Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Questions of Faith must be a lot tougher

The weekly series in the Belfast Telegraph, A Question of Faith (Weekend Review, February 25), needs tougher questions.

The seven questions posed are in no way challenging or provocative. My seven questions to the Christian would be:

1) Why would God command us to love Him when we know love cannot be commanded (Mk 12:29-30, Deut 6:7, 21-23, 1 Peter 3:20)?

2) How can we love the God who creates evil (Isaiah 45:7)?

3) Why is the Bible so contradictory?

4) Why should we base our morality on a book that supports genocide, slavery and eternal suffering (1 Samuel 15:1-3, 1 Peter 2:16, Matthew 13:41-42, 25:41,46)?

5) Why would Jesus condemn non-believers for simply not believing (Mark 16:16)? After all, if the evidence is unconvincing, we can do nothing about it.

6) Why does Jesus say "Only God is good'' (Matthew 19:17), considering his cruel behaviour in the Bible (e.g. Genesis 6-8)?

7) How can you say that God is the foundation for morality without first defining what morality is? Without this prior knowledge, we can worship whatever God or religion we want and call it good.

JOHN BURNS

Dunmurry, Co Antrim

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