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  • johndoh
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    Another one on a similar vein to my first – if god sent Jesus to redeem us when the first shower he created went to shit, when is the next Jesus going to come along and rid us of the shower we (collectively worldwide) have in charge?

    johndoh
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    And following on from Murray – if god will answer personal prayers why doesn’t he play the bigger hand and not let the bad shit happen in the first place?

    taxi25
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    I’m genuinely increduluos that people still believe in religions. In my youth I imagined, given the state of our current knowledge, that belief in religion would wither and die.

    Fair enough, but can’t you and others just save it for all the other threads. I suppose its naive to think this thread would be different but I did have hope even though I couldn’t manage faith πŸ˜‰

    joefm
    Member

    Do you believe in fairies too?

    Was Jesus the first major weed dealer?

    Why do you need faith? Does the possibility of no after life scare you?

    Has dog ever spoken to you? In fact why do you need to have faith.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Does god stick to speed limits?

    Premier Icon trailwagger
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    What tyres for BPW in February?

    tjagain
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    yunki – Member

    I’d ask if they’d like a cup of tea probably..

    remember they might not want a cup of tea nsfw sound on the link

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Nah, you’re good, I’m not particularly interested

    tjagain
    Member

    taxi25 – Member

    Fair enough, but can’t you and others just save it for all the other threads. I suppose its naive to think this thread would be different but I did have hope even though I couldn’t manage faith

    I agree. answer the OP in the spirit intended

    Rorschach
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    Does god stick to speed limits? x infinity.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Not just Jesus.
    Robin Hood, King Arthur, Santa etc.

    I’m not seeing the connection – they were all (allegedly) born here? Are you saying that in the Middle East they have a brown Robin Hood?

    Nah, you’re good, I’m not particularly interested

    But interested enough to read the post and reply saying you’re not interested? Do you ring up radio phone-ins to say “no comment” too?

    Bizarre behaviour.

    Dickyboy
    Member

    How do you balance the history of religion being so heavily linked to atrocities in both ancient and modern times to your faith?

    Edit – oh and while you are at it can you ask God why my dad was a priest, as I haven’t spotted a religious bone in his body

    If you could talk to a religious (specifically Christian) know-it-all, and ask anything at all about faith generally, or Christianity in particular, what sorts of things would you ask?

    I’d ask them how to identify a witch

    Do you believe God intervenes in the universe, or does he sit back and let it all play out?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Many of these questions have been answered on the many religion threads and the askers seem to have ignored the answers. I wonder why?

    5thElefant
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    I wonder why?

    Because they’re nonsense?

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Catholic Atheist here.
    πŸ™‚

    Still find it all endlessly fascinating, love poking round old places of worship.

    Visit all the places of worship you can – everyone’s the same, fundamentally, although I think the Muslims just shade the Quakers when it comes to putting a spread on.
    Manchester Synagogue is a really good visit if you like local history and there’s an excellent Jewish Museum up the road in Cheetham Hill.

    The more you meet people face to face, the more you realise, if you need to, that we’re pretty much all the same.

    joshvegas
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    How does picking and choising from a religious text work.

    Its either the one true text and you believe all of it or you don’t agree with some of it and therefore you must admit it could all be nonsense.

    Or you are a hipocrit.

    Thats my question its genuine although i recognise it a question of religion rather than faith i think it would produce some interesting answers.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Many of these questions have been answered on the many religion threads and the askers seem to have ignored the answers. I wonder why?

    Not just here really. Most of these questions are ‘classic’ questions that have long been asked. The problem with a lot of the answers is that it does depend a bit on your viewpoint. A bit like the YouTube vid of Rowan Williams talking with Richard Hawkings. What you take out of it depends a lot on the direction you are looking

    the teaboy
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    1 Most of the world’s population, billions of innocent people, are suffering in hunger and poverty, now and throughout history.
    2 Evil is allowed to exist, run rampant, go unpunished, and attain positions of power more often than not. The world is unjust and life is unfair. Good people suffer and die young. And animals have to kill each other for food.
    God is all-powerful and all-good, yet allows #1 and #2 to exist, both now and throughout history.

    All three of the above CANNOT logically co-exist at the same time. The only logical possibilities are:

    a) God/the Creator is not all powerful and cannot stop evil and suffering. (if so, then how did he create the whole universe?)
    b) God/the Creator is evil, or not good, or doesn’t care. Or he has an evil side as well as a good side, like we do.
    c) God doesn’t exist.
    d) God/the Creator is nothing like what you think he is, or is something beyond your comprehension.
    e) God/the Creator lets suffering and evil exist for reasons beyond your comprehension, and/or does not have the same morals that you do.

    from http://www.debunkingskeptics.com/Christian_Problems.htm

    Premier Icon swavis
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    I’d ask why I need god/religion when I’m happy enough without it?

    The question raised to the catholic church about distributing it’s wealth more fairly is a good one btw.

    5thElefant
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    Most of the world’s population, billions of innocent people, are suffering in hunger and poverty, now and throughout history.

    Not now, we’ve made incredible progress in just the last 10 years. It’s more like 10% now. Here…

    This thread needs a graph.

    Not that religion can take any credit obviously. That would be capitalism. Quite possibly a deadly sin.

    luketracey
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    Any question?

