Okay, so here is the link from where I found these questions. I know atheists are always trying to ask Christians thought-provoking questions in hopes of jarring their worldview, but Christians have answers to just about every question... and whether they are good answers is beside the point (hint: they're rarely good answers). As a former Christian, I decided I would answer these questions as I might have over five years ago, however intellectually dissatisfying my readers will find them.
I'm going to clarify this again: I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN. I am writing from my point of view while I was Christian... so please, PLEASE... no one start trying to convince me there's no god, or telling me how pathetic or inconsistent I am in my argument. I do not believe these things anymore, but these would've been my thoughts and reactions years ago. These questions are, by no means, "check mates" for the argument against "God's" existence in the mind of a Christian. Not to mention the fact many of these questions are pretty stupid.
40 Questions for Christians
1. If a hundred different religions have to be wrong for yours to be right, does this show that people from all over the world like to invent gods that don’t exist?
A: It shows that they have been deceived by false spirits or prophets. They all worship demons, unbeknownst to them.
2. If your parents had belonged to a different religion, do you think you would belong to that religion too?
A: No. I was chosen by God to be his follower.
3. If people from the five major religions are each told conflicting information by their respective gods, should any of them be believed?
A: Christianity is the true religion because in no other story does their god become a man and give his own life for the sake of humanity. No other religion claims a virgin birth. All other religions have roots in the demonic and their message is meant to confuse. [not saying any of this is true; they're a few of the claims made by Christians]
Communication with God
4. How can you tell the voice of God from a voice in your head?
A: I have to pray that God will not let me be deceived, and for him to help me hear his voice better.
5. How can you tell the voice of God from the voice of the Devil?
A: See above. Also, the Devil tries to tempt me to do things I already know are wrong (drink, have premarital sex, do drugs, hang out with wordly people, etc...). Usually what God wants me to do is harder and less appealing.
6. Would you find it easier to kill someone if you believed God supported you in the act?
7. If God told you to kill an atheist, would you?
8. When an atheist is kind and charitable out of the kindness of his heart, is his behavior more or less commendable than a religious man who does it because God instructed him to?
A: Obedience is what is important. The Christian's behavior is more commendable because he is obeying.
9. If you are against the Crusades and the Inquisition, would you have been burned alive as a heretic during those events?
A: Probably. Christians are always being persecuted. The people who led the Crusades and the Inquisition were not TRUE Christians. They were likely possessed and trying to kill God's true followers.
10. If your interpretation of a holy book causes you to condemn your ancestors for having a different interpretation, will your descendants condemn you in the same way?
A: I don't condemn my ancestors. The Word of God is eternal, and those who misunderstood it were not TRUE Christians. My descendants will not condemn me because I have the correct beliefs about God and the Bible.
11. Rape wasn’t always a crime in the Middle East two thousand years ago. Is that why `do not rape’ is not part of the Ten Commandments?
A: It was a different culture then, and God's ways are not my ways. Who am I to question him? He knows best.
12. Do lions need a `god-given’ morality to understand how to care for their young, co-operate within a prides, or feel anguish at the loss of a companion? If not, why do we?
A: God gave animals instinct. He gave us free will.
13. If organized religion requires a civilization in which to spread, how could this civilization exist without first having a moral code to make us civil?
A: First, Christianity is NOT a religion; it's a relationship. Secondly, Christianity did not need a civilization to spread. God chose Abraham to BECOME a father of nations, and the Hebrew civilization arose because of that. It took the Moses and the Ten Commandments to make his Chosen People civilized years later.
The Characteristics of God
14. An all-knowing God can read your mind, so why does he require you to demonstrate your faith by worshiping him?
A: Again. God requires obedience. He knows my heart is sinful and full of wickedness, but he helps me overcome it and I am able to worship outwardly even when I do not want to.
15. If God is all-knowing, why do holy books describe him as surprised or angered by the actions of humans? He should have known what was going to happen.
