The Challenge to any Fundementalist Chrsitain reading this

sent in by Mike

This is a challenge to any fundamentalist Christians reading this.

I have posted this challenge already but it seems to have been ignored by the Christians who view this site, and hijacked by those wanting a political debate. I would challenge any Christians who insist that the bible is the inerrant word of god, to specifically answer the three questions below.

Lots of you think that the ex-Christians on this site are either running from God or have given up because they want to be 'in the world' in order to sin. You just can't get your heads round the fact that the Bible is full of holes, and that we haven't 'chosen' to disbelieve. Instead we disbelieve because once you read the Bible you realise that it is full of holes. I have three types of problems with the Bible, and I challenge the Christians to explain them, without resorting to personal attacks such as "If you were a real Christian, you wouldn't need to ask these questions".

Problem 1: There are many, many passages that clearly contradict each other. E.g. how many men were healed in the region of the Genesarenes, where the pigs hurtled down the bank into the water? How many angels were present at the empty tomb? Was the stone rolled away before anyone came to the tomb or while some were present? There are literally dozens and dozens of examples of these contradictions, and many are listed on other testimony pages. You would have thought that the Word of God, your response to which is supposed to dictate your destination for all eternity, would be clear, concise and consistent. However, it is none of the above. How the hell are we meant to be condemned to hell, when the only book we are supposed to be guided by is so contradictory?

2. There are passages containing promises that clearly do not work. In Isaiah 53 it says "by his stripes we are healed". But of course we aren't. In the new testament we read that if two or three agree in prayer, the prayer will be answered, and if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can literally move mountains with prayer. Of course, this is also rubbish, (and please don't try and tell me 'mountain' just means 'large problem').

3. Finally there are those passages that are clearly undefendable, as they contradict what the Bible says elsewhere about God being loving. I submit two examples for you: 1. In Exodus, when Moses and Aaron are demanding the release of the Israelites from Egyptian captivity, God's final plague kills all the firstborn, including innocent children and babies. Imagine George Bush and Tony Blair telling the world that, in order to speed up the Iraq way, the allied air forces would bomb the schools and orphanages instead of the command bunkers and ammo dumps. That would be a war crime and yet here is the God of love doing just that. If God can do all things, he could have struck down each pharoh that said 'no' to Moses' demand, just like God did with Ananias and Saphyra in Acts 5. Eventually, one of the replacement pharohs would have wised up and said yes. God didn't do that and instead killed innocent babies and kids. Great one. The second example is the book of Job. God and Satan are involved in what we in industry call a 'pissing contest' for bragging rights. As a consequence, Job loses his health, his livelihood and all his children. His three friends try to console him, with such wisdom as 'you obviously are guilty of sin because bad things happen when you sin' and 'you must not have had enough faith. (You obviously haven't been to enough church services, revival meetings etc)'. Job dismisses all of this BS. God eventually turns up and answers Job's questions of 'why did this all happen' with this gem: "I'm big and powerful, look at all the big things I created. I could snuff you out in an instance, I'm that powerful. Don't talk to me like that". God THREATENS Job. After all he's put Job through, (don't forget, God TOLD Satan to afflict Job), all God has to say is 'I'm big, don't f**k with me". That's God's message to the bereaved and the hurting who want to know 'why'. Nice one, God!

So, there we are. Let's see how the Christians answer the above. Let them tell us how they can believe in the god as portrayed in the Bible. I'm waiting.

Became a Christian at 17
Left Christianity at 39
Was: Evangelical, charismatic
Now: Serious doubter
Converted because: Youth club membership
De-converted because: Serious concerns with the bible


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Anonymous said...

Dear Folks,

Thank you very much for your comments.

Take care.

Dave Van Allen said...


This is a discussion? It appears that you are interviewing, not discussing.

Please answer some of the questions posed to you.

Here's one, in case all these questions have somehow escaped your notice: What is your purpose for posting all these questions?

Now, there is no plan to change the format for comments.

You are always welcome to join our forums at if you want to post in a different format with a bigger comment form.

Dave Van Allen said...

There are several ways to keep up with the comments flowing on this site.

One way is to check out the comments section of the site where every comment is posted individually: Comments.

Another way is to subscribe to the RSS feed on that page and read the comments in a news reader.

Finally, you could join the Yahoo Group mentioned at the top of the Comments page. If you join the group, then you receive an email with each comment that is posted.

In all three cases, reading the online page, in a newsreader, or on email, a link is connected with each comment that takes you directly to the discussion.

