3. Fact or Allegory. The Bible says the Earth is between 6,000 and 8,000 years old, that it was created in 7 days, and that Man is made of dirt and Woman a piece of Man. Most churches today say that this is allegory. What passages of the Bible support it all being just allegory?
4. Needle’s Eye. Jesus said rich men don’t go to Heaven easily and even implied that it wasn’t possible. Why are so many people with money and property Christian if they are probably going to Hell?
9. Turn the other Cheek. Jesus instructs the saved to love and to forgive even deadly insults (Matthew 5:44: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” et cetera). Why do no prominent Christian leaders to follow this?
10. Free will. Freedom to choose is given to man by God. Man has two main choices: 1) accept the Love of God and, upon death, go to paradise for eternity, 2) Refuse God and, upon death, just die, be utterly damned. How is that freedom of choice when it is the same thing as a gun to your head?
I particularly like #4 — given the emphasis which American culture places on consumerism, wealth, and conspicuous consumption, the conflicts between American culture and orthodox Christianity are legion. Yet, somehow, Christians seem to think that the two not only are perfectly compatible, but are in fact so deeply intertwined that one can’t be thought of without the other.
Thus, getting American Christians to separate America from Christianity would be a significant achievement. If Christians would reflect more on what Jesus is reported to have said about wealth, and compare that with America generally and their own lives, there’s the possibility for significant cognitive dissonance.