If There Was a God - 79 Questions
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Speaking of questions, in response to an inquiry regarding a question to be asked of a group of christians, during a solicitation to inquire about christianity, here are 79 questions worthy of consideration ...

1) Why do christians insist on "getting them while their young" if the christian faith has any logical or moral standing whatsoever?

2) Why is the bible christ myth preceded by many other christ myths from a wide array of cultures?

3) Why are there so many contradictions in the bible?

4) How do you get to heaven and avoid hell, per the various aspects of Christianity, for the Catholic view and the Protestant view and the Mormon view and the Jehovah's Witness view, just to name a few Christian views, there?

5) Is the christian god the god of love or the god of hate or both?

6) Is brainwashing a defensible motif for faith-following?

7) If humans created God, wouldn't different groups of people create different belief systems that have little in common other than a silent and invisible deity (or deities) and a few human-constructed behavior models?

8) If humans created God, wouldn't people over the ages constantly be working on their belief systems to deal with the cultural and social conditions of the day?

9) If humans created God, wouldn't you see a wide array of creation myths?

10) If humans created God, wouldn't all of the creation myths be based on the cultures of the day with no respect for the scientific method as to the methodology for studying about the true nature and diversity of life, time, and the universe?

11) If humans created God, wouldn't all of the religious myths be flawed / clueless regarding the scientific revelations of the modern age?

12) If humans created God, wouldn't God be merely an extension of the desires, hopes, dreams, hatreds, and fears of humans?

13) If humans created God, wouldn't the faith most children follow be little more than a mirror image of the faith of their parents, with no communication from God to the innocent and receptive minds of the children but instead, a brainwash-indoctrination-social instruction passed on from generation to generation?

14) Is there a heaven, any heaven as iterated by any religion?

15) Is there a hell, any hell as iterated by any religion?

16) If you were a superstitious human being seeking to use the supreme be-all end-all OK'er / Damner of all deeds, good and bad, pro and con, wouldn't God or gods be it?

17) I mean, how much bigger than God or gods can one's imagination take them?

18) Isn't God the ultimate psychological manifestation of human emotion, the ultimate expression of human anxiety, the ultimate fixation used as a symbol of human fear, hate, love, desire?

19) Is God nothing less than human-centered self-absorption, an all-but infinite array of nothing but the human creation of the be-all end-all of ALL ... the id, the ego, the super-ego, the parameters by which humans of faith insist on defining and limiting ourselves / their God?

20) Can God lie?

21) Can God kill?

22) Can God torture?

23) Is God all-powerful?

24) Is God all-responsible?

25) If God is all-powerful, how can he / it / they not be all-responsible?

26) If God is all-responsible, isn't he / it / they responsible for the horrors suffered by humankind?

27) Should God be trusted?

28) If God should not be trusted, being that he / it / they are responsible for all the suffering of humankind, and if God is all-powerful, isn't heaven nothing more than immortal slavery to a God who could turn on you and yours at the drop of a hat?

29) If God gives you freedom on earth, does God make you a slave in heaven?

30) If God gives you freedom in heaven, how can you forever compel yourself to always choose in God's will, for to do so would be slavery defined, would it not?

31) If God makes you a slave in heaven, do you really desire immortal slavery?

32) Is God love?

33) If God is love, how can God allow the pain, suffering, torment, and threats of same to beset humankind?

34) Is God a killer?

35) Does God support torture / murder?

36) Is God a one son forever type God?

37) Is God only a human God, with life apart from earth Godless?

38) Does God lie?

39) Did God create Satan?

40) Did God design / create / plan for hell?

41) Can God not create an immortal being free of pain?

42) Can God not create a being equal to a God?

43) Can God not protect the most innocent beings on the planet, at least until they're old enough to take care of themselves?

44) Do you fear God?

45) Is it not worthwhile to have an open mind to search for truth and meaning, rather than using a "God did it" approach, said approach hindering and/or interfering with efforts to know who and what we really are?

