Sunday, September 30, 2007

Questions for Christians, #1

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Questions for Christians, #1

Never having been a Christian per se, I find the Christian mythology perplexing, self-contradictory and often morally questionable, not to say absurd. In the unlikely event that there are any Christians lurking about, peeping at my nudies, I have a few questions I'd like to ask. Some I've asked before but never received a satisfactory answer to. These questions are intended to provoke thought and honest discussion. Former Christians are, of course, welcome to reply as well.

I've previously had some hostile reactions to questions like these. Christians who feel that I am attacking their religion simply by asking probing questions might ask themselves why analysis of their mythology makes them uncomfortable.

Question #1: If Adam and Eve didn't understand "good" and "evil" before eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as it seems clear they could not have, why was god so angry with them? How could they know that it was "wrong" to disobey god before they understood good and evil?

Some Christians have tried to argue that, because god said "no" that his anger at them was justified. This makes no sense. If you don't know what "wrong" is, how can you know it is "wrong" to disobey god? Just because he said don't do it doesn't mean anything to a person with no concept of "right" and "wrong". Even if they understood "no" in the sense of "don't do it" how could they possibly understand the consequences?

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