and majestic about demanding the death of your own son for any reason? Would this be characteristic of a god, or of a twisted, sadistic fiend?

And don't tell me that "God demands a perfect sacrifice, because he is holy and perfect." He's God, the all-powerful all-knowing all-everything Supreme Being. He makes ALL the rules. That "perfect sacrifice" argument makes as much sense as saying, "God is perfect, so he demands 25 cents per sin." God could have made a divine law that we have to eat a pretzel for every sin we commit, or that we have to paint our toenails green and do cartwheels to atone for our sins.

There is nothing inherently logical, nothing intuitive, and certainly nothing noble or inspirational about the idea of "my own son dying = payment for humanity's sins." God made that up out of thin air; it comes directly from his twisted mind.

Or, more likely, this idea comes from ancient heathen religions who saw their gods as angry, vengeful deities who had to be appeased. In other words, Biblegod is just another in a long line of hateful blood-eating death-cult gods ... who don't exist.

51. Do you use the King James Version of the Bible? Are you aware that the first edition (the one published in 1611) contained 80 books (it had Tobit and Judith right in there with III John and I Corinthians)? Have you ever read any of the "missing" books? Do you know why they aren't in your "modern-day" KJV, even though they WERE included in

            the King James Version (1611),
            the Wycliffe Bible (1382),
            the Coverdale Bible (1535),
            the Great Bible (1539),
            the Geneva Bible (1560),
            the Bishop's Bible (1568),
            the Douay-Rheims Version (1609),
            the original German Luther Bible,
            the Latin Vulgate, and
            the Greek Septuagint?

Do you, in fact, know anything about the "missing" books?

By the way, have you ever seen the ACTUAL King James Version of 1611?

My guess is that Christians who spout off about "the 1611 KJV" don't have any idea what they're talking about, and have never even seen a facsimile.

52. Religious freedom in America Nehemiah 7:66 says, "[T]he whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and three-score (42,360)." But if you add the figures between Nehemiah 7:8 and Nehemiah 7:62, the total for all the tribes is 31,089, not 42,360 (an error of 11,271). And Ezra and Nehemiah can't agree on what the total should be; the former supports 29,818 while the latter asserts 31,089. How do you explain this? Are God's ways so far beyond our own poor powers of understanding (Isaiah 55:9) that even his math is different? Can Biblegod make two plus two equal five?

53. I just got through reading Matthew 25:41ff. Do you think it's appropriate for a person to be punished with eternal torture just because he fails to give food to a hungry person? If your answer is "yes," then what punishment would be appropriate for Hitler, who murdered six million Jews?

And speaking of Hitler, think about this: Hitler tortured and murdered millions of Jews. After he killed them, he buried them in mass graves, like animals. And then ... those dead Jews went to stand before your God. And God said to them, "You all died without Christ (Acts 4:12). Therefore, you're going to hell, to suffer and scream in agony, forever."

Hitler abused the Jews for six years ... God tortures them for all eternity. Who's worse, Hitler or God?

And it gets even better: According to your Christian teachings, Adolf Hitler could have repented ten seconds before he died ("I accept Jesus, Amen"), and he would have gone to heaven. His Gestapo officers, and the guards at Dachau and Buchenwald ... each and every one of them could have done the deathbed repentance thing, and then gone to heaven ... where these Nazi bastards could have stood and watched those Christ-rejecting Jews, all six million of them, burning and screaming in hell. From Luke 16:19ff we know that people in heaven can see people in hell, and even talk to them. These Nazis could taunt and ridicule the dead Jews for millions and millions of years ... courtesy of God.

54. The National Review Board gave a report of sex abuse committed by Catholic priests in the United States between 1950 and 2002. Four percent, or one out of every 25 priests, had been formally accused of sexually abusing minors (these are just the ones who got caught). Which do you think is safer for your child: to be alone with a Christian priest, or to walk through a city park alone at 11:00 pm?

Four percent of priests ... that's actually a higher percentage of child molesters than you'd find in the average prison population! You'll find lots of murderers, rapists, and bank robbers in a typical U.S. prison ... but you won't have a 4% pedophile rate.

Criminals who are convicted of pedophilia have to be segregated in prison; if they aren't, the other inmates will kill them. Convicted felons won't tolerate pedophiles ... but the Catholic church coddles them, reassigns them, and hides them.

When was the last time you read a newspaper article (or saw a news item on TV) about a member of the Wiccan clergy sexually abusing a child? Or the Islamic clergy? Or a Buddhist priest? In fact, have you ever seen even one news article about a clergyman from the Church of Satan molesting a child?

I contend that, statistically, your six-year-old daughter is safer being alone with a minister of the Church of Satan than with a Catholic priest.

55. Are you aware that your God has threatened (four different times, in four different books of the Bible!) to make people cannibalize their own children as a form of punishment? See:

(1) Leviticus 26:29;
(2) Deuteronomy 28:53;
(3) Jeremiah 19:9;
(4) Ezekiel 5:10.

And II Kings 6:28-29 tells the story of someone who actually did it (ate her own child)! Would you teach these verses to your children during a home Bible study? Are there other disgusting passages in the Bible (II Kings 9:10, II Kings 18:27) that you believe children should be protected from? What would you think of me if I read these Bible verses to your child? Shouldn't the Bible be removed from the libraries of elementary schools? What sins or crimes do you believe would justify a sentence of "you must eat your own children?"

There are FIVE references in this book to cannibalizing children, yet only ONE commandment to attend church (Hebrews 10:25).

And by the way ... doesn't this punish the (innocent) children also? Where is the justice in making them die (and be eaten!) because somebody else has sinned?

The story of Job illustrates very clearly God's attitude toward children. Job has children; God allows Satan to kill them (as a way of testing Job's faith). At the end of the story (Job 42:13), God "restores" Job's children ... by letting him father some new ones. Got that? God allows Satan to take Job's property ... his sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, and children. Then God restores Job's property ... sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, and children.

This is great for Job, but what about the innocent human children that God originally allowed to be killed along with the livestock?

56. Do you believe the creation account in Genesis? Which one? Genesis 1:1ff or Genesis 2:4ff? Sometime try to reconcile these two different accounts of the same incident (especially the sequencing).

And then try to reconcile the four different accounts of the arrest, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus found in the four gospels (specifically, the sequence of events).

57. In Exodus 7:13 we read that God wanted Pharaoh to do something, but that God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he wouldn't listen to God. What does this tell you about the character of your God?

Is it any wonder that the colloquial term "playing God" refers to something one shouldn't do?

58. Jesus said that "Whoever is not with me is against me" (Luke 11.23); he also said "Whoever is not against us is for us" (Matthew 9:40). Which statement do you believe?

59. Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Billy Graham's daughter all believe (and stated publicly) that the attack on the Twin Towers (September 11, 2001) happened because (1) America had become sinful and was permitting abortion, witchcraft, and lesbianism; (2) God got mad at America; and (3) God "removed his protection" from us. Do you believe this? Does this kind of God deserve your worship, or your contempt?

60. Do you believe that Jack T. Chick was a Christian? Would you like to spend eternity with him in heaven?

61. I read in I Corinthians 5:11 that a Christian should not associate with another Christian who is greedy or who is a "slanderer." It is ordered, by your God, that you shouldn't even sit down and eat with such a person. Have you ever obeyed this commandment? Have you ever left the dinner table because a greedy Christian sat down with you? Have you ever seen, or even heard of, anyone who actually obeyed this commandment?

