- Who pays for bearing false witness?
- Is homosexuality a sin worth going to hell for?
- Why is proselytization of children a good thing but pushing drugs to children not a good thing?
- Why does anyone need to tithe to an omnipotent God?
- Of what value are moral laws that are disobeyed by the law giver?
Who pays for bearing false witness?
The Bible teaches us that it is wrong to bear false witness (lie). In fact, it is a mandate from God, Himself, (supposedly) as one of the Ten Commandments. When we lie, it is a sin--a bad thing that presumably hurts our chances of going to Heaven. When a minister, or religious leader lies to his congregation and the congregation accepts it as the truth and acts on the lie, is this a sin of the minister or the congregation? Is the minister's sin multiplied by the number of his flock who act upon the lie? What if he uses the lie to increase Church donations (that help pay his salary but might do other good)? Is that good or bad?
What if the Bible itself contains falsehoods? (It does.) Does that mean that teaching from the Bible is a sin? Do we therefore stand better chances of getting to Heaven by ignoring religious teaching based on the Bible? Does it mean that practicing religion of Christianity and proselytizing will hurt our chances of entering Heaven?
Is homosexuality a sin worth going to hell for?
The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Many Christians have concluded from this that gays are immoral and that gay rights should not be granted. As we've discussed elsewhere on this web site, the Christian response to homosexuality has often involved going against Christian principles, including the Ten Commandments. Why are so many Christians willing to hurt their own chances of going to heaven (by lying and actively harming gays) in order to suppress the sinning of gay people? Is homosexuality a sin worth going to hell for? Why?
Why is proselytization of children a good thing but pushing drugs to children is not a good thing?
A common argument for prayer in school is that those that don't want to participate need not participate. Those students can just stand there and wait for the end of the prayer. The argument goes that students can make up their own minds about it. Why doesn't this same argument apply to the pushing of drugs on school yards or the sexual advances of adults. Can't the children just avoid the situation just the same as for attempts to proselytize them? Why should we allow one and not the other? Why should the physical, emotional, and sexual influencing of children be held to a different standard than the spiritual influencing of children?
Why does anyone need to tithe to an omnipotent God?
If the word of God is the ultimate truth and He is all-powerful, why does the Church (which claims to be an institution of God) need money? Why does the "truth" from a supposedly all-knowing source need to be financially promoted? We don't spend money trying to convince people that the sky is blue.
Of what value are moral laws that are disobeyed by the law giver?
According to various well respected Biblical stories, God caused the great flood, fathered Jesus, and gave Moses the Ten Commandments as His laws. In the flood story, God committed premeditated mass murder of all of mankind except for a few chosen survivors. There are numerous other places in the Bible where God intentionally kills people. The Ten Commandments, the moral basis of Christianity, were violated by God through these acts. Why should humans follow God's laws if He, Himself violates them? Of what value are these moral laws?