Ten Reasons Why Christianity Makes No Sense

When I discovered the online atheist community a few years ago, one of the things that astounded and humbled me the most was the scholarliness of so many activist atheists. I had never before been in the company of so many people so versed in scripture, so skilled in the arts of rhetoric and argumentation, so keen to identifying and deconstructing logical fallacies. I’m not going to lie: It’s often been intimidating to be surrounded by people whose expertise in such things is so far beyond my own comparatively unsophisticated approach. As time passes, though, and I learn more and more about these subjects, I find that my basic issues with religion in general, and Christianity in particular, have not evolved to more abstract ontological questions, but have rather crystallized my inability to reconcile even the most basic and fundamental principles of Christian faith.  The following, while not by any means an exhaustive list, represent what for me are the biggest head-scratchers.

1. Jesus didn’t die. Christians are always going on about how Jesus died for our sins, but if he came back after three days then he didn’t really die at all; more like being in a brief coma, which is a drag, but not exactly the ultimate sacrifice that the crucifixion is cracked up to be. And it wasn’t just his spirit that departed to heaven, but his actual physical being. If you go dig up a three-day old grave, regardless of what you think may have happened to that person’s immortal soul, odds are there’s still going to be a body in it. Jesus’ tomb, on the other hand, was empty, meaning that following his resurrection he was either a zombie or he was fully alive, neither of which is dead. Even more relevant is that when he was hanging there on the cross, Jesus knew that he was going to come back. He didn’t have to endure the fear of death that any other human being would have had to face or the uncertainty that presumably afflicts all but the most devout at the moment of death about whether there really was going to be an afterlife, or if this was lights out for good. Yes, he probably suffered physically, but he knew that death would be no more than a long nap and then he’d be up and at ‘em again. In any meaningful sense, he didn’t die.
2. Jesus didn’t have faith. Jesus was always rolling his eyes and scolding his disciples for not having enough faith. There are many verses to be found in the New Testament in which Jesus says some variation of, “Don’t trust your senses, don’t look for evidence, just accept it because I said so.” But if Jesus was the son of god, then faith wasn’t something he needed – he knew god and heaven were real because that’s where he came from, no faith required. How fair is it to command the rest of the world to accept something on faith alone, threatening eternal punishment to any who don’t believe it, when you yourself have no need of faith because you possess all the evidence?
3. Jesus didn’t take away my sins. Or did he? I am no logician, but if Jesus died to take away the sins of humanity, then doesn’t that mean that once he was crucified there was no longer any such thing as sin? If his “death” was the absolution of the human race, why do I still have to do what the bible says, or go to church, or even believe? Aren’t I already saved by his “sacrifice?” And if I am not, and there are still rules to follow and sins that could keep me out of heaven, then what, precisely, have I gained from it?
4. Jesus wasn’t a very nice guy. American Christians talk a lot about “family values,” but that concept doesn’t have much, if any, basis in the actual story of Christ. Jesus demanded that his disciples abandon their families and save all of their devotion for him and him alone – a rather narcissistic and not particularly family-centric expectation. Aside from seeming to be in direct contradiction to the commandment about honoring thy mother and father, abandoning spouses and children, while not against any commandments, still seems like a douchey thing to do, even 2,000 years ago.
5. Jesus’ dad was really not a nice guy. We all know that the bible is full of rape, murder, genocide, slavery, and every manner of atrocity – and not in a, “This is what our enemies do so don’t be like them” way, but in a “As long as you are one of mine, have at it” way. Then Jesus showed up and said, more or less, that the old laws still applied, and he wasn’t about to change them. Yes, he was willing to call out hypocrisy, and he did seem to care somewhat about social justice – at least with regard to poverty and leprosy – but otherwise he was still the enforcer of some rather distasteful rules. And don’t even get me started on Jesus being his own father – a concept that, in addition to being patently bizarre on its face, makes Jesus himself the very same god of the Old Testament that Christians like to dismiss as no longer relevant (except, of course, when it comes to hating gays).