62. God has ordered repeatedly (in the NEW Testament) that wives should submit themselves to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22; I Peter 3:1; Colossians 3:18). These commandments are much, much clearer than anything the Bible may say about abortion (and I contend that the Bible says nothing about abortion). Going strictly by the Bible, it is obvious that a wife disobeying a direct order from her husband is a much more serious sin than aborting a fetus (which I know doesn't make any sense). If you are a married woman, do you obey this Scriptural commandment? If you don't, why do you call yourself a Christian? If you are a Christian husband, do you demand that your wife obey the Lord in this area? If not, why not? Don't you have the guts to demand that your wife live according to the Word of God? Don't you have the guts to exercise authority that was given to you by the creator of the entire universe? What do you think would happen if, this very evening, you sat down with your Christian wife [she'd BETTER be a Christian - see II Cor. 6:14] and said, "God has ordered you to submit to me"? Which are you more concerned about: (a) God's commandment or (b) being politically correct? Would you complain if your wife disobeyed the Lord in other areas of her life - for instance, if she committed adultery or murder (or seethed a baby goat in its mother's milk [Exodus 23:19])? Do you belong to a church where this commandment is regularly disobeyed by the women of the church? Can you explain to me why Christian men protest in public (and commit criminal acts of harassment) over abortion, but don't protest about disobedient wives? Could it be that modern-day Christians only pretend to live according to the Bible, while ignoring the more "difficult" (or politically incorrect) commandments?

63. In March 2004, Mel Gibson released a movie about Jesus. All of the actors in the movie speak their lines in either (1) Aramaic or (2) Latin. Neither of these two languages is actually spoken (as the lingua franca) anywhere on earth (except for a few small isolated communities in Syria and elsewhere that Aramaic is still spoken). Do you think Mel Gibson was stupid for shooting a movie about Jesus in two languages that nobody actually uses in ordinary speech? Do you realize that, for the first time in history, a movie has been made that must include subtitles everywhere it is shown, anywhere on earth? Do you believe that Mel Gibson was on some kind of ego trip, just "showing off," wanting to make a movie that was painfully "authentic" without regard for any practical considerations?

64. I John 5:16-17 talks about a "sin unto death" that one should not pray about. What sin is that? And please back up your answer with Scripture.

65. Which of the big-time evangelists do you trust, and which do you think are phonies? Robert Tilton? Billy Graham? Peter Popoff? Benny Hinn? Marilyn Hickey? John Agee? John Ankerberg? Joel Osteen?

66. In the gospel according to Matthew, which was written around 65 CE, we are promised that the second coming of Jesus will be very soon (Matthew 24:34); in fact, Christians in the First Century CE thought he would return during their own lifetimes (II Thessalonians 2:1-2). Jesus told his contemporaries that some of them would not "taste death" before his return (Matthew 16:28). Well, about 19 centuries have come and gone ... do you still believe that Jesus is actually going to return? When? In another 19 centuries, perhaps? Do you believe that it could be "any day now?" If your answer is "yes," do you believe that the revelation of the "man of sin" has already occurred (II Thessalonians 2:3) - which is a prerequisite for the Second Coming? Who do you believe the "man of sin" to be (full name and address, please)? When and where (and how) was he revealed?

67. Are you aware that there are many pre-Christian myths about a god-man who comes to earth, is born of a virgin, sacrifices himself, and is resurrected? That some of those pre-Christian myths include stories about the miraculous feeding of multitudes, the healing of sick people, and walking on water? Do you have an explanation for how these stories, which existed before Jesus was ever born, could be so similar to the stories found in the Gospels?

68. Do you believe that a person who is 99.999% morally perfect, and commits only a few minor sins in his lifetime (no murder, rape, theft, adultery, or violence) deserves to suffer in hell for all eternity, just because he fails to "accept Jesus" (a term that's interpreted 18 different ways by 6,000 different Christian groups)? If it were up to you - if you had the power to make the "He's going to hell" decision - would YOU sentence Mr. 99.999% to an afterlife of perpetual suffering? If your answer is "yes," why do you think this is fair? Do you realize that your God would send such a person to hell forever? Are you perhaps more merciful and compassionate than your own God?

What if the only sin he ever committed in his whole life was planting a field with two different kinds of seed (Leviticus 19:19)? When he dies ... hell, or no hell?

Do you think that I deserve to spend an eternity in hell?

69. Which do you believe is more psychologically harmful to a child: being sexually fondled by an adult, or being threatened (week after week, in a Sunday morning church service) with eternal, unending torture in a "lake of fire?"

70. You would tell me that I can't be "saved" unless I believe certain things, i.e., that Jesus is the son of God, and died for my sins, and rose on the third day (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:9). I do NOT believe these things. How do I force myself to believe something that I don't believe? Of course, I can lie and SAY that I believe, but God will know I'm lying, so that's no good.

Suppose I told you, with all sincerity (and swore on a stack of Bibles), that Elvis Presley is still alive; his death in 1977 was faked. He was kidnapped by space aliens, and he now lives on the planet Venus. Any day now, he will return to earth to reign over us for 1,000 years. All this is prophesied in an ancient book I have (which I then proceed to show you). And then I tell you, seriously, that unless you believe this, 100%, with all your heart, you will go to hell when you die. You must believe this to be saved!

Wouldn't the "smart play" be for you to believe this, just in case it's true? What if you're wrong?

71. In I Samuel 16:14, we read that "an evil spirit from the Lord" troubled King Saul. Why do you worship a God who sends evil spirits to trouble people? How would you like it if he sent one of his evil spirits to trouble YOU?

And by the way, where does God keep his evil spirits when he's not sending them out to trouble people?

72. If your own child disobeyed you, would you lock him in an oven, set the temperature to 550, and turn it on? No? Is it perhaps possible that you have better moral sense than the God of the Bible?

73. Do you believe that some of the commandments in the Old Testament don't apply to Christians? Which ones? Does the OT commandment against adultery apply to modern-day Christians? What about the commandment not to wear clothing woven of two different kinds of material (Leviticus 19:19)? Why does one OT commandment apply, but not the other? How do you decide which Old Testament commandments are still valid?

74. Around the time Jesus was born, Herod ordered the murder of innocent children (Matthew 2:16); in the time of Moses, God killed the firstborn of every household (Exodus 11:4-5) - innocent children. How is God morally different from King Herod?

75. In I Corinthians 15:29, we read about being baptized for the dead. What, exactly, does this mean? Has your preacher ever preached a sermon on this topic? Have you ever been baptized for a dead person?

76. Matthew 7:1 orders Christians not to pass judgment. I Corinthians 2:15 says that a spiritual man passes judgment on everything. Which is it? A Christian being judgmental - is that good or bad?

77. In 1994, Christian singer Michael English, then 32, won six "Dove Awards" for his music. He later gave them back, saying it was because of "mistakes" he had made. In fact, he had been carrying on an adulterous relationship with one Marabeth Jordan, another "Gospel singer" who was also married (they hooked up while they were on a tour together that raised money for a home for unwed mothers. No, I didn't make that up. It was during this "unwed mother" singing tour that Mr. English impregnated Mrs. Jordan). Question: Do you have any Michael English recordings in your possession? Do you plan to keep them, or destroy them? If one of his songs were playing on the radio (how about "Mary Did You Know?"), would you turn it off? Would you allow your children to listen to his music?

Of course, he's written a book about his fall from grace. It can be yours for $46.17 plus postage ($5.99 for the Kindle edition). What is it about Christians that makes them want to write books about their spectacular public failures?

78. Jesus said that a sparrow can't fall to the ground unless it's God's will (Matthew 10:29). How do you explain catastrophes such as the destruction of the Twin Towers, or the 2004 earthquake in Bam, Iran, which caused the deaths of 31,000 people? What about Hurricane Katrina (August 2005)? The Indonesian tsunami that killed over 250,000 people (December 26, 2004)? The earthquake in Pakistan (October 2005)? The typhoon in Myanmar (2008)? The earthquakes in China (2008)? Obviously, these things happened because God wanted them to happen. How do you think God decides where (and when) these horrible events will occur? What did these 31,000 Iranians, some of them infants less than a week old, do to deserve a violent death?

Why doesn't God send an earthquake to San Francisco to kill all the queers? Or cause an earthquake at a prison, so that violent criminals will die? Or send a special tornado to the Middle East to kill all the Al-Qaeda guys? Why doesn't God put these natural disasters to some good use, instead of making them appear to be random (exactly the way they would occur if he didn't exist)?

