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Biblical Questions that need Answers!


Ok, here we go! Christians purport to know who God is, what he desires for humanity, they regularly go to church and praise and thank Jesus and God for creating us! So i found this questions somewhere, and thought i should put them across to Christians, especially the fundamental ones! So tell us;

1. Where is the justice in punishing us for Adam’s sin? If the bible itself says that children will not be punished for the parents’ sins (Deut. 24:16). Furthermore, if God really created Adam not knowing either good or evil (Gen 3:22), how could such a harsh and enduring p unishment as death for Adam and all his descendants possibly be just?

2. How could Adam and Eve ever have sinned if God had actually created them perfect, even if they did have free will? If God created them imperfect, how could a perfect omnipotent being create anything imperfect?

3. Why Pray? If it changes God’s mind then he is not sovereign. If it does not change Gold’s mind then it is superfluous.

4. Why would a loving, omnipotent, benevolent god cause people to believe falsehoods so that he can condemn them? (II Thes 2:11 – 12)

5. Which “Ten Commandments” are the Ten Commandments – the ones listed in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, or the ones listed at Exodus 34? Only the list at Exodus 34 is explicitly called the “Ten Commandments” in the biblical text.

6. Why doesn’t prayer work, when the bible promises that it will (John 14:14, for example)?

7. Why aren’t christians doing greater works than Jesus did, since he himself said they would (John 14:12)? Why aren’t they raising the dead, turning water into wine, healing the sick, feeding multitudes from a very small amount of food, casting out demons, walking on water?

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3 comments on “Biblical Questions that need Answers!

  1. cornell
    August 10, 2012

    1. The premise that God punishes us for Adam’s sin is false. God does not punish us for Adam’s sin, He punishes us for our own sins. The connection between Adam’s sin and our own sin is what you should be asking for instead.

    Also, ignorance about something does not mean that you will never come to know it in future. You were born not knowing that 2 x 2 = 4, but you later learnt it, you were taught it. Unless, of course, the word “know” means something deeper in the Bible… which is what you should have asked for instead.

    2. Does “perfect” mean “not able to” sin, or does it simply mean “sinless”? Does “clean” mean “not able to” get dirty, or does it simply mean “not dirty”? So, the question is based on false logic, perhaps you should first define what you mean by perfect and establish whether this is the same thing the Bible means when it says perfect. If your definition of a word is different from the Bible’s definition of a word, then any question you pose regarding the Bible’s use of that word is bound to be a false question.

    3. Why pray? Because this is the biblically established means through which Christians communicate and commune with God, a spiritual being. Prayer does not change God’s mind, and that does not make it superfluous. Why? Because we pray to know God’s mind, we pray to have our minds changed. Prayer is not synonymous to “asking” as you have been led to believe. Asking is simply one of the many facets of prayer, just like asking is simply one of the many facets of any given conversation between two people.

    4. The verse you have quoted (2 Thess 2:11-12) begins with the words “For this reason…” For what reason? Read the verses prior to the two verses that you have cherry-picked and find out what is happening and why it is happening (context), and then tell us if God is being irrational in what He is doing. God does not cause us to do anything (evil) that we have not already predisposed our hearts to do.

    5. Exodus 34:1 says that it is God himself who will write on the tablets. This logically means that verse 28 is referring to God writing the ORIGINAL ten commandments on the tablets (as he said he would). However, the new set of ten commands (which are ceremonial in nature, as opposed to the ethical ten commandments) were to be written down (not on the tablets) by Moses himself (verse 27). Why would God say that He himself will write on the tablets and then ask Moses to do it a few verses later? Either the writer is contradicting himself (as critics would claim) or there were actually two types of writing by two different subjects (God and Moses) done in that narrative. So, the Ten Commandment being referred to in Ex 34 is actually not the ten commands listen in the chapter but the ones listed earlier in Ex 20. This is a matter of proper biblical interpretation.

