Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” – Why six days?

 

Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer

“Pertness and ignorance may ask a question in three lines, which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer. When this is done, the same question shall be triumphantly asked again the next year, as if nothing had ever been written upon the subject. ”

-George Horne

R. E. Pucket was a faithful Christian for much of his life. However, as he began to expand his reading and investigate arguments against faith, he became convinced that faith was irrational. This impression was strengthened by the fact that Christians with which he interacted largely told him that he should believe for belief’s sake, that faith trumped rationality, and, above all else, that confusing things were just “part of God’s plan.”

As of 2009, Pucket says he spends a significant amount of time interacting with born again Christians who he feels are trying to convert him and win his soul. He rebuffs these attempts by presenting arguments that seem to stymie these Christians who in turn make vague appeals to “God’s Plan” and blind faith.

Pucket’s article, “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” was originally posted on Yahoo voices in 2009, and then later moved to bukisa.com. In this article, Pucket lists out some of the arguments he has found for which Christians seem to have no rational, logical answers, and invites the readers to inspect their faith in light of these questions. In the original article, Pucket says this:

“Don’t get me wrong, they will have an answer for them. You will find, however, that their answers have no basis in verifiable fact or evidence whatsoever, and will be largely based in their blind faith forsaking all reason.”

This article series will attempt to examine all fifty of Pucket’s questions, and offer responses to these questions one at a time. As such, this series will include 50 entries – one each day – for 50 days. This is the first of these articles.

Although Pucket’s article is a very small entry into the sea of writings against Christianity, the importance of this series is that Pucket’s arguments are not unique to him. They are exemplary of skeptical arguments common and perennial. Also, Pucket is by no means incorrect in asserting that Christians often cannot answer these questions. Especially on the spur of the moment. Examining these questions is both a method of gaining a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, and preparing to confront common arguments.

I will, however, credit Pucket with coming up with some unique spins on classic arguments.

One preliminary comment is in order:

A variety of the Christian views that Pucket attacks in these questions are held by a very specific sect of Christian believers, and by no means characterize the whole of Christian views. The questions also occasionally make broad statements which either mischaracterize Biblical teachings, or are backed up with no supporting evidence. Where these mistakes are made, the responses are largely aimed at correcting these mischaracterizations. This is not to say that the attack has no merit, but the attack would need to be re-worked to fit a proper representation of that belief.

Finally, it is worth noting that the questions are sometimes phrased in highly emotive or sarcastic forms. This article will attempt to respond to the fundamental objection being raised, rather than the tone in which they are presented, however the questions themselves will be presented in their original format.

Creation

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1.) If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?

A significant number of theologians, dating back to early Jewish Rabbis, believe that the six days of the Genesis account mean something other than six literal days. Let’s generalize the question so as not to defend only one particular view: “Why does God take any period of time to accomplish anything? Couldn’t he just act timelessly?”
Assuming for a moment that God exists eternally, the amount of time he takes to do anything is irrelevant to him. It is only relevant to those objects and individuals who exist inside of time. Since matter and energy and the laws that govern them exist within four dimensions which includes the dimension of time, and since these laws of nature were created by God, God is simply following the laws he established in order to accomplish his purposes. Why God created time at all is a separate question, but the answer may well be that humans require the construct of past, present, and future in order to make free-will decisions; and humans need to be able to make free will decisions in order to have a relationship with their Creator. The purpose for which God created at all was the actualization of his nature and attributes through the person of Jesus Christ, and the tablet of time works beautifully to carry out this revelation.

Stay tuned for Question #2!

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