79. If a person is "saved," can he later become "unsaved," that is, lose his salvation?

The answer is no:
Romans 11:29 indicates that a gift from God (which salvation is, per Ephesians 2:8) is irrevocable. And Romans 8:1 says that there is no condemnation for Christians.

The answer is yes:
Hebrews 6:4-8 says that there can be a "falling away" that results in a loss of salvation - it's referred to as "being cursed" and "burned."

So which do you believe? Is it possible, or impossible, to lose one's salvation?

80. Matthew 5:48 says that I should be perfect, just as God is perfect; Ephesians 5:1 says that I should imitate God. How should I go about doing this? Perhaps by killing an infant who is the product of adultery (II Samuel 12:15-16)? Even if the child's father begs for mercy? Perhaps I should stand by and do nothing while six million innocent Jews die in gas chambers? Perhaps I should impregnate a virgin I've never been married to (Luke 1:31)? Perhaps I should contact all the people I claim to love, and threaten them with eternal fiery torture? Maybe I should watch a tsunami start, out in the middle of the ocean, and sit on my ass and do nothing for two solid hours as it approaches land ... where 250,000 unsuspecting people are about to die ... and not warn anybody?

And speaking of impregnating a virgin I'm not married to ... that "affair" between Mary and God sounds like fornication to me, and according to the Biblical law, both Mary and God must be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). Can God make a rock so big that He Himself can be killed by it?

Which reminds me ... the Bible says that Jesus never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). My question is: What if he had sinned ... gone into a whorehouse for ten minutes and gotten his cane varnished, for instance? Since he's God (John 10:30; Colossians 2:9), isn't it true that anything he does is, by definition, NOT a sin? Like when Big God kills a bunch of innocent people? That's not a sin, is it? So if Jesus (aka God) stabbed a guy to death for no reason, it's not a sin, since (a) he's God, and (b) God has the right to take a person's life for no reason (the way he does thousands of times every day), right? Isn't it theologically impossible for Jesus [aka God] to sin?

81. In John 14:12, Jesus says that his followers (Christians) will do greater works than he did - that is, greater things than (1) healing lepers, (2) walking on water, (3) feeding five thousand people with a few loaves and fishes, etc. Suppose I tell you that Jesus lied. Can you show me even one Christian, anywhere on earth, who is currently fulfilling this "doing greater works" prediction?

82. Are you aware that there are many Christian documents that were written during the First Century CE (such as the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Thomas, The Shepherd, the Didache) that aren't part of the Bible? Are you aware that the decisions as to which writings would be included in the Christian Bible were made over 1600 years ago? Tell me everything you know about (1) those book-choosing/book-rejecting "experts" in the Fourth Century CE and (2) the decision-making processes that they used. Explain to me why you trust them so much. Can you name even one of them? Were they educated people? Were they all male ... was there even one woman on the panel? Were they scholars, or were they just politicians? Aren't you terribly worried that some of what's in your Bible doesn't belong there, or that there's something left out that is very important? Aren't you taking a huge leap of faith ... not with regard to your God, but with regard to the Fourth-Century folks who cobbled together the oddball collection of writings we now refer to as "the Bible?"

83. Leviticus 18:22 says that homosexuality is an abomination. Question: If God decided tomorrow that heterosexuality is a sin, would you stop being a heterosexual? Could you stop being a heterosexual just because God commanded you to stop?

And speaking of "abominations," the Bible says that eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:12). Have you ever eaten shellfish?

84. Romans 1:20 says that God's invisible qualities can be figured out by looking at what he created. What invisible qualities of your God have you divined from studying his creation (we're NOT talking about anything you read in the Bible)? And how did you arrive at your conclusions? What part of "creation" indicates to you that God would murder his only-begotten son because other people (not his son) disobeyed him?

85. Have you ever studied church history - the Inquisition, the witch burnings, the Crusades, the selling of indulgences, the Popes who fathered illegitimate children? How do you feel about these things? Do they make you ashamed to belong to such an ugly tradition? Why isn't church history ever taught in church? (you Protestants would have to admit that for many centuries, the Catholic church was the only boat afloat.)

86. Romans 2:13 says that those who obey the law will be declared righteous. Galatians 2:21 says that if righteousness could be gained through [obeying] the law, then Christ died for nothing. Which do you believe? Did Christ die for nothing?

Does it bother you that your Bible can't seem to tell a story the same way twice?

87. Are you aware that the New Testament gives us no reason to think that the believers in the early church ever referred to themselves as Christians? The word "Christian" is used only three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:16), and the context indicates that "Christian" may have been an insult. Why do you think people today who believe in Jesus call themselves "Christians?"

88. In Proverbs 26:4, God orders you not to answer a fool according to his folly. In the very next verse, Proverbs 26:5, God orders you to do the exact opposite - that is, he orders you to answer a fool according to his folly! Let's say you've decided to live your life according to God's Holy Word, and you are confronted with a fool (and you've decided to answer him). What should you, as a Bible believer, do?

89. The Bible that you carry and study and memorize consists of 66 "books." Why aren't more Bible "books" being written today? If I told you that a certain writing from, say, 1997 should be considered Scripture, on par with Colossians and II Thessalonians, on what basis would you dispute me? How do you know I'm wrong?

Come to think of it, by what standard or criterion do you believe it's appropriate to include III John in the Bible, but reject the Gospel of Peter? If you bought a Bible that was accidentally printed without III John in it, how long would it be before you even noticed it?

90. Genesis 2:17 tells us that God ordered humans not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Why would God not trust humans with such knowledge, but rather give it to ... a piece of fruit?

The Bible records that Eve ate the fruit because she wanted to gain wisdom (Genesis 3:6); God commands us to obtain wisdom (Proverbs 4:5). Which do you believe ... that God wants us to gain wisdom, or doesn't want us to gain wisdom?

And God told Adam and Eve that when they ate of the fruit, they would die (Genesis 2:17). They ate it and, according to the Bible, they didn't die. Why did God lie to them?

Another question: How could Adam and Eve understand what it meant to "die?" They had never seen anything die before.

91. Suppose a woman told you that her husband was gracious and loving because he promised not to kill her if she served him for the rest of her life. You'd think she was a brainwashed slave, and that he was a sicko (and you'd be right). Yet your God offers YOU this same choice. My question is: Why do you believe that a choice between

        (a) loving your god and
        (b) eternal torture

is a legitimate choice offered by a loving deity?

Why can't God just say, "I love you. Take it or leave it" (like I said to Mary Jo Weaver in the eighth grade)? Why does he have to be such a stalker?

92. A part of you might be hoping there's a passage in the Bible that says that a 4-year-old child doesn't go to hell if he dies.   Keep reading; you won't find it. If Biblegod wanted you to know this - if this popular idea (a made-up unscriptural "age of accountability," usually claimed to be age 12) were true - wouldn't God have actually mentioned it somewhere in the Bible?

Do you believe that a three-year-old who dies "without Christ" will be tortured in hell forever? If you believe that he CAN get to heaven "without Christ," WHY do you believe this? Jesus Christ himself said that you don't get to heaven without Jesus, period (John 14:6).

Please give me a Scripture reference for the concept of an "age of accountability" that gives a non-believing child a "pass" on all the repent-and-believe-Jesus requirements.   Send me an email.

93. Are you aware that your God has screwed up at least ten times (according to his own book ... the one he wrote) so badly that he repented? See Genesis 6:7, Exodus 32.14, Judges 2:18, I Samuel 15:35, II Samuel 24:16, I Chronicles 21:15, Psalm 106:45, Jeremiah 26:19, Amos 7:3, Amos 7:6 (you'll want to use the KJV to see the word "repent" or a variation thereof). Why does an omniscient God change his mind so much?

And speaking of omniscience/omnipotence ... if (a) God wants everything to be righteous and perfect and (b) God is truly omnipotent yet (c) everything is not righteous and perfect, at this very moment, even as we speak ... then there must be some other thing that God wants even more than for everything to be righteous and perfect. Any ideas on what that other thing might be?

