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Christianity &Rationals Thomas on 20 Nov 2009 12:35 am

A 16-year-old Christian is hesitantly becoming an atheist – asks questions about atheism

A great thread in the forum from a 16 year old Christian with questions:

Ab Initio

The responses to his questions so far are enlightening. The questions are:

1) Due to the assortement of various religions on Earth, is it possible that even one of them may be the “true” religion?

2) In some books, Christian authors point out to the delicate and firm balance of ‘life/molecules, et cetera’ needed on Earth to sustain life which should require intelligent design and a designer but not random chance. Is this true? From what I know, Christians pointed to the structure of the eye in the past as proof of intelligent design, but it was later proven that the eye is anything but “perfect”, but the amount of specific matter needed to support life isn’t something I looked into.

3) If we rule out omniscience in the factor of God, would that make the image of God better?

4) For Christians/Theists, I received many answers from a lot of Christian friends and community members regarding some aspects of the Old Testament. They say that some parts of the OT is not actually literal (Garden of Eden, Flood) and that certain laws regarding the rights of women only applied to Israelites long ago and not now. Your opinion?

5) Without religion, would the world be a better place? A scenario would be a nihilistic society, without religious morals, would there be an increase of crime or the opposite?

Lastly (For Now),

6) Although historical factors are involved (i.e Constantine, Western Civilization, international missions), what is the point of Christianity and the worship of Jesus if the Savior was “only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)?

I appreciate that this forum,the website, and the people are available. I also realize that some of these questions might be considered mundane by some here, but I will be looking forward to your replies and opinions.

One Response to “A 16-year-old Christian is hesitantly becoming an atheist – asks questions about atheism”

  1. on 21 Nov 2009 at 7:49 pm 1.AntiRoss said …

    Some really excellent comments here. Well worth the two coffees…

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