    How to break the speed of light? How to marry quantum mechanics and classical physics? Any question at all, truly anything and you will answer?

    OK, here’s my question: Would you like some toast?

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Cougar – Moderator

    I’m not seeing the connection – they were all (allegedly) born here? Are you saying that in the Middle East they have a brown Robin Hood?

    Not born here, sorry.

    Pretty much everywhere has their own Robin Hood story.

    Most cultures historically portrayed things they wished to encourage in their own image, but things they saw as negative in the image of someone outside the community.
    Reinforcing the positive on one hand and the fear of the outsider on the other.

    Premier Icon SaxonRider
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    @Cougar (and anyone else wondering):

    Right now, I am just soliciting questions. But my intention is to “answer” them as best I can in short order.

    Keep ’em coming.

    Rorschach
    Member

    Piers Morgan?

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    OK, here’s my question: Would you like some toast?

    No thanks, I’m a waffle man.

    luketracey
    Member

    Oh, very well. Here’s my second question: Would you like a crumpet?

    Ro5ey
    Member

    Hey Saxon Rider

    As an unread layman who likes a bit of church action… Can I join the God Squad ?

    Hoping not to muddy your waters, I’ll just give my personal experience ??

    Not a question from me for those who believe in a deity, but one for the deity itself.

    Does he/she/it still believe in us, after all the promise we showed and squandered? As we sit here, planet falling apart, squabbling among ourselves over money, land, status, putting our trust in princes to lead us into further mayhem, killing each other over nothing, was it worth the effort of creating us?

    Does he/she/it still think we have a chance, and are worth saving?

    Premier Icon Alex
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    Why is Jesus, a Jewish man born in the middle east, always pictured as having white, European skin?

    His father was from Yorkshire.

    He was, then, truly blessed πŸ™‚

    Sorry, as you were.

    cranberry
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    If Jesus was a Yorkshireman, he wouldn’t have been giving those fish away.

    πŸ˜‰

    Ro5ey
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    So just saw SR last post… I’ll keep quiet until He has spoken πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon convert
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    Not born here, sorry.

    Pretty much everywhere has their own Robin Hood story.

    The point he was making was that every culture’s ‘variant’ of Jesus comes from Bethlehem and hung out in that part of the world but is an aesthetic mirror of the people who are being told the story. The fact that every culture has their own version of the Robin Hood story of a local (to them) taking on the local rulers is really quite different.

    Premier Icon SaxonRider
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    I honestly don’t know what you mean, Ro5ey.

    As an unread layman who likes a bit of church action… Can I join the God Squad ?

    What does this mean, and why are you asking me?

    Junkyard
    Member

    what do you personally consider the strongest ontological argument for God ?

    πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Drac
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    What tyres for a deity?

    chrismac
    Member

    I have a few

    Why does Christianity celebrate the birth of Jesus on a specific day but his death and resurrection, completely miraculous and certainly a more notable event that being born, is celebrated on a different day each year over about a month? Did no one remember when it happened?

    Why does the catholic church need accumulate so much wealth for itself and how is that compatible with their beliefs of helping the poor.

    Given that all religions say that only the faithful go to heaven and the rest to hell when you turn up at the pearly gates the leaders of the other religions will always out vote the one you did believe. Therefore everyone is going to hell. So why bother with a faith?

    If religion is all about peace and caring for your neighbours why is it the biggest since cause of war ever known?

    oldbloke
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    Question formed through growing up in NI through the Troubles:

    If Protestants and Catholics are both supposed to believe in you but argue over minor differences in “the rules”, do you not think it might have been a sign of good leadership to drop in and sort the confusion out so they could at least have argued over politics instead?

    crankboy
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    convert Dionysus and Mythras didn’t come from Bethlehem.

    Most of the Jewish Messiah figures from 1st century bce and ce didn’t come from Bethlehem.

    My normal 1st question to a christian is have you brought your pump multi tool and patches or are you expecting me to do all the fixing?

    My internet 1st question is please define your terms what do you mean by god? what are god’s attributes?

    oh yes my first question on seeing the thread title on the OP was why on earth have you started this thread?

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    SaxonRider – Member
    @Cougar (and anyone else wondering):

    Right now, I am just soliciting questions. But my intention is to “answer” them as best I can in short order.

    I hope neither of you mind others chipping in?
    I’ll shut up for a bit if so.

    Premier Icon convert
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    convert Dionysus and Mythras didn’t come from Bethlehem.

    Oh Jesus πŸ™„

    πŸ˜‰
    No, we are just talking about Jesus here. Why does Chinese Jesus look Chinese, West European Jesus look Arian etc. Yet all the baby Jesuses (Jesi?) were born in Bethlehem according to the accompanying fanbook.

    kelron
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    Who decides which bits of the Bible still have to be followed and which are no longer ‘culturally relevant’? E.g beards, stoning people to death, cursing fig trees.

    And the classic question that I don’t think can ever be repeated enough. Why is God such an asshole sometimes? Who benefited from the whole Job thing?

    ninfan
    Member

    Is the pope really the anti-Christ or just a false prophet?

    crankboy
    Member

    “The fact that every culture has their own version of the Robin Hood story of a local (to them) taking on the local rulers is really quite different.”
    many cultures have their own version of the Jesus story of a local (to them )mystical figure .

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