And still speaking of omnipotence ... are you aware that the Bible itself records an incident when there was something that God COULD NOT DO? See Judges 1:19 (Biblegod can't overcome iron chariots).

94. Do you believe that the Ten Commandments should be displayed in public schools? If so, why? Why do you consider it to be important? Do you understand why people see a conflict between the First Amendment and the practice of displaying the Ten Commandments (#1 of which is "Thou shalt have no other gods before me") in tax-supported buildings? What if a second-grader read the Ten Commandments (on the monument in front of his school) and then asked his teacher to explain "adultery" to him? That's certainly a Biblical topic. How would you want your daughter's elementary-school teacher to explain the sin of sport-fucking?

Do you believe that the displaying of the Ten Commandments helps to create some sort of wholesome school environment for our children? Do you think there's a big problem these days with kids carving idols during school hours?

And by the way ... did you know that the Biblically-prescribed punishment for disobedience of each of the first seven commandments is death? Would you support the death penalty for violation of these commandments? If not, why not? Are you smarter than God? Doesn't it make sense that if we post the Ten Commandments on the courthouse lawn, we should also include a statement that God demands that violators be killed? Would that be a good "moral lesson" for your children? Wouldn't you agree that ideological consistency requires that, if we acknowledge the legitimacy and authority of the Ten Commandments in our society, we should also make known the punishments that Almighty God demands for their violation? You wouldn't want to soft-pedal the word of God, would you? Why are Christians proud of one part of the Bible, but ashamed of another?

Suppose there's a county in California where the majority religion is Islam. Would there be anything wrong with them erecting a monument (using taxpayers' money) on the courthouse lawn that reads, "There is only one God, and Allah is his name, and Mohammed is his only prophet"?

Of course, they'd set it up in some prominent place, where everybody would have to look at it.

If you believe that the Ten Commandments should be displayed on your courthouse lawn, do you have the Ten Commandments displayed in your own home? If not, why not? Isn't it time to put your money where your mouth is?

95. Exodus 20:17 gives a list of property that belongs to your neighbor, which you're ordered not to covet. The list includes your neighbor's house, his servants, his ox, his donkey ... and his wife. If you are a married Christian man, do you consider your wife to be your property? If your answer is "yes," does your wife know about your attitude? Are you aware that many women are deeply offended that your God includes them in a property list along with domesticated animals and servants ("servants" being humans that are owned as slaves, with God's blessing)? Doesn't this betray God's crummy attitude toward women in general?

Some Christians want to display the Ten Commandments in public schools. Do you think it's a good idea for a modern-day third-grader to grow up thinking that his wife is an item of property?

And speaking of God's attitude toward women ... did you know that he created Eve as an afterthought? Take a look at Genesis 2:18-22 (which may be one of my all-time favorite Bible passages): God first decides that man (Adam) should not be alone. God decides that Adam needs a "suitable helper." So what God does next is to parade all the animals and birds before Adam, "But for Adam no suitable helper was found." (Genesis 2:20b). THAT'S when God decides to create woman!

One pictures the Infinite Mind of Creation pondering, "Hmmm, let's see ... dog? ... ox? ... whooping crane? ... Latrodectus mactans? No, no, none of them seems quite right. What Adam needs is something with tits and a nice tight ... hey! All the OTHER creatures are represented by TWO sexes! Give me a minute ... I'm getting an idea here ...?"

96. Do you believe that "God Hates Fags?"

97. A real sacrifice is when you give up something you can't get back. Jesus laid down his life for us, but he received it back again ... as he knew he would (see John 10:17). So what's the big deal about Jesus' sacrifice? The really scary thing about death is the permanence of it. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say that Jesus had a really bad weekend for our sins?

98. Romans 11:26 says that all Israel will be saved. How can this be, since they don't accept Jesus?

99. Mark 16:9-20 appears in some Bibles (such as the KJV) but not in others. Do you believe that this passage is in fact "inspired Scripture?" Why or why not? When you engage in textual criticism to determine which "doubtful" passages should be included (such as the Pericope Adulterae, John 7:53-8:11), what specific criteria do you use?

100. Do you believe that the American pledge of allegiance to the flag should include the words "one nation under God"? Are you aware that the original version of the pledge (which had been around for more than a half a century before the McCarthyites, in the 1950's, demanded the insertion of a reference to a deity) did NOT contain the expression "under God" ... that American school children recited The Pledge for more than 50 years without making any reference at all to a deity (and America seemed to get along just fine)? Would you object if the pledge contained the expression "one nation under Allah" or "one nation under Isis?" Are you aware that America has no "official god?"

And are you aware that the world didn't start going to hell in a handbasket until after the "under God" language was inserted into the pledge? The epidemic of teenage pregnancy, the rise in divorces, openly gay people marching in the streets, the Vietnam war, Watergate, Islamic extremism, George W. Bush being elected president, prayer "taken out of the public schools" ... all came about AFTER those two magic words were inserted into the Pledge?

101. Who wrote the biblical "book" known as "Hebrews?" If you believe it was Paul, why do you believe this? Are you aware that the writing style of Hebrews (remember that these "books" were written in Greek) is very different from the style of Paul's writings?

102. If God made an announcement tomorrow to the effect that hell had been abolished, that is, that there was no more everlasting punishment for sin, would you continue to live a moral life? Would it offend you in any way if God abolished hell, thereby letting the unrepentant "bad guys" get away with their sin?

Look deep into your heart for just a moment. Honestly now ... doesn't it give you just a bit of a thrill when you imagine a sarcastic Bible-hating bastard like me screaming in pain as I roast in the flames of hell for eons and eons?

103. Some Christians say that the earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old. Yet there are stars that are many thousands of light-years away from us; the fact that we can see them at all proves that their light has traveled for more than 50,000 years. How old do you believe the earth to be? [Hint: Real scientists think it's about 4.5 billion years old, and the universe is about 13.7 billion years old]

104. Which Bible translation is your favorite or, to put it another way, which one do you believe to be the most reliable? Why do you believe this? How much Hebrew and/or Greek do you know? If you aren't familiar with Hebrew or Greek, how can you make any assessment of the accuracy of any Bible translation?

And how do you know that all the translators (of all the English translations) haven't been lying to you all along? Haven't you made a pretty big leap of faith, considering that your eternal future is involved?

Isn't it true that what you REALLY have perfect faith in is (1) the manuscript-choosing/manuscript- rejecting people from the Fourth Century and (2) a bunch of translators, NONE of whom you know ANYTHING about ... not even their names?

105. People have seen images of the Virgin Mary in tortillas, and in stains on the sides of buildings (to name a couple of places). They've even seen Jesus' face on toilet paper and on an oyster shell. Do you believe that any of these "sightings" are valid? Would you agree with me that a lot of people who call themselves Christians are blithering idiots?

And can you explain to me how any sane person could believe that the Infinite Creator of the Universe would reveal Himself through an image on a tortilla? And if He did so ... what is He trying to SAY? Please translate into plain English the Message of the Holy Tortilla.

And how in the HELL does anybody in the 21st Century know what the Virgin Mary looked like? Isn't it possible that the tortilla image is of Sarah, a First-Century prostitute?

106. Do you believe that Catholics are saved (going to heaven after they die)? What about Mormons? Jehovah's Witnesses? Southern Baptists? Pentecostals? Presbyterians? Episcopalians? Assembly of God? Church of Christ? Why or why not?

And if your answer is, "Yes, Catholics are saved if they've really received Jesus and been born again," please describe in detail (for the benefit of our Catholic friends) the exact process whereby one receives Jesus and is born again. And please be very, very specific, because if even one tiny ingredient is left out or misstated, someone may needlessly end up in hell.

107. You're a Christian. If you committed suicide, would you go to heaven? If not, (a) why not, and (b) what is the scriptural basis [if any] for your answer?

108. The events described in the book of Revelation take place on the earth. What if we colonize the moon (or Mars)? Do the colonists escape "judgment?" Will Christians living on the Mars colony be "raptured?"

