Sunday, 12 June 2016

Questions and answers...

I have not been very active on this Blog (mostly because I realized that nobody is reading it). :-)

In the meantime, I stumbled upon Quora. There I have been too active answering various questions recently. I realized after a while that the same questions get asked again and again, every time with just a faintly different twist. And unfortunately, many times a question is asked not to get an honest answer, but simply to provoke. So instead of continuing to answer over and over again, I decided to just post here some of my answers which I think might be useful.

There is no evidence for faith in God (or in Jesus or the Christian religion)?
https://www.quora.com/Theists-Im-an-atheist-Why-do-you-believe-in-God-s-and-why-should-I/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-theists-on-Quora-who-believe-it-is-a-cold-hard-fact-that-God-exists/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Does-God-exist/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Theists-why-do-you-think-the-universe-required-a-deity-to-come-to-be/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Do-you-think-that-God-exist-And-what-are-the-logical-evidence-for-his-existence-for-you-personally/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-would-be-your-utmost-reason-for-believing-in-your-faith-any-faith/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

But can you prove it?
- https://www.quora.com/How-could-you-prove-the-existence-of-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Does-God-exist/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-do-theists-use-Jesus-rising-from-the-dead-as-proof-of-Gods-existence/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Can-the-existence-of-god-be-proven-scientifically/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Can-the-Bible-be-proven-to-be-the-word-of-God-using-outside-sources/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

On faith (Is faith not blind, then?)
- https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-theists-understand-the-meaning-of-faith/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/For-what-reason-are-some-theists-on-Quora-and-elsewhere-desperate-to-make-atheism-a-religion/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-faith-and-belief-3/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Are-there-different-degrees-of-faith/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | Better than I could say it: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2016/12/no-atheists-skeptics-faith-not-failed-epistemology/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer63d9c

How did I come to faith in Jesus Christ?
https://www.quora.com/What-do-YOU-mean-when-you-say-that-you-believe-in-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-experience-led-you-to-accept-Jesus-Christ-as-your-saviour/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Christians-How-do-you-obtain-the-Holy-Spirit/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The Kingdom of God concept?
- https://www.quora.com/Which-religion-preach-about-the-kingdom-of-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why do I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and trustworthy?
https://www.quora.com/How-do-Christians-know-that-the-Bible-is-the-Word-of-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Is-the-Bible-true/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-reason-do-Christians-have-to-believe-the-writing-of-the-Bible-was-inspired-by-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Some-people-seem-to-believe-a-divine-being-literally-wrote-the-Bible-but-do-people-understand-that-several-human-beings-physically-wrote-the-Bible/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-arguments-for-whether-the-bible-is-true-or-that-its-not-logically-sound/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

So why don't most people believe the Bible, then?
https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-people-believe-in-the-Bible-even-though-it-is-historically-geographically-and-scientifically-apart-from-miracles-accurate/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The Bible as a non-supernatural group of books (archaeological and historical usefulness of the Bible).
https://www.quora.com/Leaving-aside-supernatural-beliefs-what-little-known-things-does-the-Bible-New-and-Old-Testaments-tell-us-about-how-people-lived-in-past-times/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The canon of the Bible? Which books and why?
- https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-reasons-to-trust-the-Biblical-canon-of-scripture/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-story-of-how-the-Bible-came-to-be-written-anthologized-and-canonized/answer/Chavoux-Luyt/ | https://www.quora.com/Bible-2-Tim-3-16-All-scripture-is-inspired-of-God…-What-is-the-scope-of-the-expression-all-scripture/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-makes-Christians-so-sure-the-4-gospels-chosen-for-the-Canon-are-the-real-story/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Who-combined-the-Old-and-New-Testament-How-do-these-two-compare-and-contrast/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The Bible or experience?
https://www.quora.com/Do-Christians-rely-on-the-Bible-for-their-Knowledge-of-God-or-their-personal-experiences/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

On Bible versions
https://www.quora.com/How-do-people-who-take-the-Bible-literally-deal-with-the-fact-that-its-many-translations-and-edited-versions-differ-very-significantly-on-key-points/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Which-is-the-best-Bible-version-and-why/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

