All legitimate questions coming from an Atheist, here are my answers, most from the bible
Are all members of other faiths bad? Are they all damned to Hell?
No & No.
There is no burning forever hellfire, that is false doctrine designed by Christendom's old clergy to scare people.
Romans 6:7 (Contemporary English Version)
7We know that sin doesn't have power over dead people.
Romans 6:7 (Darby Translation)
7For he that has died is justified from sin.
And for those that have strong beliefs, but are just wrong this scripture applies
2I bear them witness that they have a [certain] zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to [correct and vital]
Why, if your religion is the true religion, did it borrow its central myths and ceremonies from other ancient religions?
I try and avoid them or don't practice them, some have pagan roots for sure.
Why don't animals go to heaven or hell when they die? What makes us so special?
Here is the difference animals and humans go to the same place, however humans get to be resurrected later on, animals are gone for good.
Ecclesiastes 3: 18&19
18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Man's fate is like that of the animals;
the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal.
5For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is
6Their love also, and their hatred, and their envy is already perished; neither have they any more for ever a portion in all that is done under the
And then after according to God's timetable the resurrection.
28Wonder not at this, for an hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs shall hear his voice,
29and shall go forth; those that have practised good, to resurrection of life, and those that have done evil, to resurrection of judgment.
15Having [the same] hope in God which these themselves hold and look for, that there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the
unrighteous (the just and the unjust).
Before Jesus died so that we could go to heaven, where did people go when they died?
See answer to above & they ceased to to exist except within God's memory.
Their souls actually died.
Ezekiel 18:4 & 20A
4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
20The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die.
Explain how the Bible is a reliable guide to Christ's teachings.
Not sure if you ever read the bible or the gospels, but it is very clear to me.
The best one is this
Matthew 22:36-40 (Amplified Bible)
36Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light--which are heavy?]
37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
40These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Explain why prayer is OK in your religion, while spell casting is not in the occult religions, when both amount to the same thing: requesting
that a superior supernatural force intercede in a way that would be impossible according to the normally accepted laws of physics.
Ok fair enough, but one is requesting the help of the good spirits(God, Jesus, Angels) the other is asking help from the evil spirits (Satan & his
Prayer also access's God's Holy Spirit, which helps a person defend his faith.
Besides the bible tells us to prey with the model prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 (New International Version)
9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Why are there so many wars and murders in God's name? Isn't that against everything the religion stands for?
Very good question. The blunt answer is they do not represent God, it is a false Christianity. However there were wars sanctioned by God in the old
testament. After Jesus came no wars were endorsed by God
Matthew 26:52 (New American Standard Bible)
52Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for (A)all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
If God is omnipotent, then why is he unable to prevent evil? If he is able, but not willing, doesn't this make him malevolent?
Another good question, one that I struggled with for many years, however God does things his way according to his purpose, also time is relative to
his existence which is eternal.
2 Peter 3:8 (The Message)
8-9Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with
his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's
giving everyone space and time to change.
So on God's timetable we are at about six days into this problem, he told us he would clean it up by the end of "HIS" week which is seven days.
If Obama came out and said he was going to clean up all of America's problems in a week and then did it, people would be thrilled and really happy.
Our problem is we want to see it fixed with our short human lifespan, which God is not bound to.
If your god is all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect, and finally if he actually exists, why are there so many questions? Why is there so much
evidence to the contrary?
In a word "Satan", he has the perfect scheme set up to discredit religion & God with evil from within, but it allows people to have a false
bogus science for those that don't want to believe.