109. In Isaiah 7:14 we read a prophecy about a virgin having a baby, and she names it "Immanuel." Matthew 1:23 tells us that this was a prophecy of Jesus. But Jesus was named ... Jesus   -   not Immanuel. How do you explain this? Was Isaiah a false prophet (Deuteronomy 18:22)?

110. In Matthew 17:1-5 we read the story of the "transfiguration" of Jesus. Moses and Elijah dropped in (perhaps in spectral form, like Anikin Skywalker in Episode 6) and talked to Jesus. Immediately, Peter wanted to build shelters for Moses and Elijah, calling them by name.

How did Peter know who they were? From photographs?

111. Did you know that your Bible specifically commands you - twice - not to be a motherfucker (Leviticus 18:7, Deuteronomy 27:20)?

Has your minister preached any sermons on this topic lately? (I imagine Rev. Jones standing behind his pulpit to begin his sermon, and he says, "There are a couple of motherfucking Bible verses I want us to read ...")

And are you aware that Silver RavenWolf, Raymond Buckland, Doreen Valiente, Margot Adler, and Stewart Farrar, in all their many Wiccan books, have never thought it necessary to instruct Wiccans not to screw their own mothers? Why do you think your God needs to tell you twice not to do so?

And by the way ... are you still sure you want your child reading this filthy book?

112. Matthew 1:16 says, "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus." Luke 3:23 says, "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli." You believe the Bible to be true. Based on your belief in the Bible, who was the father of Joseph - Jacob or Heli?

113. Jesus said, "If you see a woman and lust after her, I say that you have already committed adultery in your heart." (Matthew 5:28) In other words, even if you don't commit adultery with your actual body, you've committed it just by lusting after someone.

Now suppose I see someone who needs some cash or a kind word, and I yearn in my heart to give it to him, but don't. Does that mean I have already "committed charity" in my heart? Will God give me any brownie points? If not, why not, when (according to him) the intent is the same as the action itself?

114. Hebrews 10:4 states unequivocally that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin. That being true, why did God give the Jews so many commandments about animal sacrifices (see Leviticus 9:2, for instance)? Was he just playing a joke on them? Why didn't he tell them, way back in the Old Testament days, that their animal sacrifices were useless?

115. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). He can appear as an "angel of light" (II Corinthians 11:14). How can you be absolutely sure that the Bible isn't an elaborate deception created by Satan - containing just enough "good stuff" to make it palatable and credible? Do you believe in the Bible just because you were raised on it ... just because "everybody always told me it's the real thing?" How is this different from a little Muslim child who is 100% sure about the validity of his Koran just because he was raised on it?

116. As you know, the Bible allows us to have more than one wife at a time; Moses had more than one wife, and God never batted an eye. The Bible has references to multiple wives (Genesis 4:23, Genesis 28:9, etc.) and even gives us some rules on polygamy (Deuteronomy 21:15ff), but has nary a prohibition against the practice. Only bishops ("overseers") are prohibited from having multiple wives (I Timothy 3:2). Do you agree with this? If you and your husband (who isn't a bishop, let's assume) lived in a country where polygamy was legal, do you realize that he could take multiple wives (he'd probably invite you to the weddings, but not the honeymoons), and it wouldn't violate any Biblical commandments?

117. My friend Gordon, a Christian, gets upset when I use the expression "goddam" (the proper Texas pronunciation requires the accent on the second syllable: "Gaaaaah-DAMN!"). He doesn't get upset when I just say "damn." I have told him that in using the full "goddam" version, I am acknowledging/suggesting that only God can damn; to say "damn" all by itself (without the GOD prefix) could be a suggestion that I am inviting some other deity to damn the object of the imprecation. In other words, as I patiently explained to him, I am in fact honoring his god, and acknowledging God's supremacy. What do you think?

118. Imagine that there's a shipwreck, and ten survivors are washed ashore on a deserted island. All of them have complete amnesia, except for one thing: They retain the ability to read and speak and write the English language. The only book they have is the Bible (let's say it's the New King James Version). For the next five years, they study the Bible and use it as the basis for a religion they develop (which they call "Biblianity"). Remember that they have no access to any information about church history or traditions. How similar would their doctrines (and worship services) be to what we'd find in your own church (next Sunday morning) among your Christian brothers and sisters?

Or, in the alternative, is it perhaps more likely that they'd spot the same contradictions, inconsistencies, and outright horrors that I did, and simply reject the Bible out of hand?

119. Do you believe that most people "come to Christ" and "receive Jesus" because they become convinced, at some point in their lives, of the validity of Christianity? Or does it seem that most people who "surrender to Christ" do so at a time of crisis and emotional turmoil in their lives, and are simply grabbing an emotional life preserver?

Have you ever noticed that nobody "comes to Christ" on the afternoon before prom night? Nobody "repents" as he's walking into the Pleasure Den whorehouse in Reno after winning $8000 at the roulette wheel ... it's always after he's landed on death row, and all his appeals have been exhausted (like Carla Faye Tucker ... she COULD have "found Jesus" just before she grabbed the pickaxe). Aren't you a little bit skeptical about the "jailhouse conversions?" Do you think Jesus is a bit disappointed about getting so much of the dregs of society ... no Donald Trumps or Bill Gateses?

And by the way ... why would any sane person believe that the answer to every problem on earth is the torture-murder of a nice guy like Jesus?

120. In the Bible (Genesis 30:37-39), it tells the story of animals mating while they looked at speckled trees; the result is that the calves that were born were speckled. Honestly, do you believe this story? What do you think would happen if we tried to replicate this event under controlled conditions? Same result?

121. Believe whatever you want Do you believe that atheists and Wiccans and lesbians and Moslems and Buddhists have the same legal rights that you do? If your answer is "yes," have you taught this to your children?

122. After Noah's ark landed and the flood waters receded, what did the carnivores eat while the prey animals were repopulating?

And by the way ... did you notice that in Genesis 2, God is still busy creating everything, but only FOUR CHAPTERS LATER, in Genesis 6, he's decided to kill everything and everybody? Looks like his Genesis 1-2 plan was a colossal failure.

And by the way ... God flooded the earth and killed everybody because the world had become evil (Genesis 6:5), and he wanted to rid the world of evil. Well, it didn't work. The evil just came back, stronger than ever. His Genesis 6 plan was ALSO a complete failure.

123. After Noah's ark landed and the flood waters receded, what did the pandas eat? There isn't any bamboo in the Middle East (and if there had been, it would have been soaking in salt water for the previous 40 days, and would have been inedible).

124. After Noah's ark landed and the flood waters receded, the two polar bears traveled all the way from Mt. Ararat (located, they say, in modern-day Turkey) to the Arctic Circle, leaving no population or offspring behind. If they had traveled at a constant speed of 2 mph, never stopping to sleep, eating while they were on the move, and didn't slow down even for mountains or oceans (this being, of course, impossible), the trip would have taken them three months.

      (a) How did they do this?
      (b) How did they survive the hot temperatures?
      (c) What did they eat? An adult polar bear needs at least 90 pounds of food every day just to stay alive.

125. After Noah's ark landed and the flood waters receded, the two duckbill platypuses traveled all the way from the Middle East to Australia, swimming through thousands of miles of salt water (and leaving behind no offspring). How did they survive this trip?

And by the way ... when the flood waters "receded," where did they go? This was supposedly a worldwide flood that covered the tallest mountains ("[A]ll the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered" - Genesis 7:19).

126. [Re: the Noah's ark flood] Why did only Noah and his family survive? Wouldn't there have been somebody else somewhere on earth who had a seaworthy boat that could stay afloat as long as the ark did? Wouldn't there have been lots of (human-occupied) boats floating around in the oceans and rivers at the time the rain started falling that would have simply "risen with the tide?"

If (a) Noah's flood really happened and (b) evolution is a false theory, how many Negroes and Japanese married into Noah's family, back before 2304 BCE?

