Hello everyone my name is Laura :)
Let me open with something to explain myself. I am an atheist but I am not like the majority of most atheists. I do not like the works of 'popular' new atheists like Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris. I think they are openly provocative merely for the case of shock. To me, this seems immature and does not strengthen their arguments in anyway. Additionally, I am well versed in scripture and am vastly knowledgeable about the Historical Jesus. I have read many scholars in this field: McGrath, N.T. Wright, Crossan, Borg, Ehrman, Ben Witherington, Gunther Bornkamm and Dunn to name a few. I want to state this in my opening post to show I understand Christianity, as well as Catholicism, and am not trying to cause trouble.
There are some problems however. As much as I ponder Christianity there are many severe problems in the belief. I will present them to you and hope you can answer. Some questions are addressed specifically to Catholicism whilst others are in regards to Christianity in a wider sense.
- The Catholic Church's position on contraception is not strong
This is a big issue to me. The Catholic Church states that contraception is wrong because it is not letting life have the opportunity to start because the sperm is ejaculated with no hope of conception. This is just not a good argument! The main problem is sperm is nothing more than DNA and is not a living organism. But even going with the falsehood that sperm is anything more than DNA the argument is not good enough. Sperm is 'dying' and being recycled frequently in a male's body: it doesn't matter if you ejaculate. So wouldn't it be better to end your life to stop millions of sperm 'dying'? Isn't this point slightly ridiculous?
- What about the people who never hear of Christianity
There are people who were born before Christ who never heard his name. There were people who are born in distant lands who never hear of the word of Jesus. Why is God punishing them and not sending them to heaven? Isn't this God's fault? The fact that these people are born in the way they are is no problem of theirs. The world is, after all, God's plan.
- Why does the Catholic Church practice what Jesus forbids
The Catholic Church has glorious ceremonies. The churches are lavishly built and the sermons are delivered through extravagant garments. But Jesus talks down about this very thing! He says that the rich should give to the poor and not covet to themselves. So, why does the Catholic Church ignore this? Why do they keep millions of money they make in the Vatican to themselves?
- Why is the Catholic Church against homosexuality
There is not a single reference in the Gospels that says homosexuality is wrong. Not one. I should know because I've read all four :P . The only references against homosexuality is in Saint Paul. But Saint Paul often gets things wrong: he is only human. He talks down to women and says some very derogatory statements about them. So why do we take his message against homosexuality as if it is divine word? Shouldn't we rate women as second-class citizens by that logic?
I have many questions but these are my main ones.
Please answer with kindness :)
Remember what Jesus said: 'respect thy neighbour'