Josh McDowell’s “Answers to Tough Questions” Is A Joke. These Are the REAL Tough Questions
by Larry Simons
September 1, 2011
With much help from Vincent Bugliosi’s book Divinity of Doubt: The God Question and from a few questions I threw in myself, here is a list of [in my opinion] impossible questions for Christians to answer. They are in no particular order of importance. They are just random questions that I am sure every Christian would ignore.
1. Why hasn’t God intervened on the tyrants throughout history to prevent far worse atrocities than in the Old Testament days in which he did intervene?
2. If God were all-powerful, why wouldn’t he create humans who could appreciate good without having evil to compare it with?
3. If God were all-perfect and all-powerful, why would he do such a poor job and create such an imperfect world with its deadly earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, etc?
4. If God is all-perfect, how could he, and why would he create such extremely imperfect human beings to occupy this world?
5. Why would God need 122 “constants” to provide life on Earth?
(“constants” are precise scientific conditions in which if altered slightly [like the Earth being just 1% closer to the sun], life on Earth would cease)
6. If God could create the universe by the wave of his hand or the utterance of a command, why not make Earth dependent on nothing to sustain life?
7. Why did Moses write in the third person in the first five books of the Old Testament?
8. How could Moses write about his own death [and beyond] in Deuteronomy 34:10-11?
9. If God is all-knowing, why did God ask Adam where he was and whether he had eaten fruit in Genesis?
(If the answer to this question is “so God could test Adam’s integrity”, why would God not have already known this since he is all-knowing and knows the hearts of man?)
10. Why did God create mankind at all if in Genesis God said he was sorry he created them?
11. Why did God create human beings to have a sinful nature?
12. If God is all-just, how can he possibly punish mankind for what Adam did?
13. If God is all-just, why does he punish/kill massive amounts of people throughout the Bible for the sins of one?
*God murdered 70,000 Israelites by inflicting them with disease because one man, David, conducted a census
*God punished Egypt with 10 plagues, which included murdering all male first-born babies because God had a vendetta against Pharaoh [whose heart was hardened by God so that Pharaoh could not release the Israelites even if he wanted to]
*God puts all of mankind to death because of Adam’s sin
14. Why did God feel the need to show mankind his love? And why does he need love returned from sinful, wretched mankind?
15. Why was Jesus’ death on the cross the ONLY way sins could be forgiven?
16. Why can’t God just wave his hand and destroy the devil?
17. How infinite can Jesus’ love be if for those who reject him as being their savior, he consigns them to an everlasting hell?
18. If God is so good, why does he put all of us to death?
19. How can a human being believe he has the capacity to love an imponderable, dream-like abstraction such as God more than his own wife and children?
20. Where did Satan get the power to tempt us into all of our sins?
21. If God chooses to allow the devil to continue to exist, knowing he is going to tempt us into sin, isn’t God making the devil his agent?
22. How can God be good when he nearly always turns down the praying party when they need him the most?
23. Why do people pray to God after a tragedy like 9/11 or Katrina when they are praying to the party that caused or allowed it?
24. If faith in God is worth anything, shouldn’t he want us to reach him through our reason rather than unthinkingly through blind faith?
25. Why did the prophet Isaiah [in Isaiah 7:14], in his foretelling of the birth of Jesus, use the Hebrew word “almah”, which means “young woman” and not use the word “betulah”, which means “virgin”, when describing Jesus’ mother?
26. Why did God contradict himself in Genesis by creating the sun and moon on the fourth day [Gen. 1: 16-19] to provide light during the day and night when he already created light for the day and night on the first day [Gen. 1: 3-5]?
27. If God is all-knowing, why did he not know until the very moment in which Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac that Abraham feared God?
28. Why does the Bible say, “God is love” [1 John 4:8], “love is not jealous” [1 Corinthians 13: 4] and “God is jealous” [Exodus 20:5]? [Deductive reasoning makes it impossible for all three verses to be true simultaneously].
29. Why did God make Noah build a Titanic-sized boat when God could have simply spoken a boat into existence?
30. According to Noah’s genealogy in Genesis chapter 5, Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah, died the exact same year of the flood. Was Methuselah killed in the flood? If so, why would Noah be so faithful to a god that murdered his grandfather? Was Methuselah evil [to therefore to have been included in the evil population God killed in the flood]?
31. Why is it that God is allowed to possess a characteristic [jealousy, in Deut. 4:24 and Exodus 20:5] that the Bible itself denounces in Proverbs 27:4 and 14:30?