    6. I have covered this question before in your blog. Prayer is not an abstract principle, but a conditional and contextual act. It is not prayer that works, it is God who works. Even John 14:14 tells Christians to ask for anything “in my name”. That is a condition, and it does not simplistically refer to sticking “in Jesus’ name” at the end of your request. When a messenger made a declaration “in the name of the King” in the past, it wasn’t just a figure of speech, it pointed to the fact that the messenger had personal contact with the King, and was coming under the authority of the King. In other words, if you are not a Christian whose life is under the authority of God, you are not asking “in the name of Jesus”.

    One may proceed to ask, what of true Christians who pray truly in the name of Jesus and they do not receive what they ask? The answer to this question may not be so easy for an unbeliever to understand, but I will attempt to give a summarized one. If we are living under the authority of God and our words are submitted to the authority of His Bible, then there is actually no biblical basis for blatantly requesting what we ask. The Bible makes it clear that it is God’s will that eventually prevails, even when we ask. That is why even Jesus himself, said what he desired “that he be spared from dying” but added “let not my will but Yours (God’s) be done.” Christianity is not about obeying abstract de-contextualized bible verses (Luke 22:42).

    7. The word “greater” does not mean in the Bible, what it means in the dictionary. Again, this is a question of God’s definition of the concept of great versus our own presuppositions of what we think He means. For example, Jesus, in Matthew 11:13 says that in the history of Israel, no one was greater than John the Baptist. But wait, didn’t Elijah do great miracles like raising the dead, calling fire from the sky, changing the weather…. and what miracle did John the Baptist perform? None.

    The God of the Bible is greater than your fickle notions of Him, Harry. You should consider listening to what he has to say without the sieve of your own pre-set agendas. He does want to reveal himself to you. Please, do not harden your heart. Consider Him.

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    • makagutu
      August 11, 2012

      Hey Cornell my friend, allow me to contribute to this debate. i will not follow any particular order but i will just respond to a few parts. i will not want to involve myself in debating whether the same word means the same thing in the bible as in the dictionary. such a discussion you see would render the bible unintelligible and i don’t know where this will leave you.

      4. on God sending a deceiving spirit, even when you look at the context, there is no justification for god to send a deceiver. that is irrational because the intent here is quite clear: those who have not believed be condemned. so how do you justify that?

      1. i think it is not very long ago that the church fathers decided to change the idea that we are not punished for the sins of Adam but i stand to be corrected that to Origen, st. Augustine and the others of his time this indeed was the truth. so you can’t hold your position as sacrosanct.

      3. on prayer, people ask god to do their bidding. when the Israelites are going to war, they are asking they win the war. that god acts in their favour. you are refusing to acknowledge a fact that humans pray to ask for things… you ask for rain, for safe journeys and so on so you can’t deny that assertion. in fact the only time people are not asking for sth is when they are saying thank you, which doesn’t happen as often.

      5. i think there is a contradiction on your part. if the bible is the word of god then the commandments are his doing. unless there are passages in the bible that are not his word!

      7. i think this i covered in the beginning of my response. you are telling us the word greater has a deeper philosophical or is it theological meaning? i don’t know if there is a place in the bible it says as such. please refer to me a section in the bible where it says the words used in this book have a different meaning from daily usages.

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    • Njoroge
      August 24, 2012

      Modern Christians have this habit of saying a certain word in the Bible doesn’t mean what it says which I find incredible! If ‘know’ does not mean ‘know’ how can we KNOW what it means? You use this convoluted inductive thinking to ‘interpret’ the Bible to suit your own theology and that is how comes there are so many denominations, most of them mutually exclusive in belief and practice.

      What you should accept Cornel is that it is impossible to know what the Bible, especially the old Hebrew texts, says exactly. When these have been interpreted to English and other languages, even more of the original meaning is lost. When you extrapolate these words with other texts in order to ‘interpret’, you can use the texts to justify almost anything and to formulate any doctrine you like.

      Just ask yourself, if a basic verb like ‘know’ and an adjective like ‘greater’ need further interpretation, what doesn’t need interpretation? Is there even a point of reading the Bible let alone believing what it says?

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