And speaking of Noah and the flood ... God killed 99.9% of the world's population. There must have been a lot of pregnant women among the victims. He drowned them right along with their unborn fetuses (a mass abortion ... thousands and thousands of abortions, all on the same day, performed by the Lord God Almighty). Why would anybody claim that God is "pro-life?"

And speaking of Noah and the flood ... there are 350,000 species of beetles. How long did it take Noah to collect a pair from each species? How could he tell the difference between the males and the females? If he spent only ONE MINUTE collecting each pair - finding it, making sure it wasn't one of the other 349,999 species, putting the two specimens into a cage, checking it off his list - and he bagged one pair every minute, and never stopped to eat or sleep, he would have spent EIGHT MONTHS just on the beetles!

I picture God talking to Noah. "Hey buddy! Are you finished with the marsupials and the cephalopods? Let's move on to the next phase, the one I call 'Meet the beetles!!!!'"

127. Genesis 3:8-9 indicates that Adam and Eve successfully hid themselves from God. If he's all- knowing, how is this possible? And is there somewhere that I could hide from him so that he won't send me to his hell when I die?

128. You probably have at least one relative whom you know isn't "saved." How can you enjoy an eternity in heaven knowing that Cousin Eddie is screaming in pain in the unquenchable fires of hell, forever and ever and ever, until the end of time ... and beyond? Wouldn't (shouldn't) this spoil your eternal bliss? And if it wouldn't, aren't you a pretty hard-hearted person? Just as hard-hearted, I might add, as your God?

The standard answer to this question is: "I'll be transformed into a new creature when I get to heaven, and I'll know even as I am known, and I'll no longer see through a glass darkly, so that I'll have peace, no matter what." Tell me, how much "changing" can you undergo before you cease to be yourself? That is, before your personality is altered so much that it isn't YOU anymore?

129. Do you believe that an atheist is just as happy as you are? Do you believe that an atheist could be happier in life than you are as a Christian?

130. After Noah's flood, when the waters receded, wouldn't the rotting animal corpses have naturally ended up in all the lakes and rivers, in the low-lying areas of the world ... thus polluting all the drinking water?

And since the flood waters covered the entire earth, and most of the water already on the earth was salt water (the oceans), wouldn't the flood have contaminated all the fresh water in the world with salt? In other words, when the flood waters receded, wouldn't all the lakes and wells in the world be filled with salt water?

131. Imagine that you're walking out of church after the Sunday morning service with your son, who is six years old. As you're getting into the car, he says, "Piss! Ass! Foreskin! Whore! Dung! Breasts! Bastard! Concubine! Eunuch! Fornication! Shittim!" Would you be offended? Would you punish him for using such language? Are you aware that each one of those words is in the King James Version of the Holy Bible ... the very book your son has tucked under his little arm? Do you realize that he's just "quoting the Bible?"

132. Every Sunday in church, millions of people pray The Lord's Prayer, which includes a request that "thy [God's] will be done." Exodus 31:15 tells us that the will of God is that people who work on the Sabbath should be put to death. Do you really want that? All the thousands of employees of Wal-Mart and Kroger who work on Sunday ... do you want them to be executed? How? By lethal injection? Firing squad?

133. Isaiah 40:28 says that God doesn't grow tired or weary. If this is true, why did God have to rest on the seventh day, after he created everything?

134. Do you believe that church attendance is important? Why? Are you aware that there is only ONE Bible verse that even vaguely orders Christians to attend church services (it's Hebrews 10:25) but there are FOUR separate commandments in the New Testament that order you to kiss every person that you meet (I Corinthians 16:20, II Corinthians 13:12, I Thessalonians 5:26, I Peter 5:14)? Which are you doing more of these days - going to church, or kissing people?

And in case you're wondering ... no, there's nothing in the Ten Commandments that requires church attendance. You "keep the Sabbath day holy" by not working, period. You can look it up (Exodus 20:8).

And by the way ... the Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday. Do you work on Saturday? Are you arrogant enough to think that you have the right to change God's Sabbath from Saturday to a different day of the week?

Have you nullified the commandment of God for the sake of your church's tradition (Matthew 15:6)?

And in case you're wondering, no, there's nothing in the New Testament to indicate that the Christians changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

135. In Luke 22:36, Jesus specifically orders Christians to buy swords - even if they have to sell their outer garments to get the money. Do you own a sword? If you don't, when do you plan to buy one and end your rebellion against the Lord's clear and unequivocal commandment?

136. In Matthew 19:12, Jesus said that some people have castrated themselves for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. If your son told you that he wanted to follow Jesus' suggestion, what would you say?

137. In John 21:15-17, we read about an exchange between Jesus and Simon Peter. Jesus asks Simon three times, "Do you love me?" As you probably know, when you read this passage in Greek, Jesus uses different (Greek) words for "love." Pastors adore this passage because it's a ready-made sermon. There are a couple of problems, though: (1) Jesus didn't speak Greek when he talked to Simon, because Simon wouldn't have known what the hell he was saying, and (2) if you try to do this in Aramaic, which is the language that Jesus would have used, it just doesn't work, since Aramaic doesn't have as many words that are translated "love." How do you explain this? Could this be a fake story?

138. Proverbs 22:15 clearly says that it is acceptable for me to hit my child with a stick. If you observed me in my back yard "being Biblical" by hitting my seven-year-old son with a stick, what (if anything) would you do? Would you bow your head and thank the Lord that you have such a godly neighbor?

139. You believe that you're going to heaven after you die. Do you like the idea that you've been created for the sole purpose of worshipping your creator? That after you die, you're supposed to do this forever? That the purpose of your existence is to be part of a cosmic cheering squad for a deity so vain and insecure that he needs constant, eternal reassurance of his supremacy?

140. In these questions, I think I've shown that your "God" is in reality a hateful, twisted, nasty, vicious, petty, vengeful, double-talking, self-contradictory, nit-picking, slave-mongering, spiteful being of low moral character. How do you know you're not really worshipping Satan? I'm not asking you to hold God accountable, or to judge him (he's opposed to that, of course); I'm just asking you if there is any minimum standard of decency that you'd hold him to. Have you decided in advance to worship God no matter what kind of a violent, twisted, sick son of a bitch he is shown to be (and admits to being) in his own book?

There's a video that illustrates this idea.

In other words ... the Bible contains instructions on how to avoid the eternal fires of hell. God (1) made the rules, (2) created an imperfect human race that he knew in advance would break his rules, (3) created a horrible place [hell] where the rule-breakers would be tortured forever, and then (4) provided them with information (albeit confusing and contradictory) on how to escape the hell that he himself created. Wouldn't it have been a lot simpler if this all-loving, all-powerful God, by a snapping of his fingers, had just eliminated all of the problems we humans must endure ... instead of giving us this weird book and just hoping we could figure it out?

God is omniscient; he knows everything. This means that when he created the universe, he saw the suffering that humans would eventually endure (in hell) as a result of their sins. He actually heard, in advance, the screams of the damned. Surely he knew that it would have been better for those humans never to have been born (in fact, the Bible says this very thing about one particular sinner ... Mark 14:21), and surely an all-compassionate deity would have foregone the creation of a sinful human who was (a) destined to imperfection and therefore (b) predestined to suffer forever. I contend that it is not logical that a perfectly compassionate God would create beings whom he knows are doomed to suffer forever and ever, and that this is the most obvious contradiction in your belief system (and the most shocking, obvious flaw in God's character). What do you think?

Imagine a newborn baby. The young mother, her hair wet with sweat, cradles him gently, as tears of happiness fill her eyes. And up in heaven, your God looks down on this tender scene, on this tiny infant, knowing that it will spend countless eons being tortured in hell, millions and millions of years screaming in agony. How does God feel right now? How do YOU feel about this?

On March 31, 2006, the Dallas Morning News reported that a man named Robert Stephenson had gotten angry at his ex-girlfriend. He went to her house, coerced her to get into his truck with him by threatening to burn down her house (with her children in it) if she didn't, and then took her to his house ... where he tied her up, hung her upside down, beat her, raped her, and burned her with a blowtorch. He then poured Drano into the burn wounds. After 19 days, she escaped. How is Robert Stephenson any different, morally, from your God (besides the fact that God wants to torture people for much longer than 19 days)?

