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 ~

Sunday, December 14, 2014

More questions for all Christadelphians

Several months ago I posted an article with questions to ask the ABs.

I thought I'd follow up with some more questions. I cannot reconcile these with the Bible.
I'd be interested to know if you can, and if so, what mental gymnastics do you have to do to get there?

Fulfailed prophecy
Was Egypt completely uninhabited for a 40 year period beginning during the lifetime of Nebuchadnezzar II, just as the Bible predicted in Ezekiel 29 and 30?

Moral dilemma
According to the Bible, God is responsible for the killing of, or ordering the killing of, more people than any other figure in either the Bible or all of recorded history. Think of the most savage leaders and the most bloody wars that have ever been fought. The Bible tells us that God killed more people than any of them. A lot more.

With a history like that, why would any moral person worship that God?
Why would any moral person attempt to justify it?

While we're discussing morals, what about a God who lied to Adam?

The problem of natural and preventable evil (and the futility of prayer)
More children die every year from hunger related causes, preventable diseases, and natural disasters, than the total number of casualties of any war over the same period.

Either no one is praying for these children, or prayer is completely useless.
If God didn't find it in him to help any of those children, why would he listen to your prayers?
Are your prayers more deserving of God's time than theirs?
Finally, if you claim God does answer your prayers, why are you not praying for these children?

See related articles here or here.

What exactly is the emperor wearing?
Christians right across the world speak of needing to be "saved". Perhaps we need to be saved from our sins, or saved from death. Unfortunately however, more detail is given on what we are supposedly being saved "from" than what we are being saved "to". Christadelphians are fond of the idea of a 1000 year reign of Jesus in a "kingdom of God", where they offer up word pictures of some kind of utopia. Most of these ideas are of course completely derived from the imagination of their bearers, since the Bible says very little on the subject.

But what about being "saved"? What about the "gift of God"?
Christians (including Christadelphians) are enthusiastically selling a promise of "eternal life" and it seems they are doing so without the slightest idea of what that entails. Of course everyone has an opinion, once again made up of pure speculation. But as for actual details of what one could expect to be doing once made immortal, and for the billions of years after that, the Bible is very near silent.
It is, it seems, "anyone's guess".

Christadelphians, I have a couple of simple questions:
What exactly are you selling?
Why would I want it?