How to start reading the Bible
- https://www.quora.com/I-want-to-start-reading-the-Christian-Bible-but-I-dont-ever-feel-in-the-right-mind-set-to-do-it-and-I-find-it-kind-of-hard-to-really-understand-it-Where-should-I-start-and-how-should-I-do-it-properly/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/What-are-some-must-read-Bible-chapters/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-do-people-decide-which-parts-of-the-Bible-need-to-be-interpreted-literally-and-which-are-to-be-taken-figuratively/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

But what about all those Old Testament rules?
- https://www.quora.com/As-a-Christian-how-much-of-the-old-testament-rules-do-you-believe-you-should-adhere-to/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Prophecies?
https://www.quora.com/What-are-major-things-in-the-Bible-that-were-prophesied-and-actually-did-come-true/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Were-the-prophecies-in-the-Book-of-Daniel-really-prophecies-or-were-they-history/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/After-Armageddon-the-Biblical-last-battle-Where-will-the-human-race-be/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Was-Jesus-wrong-about-the-timing-of-his-second-coming/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-prophecy-and-fortune-telling/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-many-prophesies-did-Jesus-fulfill | https://www.quora.com/How-many-Messianic-prophecies-are-there/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Heaven and hell?
https://www.quora.com/Dont-people-realize-Jesus-was-a-Jew-and-that-Jews-dont-have-heaven-or-hell/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/If-someone-on-this-planet-died-literally-five-minutes-after-Jesus-died-is-that-person-in-Hell-now-because-they-didnt-accept-Jesuss-sacrifice/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Is it idolatry to trust the Bible as the Word of God?
https://www.quora.com/Is-the-doctrine-of-the-Bibles-infallibility-the-first-step-on-the-slippery-road-to-bibliolatry/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Can I be a Christian when I don't trust the Bible?
https://www.quora.com/Can-you-be-Christian-if-you-think-there-are-lots-of-errors-in-the-Bible/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Is any teaching beyond the Bible a heresy?
https://www.quora.com/Christians-Is-any-belief-beyond-the-Bible-a-heresy/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

On the historical reliability of the Bible and the argument from silence
https://www.quora.com/Is-Tim-ONeill-hypocritical-about-the-argument-for-silence/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-evidence-is-there-for-Jesus-Christs-death-burial-and-resurrection | https://www.quora.com/The-New-Testament-The-Bible-Can-anyone-supply-a-single-account-of-the-supposed-resurrection-of-Jesus-that-is-consistent-with-all-four-accounts-and-doesnt-contradict-any-of-them/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-relationship-of-Apollonius-of-Tyana-to-Jesus-Why-do-his-circumstances-look-like-that-of-Jesus/answers/19559009 | https://www.quora.com/Is-the-Bible-historically-accurate/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Do-we-have-extra-biblical-evidence-for-the-origins-of-the-Israelites/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-Matthew-Mark-Luke-and-John-were-named-centuries-after-publication-and-were-not-actually-penned-by-those-named/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Jesus as God?
https://www.quora.com/Did-the-historical-Jesus-see-himself-as-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/The-Gospels-of-Mark-Matthew-and-Luke-do-not-proclaim-the-divinity-of-Jesus-Isnt-it-impossible-that-they-forgot-to-mention-such-a-humongous-issue/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-the-Gospels-save-John-be-explicit-and-state-Jesus-was-the-God-or-at-least-as-explicit-as-the-Gospel-of-John-about-Jesus-divinity/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Did Jesus Himself claim that He is divine and died for our sins?
- https://www.quora.com/Did-Jesus-ever-actually-say-he-died-for-your-sins-and-he-is-divine-or-is-it-an-invented-theory-by-Paul/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Defining God
- https://www.quora.com/Shouldnt-people-try-to-define-precisely-what-it-is-that-they-call-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

How do I know that I have the Holy Spirit in me?
https://www.quora.com/How-does-one-know-he-has-the-Holy-Spirit-in-him/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why don't most Jews believe in Jesus?
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-that-Jews-still-dont-believe-in-Jesus-as-the-Messiah-Please-dont-give-personal-views-just-give-a-logical-view/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

