Banned Questions About the Bible, tonight at 6:30pm

Here are some of the Banned Questions about the Bible we’ll be discussing tonight at 6:30…

  1. Can I be a Christian if I don’t believe the Bible is perfect, handed down directly from God to humanity without error?
  2. How can a God be all-loving yet allow people to be thrown into hell?
  3. What does “apocalypse” mean, and does the Bible predict one?
  4. What are the apocrypha, the Gnostic Gospels, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and why are they considered holy or sacred by some and not by others?
  5. Was the book of Revelation written in code? Or had the author gone crazy? Was he hallucinating? Were the images portrayed to be taken literally?
  6. Why haven’t any new books been added to the Bible in almost two thousand years? Is there a chance that any new books will ever be added? Why or why not?
  7. How do we reconcile the Old Testament command for vengeance (eye for an eye) with Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek and love our enemies?
  8. Is there a right or wrong way to read the Bible?
  9. Since the Bible isn’t in alphabetical or chronological order, how did it get in its current order?
  10. Is there a scriptural basis for God changing God’s mind? Why?
  11. Hell, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus are all labeled as “hell” by most Christians. Are they really the same? Are they all places of fiery torment? Are such things to be taken literally, metaphorically, or as myth?
  12. How can we begin to take the Bible literally when it seems to contradict itself so often?
  13. Is it true that both the gospel of John and the book of Revelation almost weren’t canonized (included in the Bible)? Why? Who got to decide which books would be included in the Bible, and what rules did they use to decide?
  14. Why do so many religions seem to have such similar fundamental stories, like the flood and creation stories? Are they from a common source?
  15. Does the Bible call for sexual purity? If so, what qualifies as pure and impure?
  16. Who gets to decide which laws in the Bible are irrefutable, which laws are out of date, and which laws should be applied only in certain situations?
  17. Were there gay couples in the Bible? What about David and Jonathan?
  18. Why would stories about a father murdering his daugher (Judges 11) or handing his daughters over to a crowd to be raped and killed (Genesis 19) be included in the Bible?
  19. What is the thorn in his side that Paul describes?

3 thoughts on “Banned Questions About the Bible, tonight at 6:30pm

  1. Who banned these questions and why? I hear these questions all the time. I’ve never heard they were banned before…

  2. I wish that I could attend your church, or that there was a similar congregation in Indianapolis. This discussion looks fascinating.

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