Prayer

6. Prayer is contradictory. We are told that god has a plan for everything, but then we are told to pray – for our loved ones to get better when they fall ill, for safety in the storm, for the home team to win the big game. Does that mean god will change his plan if you pray hard enough, or the right way, or get enough other people to pray for the same thing? This seems to suggest that God doesn’t have much of a plan at all, since he’s apparently willing to simply do whatever gets the most prayers or favors those who ingratiate themselves the most or who have prayed the best – not to mention that it’s a rather arbitrary, even capricious, approach to human suffering. Further, people often say they pray for things like inner peace, strength, understanding, the solution to personal problems, etc. I don’t pray, but I do a lot of introspection in search of those same things, and then I do either what my conscience tells me is right or what my objectivity tells me has the best chance for the desired outcome. I suspect that people who pray end up doing more or less the same thing but attributing their conclusion to an outside agency – in which case, how strange is it to carve out your conscience, that innermost part of yourself, the very core of what makes you you, and say it isn’t you?
7. The bible doesn’t set the moral bar very high. Let’s face it: Don’t rape people, don’t own people, don’t hate people, and don’t hurt children are kind of no-brainers when it comes to morality. Our friend Jesus and his old man not only failed to make these things clear, but in many instances they encouraged, condoned, or commanded them. Sure, Jesus said a few things about loving your neighbor and being kind to strangers, but he also said that not believing in him was the worst offense a person could commit and that anyone who didn’t believe would burn in Hell for all eternity. And seriously, the Ten Commandments as a basis for all morality? Checking out your neighbor’s wife is worse than raping his daughter? Taking the lord’s name in vain is worse than owning slaves? Nice priorities. Add to this the fact that god himself does not follow his own rules, to which Christians usually respond that mere mortals cannot understand or judge the morality of god. But if the bible defines morality, and god has a different set of rules for himself than for humans, and we are not allowed to know or understand his rules except that we are expected to do as he says but not as he does, then how exactly does that provide any kind of moral baseline whatsoever?  For a group that loves to point fingers at atheists for supposed moral relativism, what could be more relative than that?
8. Christian love is rarely very loving. We hear a lot about Jesus’ love and god’s love and how god so loved the world that he gave his only son yada yada yada. We already covered the part about him not really giving up his son at all, and enough has been said by people smarter than I am about the questionable necessity of having a baby, leaving him be for 30 years, torturing him to death, and then bringing him back to life a few days later as a way of forgiving humanity instead of – oh, I don’t know, just saying “I forgive you.” We covered too that this supposed forgiveness isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on if I’m still considered a sinner and an apostate and bound for hell for not believing. But if we set that part of the contradiction aside, how loosely are we defining love if we are applying it to the bible? “I love you so much that I will torture and murder my own son as a symbol of something I could just give you without the bloodbath. I love you so much that I will reward you with an eternity in heaven, but you have to suffer and die in this world first. Salvation is yours, so long as you swear your devotion to me and only me. And believe what I say even if it sounds like nonsense because I told you to. And admit that deep down you are a rotten piece of garbage who doesn’t really deserve my love. And if you don’t do all of these things you will burn in a lake of fire for all eternity. But seriously, I love you.”
9. Terrible things happen to good people. A quarter of a million people died in the tsunami of 2006. Twenty first graders and six adults were slaughtered at Sandy Hook. People die of starvation, are killed by war and disease, are raped or beaten by people who have power over them, and suffer in countless other ways. If there is an omniscient, omnipotent god who is also loving, as Christians would have us believe, why do these things happen? Why do children suffer and die? Why are there droughts and floods and famines and pestilences and earthquakes and wars? Why couldn’t god just make people nice? Why create natural disasters? Why didn’t he set forth better, clearer rules to eliminate ambiguity about how we are supposed to treat each other? God either intervenes or he doesn’t; god is either omnipotent or he isn’t. If he does and he is, then suffering exists because god intends for it to be that way. If he doesn’t and he isn’t, then he isn’t in control of anything, including the minutiae of how we live our daily lives. How is either a god worthy of worship?
10. It’s all just way too convenient. Got what you prayed for? He answered your prayers. Praise Jesus! Didn’t get it? He has another plan. Praise Jesus! Don’t have the answers? You’re not meant to. Praise Jesus! Figured out the answer? He chose you. Praise Jesus! Sad about the deaths of your loved ones? They’re in a better place. Praise Jesus! Sad about how much your life sucks? You’ll be happy once you’re dead. Praise Jesus! Honestly, when the answer to every question is exactly the thing that makes you feel best / most comforted / least in need of using your own intellect, should that not send up a huge red flag that maybe you’re not being completely objective?