What could make me loose my faith in Jesus Christ?
https://www.quora.com/Im-an-atheist-What-would-make-a-believer-to-lose-their-faith-in-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/As-a-person-of-faith-what-would-it-take-to-make-you-an-atheist/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

But why the "genocides" in the Bible?
https://www.quora.com/Why-did-the-God-demand-the-Israelites-to-commit-genocides-in-the-Holy-Bible/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

What about Abraham sacrificing Isaac?
https://www.quora.com/Abraham-biblical-figure-If-God-asked-you-to-sacrifice-your-child-would-you/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Thought-Experiments-God-appeared-in-front-of-me-and-very-clearly-told-me-I-should-kill-my-son-Isaac-What-should-I-do/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The problem of evil?
https://www.quora.com/A-question-to-both-theists-and-atheists-Why-is-there-evil-in-the-world/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-does-God-allow-evil/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-believe-in-god-read-comment/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/If-God-has-the-ability-to-prevent-suffering-but-doesnt-then-what-use-is-God-for-humans/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Some other philosophical questions on God
https://www.quora.com/Is-it-possible-there-is-really-no-g-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-can-miracles-occur-if-they-by-definition-break-the-laws-of-nature/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Doesnt-the-concept-of-miracles-go-against-the-Christian-doctrine-for-free-will/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Is-God-really-almighty-Is-God-giving-us-freedom-of-choice-Read-the-first-comment/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-feedback-for-the-question-Can-God-create-a-rock-that-he-cannot-lift-only-in-logic-study/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-purpose-of-life-according-to-the-Bible/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/God-What-exactly-is-meant-when-someone-says-that-God-is-bigger-than-the-mind-can-contain/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why would an almighty, all-knowing God require worship?
- https://www.quora.com/Why-would-any-benevolent-omnipotent-and-omniscient-god-ever-demand-adulation-or-even-acknowledgment/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

How can Christians claim that we are saved by faith alone?
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-Christians-believe-that-salvation-is-entirely-on-faith/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Is God not unfair?
https://www.quora.com/Why-would-God-forgive-murderers-if-they-repent-but-not-forgive-atheists-who-are-very-loving-and-considerate-Why-would-anyone-want-to-worship-that-kind-of-god/answer/Chavoux-Luyt#

So how many times can I repent, then?
https://www.quora.com/Why-would-God-forgive-murderers-if-they-repent-but-not-forgive-atheists-who-are-very-loving-and-considerate-Why-would-anyone-want-to-worship-that-kind-of-god/answer/Chavoux-Luyt/comment/20568800

My perspective on Christianity - What is a true Christian?
https://www.quora.com/Can-a-Christian-give-me-their-perspective-on-Christianity/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-true-Christian/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/This-question-is-solely-for-Christians-of-all-denominations-excluding-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Mormons-and-Seventh-Day-Adventists-How-would-you-define-mere-Christianity-not-the-book-written-by-C-S-Lewis/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

The decline of Christianity: Why do young people loose their faith?
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-young-people-lose-their-faith-especially-Christians/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-is-American-Christian-church-attendance-declining-and-how-does-its-attendance-compare-with-other-countries/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/My-Christian-mom-would-hit-me-and-swear-at-me-for-being-an-atheist-What-should-I-do/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Trying to correct atheist misconceptions
https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-specific-points-theists-would-like-to-correct-atheists-on-about-theistic-beliefs/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Im-an-atheist-I-was-recently-told-I-have-a-distorted-view-of-Christianity-because-I-reject-and-criticize-Christian-fundamentalists-Am-I-wrong/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Why-are-theists-so-offended-by-atheistic-counter-views-in-public-discourse/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/For-what-reason-are-some-theists-on-Quora-and-elsewhere-desperate-to-make-atheism-a-religion/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Will-someone-explain-why-atheists-are-so-aggressive-towards-theists-to-the-point-of-spamming-all-religion-questions-on-Quora/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