It might benefit you to explore the site a bit. There's quite a few options available.

Anonymous said...

Finally Someone has come to save all us "Christians" from time....your like the 1st person ever on the Internet to challenge in the whole WORLD! Your so awesome....

LOL...what a Joke...

Anonymous said...

No one here's out to "save" jack shit.....only you can save yourself. That's the part that you just refuse to get.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mike,

Whilst I disagree with much of what you have written I respect your opinion and your desire to educate people. However I would like to say that what you call "contradictions" are really questions which cannot be answered on the basis of the text. These are questions which no one can ever answer. If a Christian claims they have all the answers then they must be lying. As a liberal Christian I see the Bible sa human work which could be inspired by God (if and only if he exists). There are bound to be mistakes in it. The Old and New Testament's contradict each other as the New Testament attempts to explain God's true nature in a way that was never possible. It is a testament concerning the nature of the Incarnation where "God became flesh" The Bible is not a historical document with all the answers. The Bible cannot ever provide all the answers. Thus as Wittgenstein wrote: "What we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence"....

Regards, J.D.G
University of Cambridge
Undergraduate in Theology & Religious Studies.

Keep up the blogging/discussion.

JustRox said...

I'm not asking you to believe it blindly, but i am asking you to observe what It says about things if you are so willing to misinterpret it to everyone else. These are not "clearly undefendable" but become quite reasonable when you look at them Biblically.

In other words, it only makes sense if you already believe. Gotcha. Only someone who already believes in an invisible superbeing named God would find it "reasonable" that a snake could not only speak, but convince a woman to disobey a direct order from this God character.

please, don't use the Bible as a source for your disbelief. If you disagree with what it says, that's fine (FINE as in I cannot MAKE, nor do I want to MAKE you believe it), but please don't distort what it is saying.

In reality, it is believers doing the distorting as they try to explain how this God's horrific acts are somehow "good" when those same atrocities committed by human beings are not only abhorrent, but in nearly every place on earth are punishable by imprisonment or death.

I don't speak for anyone but myself, but it's long past time for believers to take off the delusion-colored glasses and see the bible for what it is; a book of myths and stories, with perhaps a little bit of history peppered here and there. As a rule book for living peacefully with the rest of human kind, however, it fails miserably.

Anonymous said...

aaron camp,

I think that there is enough evidence on this page alone, to discredit and tear down all religions and proves the bible as false.

Had you throughly read this page, I see absolutely no reason for further religious discussion or engagement.

nice try, But!

I'm a nerdy 23 year old Christian in Cali, who really believes what he believes and just wants people to talk through things....but back in my hopes that I may change your mind and get a bigger mansion in heaven.

We've all been through this crap so many times on here, it's really getting old.

I suggest you read as many testimonies as you can on here for a month and then come back and spew your religious propaganda.

Anonymous said...

Christian guest offered: " fact, my point was to show that if you rely on the Bible as an adaquate source...then it all makes sense."

Please---makes sense to who? Sure, it makes SUBJECTIVE "sense". However, it comes no where even close to making OBJECTIVE sense, hence, the THOUSANDS of different Christian sect/denominations, NONE of which fully agree on what the bible "says".

As usual, the fundamentalist comes here trying to be diplomatic, yet, by their words they imply that THEY have the one "TRUE" interpretation of the Bible.

Quote: "Let's stick to intelligent conversation."

What does one's personal belief have to do with intelligence, as a whole? None. Please, without using second hand information or personal experiences, supply us with OBJECTIVE evidence that ANY deity exists anywhere outside your mind. Waiting.

Anonymous said...

It cannot be objectively shown that a non-personal Universal deity does not exist. You would have to be omniscient to prove it. However, the alleged Christian "3 in 1" deity is clearly a "personal" deity..i.e..a "being". "He", as you put it, does not, and cannot, even exist in concept---much like a "square circle" cannot exist in concept. So okay---waiting on objective evidence for the *Christian* biblegod. Thanks.

Dave Van Allen said...


From the websites linked to your profile, I'd conclude that you've ingested quite a bit of Evangelical apologetic rhetoric. You also present the idea of accepting the Bible as a reliable source as reasonable accommodation for ex-Christians. Well, it seems a logical conclusion that most ex-Christians have certainly accepted the Bible as a reliable source at one time or another in their lives—hense the EX tacked on to CHRISTIAN. Talk to a Christian one-on-one? Again, ex-Christians have not only talked to Christians one-on-one, lots of them, they were once real Christians themselves.

