I'm just trying to meet you on your plane since you refuse to come to mine. Stubbornness does not mean your right btw. What are you so afraid of? I entertain your thoughts, but mine are too "delusional" for you to consider. Sounds like you are all stuck thinking inside a box. A comfy, cozy box that allows you to blame a god that you say doesn't exist for the worlds problems.
Who is delusional now?
Monica, they are asking you those questions to try to make you understand that the bible God's behavior is cruel and paradoxical, hoping to lead you to the realization that he is not real, but because of the way they're phrasing their questions, ie. assume God exists then ask you to explain his behavior, you think that deep down we actually do believe in God, but we're simply angry at him.
They are, in fact, meeting you on your plane, which I believe only reinforces your belief in God and explains why you called us delusional. We blame something we claim to have no belief in for the world's problems, we must be nuts.
You should try to understand that their questions are rhetorical. They are not lost children asking for help in understanding Him so that they may be found. They do not want you to answer
the questions but to think
about them and understand why
they are being asked.
An intelligent, moral, rational person must have so many questions regarding God's plan, his seemingly bipolar behavior, why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people, contradictions in his rules, the fact that the historical parts of the bible don't match up with the historical texts of those nations it mentions, the scientific parts of the bible aren't accurate, the miracles in the bible left no evidence and were not documented by any scholars of the day.
If I ask you a question on your terms, that is, I assume God exists and ask you to explain these things, you reach in to your pocket and pull out some form of non-answer that usually boils down to "we can't understand God, he is smarter than us."
If, on the other hand you are willing to meet us on our terms and consider for a moment that God does not exist, you will notice that all of those questions simply go away, and the world makes perfect sense.
Why do good things happen to bad people, and vice versa? Why does a coin sometimes land on heads, and sometimes on tails? Random chance. Add to that the fact that bad people are more willing to step on others to get ahead and it's simply no wonder why bad people often seem to get a better deal.
Why does the bible contradict itself? Why does God's behavior seem erratic? Because it's a collection of stories written by many authors over hundreds of years. When the writer wants God to be merciful, God is merciful. When the writer hates women, God hates women. An perfect being would not contradict itself, wouldn't create a flawed suffering, wouldn't be vain, selfish, or stupid. But people are all of those things, and people created God in their image.
Why don't the historical parts of the bible match up with the historical texts of the nations mentioned? Because it's simply a story. Nobody wrote about Jesus' miracles because he never performed any. Nobody wrote about the exodus because there wasn't one. Note that I am talking about independent, corroborative evidence, not the writings of the bible itself. I'm sure you understand how the bible is no more evidence for God's existence than The Sorcerer's Stone is evidence for Harry Potter's existence.
Julius Caesar lived around the same time as Jesus. Hundreds of separate people wrote about him, his family, and his actions in diaries and personal letters and official government documents such as census and military records. The nations he waged war with have records of those wars and describe him. Paintings and statues from the time period depicting him clearly show the same man. He had descendants, his family was well documented. There is no evidence of a historical Jesus. None at all.
Instead of fumbling for excuses and rationalizations for why the bible doesn't make sense, or why there's no evidence for God or Jesus when there certainly should be if they really did the things they claim, you'll notice how much easier it is to answer all of those questions when you realize that they just don't exist.
Now, as for those tough life questions that you think you need God to answer, such as where do we come from if God did not create everything? Well, science has come a long way in answering that, I suggest you check out some books on the big bang, abiogenesis, and evolution, but we may never know the exact details. You have to be mature and accept that fact instead of making up fairy tales to fill in the blanks.