I am not, of course, the first person to make these observations, and no doubt there are many who have made them better. But as someone who has lived an entire life without religion, the exercises of engaging apologists, philosophizing, or running ontological obstacle courses seem – perhaps naively, but seem nonetheless – to be almost beside the point when the most basic premises of religious belief are so deeply flawed and, not to put too fine a point on it, rather ridiculous. These irreconcilable contradictions explain a lot about why religious indoctrination is necessary at a very young age, and sadly, they explain a lot about why the world is in the sorry state it is: Because they make people adept at rationalizing the irrational, believing the unlikely, and justifying the immoral.

This article first appeared in Atheist Survival Guide in December 2014.

About Godless Mama

Godless Mama is a liberal, atheist, anti-theist writer and parent seeking to make the world a better place through the spread of secularism and the exposing of the harms of religion. In addition to GodlessMama.com, she contributes to a number of other political and atheist pages and blogs.
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8 Responses to Ten Reasons Why Christianity Makes No Sense

  1. Point 1 reminded me of Julia Sweeney’s superb monologue, “Letting Go of God,” in which she recounts once hearing, “Jesus had a really bad weekend for your sins”.

    And point 8 reminded me of a Bill Hicks quote, “…eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions god’s infinite love,” which I think is, for me, the most infuriating part of all this: teaching young children that love is compatible with threats, it’s poisoning what is perhaps the most important & pleasing emotions one can experience — what a monumental injustice!

    And point 9 reminds me of something Sam Harris said in either a lecture or debate, about how many children die of malnutrition each year. Imagine that tsunami that killed a quarter million people, one of those, every ten days, killing only children under five.

    Anyway, great article, thanks!

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  2. Steve Sutter says:

    Some Christians on Point 9 would remind us that Satan and his associates (demons) are in control for now, thus birth defects, cancers, wars, terrorism, and natural disasters are just things we have to put up with.

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  3. Sharon says:

    Thank You

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  4. Andrea D says:

    I have often questioned religious groups, what is the purpose of life?? Usual answer is, to praise god?? To me, religion is a state of mind and that is whatever one wants to believe in.. 🙂

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  6. Daniel R says:

    I don’t have all the answers, but I think I might be able to put this in a way that makes sense if you try to follow my subjective logic.

    1. So, Christians believe that Jesus /did/, in fact, die. The concept being that he was returned to life after about 50 hours (died at the end of the first day, resurrected on the morning of the third).
    To support this, I don’t know how many humans (because Jesus was born fully human, not part deity part man) can survive suffocation as well as being stabbed in the heart, but it can’t be many.

    2. This is where it gets a little trickey. I completely understand the argument here, and it’s tough to formulate a coherent response. Thing is, during Jesus’ childhood, there was a bit recorded where he went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover, and stayed listening to Jewish scholars preach in the synagogue even after his parents had left. They actually had to come back for him.
    This is weird, cause if you already have the full knowledge of a subject, why would you bother to listen to it again? It seems like there’s some kind of gap in his knowlege, as though because he /is/ human, that means he’s subject to the rulings that apply to us, that we simply aren’t able to know everything about God.
    I don’t know if that’s a reasonable answer, but it’s all i have right now.

    3. This concept is a weird one to get your head around, especially if you haven’t read the bible, so fair enough. So, the idea is that we are born with the capacity to sin, because if we didn’t have have the ability to choose to do the wrong thing, we wouldn’t really have free will, and God’s pretty big on free will being a thing. Worship without free will is pointless, but with free will comes the ability to choose not to worship.
    With that being said, the consequences of sin is eternity away from God, and once the world is gone, and all that’s left is Heaven, where God dwells, and Hell, where he doesn’t, that only really leaves one place for you to go. What Jesus did is actually kinda mathematically beautiful, because what he did was offer what he deserved (eternity with God) as a trade for what we deserved (107,000,000,000 × eternity away from God) but the thing about infinity is that multiplying it doesn’t make it bigger than infinity, because it is not a finite number. So it was actually an even trade, kinda.
    The catch is, because God is a big believer in free will, while it’s a really good idea to accept this trade, we aren’t forced to. In fact, we can choose not to.

    Jesus’ sacrifice means that we have the choice to be free from the obligation to pay eternity in Hell for disobeying God, but it means that we have to choose to do things God’s way.