Your point that a person’s worldview has little to do with their behavior as a human being is interesting. Of course, one conclusion that could be drawn from that simplistic philosophy would be that behavior, good or bad, is ultimately meaningless. Or I could surmise that being filled with the Holy Spirit of the Living God was no guarantee of a change in behavior. Surely this is not what you intended, was it?

You asked, in reference to the obvious Biblical contradictions cited by the original poster,” Could the authors be giving details from a different point of view?”

Could, would, might, maybe. Let’s not speculate. Since this is the WORD of God, inspired by the spirit of the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, deity of all creation, and you are filled with some . For 2000 years now, Christians have tried to concoct reasons as to why the last sentence Jesus said on the cross is different in each Gospel. None of the resurrection stories can be harmonized.

1) Where did the disciples see Jesus, in Jerusalem, or in Galilee?
2) Were they commanded to go to Galilee or to stay in Jerusalem?

Of course the answer to both questions is: all of the above. The Gospels are clearly not reliable history – they were written to convince people to join or remain within new religious cult. That point is evident throughout.

You say that judgement is poured out justly.

When is it right to torture people? Where is the line after which torture is not only permissible, but is the just, honorable, and right thing to do?

The horrors of hell are presented as a horrific place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, a fire that is never quenched, and eternal darkness with much pain and suffering.

Now, if I’m lucky, I’ll live another 40 years or so. That’s only if I’m lucky. So far in my 47 years I’ve thought dirty thoughts, masturbated, had sex before marriage, stolen a candy bar or two, thought murderous thoughts, and other similar heinous crimes against man and nature. In my entire life, I’ve probably committed these atrocities hundreds, or perhaps thousands of times. How many years of punishment do you suppose would satisfy the holy wrath of your loving god? Would a million years of punishment suffice for my, say, 87 years of bad behavior? A million to low? How about a billion? A billion still insufficient? My point is that an eternity of horrific suffering for snubbing my nose at your god for 87 mortal years is not justice. It’s sadism. There is no way to reconcile such backward justice with a all-wise, all-loving god. No way! You can just decide to believe it makes sense, but it certainly doesn’t make any sense. God’s ways may not be our ways, but they most certainly should be superior to our ways. When it comes to justice, your god’s ways are more inline with a bronze-aged understanding of justice. Realizing that the documents that comprise the Bible were composed by bronze-aged people makes much more sense than supposing that some god had anything to do with it.

I've read the Bible dozens of times and studied it quite a bit in by 30 years in the faith. I wonder, have you studied anything, besides things written by Christian authors, about the Bible or the genesis of Christianity, or opposing viewpoints on the reliablity of that document? If you have, would you mind listing the titles of those works?

Anonymous said...

Mr Cain---

Like I said, no, it cannot be objectively shown that a Universal and NON-personal deity does not exist. And when I say say "Universal", that means across the board; across denominations; across *personal* beliefs...i.e. one "God"; one "Truth" "if", "ands", or "buts".

However, and using this same logic, it ALSO cannot be "objectively" shown that leprechauns do not exist *somewhere" in the universe. Keeping this in mind---if I posit that Leprechauns created and rule over the universe, and that if you, Mr Cain, don't believe me.... that they will swoop down and burn you with their magic clover-torches..... that too, cannot "objecively" be shown to be a false belief. And additionally(pay close attention here), it would NOT be YOUR burden to prove MY fantastic claim the contrary, the burden of proof would be MINE. Further still, if you cannot prove my belief wrong, then my personal belief IS not, and will NEVER be "True" by "default". If none of this computes, here it is: Biblegod cannot be a Truth, by "default". Nice try, though = )

Anonymous said...

Whoops!..I put "Mr. Cain" instead of "Mr Camp"...sorry, ole chap! Waiting on that evidence! lol

Dave Van Allen said...

Aaron, We are not believing something—you are believing something.

We ex-Christians are dis-believing something.

Did you notice the "dis?"

Please don't confuse believing in a magical, flying, undead, man-god who is somehow three people in one, dis-believing in it. When someone says, “Ah, could you please prove that your fantastic claim is true,” it is not the same as “believing something.”

Setting aside a game of semantics or proper word usage, it boils down to this: it is the responsibility of the person making fantastic claims to provide evidence supporting those claims. Ex: “I saw a UFO!” Do you believe me? If not, by your logic, when you express skepticism, then you and I are equal on the believing scale. I just made a fantastic claim and your skepticism is belief? No, you are being wise. People are duped and deceived by all sorts of things. Believing without proper evidence is ridiculous.

