Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 2015 - 5 Questions for Christadelphians

I'm trying something new, to hopefully get some responses from readers. In particular those of you who are Christadelphians. I ask these simply to get you to think. If all you do is post the first answer that comes to mind but don't give it any real thought, then both of us are wasting our time.

Use this as a tool, perhaps a health check for your faith.
  1. If you were wrong (regarding your religious beliefs), how would you know?
  2. What would you require in order to change your mind?
  3. Why don't you believe in Allah or Vishnu, and why doesn't that reason apply to Yahweh?
  4. If prayer didn't work, how could you tell?
  5. If your interpretation of a Bible verse differed from what the author intended, how would you know?

I look forward to reading your responses in the comments below.


6 comments:

  1. Not getting too many responses Steve. Guess you've snookered them.

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    1. I highly doubt that.

      There are many reasons why Christadelphians will not comment here.
      I suspect they're not interested or just don't see the point of putting answers up here.

      None of that bothers me. As long as these questions cause people to think more carefully and more critically about what they believe, I'm happy.

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  2. It seems to me that when Christadelphians are faced with these sort of questions, a shutter comes down in their minds and they simply don`t face up to them. On the side of the shutter they can see is writ large. . .WE ARE RIGHT.

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  3. The answer to number 5 has far-reaching implications.

    A Christadelphian's entire belief system rests on their interpretation of the Bible. They cannot afford to answer "I don't know" for question 5. But the problem is, I cannot see how any other answer is possible, at least in the general case.

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  4. Christadelphians are a very small cult. If they could boast 144000 on the face of the planet it would probably be en exaggeration and include the counting of their children. Having said that the questions you ponder are not very philosophical and use the exact same mind-set that a christadelphian would answer with "How do you know it isnt so"?

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    1. //Having said that the questions you ponder are not very philosophical//

      Can you elaborate?

      // the exact same mind-set that a christadelphian would answer with "How do you know it isnt so"?//

      If someone asks "How do you know it isn't so?" then they do not understand the burden of proof. Otherwise, we could make the same claims about anything from unicorns to leprechauns. How do you know they don't exist?

      The burden of proof is on the person making the positive claim.

      The questions I asked here are designed around how a person can verify what they think they know.

      If you think that beliefs shouldn't require verification, then I have two further questions:
      - How do you expect to convince other people that what you say is true?
      - How can a god hold people accountable for not believing, if there is no empirical evidence to support the beliefs?

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