Questions that Christian Fundamentalists Must Answer

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All Bible quotations are word for word from the New American Standard Version, reputed to be the most accurate English translation.

While many mainline Christians and certainly the vast majority of Christian Seminaries and Universities readily acknowledge that the Bible cannot possibly be taken literally, there are still many who loudly declare that it must. While sincere, little do they realize the damage and mental anguish caused to those who were indoctrinated in childhood, but through studies in science and history, and in carefully studying the Bible itself, they came to realize it’s many flaws and contradictions; thus concluding that a perfect and moral God could not possibly have inspired it, yet alone dictated it.

They want desperately to break free, but the indoctrination of the fear of hell fire and the loss of family, friends, and the only community many of them have known, makes it exceedingly difficult for many to do so. The clinical term is called Religious Trauma Syndrome. This emotional and psychological condition is similar to those suffering from PTSD, C-PTSD or the millions of abused children, women, and victims of violent incidents who require long term therapy. See the links at the end of this article for groups that are dedicated to helping those with this or who may have questions about recovering from harmful religious situations. A 24-hour hotline and chat line are available as is many resources.

It is for this reason that those struggling individuals are entitled to clear and unambiguous answers to the following questions. Those who are making the claim that the Bible is true and is the only escape from hell fire have the burden of proof. They should either provide clear explanations and reasonable answers to the following issues, or finally admit and acknowledge that the Bible does in fact, have serious problems and cannot be the perfect Word of God that they were told it was. But whatever they do, they should stop saying that these verses are not in their Bible or that they are being taken out of context, like I have heard said so many times before. They should also stop saying, “you have to have faith.” With faith, you can believe in absolutely anything. It requires no evidence of any kind. Do you remember believing in Santa Clause? But why not Zeus or Apollo? Why not any other religion that millions of other people believe in, none of which, most have never even investigated? Based only on faith, hundreds of other gods have been sincerely believed in, with great temples being built, many having creeds, rituals and rules that their followers were required to adhere to. What young children are taught has tremendous power and influence.

The purpose for most of the articles I have and will be posting on this blog is to show those who suffer and struggle due to this childhood indoctrination that took place before they had any real ability to critically think, is that the Bible is not what they were told it was, and that there is absolutely nothing to fear by it. This is proven repeatedly, just by quoting its own word by word statements. That is why studies have shown that atheists and agnostics know the Bible better than any Christian group, including evangelical fundamentalists.

1. Mark 16:1–4 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

John 20:1- 2 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Q: Please reconcile how in John, Mary Magdalene saw the stone removed while it was dark, but in Mark, we see her going to the tomb after the sun came up wondering who would move the stone for her to get in.

2. Leviticus 24:17If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

Leviticus 20:10 “If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

Q: Why was not King David, put to death as decreed above for committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband?

Q: Instead of killing David as was absolutely required by law, why would God kill a seven-day old baby as David’s punishment instead?

2 Samuel 12:15–18a So Nathan went to his house. Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died.

3. 2 Samuel 12:11 Thus says the Lord, (this is God Himself speaking folks…listen carefully to what He has to say) “Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.”

2 Samuel 16:22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went into his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Q: Did God actually arrange for David’s wives to be raped in broad daylight? (One place it says his wives and another place concubines…but does it really matter?)

Q: Since so many of God’s leaders had concubines, including the wisest of them all, King Solomon, who had 300 of them, just exactly what is a concubine?

4. Numbers 31:14–18 statesMoses was angry with the officers of the army, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who had come from service in the war. And Moses said to them, “Have you spared all the women? Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.

Deuteronomy 7:1–6 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. But thus, you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Exodus 34:11–16 Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim — for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God — otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.

Q: How did the men make sure that the girls who were not killed were really virgins?

Q: Am I reading that right, that God ordered entire nations to be wiped out, just to keep his chosen people from possibly being tempted by them?

Q: Why would He not just punish his own people if they sinned rather than kill entire nations of people including the little babies and animals in order to keep his people from sinning?

Q: Since the Bible teaches that God never changes; that he is the same yesterday, today and forever; and that He never repents, what explanation is there for that to ever have been one of His laws?

5. 1Kings 7:15–16 He fashioned the two pillars of bronze; eighteen cubits was the height of one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured the circumference of both. He also made two capitals of molten bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; the height of the one capital was five cubits and the height of the other capital was five cubits.

2Chron 3:15 He also made two pillars for the front of the house, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on the top of each was five cubits.

Q: How high were the pillars of brass at the first Temple?

Q: Were both of those verses inspired by God?

