Hi, I’m a new member and I hope I am posting this in the right forum. I hope that I’m not offending anyone by this post. Anyway, to give you a little background, I used to believe with no doubts that God was real. I was never baptized as a Catholic, but I went to a Catholic high school and I told myself that I was going to do it one day. I thought that Catholicism was the right religion for me. In a way, I still do, but I am starting to have doubts in religion and God. I will list you three reasons as to why.
The concept of Hell. How and why would a loving God send people to a place where they will be tortured for all eternity? Imagine that you’re a parent and your child does something REALLY bad, would you want them to burn forever? No one asked to be born, so basically God involuntarily entered you into this game called life and if you don’t play by His rules then you will burn in Hell.
Evidence. There’s not a lot of evidence that some things in the Bible actually happened. Things like the Exodus, Moses existing, the Genesis story, the Great Flood, and the Plagues in Exodus. If God wanted us to believe in him, then why didn’t he make it clear to us that all of these things happened? Why would someone be punished after death for not believing things that there isn’t sufficient evidence for?
Why would God allow bad things to happen such as the Holocaust, slavery, world hunger, and world poverty? I’ve heard the “free will” argument, but would a loving God really sit by and do relatively nothing to stop these events from happening? Did He ignore the people praying on slave ships or the people who prayed who were destined to die during the Holocaust?
Thank you to anyone that responds. I want to believe in God and the Catholic faith, but those things are a roadblock to me.