A: Even though God knows what will happen, it does not mean he has no feelings about it. He is grieved when we sin and separate ourselves from his love.
16. An all-knowing God knows who will ultimately reject him. Why does God create people who he knows will end up in hell?
A: He created humans to love him. They have a choice; free-will is a gift he gave us. He is saddened when we reject him, but free-will has a price.
17. If God is all knowing, then why did he make humans in the knowledge that he’d eventually have to send Jesus to his death?
A: See above. Jesus' death is proof of God's love for us. He chose to sacrifice his life to save those who choose him.
18. Why did a supposedly omnipotent god take six days to create the universe, and why did he require rest on the seventh day?
A: His rest on the seventh day is symbolic. He knows that humans need a day to rest and so requires that we rest on the seventh day as well. This is called The Sabbath. The six days of creation is also argued to be metaphorical.
19. Is omnipotence necessary to create our universe when a larger, denser universe would have required more power?
A: This question actually makes no sense, not even from the perspective of an atheist.
20. Why are Churches filled with riches when Jesus asked his followers to give their wealth away?
A: It is merely difficult to enter Heaven if you are rich; wealth itself is not condemned in the Bible. Some would argue it is easier to give to the poor when you have plenty to give. Also, not all rich people who claim to be Christians are TRUE Christians. We are required to give our money TO the Church, and they are led by God in its use. Not all churches do what is best because they are led by false prophets.
21. While in the desert, Jesus rejected the temptations of the Devil. He didn’t censor or kill the Devil, so why are Christians so in favor of censoring many Earthly temptations?
A: Humans do not have the strength Jesus had. We are merely humans. We have to guard ourselves from temptation and do not have divine power to withstand temptation in every circumstance.
22. Given that the story of Noah’s Ark was copied almost word for word from the much older Sumerian Epic of Atrahasis, does this mean that our true ruler is the supreme sky god, Anu?
A: Those stories were copied from the story of Noah. The fact there are similar stories only proves there really was a Great Flood.
23. If your desire is to convert atheists so that they become more like you; do you think that you’re currently better than them?
A: No. I am going to Heaven and they are not. I am trying to convert them so they do not go to Hell. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
24. If religious people don’t respect their children’s right to pick their own religion at a time when they’re able to make that decision, how can society expect religious people to respect anyone’s right to freedom of religion?
A: Children are easily influenced and need their parents to guide them in the "way that they should go." We do not force our children to accept Jesus, but we teach them about him from the time they are born. Eventually, they ask Jesus into their heart of their own free-will.
25. If missionaries from your religion should be sent to convert people in other countries, should missionaries from other religions be sent to your country?
A: No. They are spreading lies and are false prophets.
26. If children are likely to believe in Santa Claus and fairies, does this explain why religion has been taught in schools for thousands of years?
A: This is a leading and loaded question. Also, a bit of a non sequitur. Adults teach religion, not children. Adults tell children about Santa as a fun tradition that they later reveal is just a game. This question is not well thought out. The fact that someone would be unable to give a good answer does not mean it's a point for the A team.
27. When preachers and prophets claim to be special messengers of God, they often receive special benefits from their followers. Does this ever cause you to doubt their intentions?
A: We are supposed to honor those chosen by God to preach his message. It is the church's responsibility to support their pastor and his family. Sometimes there are false prophets who sneak in wearing sheep's clothing, but God deals with them.
28. When you declare a miracle, does this mean you understand everything that is possible in nature?
A: Of course not.
29. If a woman was cured of cancer by means unknown to us, and everyone declared it a miracle, would the chance of scientifically replicating this cure be more or less likely?
A: Again, this is a poor example. Speaking as an atheist right now... cancer does go into remission and doctors sometimes have no explanations for it. Yes, Christians jump to the conclusion is was a miracle, but the fact the cancer went into remission does not mean suddenly medical science is closer to finding a cure and replicating the results. Whether it can be replicated by science is unknown given this example.