I wonder how much evidence you were presented with before you surrendered your mind to your religion.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for people like you that think your bigger than God. It just proves the bible is right and the obvious need for the earth to be purged! May the ONE true God show you the truth, that you may repent and put your trust in Him before you perish. I would also suggest you read Exodus 20 & then look in a mirror. You may want the "forgiveness" that the shed blood of Jesus can only give. Blasphemy is a sin!

Anonymous said...

Whitey posted 2/13/2006 4:47 PM EST:

Anonymous 2/12/2006 8:19 PM: "Your comparison of Islam to Christianity within the modern world is laughable, were it not so pitiful."

Dave8: Those who value death above physical life, are equal, no matter what label you paint on their forehead.

Whitey: Fascinating perspective D, you'll have to relay that to Jill Carroll, providing she makes it back to the US with her had securely fashioned about her shoulders. I'm betting she won't. But given the option of being held by her current captors or a bunch of Baptists---- I'm sure she'd choose to sing Amazing Grace than profess Allah as the greatest toon since Homer Simpson.

You lose.

Anonymous said...

Whitey: "What do you think Jill's captors are doing? They, too, are using her as a pawn... soon to be headless one at that!"

Dave8: "I can't speak for the future. However, I suspect that her captors, are ruminating on a few facts; one, Jill is a woman, and woman are considered much more inferior in that part of the world, anyone who picks up the bible and reads a few passages knows this. Because, Jill is a woman, killing her, in some aspect, doesn't garner her killers respect, and in some cases may cause the Islamic Moderates to swing left against the extremeists. Her captors, are looking to gain support, Jill doesn't fill that bill.

So, in the last week or so, her captors attempted to bargain; trade Jill for the women who are held in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. This saves them face, as they don't have to lower themselves to killing a mere woman, and it shows their power in the international arena, which would garner them more support, bringing moderates to the far right.

Now, I can't be sure that this is what her captors are thinking, however, I can assure you, that the leaders who are holding her, are definitely thinking and strategizing on how to make the most of their victim for their cause."

The captors, chose to save face, and not alienate themselves from their supporters. Obviously, in the past few weeks, there has been bigger fish to fry for these organizations who have no problem kidnapping foreigners, even journalists - to get their voices heard.

Dave Van Allen said...

Was there one angel, two angels, or no angels at the tomb?

Did the stone get rolled away before dawn, after dawn, with the women as witnesses or without the women as witnesses?

Was there one woman, two women, or a group of women that found the open tomb?

Did the woman or women touch Jesus when they saw him or not?

Did everyone go to Galilee to see Jesus risen, or did they see him in Jerusalem?

Was Jesus crucified on the day of Passover or the day before?

I'm sorry davf, but the Gospel accounts are rife with inconsistencies. I mean, this is supposed to be the perfect WORD of GOD, right? Seems a shame that the accounts are so varied. If everyone is an eye-witness, you'd think they could've gotten the story straight, especially since they had 40 and more years to put it together.

Dave Van Allen said...

davf said: "You want to know why God isn't like you. I suggest you try to move up to God rather then trying to get Him to move down to you."

That's an interesting concept. How do you propose that someone "move up" to God?

davf said: "All the questions you have mentioned are quite easily understood if you study the bible rather then just reading it."

I have studied it. For thirty years. The Bible is loaded with impossible contradictions. That's why there are so many books out trying to explain them away.

davf said: "One final note in regards to Pharoah. Of the first born that were not wicked, they will spend eternity in heaven. Those that were will spend eternity in hell."

And you know all this from what? Please show me the Bible verses that support any of the dead in Egypt are now in heaven.

boomSLANG said...

fundy: "I suggest you try to move up to God rather then trying to get Him to move down to you."

"Move up" to God?, no...that would be "SUCK up" to God. See?...see how one word can change the entire meaning? And I know I'm right because I used the lexicon in my handy "Atheist's guide to interpreting Christian rhetoric" companion book:

move up = suck up (ref; pg 666)

; )

Anonymous said...

I am a Christian and have no intent to apologize for it, or offer any answer to the myriad questions being asked here. I believe what I believe, will share it with someone if they wish to listen, and refuse to shove my opinion down someone elses throat. The biggest concern I have here is that most feel it is their right to express whatever opinion they want about the Bible and God, and will chastise the one who questions that opinion. Yet, that same courtesy is not extended to those who express different opinions or beliefs. In short, the theme here is that those who have no interest in Christianity have the right to speak while those that do believe do not. THAT is the biggest contradiction on this site. By the way, my name is Philip. I can be reached at

Anonymous said...

