posted on Nov, 18 2012 @ 05:46 PM
1. Kangaroos getting to Australia.
This isn’t a “Christian” question. It comes from the Old Testament that is shared by Christians, Muslims, and Jews. It also assumes a
fundamentalist interpretation of a Biblical story. It may surprise you to learn that most “Christians” are not fundamentalists and are willing to
take a more metaphorical interpretation of Biblical stories. Overall a very stupid question that shows the naïveté of the questioner.
2. Tar covering the seams making it dark.
Total conjecture on part of the questioner. The Bible does not say the ark was air tight. Besides, boats float. There is no reason Noah couldn’t
have “opened the window” any more than you couldn’t open the window of a sailboat while sailing in the rain. Not an overly bright question.
3. Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge.
An easy answer is that God punished them because he had told them not to eat the apple, period. Adam & Eve did not require the knowledge of good and
evil. They violated a direct order. Once again, of course, most Christians take this story as a metaphor for leaving innocence behind and learning the
realities of the world. And, once again, this is an Old Testament story that really has little to do with Christianity as a whole.
4. Why did God stand aside and let Satan mess with the kids?
I dunno. Ask God. It’s not an issue Christians need to worry about. It’s just an Old Testament story. God was “testing their faith.” They
5. Jesus tomb stone rolled away?
Congrats. The fifth question at least has something to do with Christianity. Answer: The angel moved the stone, maybe, depending on which of the four
gospels you believe, each of which tell a different story.
6. How many women went to the tomb?
Once again, depends on the gospel.
7. Paul believing creation stories were historical fact
Paul’s Epistles are an important indication of the workings of the early church. They don’t need to be “thrown out” any more than stories of
Zeus need to be thrown out. But at least here you finally agree that Christians see some Biblical stories as allegorical. Good job!
8. How many donkeys did Jesus ride?
Ah, so you actually know there are differences in the 4 main gospels! Good for you! We don’t know which gospel is historically accurate. They were
all written many years after the events. Like any stories in oral traditions, there are bound to be differences. They are not particularly significant
as all 4 tell essentially the same story.
9. Who was Joseph’s father?
I dunno. Is that important?
10.When w as Jesus crucified?
John is different than the other three gospels. Not surprising. It’s the youngest gospel, and the “most different” than the other three. It was
written well after the other three when everyone who had seen Jesus alive was long dead.
I’m not going to bother with the next ten as these are sufficient. People who “question Christians” in this manner obviously feel their
questions are “Gotcha!” questions that somehow prove the falsehood or contradictions found in Biblical stories. Christian scholars have gone far
beyond these naïve attempts to answer what “really” happened many years ago. In other words, they are way ahead of you. And so is Bertrand
Russell, by the way. His “Why I am not a Christian” is much more erudite than these overly silly examples.
The interesting thing these questions say to me is how naïve they are. In fact, it looks to me as if anti-Christians are way more fundamentalist than
Christians are. I don’t know very many Christians who even believe Noah’s Ark happened at all. They dismiss it as a Sunday School fairy tale they
learned as kids, and don’t give it a second thought.
The whole issue with the gospels is beyond disappointing. Do you think Christains are unaware that the four gospels sometimes contradict each other?
Do you seriously believe that anyone reading them could not figure that out pretty readily? The real question is why you think these minor differences
make a difference?
But these “questioners” worry about whether there were portholes in the ark. They are taking it at face value, as if it really happened, when
Christians are saying, “You guys are nuts!” So in an attempt to somehow denigrate Christianity, these questioners start out betraying the fact
they don’t even know what Christianity is about. Far from making Christianity look silly, it makes them look silly.