Questions Christians have to struggle with that non-believers can answer in three words

It’s possible for Christians to answer all of the questions listed below, but those explanations will be thousands of words longs, and they’ll be full of speculations and mental gymnastics. Non-believers can explain every single one of these questions elegantly and completely in three words: Christianity is mythology.

The principle of Occam’s Razor states, “… among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove to provide better predictions, but—in the absence of differences in predictive ability—the fewer assumptions that are made, the better.”

It’s possible that all the complicated, speculative explanations Christian apologeticists have reverse-engineered to answer the Bible’s hard questions are true, but if we’re being intellectually honest with ourselves, the probability of that being the case is extremely slim. If you find yourself having to go to absurd lengths to explain your way around objective criticisms of your beliefs, at some point you should ask yourself if the reason your answers have to be so round-about is because reality is that complicated, or because you’re trying to explain your way around reality.

  1. What is the Holy Trinity?
  2. What does it mean that Jesus is the son of God?
  3. Why does God want blood sacrifices?
  4. Why did Jesus say, “God, why have you forsaken me,” before he died?
  5. Was the universe really created in 6 days, about 6000 years ago?
  6. Was the Garden of Eden real? If not, is original sin real? If not, why did Jesus have to die?
  7. Did the entire world really flood, and did Noah really fit two of every animal on a boat for 40 days?
  8. Why did the story of Noah’s ark first appear in the Epic of Gilgamesh?
  9. Why does God kill people for petty reasons in the Old Testament?
  10. Why are there no longer talking animals?
  11. Why are there no more prophets?
  12. Should you eat shellfish and wear clothes with mixed fabrics?
  13. Why can’t people perform miracles at will anymore?
  14. What is sin?
  15. Does God approve of polygamy?
  16. What did Jesus mean when he said he came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it?
  17. Why was it so important to God to include long lists of lineages in His one book of instructions to humans?
  18. Why does God approve of slavery?
  19. Why did Jesus turn water into wine instead of doing more important things with his infinite powers and short time on Earth?
  20. Why does the God say to stone adulterers to death and then say, “He who is without sin, throw the first stone?”
  21. Does God have a plan for you?
  22. What would God want you to do?
  23. Does God give people signs?
  24. Should you go to church?
  25. Should you give money to churches?
  26. Which church, if any, does God approve of, and how do you know?
  27. How do you repress your sexual instincts?
  28. Why is it so important to God that you repress your sexual instincts?
  29. How much fun and self-indulgence is too much?
  30. Should you punish yourself for sinning?
  31. How can you love sinners and non-believers if they’re evil and deserve to go to Hell?
  32. How do you cope with the fact that most of the people you know and love are going to Hell?
  33. Why do you need to be baptized?
  34. Do babies who haven’t been baptized or believe in Jesus go to Hell?
  35. Do people who never heard of Jesus go to Hell?
  36. Do mentally handicapped people go to Hell?
  37. Should you pray to an all-powerful, all-knowing being?
  38. What does anything in the book of Revelation mean?
  39. Do you only need faith to be saved, or do you need good works also?
  40. Should you give away everything you own? If not, how much should you give away?
  41. Why aren’t there any first hand accounts of Jesus’s existence?
  42. Why were the Jews God’s chosen people?
  43. Why would God choose one ethnic group as his favorite group of people?
  44. Why did God need a house built for him in Jerusalem?
  45. Why are there contradictions in the Bible?
  46. How do you know you can trust The Council of Nicaea?

However you felt about this post, you’ll probably feel the same way about these:

The Bible is mythology

Christianity is bad for you and society

Churches and Christian Culture

10 responses to “Questions Christians have to struggle with that non-believers can answer in three words

  • Anonymous

    How can you ask what’s sin an ask how to control sexual feelings ? Lol you have never rrad the bible you don’t understand it I can answer all the questions easily ..
    Rise sleeper. Awake from the dead


  • Tim

    I read this blog because of the statement that Christians would use thousands of words to explain the questions you presented, where as an unbeliever could use three. I understand your point of trying to point out the falsity of the Christian faith, but sometimes the shortest answer isn’t always the right answer. That being said,I believe a christian could answer in 1 sentence consisting of roughly 12 words, and in some instances only need 1 word. I hope you find that Christian and can ask them these questions and get the answers you seek.


  • Okechukwu Moses

    I love this site. It gives me peace of mind.

    Thank you editors


  • Max Anderson

    And here is my question to any person who believes in a god:

    Why does any god allow the atrocities of ISIS to continue. There can only be one of three answers:
    – he approves
    – he is not almighty and can’t stop them (the devil has greater power)
    – there is no god.

    Oh – sorry……. I just thought of another:

    god works in mysterious ways and it is not up to us to judge his actions (or non-actions)


    • Dan

      If you can find out why God allows the atrocities of Israel, the U.S., and Europe to continue, then you will have the answer as to why he allows ISIS to continue with their atrocities.

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    • Tyler

      Because he left us in charge to change the world… He says it himself… Wake up sheeple.


    • Sondra

      God gave the Earth to Adam to rule over. Gn 2. Adam ceded his authority to Satan. Gn 3. Therefore, Satan could legitimately say this, as recorded in Mt 4: “Again, the devil took [Jesus] to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.'” It was Satan’s world to give. Why would you blame God?

      Ignorance of God’s Word is a terrible thing.


  • Mike De Fleuriot

    Consider yourself, as person able to read this blog, how would you make clear to everyone that reads this blog (and comments section) exactly what you mean to say.

    Consider how their god promoted his message.


  • Dan

    As Mike Revero of said: Why doesn’t God just make his laws (and his existence) known to every human mind and let us choose to obey or not. (Not an exact quote, but you get the idea.) The hell with this hide and seek, and having bearded old men from thousands of years ago spreading the word via poorly written “Holy” books, from the middle of the unholiest land in the world..


    • Tyler

      Because if you experienced God fully you wouldn’t have a choice. Also there would be no reason to seek him. He isn’t going to waste his time. He doesn’t need you.

      Why are you so selfish, and confused about Christianity… It’s sad.


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