Top 10 Quotes That Dispute Christianity

Christianity has been a powerful force for centuries, but that doesn't mean it's immune to questioning and criticism. From historical figures to modern writers and thinkers, people have pushed back against aspects of the faith. These perspectives range from skeptical to scathing, taking issue with everything from the nature of God to the actions of the Church.
The Top Ten
1 "The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilisations. The Christian god is a three-headed monster. Cruel, vengeful and capricious." - often attributed to Thomas Jefferson

This is very true. God is very much like various other gods, making His form common and not unique and awesome as many state that He is.

2 "We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes." - Gene Roddenberry.

The real question here is, "Why would God make humans if He would still be a God without us?" Did God not have another choice to make instead of us? God will still be a God even if we don't exist. Is it love that forced Him to make us exist in this world? Or maybe, our existence is inevitable. God has no choice but to let us exist in this world, whether He likes it or not. Or maybe, it is too lonely if there are no people to call Him, pray for Him, and praise Him. That is why He made us. What do you think? For a two million dollar question, deal or no deal?

3 "I talk to God, but the sky is empty." - Sylvia Plath.

Many people ask God for answers, but, most of the time, nothing happens. Even the most devout Christians rarely see what they prayed about being accomplished. If God loves us, why would he ignore our pleas?

You can ask God all you want, but He doesn't have to say yes. If I ask you for $50, do you have to give it to me?

4 "Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" - Arthur C. Clarke.

There are some religions that don't make people afraid to not be a part of them: Buddhism, Hinduism, etc., but Christianity isn't one of them.

5 "A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows." - Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

Many Christians ignore or even resent other Christians for believing in things such as evolution, the Big Bang Theory, etc.

6 "The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church." - often attributed to Ferdinand Magellan

The Bible gets many things wrong. For example, it states that the Earth is flat, even though it is spherical.

Except the Bible doesn't say that the earth is flat.

7 "There is no other life. Life itself is only a vision and a dream for nothing exists but space and you. If there was an all-powerful God, he would have made all good, and no bad." - Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

Again, why did God allow the human race to choose sin over perfection? It does not make any sense. Sure, it gave us free will, but why would He let us choose free will if, one, He knew that we would choose sin, and two, that we would still be suffering for the sins of our ancestors today?

8 "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei.

Given that Galileo himself was a man of great faith, I can't see how this "debunks" Christianity. Rather, it points out a flaw that many Christians possess.

Why would God give us the power to think for ourselves, to question, and to learn, and then tell all of us to follow Him blindly?

9 "If God is all knowing and he knows our future, then how is that free will?" - Unknown.

Knowing what will happen doesn't mean He controls what happens. He wants the world to come to Him of their own free will. Put it like this, if your kid ran away from home, would you feel better forcibly dragging them home, or if they came back home because they realized how much they need you? God is the same. He rejoices when His children come home all on their own, no matter how far they have strayed.

How is it free will if God knows what we are going to do, when we are going to do it, and how we are going to do it? That's not free will. That's control.

10 "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus.
The Contenders
11 "If God is all knowing why did He create Satan whom He knew would fall?" - Unknown

I asked this question once to my church counselor, she said that a mother might learn that her baby will be born with a defect, but that doesn't mean she'll abort them. God loves us, so even though He knows we'll be born sinners, that we'll cause Him great pain and sadness, He creates us because He loves us so much, that its worth it to Him.

Again, this does not make any sense at all.

12 "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

Love this quote, actually! We talked about it in Sunday School, and really, it's quite true. Definitely something we ought to work on...

13 "The idea of heaven is Christianity's way of creating a hell on earth." - Marilyn Manson
14 "Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." - John Lennon
15 "You can say and believe things, but that does not make them true." - Unknown
16 "If they think that an artist can destroy their faith, then their faith is rather fragile." - Marilyn Manson
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