30. If humans declared fire to be a miracle thousands of years ago, would we still be huddling together in caves while we wait for God to fire another lightning bolt into the forest?
A: Yet another stupid question. Christians do not believe that every technological advancement ever made was a miracle; they do acknowledge human inventions and discoveries. Fire has been around longer than humans have, so no one ever thought fire was a miracle... they merely learned how to wield it. Myths were created to explain how people discovered how to use fire, but recorded HISTORY doesn't go back far enough. This person is assuming Christians DO consider fire a miracle, which they don't.
31. If God gave a man cancer, and the Devil cured him to subvert God’s plan, how would you know it wasn’t a divine miracle? What if he was an unkind, atheist, homosexual?
A: First of all, I *would* assume it was a divine miracle and would still give God the glory, so Satan would've wasted his time and the plan would obviously backfire. Secondly, if Satan cured an atheist, he would still be an atheist. He doesn't believe Satan exists therefore would not credit him, and he would still be going to Hell... just not as quickly. The fact that he was also unkind and homosexual wouldn't change the outcome since he is atheist.
32. Should an instruction to convert to your religion upon the threat of eternal torture in hell be met with anything other than hostility?
A: Yes. God is offering to save us from Hell. It is our choice whether we go there.
33. Can a mass murderer go to heaven for accepting your religion, while a kind doctor goes to hell for not?
A: Yes. If a murderer is repentant and asks God for forgiveness, God is merciful. A kind doctor has the choice of whether to acknowledge God and believe in him. Also, it is not our place to be God's judge; his ways are not our ways.
34. Did the mass murdering Crusaders and Inquisitors make it into the Christian heaven?
A: No. TRUE Christians would never have done what those people did.
35. How can we know what is right when we don’t know for sure who makes it into heaven and hell?
A: The Bible tells us what is right and wrong, and God sent the Holy Spirit to guide us. Whoever believes in his heart Jesus is Lord will make it into Heaven.
36. If aliens exist on several worlds that have never heard of your god, will they all be going to hell when they die?
A: Yes if they haven't heard of him, but God has probably already made himself known to them. Jesus is their Savior, too.
The Promises of Religion
37. If someone promised you eternal life, the protection of a loving super being, a feeling of moral righteousness, a purpose for living, answers to all the big questions, and a rule book for achieving the pinnacle of human potential… and all in exchange for having faith in something that wasn’t proven, would you be suspicious?
A: I trust God because I have a relationship with him, and the Bible, which he wrote, tells me he is not a liar. Any other spirit is a false prophet or spirit of deception.
38. If someone promised to give you a billion dollars after ten years, but only if you worshiped them until that time, would you believe them? If someone promised to give you eternal life upon death, but only if you spent your life worshiping a god, would you believe them?
A: This is two questions, first of all. No, anyone who is not God could not persuade me to believe them, even with lots of money. My soul is more valuable than earthly things. I spend my life worshiping the One, True God, and he has already promised me eternal life.
39. Why does religion appeal more to poor, weak, vulnerable, young, ill, depressed, and ostracized people? Could religious promises be more of a temptation to these people?
A: It doesn't. There are lots of rich people, and people in positions of power, who believe in God. There are also popular, well-liked people who are Christians. We call them "charismatic". A relationship with God the Father is appealing to people from every demographic.
40. If you have eternal life in the afterlife, with all your family and friends, don’t you feel it would be like an eternal visit to your inlaws house? Don’t you think you’d get bored after 10,000 years?
A: Another stupid question. How does how entertaining Heaven would remain over the span of eternity disprove its existence, or God's. So what if it did become boring? Would that make it less real? The Christian argument is that is could never be boring to be in the presence of the Lord. We would be surrounded by millions (billions?) of people, not just our friends and families. We cannot fathom how amazing Heaven will be.