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6. Saying no are: John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. 1Tim 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. 1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

Saying yes are: Gen 32:30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.” Ex 33:11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

Q: Has anyone ever seen God?

Q: Were all those verses above inspired by God?

Q: If God really wanted to provide His creatures with a written word, why would He allow it to be full of contradictions?

7. Deuteronomy 22:28–29 If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.

Q: How was 50 shekels of silver determined to be the fair value?

Q: How could a good God ever allow such a thing?

Q: Since the Bible clearly declares that God changes not and that Jesus, being God, says He is the same yesterday, today and forever, what basis can you have to say that He no longer approves of this?

8. Genesis 12:21–38 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families and slay the Passover lamb. 22 You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. 24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. 25 When you enter the land which the Lord will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. 26 And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’” And the people bowed low and worshiped.

28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

29 Now it came about at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead. 31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go, worship the Lord, as you have said. 32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go, and bless me also.”

33 The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, “We will all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in the clothes on their shoulders.

35 Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; 36 and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus, they plundered the Egyptians.

37 Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.

These verses tell us that there were 600,000 men who escaped. Many would have had a wife, a mother, a father, and children. Most scholars agree that an estimated total of 2,500,000 would be a reasonable figure. We also notice that the Bible said that they had “a very large number” of various animals, and a lot of treasure that they “plundered” from the Egyptians.

Using simple math, the line of people running from the Egyptian horses and chariots would have extended well over 200 miles long, based on the assumption there were eight people side by side. Many would have been elderly, blind, crippled and of course, many were nursing babies.

Q: Did that really happen like the Bible say it did?

Exodus 14:28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.

Q: Why is there no historical record of this in Egypt (or in any historical account) nor a trace of archeological evidence of over two million people camping in the desert for 40 years?

Q: Do you agree with the vast majority of archeologists and professionals of ancient history, including those in Israel, who have concluded that the Biblical account of this story could not possibly have taken place?

9. Genesis 2:15–17 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Genesis 3:2–7 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you? He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so, I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

Q: How was it even possible for Adam and Eve to have sinned in the first place given the “fact” that they did not know the difference between good and evil? How could they ever have known that “do not eat” would be wrong? They were as innocent as little babies. Does not the Bible teach that it was only after they ate that their eyes were open and then knew the difference between right and wrong?

Q: Do you agree that there was death in the world before human sapiens?

Q: This story is where Christianity of course has developed the doctrine of original sin. Almost all Biblical scholars agree that this story is a myth and that the human race could not have possibly started this way. Assuming that, if this story is not true, what does that do with the story about us needing to be saved from the fall?

Q: If the Adam and Eve story is not true, what happens to all those New Testament verses, especially in Romans that uses it as the foundation for Christianity?

Q: If it is just an allegory, like most Christians interpret it as, how is it possible to know what other stories are just allegories and not literal ones?

Q: Do you agree that Genetics and DNA has shown that the diversity of the human gene pool could not have developed from a single pair of parents.

10. Dozens of other examples of contradictions and immorality commanded by God are found throughout the entire Bible, including in the New Testament. Here are just a few of them:

Hosea 13:16 Samaria will be held guilty, for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword,
Their little ones will be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women will be ripped open.

Leviticus 26:27–29 “Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat.”

Exodus 21:27–29 (Here is what the Bible has to say right after the Ten Commandments were given) “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.”

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Ephesians 6:5–6 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple”

Matthew 10–34–36 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household”

Deuteronomy 21:10–14 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails. She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not mistreat her, because you have humbled her.”

Isaiah 13:13–16 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place
At the fury of the Lord of hosts in the day of His burning anger. And it will be that like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, they will each turn to his own people, and each one flee to his own land. Anyone who is found will be thrust through, and anyone who is captured will fall by the sword. Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be
plundered
and their wives ravished.

Psalms 137:8–9 O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, how blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

Nahum 3:5–6 “Behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord of hosts; and I will lift up your skirts over your face, and show to the nations your nakedness and to the kingdoms your disgrace. I will throw filth on you and make you vile and set you up as a spectacle.”

Deuteronomy 28:53 Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you.

Leviticus 25:44–46 As for your male and female slaves whom you may have — you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession. You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.

Links to several resources for those struggling:

Recovering from Religion: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/resources Many articles, videos, and other resources, including a 24 hour worldwide help line and a 24 hour chat line.

Journey Free: https://journeyfree.org/rts/ Many articles, videos, and other resources with an emphasis on Religious Trauma Syndrome.

And of course, good old Goggle will find anything you want to research in a flash.

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Formerly an evangelical who read the Bible from cover to cover a dozen times and finally was able to shake my childhood indoctrination of hell fire & brimstone.

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