141. Do you read the Bible the same way you read any other book? If you owned a shop manual that was full of inconsistencies and contradictions, would you keep using it? Are you more willing to forgive the errors and inaccuracies in the Bible than you would if it weren't a "holy book?" Are you in fact making allowances for the imperfections of God? Are you making special accommodations and excuses for this book, the same way you would for a mentally retarded child? Isn't your Bible a kind of a weird, defective, antiquated thing that you tolerate only because you feel like you have to, because you're afraid of what might happen if you questioned it in a fair, reasonable manner? And isn't it true that FEAR is an integral part of your religion - not fear of evil spirits or of Satan, but fear of God himself (Deuteronomy 6:13, Joshua 24:14, Psalm 2:11, Ecclesiastes 12:13, Isaiah 33:6, II Corinthians 5:11)? Is the Bible something that is occasionally an embarrassment to you? In trying to come up with answers to the questions on this page, do you find yourself having to stifle your normal common sense? Do you find yourself saying things like

      (a) "God can do whatever he wants to, because he's God" or
      (b) "God is holy, and can't allow any sin in his presence" or
      (c) "Things are different today than they were in Biblical times" or
      (d) "There are a lot of things in the Bible we just don't understand" or
      (e) "We just have to trust in God; we have to have faith" or
      (f) "We can't always understand God; his ways are not our ways" [this is also true of Charles Manson] or
      (g) "That Bible verse must have been taken out of context ... I'll look it up sometime" or
      (h) "That's just one of those difficult Bible passages" or
      (i) "That was back in the Old Testament; it doesn't apply to us" or
      (j) "I can't explain it, and I don't really understand it, but I still believe in the Bible, no matter what" or
      (k) "That's not in the original text. I think" or
      (l) "That was Aramaic/Jewish hyperbole, and shouldn't be taken literally" [how can we determine which Bible passages should be taken literally? got a litmus test for us?] or
      (m) "That's an example of linguistic extreme, or absoluteness being used to express a preference" [translation: any time God (or Jesus) says something harsh or vicious, it means something else. Otherwise, we'd have proof positive that Biblegod is a hateful bastard] or
      (n) "That old canard? I've heard THAT question asked before" [this response beats the hell out of actually answering the question] or
      (o) "That's just an ancient expression of Oriental imprecation" [Really? Then don't tell me that the Bible is relevant for modern times!] or
      (p) "Behind much of the thought in the Bible lies a peculiarly Semitic idea of a unitive notion of human personality" [words thrown together that mean absolutely nothing ... another Christian nitwit trying to sound intelligent] or
      (q) "There's a webpage at http://www.thebible_is_true.com that answers that question" or
      (r) "That passage is meant to be symbolic" [you shouldn't use this tired "apologetic" unless you understand what symbolism is: It's one thing standing for another thing. In the passage where Jesus said, "You can't be a Christian unless you hate your mother" (Luke 14:26), what is your mother symbolic of? What does she "stand for?" Or is hate symbolic? Symbolic of what?]

... when deep down inside, in the common-sense part of your mind, you suspect that the Bible is really a not-too-admirable invention of man - not "the word of God" at all? Do you find that the more you study the Bible, the more you have to engage in "double-think?" Do you find that the more you try to defend the Bible, the more you have to engage in "double-talk?" If this many legitimate questions existed about an airplane that you were about to board, would you go ahead and make the trip? Or would you wait for the next flight? If you had the courage to be absolutely, 100% honest, would you tell people that you really believe that the Bible is perfect and infallible? If we hooked you up to a polygraph when you made that statement ("Yes, I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and it's 100% infallible"), how much would the needles wiggle?

We are told that the Bible was written by God, the all-knowing infinite supreme being. One would expect the Bible to be chock-full (cover to cover) of wisdom and insight. And yet if you open the Bible at random (ask a stranger to do this ... just flip the book open and put his finger down at random) and start reading, it's a bunch of meaningless nonsense. An example: I just flipped (at random) to Nahum 2:3. Here's what the infinite mind of God wants me to know today: "The shields of his soldiers are red; the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day they are made ready; the spears of pine are brandished."

How could any person with any intelligence at all believe that this book was written by a wise all-knowing infinite transcendent deity?

I challenge you, right now, to take the Random Bible Verse test.

What would it take to convince you that the Bible and its God ARE fatally flawed (assuming you're not yet convinced)? And if nothing could ever convince you, isn't your "faith" pretty meaningless? Isn't it, in fact, mere stubbornness ... which is of the flesh?

Would it be safe to say that you employ your critical faculties (i.e., your good common sense) in every aspect of your life other than this one (your religion)? You wouldn't invest your kids' college savings in a scheme run by a cheesy scam artist. You don't buy the crap they advertise in the infomercials ("Wait! If you call in the next ten minutes ..."). But ... let somebody use the magic word "God" or show you some commandment or assertion in an old leather-bound book (an incomprehensible self-contradictory 17th-Century English translation of a ragtag collection of spurious copies of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that were collected over a period of 1800 years, and selected from an even larger collection of manuscripts by people that you know nothing about) and, regardless of how patently absurd or preposterous the assertion is, you obey, no questions asked. Does it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe, you're allowing yourself to be controlled by the wrong thing?

142. What is it about Biblegod that makes him a male god? Does he have a penis? Does he have a beard? XY chromosomes in his divine DNA rather than XX?

Imagine that someone were to go through the entire Bible and change every reference to God's gender so that he became a female ... a goddess. Every "he" or "him" would be changed to a "she" or "her." Jesus would be quoted as saying, "No one comes to the Mother except through me." (John 14:6) The Lord's [Lady's?] prayer would begin, "Our Mother, who art in heaven ..."

If we did "feminize" Biblegod, how would that change any theological [thealogical?] assertion found in the Bible? How would it make any difference at all ... other than the fact that it would be pretty unbelievable that a mother Goddess would perpetrate all the mass murder and genocide that Biblegod confesses to in his own Holy Book?

143. In the Bible (Matthew 18:19), it says that if two Christians agree about anything, God will do it. Could you get with one of your Christian buddies and ask God to give me a million dollars? Please? This would be a VERY easy way for you to prove that your God exists, and that he tells the truth.

144. In Genesis 4:26, long before the time of Moses, we are told that men began to call on "the name of the Lord [YHWH]." In fact, at Genesis 22:14 (again, long before the time of Moses), Abraham names a place "The Lord [YHWH ] Will Provide."

And yet later on - later in time - in Exodus 6:3, God tells Moses that previously his name [YHWH] had been unknown to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How do you explain this clear contradiction?

145. Why was "demon possession" so common in Jesus' time, but is hardly mentioned at all in the Old Testament, and is non-existent today?

146. Why did God create so many species only to allow most of them to become extinct before man even existed (some scientists estimate that 99% of all the species that ever lived on earth are extinct)? What was the point?

147. If every single copy of the Bible were destroyed (including the copies lurking on personal computers and on the internet), everywhere in the entire universe, would your God still exist? How would you know? And without a Bible, how would you be able to discern his attributes?

Is there anything in nature that suggests that the Creator wants you to kill adulterers by throwing rocks at them, or trim the excess skin from around the head of your dick?

148. Genesis 4:15 records that God placed a mark on Cain - a distinctive identifying symbol. At the time, there were only three people in the entire world. Didn't they all know each other?

149. Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). And how did Jesus say that one should love himself? Jesus said we must HATE ourselves in order to qualify to be his disciples [hate our own lives] (Luke 14:26). As a Christian, I am required to hate myself; and I am required to love my neighbor the same way. Therefore, I should hate my neighbor, right?

150. How would you prove that your god exists - without using arguments that someone from another religion would use to prove that his god exists, and without reference to the Bible?

151. If someone claimed to be the second coming of Christ, what would be your minimum requirement(s) for proof of his identity?

