16 December 2014

Evolution proves there's no God?

Q.  Evolution proves there is no God? George Bush and many intelligent Christians believe this.  But they know from personal experience that God exists.  So they are obliged to disbelieve evolution.  This is "Creationism" - and causes endless arguments!But this is silly.  Who cares whether evolution is true or not?  What matters is that Jesus died to wipe out our sins, and bring us back to our loving Father in heaven.  Why does evolution matter?  The Devil would MUCH rather we spend our time arguing about fossils we have never seen, or weird species on Pacific islands - or indeed ANYTHING
16 July 2014

Jesus was just a good teacher?

Jesus was just a good teacher - all that God stuff was added later.  Pure myth, right? Many people like Jesus's teachings. Love and kindness are good ... we should care for the sick and the poor ... racism and sexism are bad ... family is important ... etc. But they won't go so far as to say he was God! That's too “extreme”. They will even say Jesus never claimed to be God. "He was just a good teacher, he never claimed to be God, that just got added by his followers … these myths get attached to lots of historical
16 December 2014

Why do good people suffer?

Q: Why do good people suffer?[Why do good people suffer?] Why all the suffering in the world? Three big questions here. One is - Why me? What have I done to deserve this?Our pastor is a wonderful, kind, faithful man, who has spent his whole life serving God. Recently his lovely wife got Alzheimer's, and died a slow, lingering death before his eyes. Where's the justice in that? What was God thinking of? She was a good woman!When terrible things happen, your Christian friends are not always helpful."Oh well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away" doesn't help much,
16 July 2014

Is this all meaningless?

It's beautiful, isn't it - but why? Ever asked your atheist friends this?   Let's face it, there are only two possibilities: all this was created, or it wasn't. Right? If it wasn't created, it "just happened" by chance.We're looking at a random array of atoms and molecules. That sunset cannot "possess" beauty - or any other value. It's meaningless, like a pile of sand. Your brain just happens to LIKE looking at it, and tells you it's wonderful. The beauty is an illusion.   So "Just Happened" gives no reason for this pleasure. Even Richard Dawkins is stumped - it's hard to see
16 July 2014

Surely trial marriage makes sense?

No sex before marriage is an outdated idea. Surely a trial marriage makes sense? Before we make a lifelong commitment, we want to check that out?     "Sexual incompatibility" is a brilliant invention - it has tricked countless women into having sex before they really wanted to. (And perhaps men.) But does it exist? Where is the evidence?     Today, more than ever before, many of your friends have slept with several different partners. Ask them about sex. Do they ever say "Ah, yes, shame about X - we were sexually incompatible?" No! They look at you in surprise and say "Oh, sex is
16 December 2014

How come Christians do bad things?

If someone complains "the church is full of hypocrites", we usually answer "there's always room for one more" ... but it's a fair complaint, isn't it!  Why aren't Christians nicer, more honest, more kind?Some people feel very strongly about this. G and F, a couple in London, were so upset by one pastor's rudeness to their Scout troop that they stopped going to church - for 20 years! Many, many people have been deeply offended by the actions of church officials and members. How can Christians be so awful?Years ago V. started learning the guitar in a class with a
16 December 2014

Why Is There Suffering?

Q:  If there's a loving God, why is there so much suffering in the world?[Why is thre suffering?] There are 3 big questions here.-  why is the world full of disasters?-  why do bad things happen to good people?-  why doesn't God intervene and stop the tragedies?Let's take the first one.  Why are there earthquakes and tsunamis?Why are there diseases?  Why are children born deformed?  If "God so loves us", and He made the world, how come Nature is so cruel?When you're asked this question, the person asking is often trying to prove that there's no God.  They think that
16 July 2014

Why does God hate gay men?

Is it true that God is against homosexual behaviour between men? It doesn't make sense!     If you were raised in the West in the last 3 decades, you know for a fact that homosexual men are kind, healthy, loving people. You know they are just as devoted and faithful to their partner as heterosexuals are. You know that homosexual relationships last just as long as heterosexual marriages, and are just as good at raising children. You know that some men are BORN homosexual, and have no choice.     But you also know that the Bible condemns sex between men. Why? How can this
16 December 2014

Q: Why doesn't God intervene, answer our prayers, work a miracle?

If you've prayed (the word means "asked") for things, you know that God sometimes gives you what you asked - but not always! Why? How can a loving God let his beloved children suffer, and just do nothing?One friend (a reverend) insists that God CAN'T intervene - because if He can watch some child die in front of the horrified family and do nothing, He's a bastard! It's a possible answer, but it's a bit difficult to square with an omnipotent Creator? And God certainly answers prayer on some occasions.We can see SOME of the reasons God doesn't always intervene.
16 July 2014

Isn't "blind faith" a dangerous thing? ... leads to killing people?

  A keystone in Jewish and Christian belief is faith in God. The supreme example of faith is the Bible story where God commands Abraham to kill his own son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Abraham agrees, and is praised for placing his loyalty above morality. An atheist asks: "How can you believe in a God that would ask Abraham to kill his own son as a sacrifice? Should blind loyalty to God lead a man to commit evil, inhuman acts?  And what sort of a God is that?" Makes you think of the Nazis, doesn't it? And raises the spectre