Tuesday, 25 April 2006
“10 More Answers from a Christian”
Q: 1. In the face of alternate explanations for the “necessary being” or the “default reality,” why is a *sentient* being more likely than a mindless mechanism like a multi-verse that would satisfy all the same necessary criteria, but generate infinite numbers of possible worlds without regard for reciprocation?
A: 1.Are you asking why God created the Universe is more likely then everything just happening?
Response: Why do you think the ultimate natural state of everything is a sentient life form similar to you in relevant ways? God is said to have always been…and “everything just happening” implies a timeline of events…which would not be the case if everything has always been instead. See what I mean, more here.
Q: 2. Before getting into which is the true religion, how does one know that there even is a true religion?
A: 2.They don’t
Response: Is that an answer? How did you personally eliminate the possibility that there is no true religion since we aren’t really steeped in evidence of the interactive supernatural?
Q: 3. How does Christianity step out of the metaphysical scam mold in the way that you might admit other metaphysical scams do not?
A: 3.Give me a scam so I can have something to compare it to
Response: My post “Eight Examples: Is it a Meta-scam?” should work.
Q: 4. How does God get to claim responsibility for the good parts of other religions like they couldn’t come up with that stuff on their own?
A: 4.Because he has claim on everything
Response: Um…even sin?
Q: 5. Since there is the possibility that the OT is bogus in its metaphysical claims, how are we to believe that God could not create a free world that allowed for people to chose between only good choices (or even withdraw from a loving relationship with God with an informed decision by only apathy and not evil)…especially when we are expecting such a world in the future by admission of Christian doctrine?
A: 5.God can create that kind of a world. Mark 10:27
Response: Okay…then why are we to believe that a benevolent deity would not do just that and not waste billions of people on this one?
Q: 6. For all intensive purposes, we can pull a text from an eastern religion and presume it is the inspired word of God and it would be all but indistinguishable from the OT and the NT. It may even surpass the texts in quality. How does inerrancy have any meaning in this case, when it is arguably a big tradition game surrounding ancient teachings that could be played with any number of diverse texts that teach subtly suspicious different things?
A: 6.Truth comes from searching and finding meaning, not random words. Therefore, the truth can come from both Christian and non-Christian sources.
Response: Okay, I agree. However, that is not the claim of Christianity. Truth is exclusive within, and maybe without, though there’s no real way to objectively tell that it’s true if you are not being goaded by doctrine to think so. How do you get to “the Bible is inerrant” in an intellectually honest way when the methods of support are that plastic?
Q: 7. Since there are a number of different religions and denominations and sects that have believers that know that what they believe is true specifically and their spiritual experiences have confirmed it…yet they espouse different and contrary teachings…who’s experiences should I disrespect for the sake of non-contradiction?
A: 7.The teachings which you feel lead you away from truth.
Response: And so you would agree that if I feel I am lead away from the truth by taking any claims of religious certainty seriously, I am finding the truth by disregarding them?
Q: 8. If God had a little wager with Satan as in the book of Job, and picked you the Christian believer out in particular…and it entailed God never once ever intervening in your life to test your faith…would you be able to tell the difference in any practical way?
A: 8.I am not sure what you mean by intervening. If everything was created by him including Satan, what kind of life could be led in order to avoid everything he has influenced?
Response: I mean in terms of direct providence. Could you tell if God never did anything overtly for or against you other than sustain reality as is?
Q: 9. Debates more often than not go their separate ways with no positive proof of any metaphysical claim…does the Christian belief system teetering on the brink of reality resemble more an invitation to a trusting, loving personal relationship or more like a metaphysical scam like every other meta-scam that has nothing to show for itself?
A: 9.Christian belief system is like any belief such as a belief in Cleopatra or Caesar. Its events are based on oral tradition and old writings. It’s teachings are based more interpretation combined with a desire to find fulfillment without material possessions while maximizing mental strength in the form of faith.
Response: Are you saying you believe Caesar was really a god because of the traditions about him?
Q: 10. If we take away all the certainty of belief as perhaps the answers to these questions indicate…and have an agnostic approach to the claims…a wager even…how is it that we still fit the definition of Christian and assert creeds, go confidently up to God in prayer, and maybe even die a martyrs death?
A: 10.If we don’t have belief then we don’t fit the definition of a Christian.
Response: So you are a Christian that is certain of the truth of Christianity in objective ways. That implies I too can be that certain. However, the answers to these questions do not lead me to that level of certainty. Why have you withheld from me the correct answers? Are you in cahoots with God to give me the strong delusion that the important parts of Christianity are false? All you have done here is back out of strong affirmations which leads one to conclude that you have no way of knowing if anything about your religion is really true. Perhaps you can understand why I think that makes you an agnostic like me?