152. Jeremiah 3:12 reads, "For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever." Fourteen chapters later (Jeremiah 17:4), God says, "Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever." How can God's anger burn forever if he doesn't keep anger forever?

153. If a wicked person (an enemy of the faith) should suffer, what would be the appropriate reaction for a Christian? Psalm 58:10 says, "The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked." But Proverbs 24:17 says, "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth." So which is it? Okay to rejoice, or not okay to rejoice?

154. In 2006, Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted (and sentenced to life in prison) for doing nothing. The crime he committed was NOT stopping the September 11 attacks - not reporting the conspiracy to authorities. Didn't Biblegod commit exactly the same crime on September 11?

155. Can God make a burrito so spicy that he can't eat it?

156. Hosea 8:4 [the King James Version] quotes Biblegod as saying, "They have made princes, and I knew it not." How can this be, since Biblegod is omniscient?

157. Imagine that you've decided to hire somebody to remodel your kitchen. You want an honest contractor, because you're going to be spending lots of money.

Contractor A is a Christian. All his workmen are Christians. His truck has the little fishy logo on the side (with the word JESUS written inside it, in case you don't understand the reference). He has a good reputation in the community.

Contractor B is a Wiccan. All of his employees are Wiccan. He has a pentagram on the side of his truck. He also has a good reputation in the community.

As you know, if a Christian sins - screws up your kitchen, gets the measurements wrong, paints with the wrong colors, does the wiring backward, takes your money and doesn't complete the work - all he has to do (according to his religion) to make things right is to pray to his god (see I John 1:9). Kaboom, just like that, he's forgiven.

On the other hand, a Wiccan believes that he will have to pay for his sins - whatever trouble he causes you, he'll be hit with three times as much trouble.

Question: Which contractor do you trust to do your kitchen right?

158. You believe that the nicest guy who ever lived was Jesus. Your God allowed Roman soldiers to beat him and then murder him slowly and painfully (right after Jesus prayed to your God to "let this cup pass, if it be possible"). Why do you "praise" this God? Why do you worship him?

159. From 1900 to 1940, every child in America celebrated Halloween in the usual way: dressing up as a witch or ghost, attending a Halloween party (it may have been sponsored by a church), watching a scary movie, telling (and/or listening to) ghost stories, and going out trick-or-treating. This generation of Americans grew up strong and moral, raised normal children, and defeated Hitler. Why is it that modern evangelicals are so worried about Halloween, claiming that it's some sort of gateway to Satanism?

160. Numbers 23:19 says that God is not man nor is he the son of man. How then can you believe that Jesus is God?

161. The Bible says that the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19:7). Yet it also says that the law is powerless to save us (Romans 8:3); if any law COULD save us, then Jesus died for nothing (Galatians 2:21). So which is it? Is the law (a) perfect, and able to convert one's soul, or is it (b) incapable of saving us?

162. Satan could not exist unless God had created him. Why would God create Satan? If you were the only being in existence, and you had all the power there was, would you create your own worst enemy?

163. Why doesn't your church use its Sunday School classes to refute the vast body of skeptical literature? In other words, why don't they teach you in Sunday School how to answer questions like the ones I'm asking? Remember that I Peter 3:15 requires that you "[a]lways be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."

164. Jesus was punished for sins that he didn't commit. Why is that called "justice?" If our courts accepted the punishment of someone else in the place of the guilty criminal, we would not say that justice had been done, but that injustice had been added to injustice. Is the church teaching that two wrongs make a right?

165. Many Christians subscribe to the doctrine of sola scriptura ("only scripture"), which is the idea that the only source of Christian doctrine is the Bible. Did you know that the Bible itself states otherwise? Per I Timothy 3:15, the "pillar and foundation of truth" is THE CHURCH. Wouldn't it be fair to say that the Bible itself negates sola scriptura?

166. As you know, Satan used to be an angel, and he rebelled against God. God cast him out of heaven, and threw him down to earth (Luke 10:18; Ezekiel 28:17; Isaiah 14:12ff). Of all the planets in the universe, why did God throw him down to THIS one?

167. There is absolutely no doubt that the Bible requires one to adhere to a policy of intolerance of (and/or hostility to) other religions. If you were president of the United States, would you follow the clear requirements of your Bible in this area, or would you follow the First Amendment?

168. The Bible says that insects have four legs (Leviticus 11:20-23). What do YOU think? Do you really want your 8th grader to get into an argument with his Life Science teacher about this?

169. Mark 1:2 purports to quote Isaiah; the verse he's quoting is actually found in Malachi (3:1). How can the Bible be wrong about ... the Bible?

170. Matthew 27:9-10 purports to quote Jeremiah, but the passage is really in Zechariah (11:12-13). Again ... how can the Bible be wrong about the Bible?

171. Jude (vv. 14-15) quotes from the book of Enoch. Does your Bible contain the book of Enoch? Doesn't the book of Jude expressly endorse the book of Enoch as being scripture? Shouldn't Enoch therefore be in your Bible?

172. Have you ever wondered why the period when the church dominated the western world is universally referred to as the Dark Ages, while the period of breaking away from church dogma is called the Enlightenment?

173. Your Bible (KJV) has two separate references to satyrs and NINE separate references to unicorns. Not to mention a talking snake and a talking donkey. Seriously ... do you believe this bullshit?

174. The Amplified Bible ... is it really louder than the other Bibles?

175. Harvey Weinstein is famous for being a sexual abuser. We hear story after story from women, and they're all the same: It was a relationship where he had authority over them, and he used it to his advantage to coerce them into having sex with him. He is the reason that the "Me Too" movement was founded.
      Explain how his conduct is different from what God did with the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26ff). God didn't ask her for her permission; he simply swooped down and got her pregnant. God took advantage of his supreme authority. He knew that Mary couldn't say "no." How is God any different from Harvey Weinstein?

176. Can a person sin in heaven?

177. We are told that God is good. We are told that he loves us. God IS love (I John 4:8).

And God can do anything. Absolutely anything. God asks, "Is there anything too hard for me?" (Jer. 32:27) The implied answer is "No."

He is able to feed hungry people.

He did it with Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes. Feeding hungry people with a miracle.

He did it when the Israelites were wandering in the desert - he gave them manna. He fed hungry people with a miracle.

If you had the power to feed all the hungry people in the world by wiggling your left pinky, would you do it?

God has the power, right now, to feed all the hungry people in the world, but he won't do it.   Is your God an asshole?


Jesus told a story - Matthew 25:31ff - about two groups of people.

One group was generous, and gave food to hungry people; they gave clothing to people who didn't have clothes; and they visited people who were sick and in prison. They went to heaven - they were told, "Enter into the joy of your Lord."

The second group was a bunch of assholes. They didn't give food to hungry people, or clothing to naked people. They went to hell - a fiery place that had been prepared for Satan and his angels.

Your God has the power to give food to hungry people, and he doesn't do it. I say that makes him an asshole, and he deserves to go to hell. According to the teachings of Jesus.


178. Here on earth, we have murder and rape and evil and jealousy. Christians say that this is because of mankind having a free will.

This is the cause of suffering on earth.

Christians will also tell you that in heaven, people have free will. People do whatever they want to.

And they'll tell you that in heaven, there is no murder or rape or evil.

Why doesn't heaven have the same kind of suffering that we have on earth?

179. Imagine that a whole bunch of bad people - Charles Manson, Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Hillary Clinton - had deathbed conversions, that is, they Became Christians ("received Jesus") minutes before they died. Like the thief on the cross - lives filled with evil, yet it's all wiped clean AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE by the blood of Jesus (hallelujah).

We're assuming that these people still have their same personalities, and free will, after they're dead.

If this happened a million times, and heaven were populated with a lot of these motherfuckers, wouldn't it change the nature of heaven? If heaven were filled with sorry bastards, would you want to live there forever?

If Hitler received Jesus just before his death in May 1945, would he automatically lose his anti-Semitism (and his desire to conquer everything around him)?


                               
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