    4. It might seem like Jesus is being a bit of a dick when he’s saying things like “abandon your family and follow me” or “you must hate your wife in comparison to how much you love me” but you gotta understand that following him wasn’t gonna be easy.
    Every single one of his desciples were killed by other authorities after jesus died. Be it someone like Stephen, stoned to death by a bunch of zealous Jews, Peter, who was crucified upside down or Paul, who was frequently beaten and stoned, and eventually executed by the Roman occupants of Jerusalem, it’s not a life you want to have children around to see, it’s not something you want to subject them to.
    As for loving Jesus so much that it seems like you hate your wife, isn’t that what it would look like? You leave with this man, follow him for about 3 years and then die for him?
    But spreading the word that you can choose heaven is more important than how you look outwardly.
    Personally, if i knew that abandoning my family for the rest of my life right now would mean that someone gets to come to heaven with me, I’d do it in a heartbeat. How selfish would I have to be to say no? “Sorry, my comfort is more important than your eternity. Mum would miss me, can’t do it”
    That’s why he worded it like he did, too illustrate the gravity of what they were getting themselves into.

    5. The only laws that Jesus came to enforce were the ones given by God.

    1. You shall have no other gods before God.
    2. You shall not worship idols
    3. You shall not make wrongful use of the Lord’s name.
    4. You shall remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy
    5. Honor your father and your mother
    6. Do not murder
    7. Do not steal
    8. Do not commit adultery
    9. Do not give false witness
    10. Do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his belongings.

    Jesus said that love was the most important element of these commandments, as loving someone means that you do not want to commit one of these sins against them.
    To confront the last point: absolutely no Christian will dismiss “the God of the old testament” because it is the same God. Things that God did during the old testament were extreme, but they were done from a position of obligation to his own word. He gave those nations every opportunity to do the right thing, and warned them what would happen if they continued to mock him and berate him, but they continued with it anyway. I’m not saying that this is a good answer, but to deny the God of the old testament is to deny Good altogether, so as a Christian, that’s not something you really can do.

    6. I don’t think you’ll actually find in the bible that childhood cancer is God’s plan. I think what you’ll find is the phrase “God works all things for the good of those who love him”. This doesn’t mean that God puts people through hard times to humble them, or hurts people to then maybe heal them later, but rather bad things happen and God can make something good come from the worst circumstance.
    Contrary to what a lot of people say, while God is in charge, and has absolute power and /can/ control everything, he doesn’t, because that would remove free will from the equation.
    For example: if God made it so that noone ever stole again, it was just impossible for us to steal, he’s removing the choice for us to do that bad thing. Is that ultimately going to hurt civilisation? Probably not. Is that a massive incursion on free will? Absolutely.
    In order for people to be truly free, they must be able to make the wrong choice.
    Prayer is when we line ourselves up with God’s will, and ask him to intervene. Because we make the choice to involve him, he is allowed to act, because we /freely chose/ it. Prayer invites God to move where he’s forbidden himself to move because it would negate free will.

    7. I would argue that it sets the bar exceptionally high. “You have seen it written, do not commit adultery, but I tell you that if you look upon a woman lustfully, you have sinned, you commit adultery in your heart.” Alongside that, hating someone is the same as murder. If you act in a way that is not loving, that is a straight up sin. Which brings me to 8.

    8. As /I/ have explained, it’s a matter of exchange. Jesus was the only one to live sin free, the only one deserving of eternal life. He then willingly sacrificed himself to pass that salvation on to anyone who would accept it. To think that sin doesn’t deserve hell is to discredit how bad sin is. It is the polar opposite of God, disgusting to him, and so it needs to be put somewhere where he will never encounter it. If it happens to be stuck to the soul of someone who didn’t turn from it and make a choice to do the right thing, then so be it, unfortunately.

    9. Terrible things do happen, absolutely. I just don’t understand why this constitutes a reason to think that a source of objective good can’t exist because of a source of objective evil. It’s like saying that light can’t exist because all you can see is darkness.

    10. Honestly, it’s not super convenient a lot of the time. I prayed that this guy would be healed, he wasn’t. It’s not a matter of “ooooh, i guess God doesn’t want you healed” it’s a matter of “you didn’t get healed this time, and that sucks”.
    Anyone who tells you different is probably moving from a place of ignorance, and should be pitied more than judged. To assume that God, who is compared to a good father, willing to give good gifts to his children, would choose to keep someone in pain is not reflective of His nature. That’s part of why Faith is so important, because it means that you believe in something you haven’t seen yet.

    I’m sorry if there were spelling mistakes or difficult to follow thought patterns in there, i was up pretty late writing this.