On "being saved"
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-saved-in-Christianity/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-does-it-seem-as-though-there-are-several-conditions-to-having-a-saving-faith-in-Christ-1/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Is Jesus the only way to eternal life?
https://www.quora.com/Do-Christians-think-that-all-non-Christians-are-going-to-Hell/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-does-jesus-say-those-who-disbelive-him-will-go-to-hell/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-will-happen-to-those-who-have-not-heard-about-Jesus/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Do-all-religions-ultimately-point-to-the-same-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-infinite-can-Jesus’-love-be-if-for-those-who-reject-him-as-being-their-savior-he-consigns-them-to-an-everlasting-hell/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Why-doesnt-Jesus-claim-to-be-the-truth-the-way-and-the-life-in-the-Gospels-of-Mark-Matthew-and-Luke-but-only-in-John/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-MOST-important-application-of-Comparative-religion-in-our-world-today/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Do-Christians-believe-that-people-who-believe-in-other-gods-and-dont-accept-Jesus-are-going-to-hell/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why was Jesus crucified?
- https://www.quora.com/Why-was-Jesus-crucified/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

How can the Christian faith be true if it came so late? Why have God been "silent" for such long periods?
https://www.quora.com/How-is-Christianity-the-right-religion-belief-system-if-it-was-never-the-first/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Where-has-God-been-since-the-Bible-was-written/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why should Christians evangelize?
https://www.quora.com/Jesus-taught-love-acceptance-so-why-do-evangelical-christians-contradict-that-basic-concept-and-try-to-convert-everyone-into-their-specific-faith/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Is-evangelism-necessary-in-this-day-and-age-or-should-people-seek-God-on-their-own-after-disillusionment-with-the-secular-worlds-values/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Do-religious-people-have-a-duty-to-convert-others-to-their-religion/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Why pray?
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-Christians-have-to-pray-every-day/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

How to experience God yourself (Hearing the voice of the Lord)?
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-that-the-more-faithful-and-non-stop-Christian-experiences-God-more-than-others/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-tell-the-difference-between-my-own-impulse-and-a-prompting-of-the-Holy-Spirit-in-times-when-you-have-to-act-or-decide-immediately/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/If-God-communicates-with-you-how-does-it-happen/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

On science and religion
https://www.quora.com/Is-science-making-people-non-religious/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-do-Christian-Fundamentalists-in-the-science-math-and-medicine-fields-reconcile-their-faith-with-evolutionary-biology/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/How-seriously-should-we-take-the-proposal-of-a-young-Earth-by-some-fundamentalist-Christians/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Why-cant-religion-and-science-co-exist/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-Scientific-Moral-Evidence-That-God-of-the-Bible-Contradict-Science/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/Isnt-it-contradictory-to-believe-in-evolution-and-God-at-the-same-time/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-convince-my-parents-to-be-less-forceful-about-Creationism/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-facts-revealed-through-a-religious-text-that-could-never-be-known-without-divine-inspiration/answer/Chavoux-Luythttps://www.quora.com/As-they-are-used-to-think-of-theories-that-predict-some-results-and-are-verifiable-why-do-some-scientists-believe-in-God/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-can-science-inform-religion-more-effectively/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-conflict-between-Naturalism-and-Supernaturalism/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | https://www.quora.com/How-do-those-who-hold-the-doctrine-of-biblical-inerrancy-deal-with-scriptures-which-contradict-the-findings-of-science-or-history/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Science and philosophy
https://www.quora.com/Is-it-common-among-scientists-to-scorn-philosophy/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

What does Christianity have to do with Ecology?
https://www.quora.com/How-does-Christianity-line-up-with-ecology/answer/Chavoux-Luyt | Was animals created for human consumption, then? https://www.quora.com/Does-the-Bible-say-that-animals-were-created-for-human-consumption/answer/Chavoux-Luyt (For a longer response on my web site about God and animals, see also http://www.chavoux.com/GodAnimals.html)

Biodiversity?
- https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-relevance-of-biodiversity/answer/Chavoux-Luyt| https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-we-can-do-as-individuals-and-as-a-society-to-curb-biodiversity-loss/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

What would be the ecological impact of all people turning vegetarian?
https://www.quora.com/What-would-be-the-ecological-impact-if-all-humans-turned-vegetarian/answer/Chavoux-Luyt

Ecology - Competitive exclusion? Levels of organization?

1 comment:

  1. Awesome list, Chavoux.
    I'm new to Quora, so glad to find this expression from an experienced Christian.
    Thanks
    Terry

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