30 Preposterous Things You Need To Believe To Be A Christian

John W. Loftus, the former minister turned atheist, author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, and the primary blogger at Debunking Christianity (whose updates you can follow daily in our blogroll feed) has a terrific summation of 30 extraordinarily unlikely ideas, at least most of which most Christians would have to believe in order to be Christians.

Here’s just a few of them:

1) There must be a God who is a simple being yet made up of three inexplicable persons existing forever outside of time without a beginning, who therefore never learned anything new, never took a risk, never made a decision, never disagreed within the Godhead, and never had a prior moment to freely choose his own nature.

5) That there was a first human pair (Adam & Eve) who so grievously sinned against God when tested that all of the rest of us are being punished for it (including animals), even though no one but the first human pair deserved to be punished. If it’s argued that all of us deserve to be punished because we all would have sinned, then the test was a sham. For only if some of us would not have sinned can the test be considered a fair one. But if some of us would not have sinned under the same initial conditions then there are people who are being punished for something they never would have done.

6) That although there are many other similar mythological stories told in Ancient Near Eastern Literature that pre-date what we read in the Bible, the stories in the Bible are about real events and real people.

25) That although God’s supposed revelation in the canonical Bible is indistinguishable from the musings of an ancient, barbaric, superstitious people, the Bible is the word of God. As SilverBullet recently said: “…the lord doesn’t work in mysterious ways, but in ways that are indistinguishable from his non-existence. It seems to me that there is nothing in the Christian scriptures, no sentence, paragraph, or idea, that couldn’t be anything more than the product of the humans alive at the time that the apparently divinely inspired scriptures and ideas were “revealed”. Sure, its possible for a god to reveal himself in an inspired book, and throughout history, in ways that are indistinguishable from the work of human minds and human minds alone. But how probable does that seem to you?”

26) That although it’s claimed God got the attention of Abraham, Moses, the Pharaoh, Gideon, Mary, Joseph, and Saul (who became Paul) and that he knows how to get the attention of anyone and everyone, there is no objective evidence he’s trying to get the attention of the billions of people who don’t believe. In fact, Christians are much more concerned than God is that non-believers are converted. Just compare the lengths to which Christians will go in order to convert non-believers, with a God who has the means to convert everyone and yet does nothing to help them do this. If you say God is helping to convert non-believers then tell us how to objectively know God is actually doing this.

The whole list is here.

  • Liam

    That’s great! Shows how truly blind these believers are. What an embarrasment for them!

  • Cara

    Very interesting compilation. I have long thought that in order to be both a Christian and a good person, it is necessary to be a hypocrite as following the Bible in a literal manner would result in barbaric behavior but if one picks and chooses which parts to follow, they’re not being true to their faith. I have heard many Christians say that the only REAL requirement is to accept Jesus as your personal savior which apparently lets them justify their buffet-style belief system. I can’t help but find the whole thing bizarre.

  • Daniel Fincke

    Indeed, Cara. Have you ever seen the spectacular NonStampCollector video on that theme?

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mLOUWl-L-s&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0×006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

  • http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/ John W. Loftus

    Thanks for the link, Daniel!