    I want to finish by saying that I respect you a lot for giving your opinion, I respect your right to speak your mind, and i respect your right to ignore my opinion or even criticize it. I hope i haven’t insulted you, and i hope that this opens a pathway for reasoned, respectful discussion.

    God bless.
    -Dan

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  7. Kyle says:

    Hello Godless Mama,
    I came across your blog post titled ‘Ten reasons why Christianity makes no sense’ and was very interested in your reasons. I desperately want to bring any clarity to the subject that I can so hopefully you can see the reasons why so many of us, including me, put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth. Also, I had many of these same questions.
    Preface:
    No amount of data to prove / disprove any subject matter can make someone do anything. For example, you can prove someone exists and you love them but you can’t make them love you back. The objective of Jesus of Nazareth coming to earth was to do something for us but knowing about what he did doesn’t make you love or trust him. It takes a soft, open mind and heart to consider the facts. I assume you have an open mind to hear the facts around your reasons / questions.

    Reasons:
    1) Jesus didn’t die
    It’s great to know that you don’t believe he is still in the grave. Jesus rising from the grave is truly the lynch pin to all of Christianity. If he didn’t rise from the dead then he would not have ultimately proved his deity and power over death. Anyone can die, everyone does. It would take something like rising from the dead to really prove your power over something as permanent as death. Death is the most permanent thing anyone can imagine. It can’t be changed, ever. So if someone wanted to prove how they control the universe, they would probably do the most permanent thing imaginable, then undo it. Not only was it foretold that it would happen, it actually happened and witnessed.
    Webster defines “die”: to stop living, to end life in a specified state or condition. I think he met “sciences” definition, right?
    Regarding “Yes, he probably suffered physically, but he knew that death would be no more than a long nap and then he’d be up and at ‘em again. In short, he didn’t die.” I don’t think you mean to belittle the agony, sadness, difficulty of dying. You can’t say that the act and pain of dying isn’t terrible because he knew he was going to rise. He suffered just like anyone would bleeding to death for hours while suffocating. I don’t think you mean to say that the pain was lessoned because he knew he would rise. Pain is pain, no matter when it resides.
    2) Jesus didn’t have faith
    Very fair perspective. The word “faith” is better translated to the word “trust”. Jesus called his disciples to TRUST him at his word. Jesus did know all things so he trusted His father (God) and he trusted himself. When Jesus said something and asked for their trust, he would back it up with something “trustworthy” for them to place their trust in. I am not sure where Jesus asked for faith or trust in something that was physical. He asked for our trust and faith in things that are metaphysical or virtues, like love.
    3) Jesus didn’t take away my sins
    This would take a trusting faith to believe because sins are acts against a perfect and holy God. God, like a good father raising kids, has rules for his kids to follow so they learn and grow up to be the best possible human beings.
    Let’s talk about sin and its penalty. God is perfectly loving and just. This means, his acts to and for us align with His perfect love and perfect justice and our acts against Him deserve its fair penalty. We trust that all things He does is because he loves us. We trust that He will judge all acts according to his perfect justice. Many people will ask about the evil in the world and how can He allow it. This is a good question and deserves much more than a few sentences but I can point you to people like: William Lane Craig, Greg Koukl and Paul Copan who are experts in the matter. Please only trust experts in the field instead of people who have opinions about it. You and I only trust specific doctors for specific problems so treat it the same when it comes to matters of God and religion.
    4) Jesus wasn’t a very nice guy
    This is a simple misunderstanding of the culture and times. Also, you may be overlooking the fact that he healed the sick, dead and blind. So he isn’t a nice guy when he did all that because you think some “mean” things are more important that healing these people. I don’t think anyone would agree with your perspective when he did far more “nice” things than “mean” things.
    Jesus is allowed to request your worship towards Him. If he is God and he created us, He has the right to request worship, time, attention, etc at all times. Maybe before we call someone’s actions narcissistic, we take a look at our lives. How many hours in the day do you spend helping the poor or needy? How much money do you give to charitable organization? Do you spend more of your money on your needs or others? All Christians would say we are all narcissistic and it’s a sin. Only a heart transformed by an outside spiritual force can begin to remove the sin of narcissism. This is why we need a Savior.
    5) Jesus’ dad really was not a nice guy
    God must be perfectly just. He must give punishment where punishment is due. Take a look at Paul Copan explain God in the Old Testament.