Let’s see, Phillip is angry because on an EX-christian website, he thinks those who have a different opinion…i.e. “christian”…will be chastised.

I guess Phillip didn’t bother reading the site disclaimer. Typical of the Christians who come here to proselytize. Why read anything when you can win brownie points from god/jesus just by making bombastic statements?

No one stopped you, Phillip, from posting your challenge, so how can you make the claim that those who believe do not have the right to express their view? That’s your BIG contradiction? Is your faith so weak that you have to have people e-mail you, rather than defend you beliefs here?

Be a real christian and show us how right you are, or tuck your tail between your legs and skulk off like a coward.

Anonymous said...

"I am a Christian and have no intent to apologize for it..."

No one asked you to.

"...or offer any answer to the myriad questions being asked here."

Do you have any we haven't already heard thousands of times?

"...most feel it is their right to express whatever opinion they want about the Bible and God."

Yes indeed. That includes you.

"...and will chastise the one who questions that opinion. Yet, that same courtesy is not extended to those who express different opinions or beliefs."

Strong opinions are expressed, that's true. Anyone is free to question any opinion here. Occasionally, one of us ex-Christians will lay into another ex-Christian, even.

Really it depends on your approach. Christians who approach reasonably, without condescension or accusations, usually are treated decently even if their opinions aren't agreed with.

"...the theme here is that those who have no interest in Christianity have the right to speak while those that do believe do not."

Actually, given the site name most of us are quite interested in Christianity, though for a different reason than you. In any case the majority of visitors - including Christians - can post whatever they like, short of pure abuse or spam.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

I think you are a very angry person that was looking for an answer in th Bible and you didn't like what it said. The problem is you are a amateur on subject of the Bible. You obviously don't understand context of the passages and you do not understand hermaneutics. To explain what you want explained you need to study since you put this challenge out. The Bible's original language was Hebrew and Greek and it does not translate well to English. So if you really want to know what it says in all these so contested areas you brought up, study Greek and Hebrew and you find there is no conflict. The Jews were very meticulous about the Bible. Their discipline was they could remember the Bible without a reference to it and very disciplined of the concepts within.

There are much smarter people than you who were skeptics and converted of them was C.S. Lewis among many. C.S. Lewis was a genius. So you blowing Hot air. Start your search again with some humbleness and maybe God will start to reveal things to you that you really need in your life.
Maybe you should read C.S. Lewis and learn something that could be valuable to your life. God Bless

boomSLANG said...

Xian: I think you are a very angry person [who] was looking for an answer in [the] Bible and you didn't like what it said.

....and I think you are a very angry Christian who accidentally fumbled your way on to a website full of people who no longer believe in your little fantasy myth anymore, and you don't like what we have to say.

Xian: The problem is you are a amateur on subject of the Bible.

The problem is that you are an amateur Evangelist, and further, not a very bright one if you think that one needs to have anything more than a sixth-grade education to determine that snakes, shrubberies, and domestic asses don't speak the human language; that people cannot survive an over-night sleep-over in a whale's digestive tract; that hammers cannot swim; that chariots cannot fly; that it's wrong, and impractical, to hate your own parents...and the rest of the long list of stupid shit portrayed in your "Holy" book. Get over it.

Xian: You obviously don't understand context of the passages and you do not understand hermaneutics.

And you don't understand the context, language, semantics, poetic truths, etc., of the Holy Qur'an... yet, I'm fairly certain you've concluded it to be a false document. How'd you manage that?

Xian: To explain what you want explained you need to study since you put this challenge out. The Bible's original language was Hebrew and Greek and it does not translate well to English. So if you really want to know what it says in all these so contested areas you brought up, study Greek and Hebrew and you find there is no conflict.

Oh really? If it "doesn't translate well to English", why didn't Mr Perfect have the foresight to see this, and thus, make sure the human race spoke nothing but Greek and Hebrew?

The Jews were very meticulous about the Bible. Their discipline was they could remember the Bible without a reference to it and very disciplined of the concepts within

So you're Jewish, then?

There are much smarter people than you who were skeptics and converted of them was C.S. Lewis among many. C.S. Lewis was a genius. So [you're] blowing Hot air.

There are smarter people than you who were once believers, who have now deconverted. It boils down to convincing evidence, not appeals to authority.

Xian: God bless

Praise Allah!

Bye now.

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