The questions were asked by Dennis Diehl when he was a child. He never seemed to get satisfactory answers. Somehow, he went on to become a pastor for 26 years, but that eventually stopped.
He writes about his questions here. The horrible answers he gets should be a lesson at any seminary school in what not to say to children (unless you want them to leave the faith, which I’d be ok with…).
The questions are also good for children to take to their own pastors. If you don’t get honest, satisfactory answers (including “I don’t know”), they’re not people you should be trusting or listening to in the first place.
I should mention the pastors Dennis refers to are the ones who take the Bible to be literally true, and not all pastors are like that. But even the latter group should be prepared to answer the tough questions.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Dennis Diehl, pastor, church[/tags]