46) Is there not value and worth in taking responsibility for our fate, rather than deferring to a being who may very well only exist in the imaginations of human beings?

47) Since you believe in a god, do you worry about any of your nonbeliever friends suffering eternal torment based on biblical threats?

48) Since you believe in a god, do you worry about any of your nonbeliever friends being exterminated and separated from you based on biblical threats?

49) Since you believe in a god, do you feel lost and disappointed in god when bad things happen to good people?

50) Since you believe in a god, do you pray to it often, asking it for things you want, similar to the way children ask Santa Claus for things they want?

51) Since you believe in a god, do your fear god harming you or your loved ones or others if you or your loved ones or others fail to meet god's expectations / desires?

52) Since you believe in a god, do you fear retribution or eternal damnation from gods that don't mate to your particular religion, for how can you be sure your god is the "right" god?

53) Is the bible, the quran, or the vedas the word of a god and, if so, which one and how do you prove the chosen one, or, if all three, how do you reconcile the differences between them?

54) What makes you believe that any document or aggregation of documents contain the word of a god?

55) Isn't it quite probable if not all but certain that the bible, the quran, and the vedas are the reflections of ancient humans, assemblies of documents in cultures throughout the world which tried to justify their actions against other humans by virtue of invisible and silent creatures, a common practice amongst early human cultures?

56) Why is the bible god and the quranic god and the vedic gods oft-times mean and evil and immoral, by modern standards?

57) Why do people suffer so much?

58) Why would any god throw people into a horrible eternal torment (the worst torment imaginable)?

59) Why are most gods more hateful, mean, and incredibly evil than the worst human who has ever lived?

60) Why are there so many religions?

61) Why is god so silent?

62) Why do religions teach god answers prayer when obviously praying to any ant is as effective as praying to any god?

63) If you had not been taught about god, would you have invented him / it / her / them?

64) What do you suppose the god construct was for humans and pre-humans in the vast number of years and generations prior to the advent of writing?

65) Since present-day humans are much more aware of the vast time and space involved in the way the universe operates, we do ourselves a disservice by clinging to the myths of humans and pre-humans regarding such matters, don't we?

66) Why do imaginary beings like god / satan and imaginary places like heaven / hell persist as abstracts representing good / evil and 'strong approval' / 'strong disapproval' in the modern day of science, logic, and reason?

67) A question inspired by Thomas Jefferson, US President: do you find that religions are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies?

68) A question inspired by James Madison, US President: do you find that religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise?

69) A question inspired by Bertrand Russell, philosopher: do you find that fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if religion and cruelty have gone hand-in-hand?

70) A question inspired by Albert Einstein: do you disbelieve in the immortality of the individual, and do you consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern, with no super- human authority behind it?

71) A question inspired by Thomas Edison: do you believe religion is all bunk?

72) A question inspired by George Carlin, comedian: do you believe religion is just mind control?

73) A question inspired by John Adams, US President: do you believe that this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it?

74) A question inspired by Carl Sagan: do you believe that life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and that it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy?

75) A question inspired by Sigmund Freud: is religion comparable to a childhood neurosis?

76) How do you get to heaven and avoid hell, per Judaism, and can christianity be logically and ecumenically reconciled with Judaism, or is it christianity-or-else if one wants to be in the comfort zone with the "right" god?

77) How do you get to heaven and avoid hell, per Hinduism, and can christianity be logically and ecumenically reconciled with Hinduism, or is it christianity-or-else if one wants to be in the comfort zone with the "right" god?

78) How do you get to heaven and avoid hell, per Buddhism, and can christianity be logically and ecumenically reconciled with Buddhism, or is it christianity-or-else if one wants to be in the comfort zone with the "right" god?

79) How do you get to heaven and avoid hell, per Islam, and can christianity be logically and ecumenically reconciled with Islam, or is it christianity-or-else if one wants to be in the comfort zone with the "right" god?