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10 interesting questions that every intelligent Christian must answer

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Why won’t god heal amputees?

This is an interesting question that it is easy to dismiss. Along with 9 other often overlooked questions regarding faith, a blog asking this question made ‘most interesting blog’ on Myspace today, attracting over 30,000 views.

The questions are as follows:

  1. Why won’t god heal amputees? There are cases where people claim to have been healed by miracles. One can’t help but to notice that these are in almost every case things that might just have got better anyway.
  2. Why are there so many starving people in our world? If you propound that God listens to you and answers your prayers, how can you believe that he answered your prayers for a raise and yet allows millions to die from starvation and disease?
  3. Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the bible? There are probably more than you realize – the demands listed in the post (to kill anyone who works on the sabbath day, homosexuals, girls that are not virgins when they marry etc.) just scratch the surface. And ‘the bible corrects itself elsewhere’ isn’t a defence; how can you full heartedly trust something that contradicts itself?
  4. Why does the bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense? Such as the idea that the universe is only a couple of thousand years old, that Jonah lived inside a whale for 3 days etc.
  5. Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the bible? The post includes examples of how ‘slaves should obey their masters as they would obey Christ’, amongst others. Personally I would substitute this one for something else. Perhaps ‘why is God so jealous and unforgiving in the old testament?’ (more…)

Ad hominem

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I’m going to take this blog in a slightly different direction. Alongside the usual stuff, I’ll be adding snippets of things that I have learnt about the world that many seem to have overlooked.

Sometimes I will attempt to challenge your perception of things. Sometimes I will ask you to forget about your morals and deeply ingrained opinions and to look at something objectively. And sometimes I will be linking to media that some people may find outlandish.

In preparation for this, here are two introductory snippets from someone who I consider to be fairly stimulating. Whilst I don’t agree with what he says in all of his videos, and whilst the way he voices his opinions can be a little questionable, he’s someone that I will be linking to on here in my quest to get you to think.

With that in mind:

OK, so hopefully you’re thinking now. I’ll be posting similar videos on a fairly regular basis.

Procrastination

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

You would think that loitering around my computer until gone twelve night after night would be a good indicator that work is getting done.  The fact that I’ve acheived little of any real consequence over the past week, therefore, is somewhat alarming.

I am a prolific procrastinator, you see.

Whatever I plan, something more pressing always seems to crop up.  Or, rather, something presents itself as a more worthwhile pursuit.  Sure, I have notes due, coursework deadlines, notes to be handed in for checking prior to the January exams… but there are much more interesting people on MSN, important phonecalls to make and text-messages to send, and people to invite round and to entertain.

I think one of the problems is that I am still, despite my efforts, surrounded by distraction.  Ironically, removing distractions is self-destructive.  The organisational system that I made part of my life can consume me.  Minimalising and simplifying has become an obsession.  I have allowed myself to become so tied up with the processes and systems that I’ve lost sight of the purposes and outcomes.

And here I am blogging, when I have pages of work due for tomorrow.

Names for perceptions

Monday, December 10th, 2007

We alter of choice of language to infer our opinions and perceptions.

Sometimes this is subtle and effective, such as in politics and the opinionated media: freedom fighters and martyrs are terrorists, deeply religious non-christians are fanatics, legislation is bureaucracy.

Sometimes this is a little less subtle; for example, my former Business Studies would set us exam questions at least once a lesson and cycle through the names ‘test’, ‘assessment’ and ‘quiz’ and expect us not to notice.

And sometimes it’s glaring, such as in the way a friend of mine recently decided to brand with a man-name every female who she knew I’d had any sort of relationship with beyond acquaintance. Guess who the following are (out of a number of apparent she-males):

  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Jonathon
  • Harry
  • Norris

Setting the standard

Friday, February 16th, 2007

‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’ – a classic rule that was told to a class of 28 starry-eyed innocents 4 years ago in one of my year’s initial RE lessons. It’s tacky, it’s cheesy, but it’s also a tactful way of saying ‘stop being so conceited you egotistical little fuck’.

But is it always relevant? Two loosely related events today made me consider this.

I have that cold bug that’s going around, on top of some other underlying headache-inducing nastyness, so I have felt pretty under the weather for the past few days. Whilst txting my mother in ‘tutor-time’ (a sort of doss session where you can catch up on work, which is officially described as either ‘a time to socialize with your peers’ or ‘a time for silent work’ depending on the teacher’s mood), my personal tutor decided it would be a good idea to steal my phone. (more…)

Not unhappy, just tired

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Have you ever noticed that when you’re tired, you’re often also unhappy? Or that when you’re unhappy you just want to sleep?

I wake up at 7.30 every weekday morning. I can’t get around that – it is the absolute latest that I can get up and only be very slightly late to school. I probably should go to bed around 10 or 10.30, but in reality I can’t remember the last time that I went to bed – let alone slept- before 11.30. I usually manage to get myself under the covers for about 12.

This works fine for the beginning of the week, ‘cos it means I can get more done at home and am in less of a backlog for the rest of the week. OK, the ‘things’ aren’t done before 12 because I am lazy and disorganized, but it’s still so much easier to sleep when you know that you haven’t got another load of crap to do in the morning. This kinda backfires at the end of the week when I’m practially unconscious, but if you constantly tell yourself that the weekend promises sleep-time, you get on fine.

I’m grouchy recently, and I’m also tired.  And I don’t really have anything in particular to be grouchy about.  Can you remember a time when you were grouchy or felt generally down for no real reason, and were bursting with energy?  This reminds me of a theory that Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist) once proposed on his blog.  He suggests a direct link between tiredness and feeling low.  Check it out.