    You say the bible is full of rape, murder, genocide, slavery, and every manner of atrocity and it does. So does the history of the United States of America. Are you blaming God for the acts of people? People are free to do as they want and just because the account of these things are written down, doesn’t equate to God instructing these things. The bible has historical accounts of the past (descriptive) and instructions to living a God-honoring live (prescriptive). The experts in the fields can shed better light on your questions.
    Nowhere does it say to hate anyone. It seems you are taking opinions of other atheists without seeing what experts on the other side says about it. Jesus says to love everyone. But please don’t think love = accept. I am sure you love people (kids) but do not accept everything they do or say. Love is an ongoing affection serving the object of your love. Sometimes loving someone is stopping an action and correcting them.
    6) Prayer in contradictory
    I see your point. Let me explain it some with an analogy. A good father wants to communicate with his son and daughter but does not disown them if they choose to ignore him. I think a relationship with communication to the parent would be a more intimate than without communication. Once you believe and your sins are forgiven, you begin to desire a relationship with God through Jesus. I am assuming there was a time where you didn’t want to serve your husband but then all of a sudden something changed and you wanted to serve and love him as he experienced the same towards you. Why did you fall in love with him and why did you feel you needed to serve and communicate with him? Was it to better your relationship? It is similar with God in heaven, your heavenly father.
    7) The bible doesn’t set the moral bar very high
    I would say the bible sets it as high as possible. I can’t think of a higher bar to set than within the minds and hearts of the people. I don’t understand how you can say this when God says don’t rape and murder and then Jesus says don’t THINK about lying, stealing, hurting and laying with someone other than your wife. Doesn’t any actions begin within the mind and heart? How much higher can you get?
    You say: “Let’s face it: Don’t rape people, don’t own people, don’t hate people, and don’t hurt children are kind of no-brainers when it comes to morality.” But these are Christian morals. You are using the laws of God to argue against God’s moral laws. Can you find an earlier writing outlining in so much detail the morals a people should follow to be prosperous? The 10 commandments are grouped into: Love God and Love others. 1-4 is loving God, 5-10 is loving others. God wants you to honor him and honor others.
    You can’t say something is a “no brainer” when you first don’t have an objective starting place and it sounds like you are starting from Christian teachings.
    8) Christian love is not very loving
    There is a difference between what Christianity teaches and how Christians act it out. You mention he didn’t really give up his son…ouch…Please talk to families that send their sons and daughters out to war for years and ask them if they gave them up for a better cause, even if it is for just some time. I think we agree both are sacrificial in nature no matter how long they are gone or when they return.
    Jesus was sent by his Father to take the justified punishment we all deserve for our sin. I am not sure how you can say whether it was hard or not for Jesus to go through. And it is the exact definition of love when you sacrifice yourself to take a punishment when it was owed to someone else. How else can you define love? God literally sent Jesus to replace you for a punishment you deserve. Now you can have all the benefits of a relationship with God without the punishment due to you for your sins of past present and future.
    Let’s say you were in court for breaking a law. A good judge would apply a punishment that your crime deserves. That is perfect justice. Now, let’s say someone came into the court room and told the judge, “I will serve the time and punishment of this persons’ crime.” You get to walk free and the person who took the punishment serves the time you deserve. We have a saying “You go from the courtroom to the living room.” Once your sins are pardoned, you are welcome into the living room of God and his followers.
    9) Terrible things happen to good people
    Don’t terrible things always happen to all people? How does the existence of God change this? Let’s say your view is correct, there is no God. Please answer your own question “Why do terrible things happen to good people?” You say: “People die of starvation” but why aren’t you feeding them? Why are you putting all the blame on God when you could feed, house, and pay for all of these people you mention. You drive by homeless and starving people every day but its Gods fault they die? Doesn’t everyone die? If none of these methods of death were possible, how do you purpose people die?
    You say “Why couldn’t god just make people nice?” Are you asking that God make people a certain way and not allow free will? If he made everyone according to your desire, everyone would be robots, right?
    You asked: “Why didn’t he set forth better, clearer rules to eliminate ambiguity about how we are supposed to treat each other?” I am not sure what needs clarity when he says (which you did not agree with earlier): Obey your parents, Don’t murder, Don’t cheat on your wife or husband, Don’t steal, Don’t lie, Don’t want something so much it causes you to sin. AND THEN…Jesus raises the bar to the person’s mind rather than just the actions. What extra clarity do you need to know how to treat others?
    10) It’s all just way too convenient
    I think you proved God is the ultimate answer for everything! ☺

    Thanks for reading. I enjoy your perspectives!
    Kyle

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