Questions from a religiously confused little man
I’m a simple man, I think common sense and reason, to the best of my ability, is the only way to understand how things work and what makes them work. The idea of a god and the explanations of religions as to who god is, how many gods and other supernatural beings there are, and what they do, and why they love and hate various people is very confusing. So some of my questions are…
If there is only one god, why are there so many religions?
Which religion is the one that god started, and how do we know that?
If god talks to some people to let them know about him and what he wants of us, why doesn’t he just talk to everybody?
If there are many gods, why do they fight with each other, sort of like humans do?
If there is only one god why does it have so many other supernatural beings, some good, some evil, that it seems like it can’t control?
If Islam is the true religion, why does god want to control every aspect of human life, and why does he want to destroy those that don’t believe in him according to what Muhammad said he told him.
If Christianity is the true religion, and there is only one god, why did god split itself up into three different and apparently independent parts? And why did he wait so long, thousands of years, before he told humans who they are and what they are supposed to do?
Is the Christian Bible the true word of god, if so, how does god deal with translations and interpretation?
Why does god or gods want humans to worship it or them? Is that why the god of Abraham made humans; to revere, worship, and beseech it for favors? Does that mean that god is as needy for praise, respect, and admiration as are many humans?
Does god or gods have a human kind of love for all human beings? Can god and other supernatural beings experience the emotions and mental states that humans experience; love, hate, anger, happiness, sadness, pleasure, agony, contentment, etc.?
If god made human beings out of dust and clay rather than as a product of biological evolution, why do humans have all the negative as well as the positive attributes of vertebrate animal life?
Why would the god of Christianity and Islam want to eventually biologically kill all humans and keep in “glory” only those that believed it exists and eternally torture the spiritual body, the soul (?) of those that did not believe it existed, with extreme and never relenting pain that a physical biological body can experience?
Why does god expect humans to have faith that it exists when there is so much hate, distrust, anger, argument, and even war between those that profess different beliefs? The phrase “Trust me, I know what I’m doing” does not fill me with confidence.
I’m sorry, I know religion can be a very positive (and often negative) force for cultural survival and individual well being, but for a simple, but rational mind it all just doesn’t make sense.
But despite all that: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Allahu Akbar to whoever treats their neighbors kindly, and doesn’t kill those who teach their children that religion is nonsense.