There are certain questions which are quite simple to answer for non-believers that are deep and perplexing issues for religious people.
This in itself should tell us something.
I am really curious about how religious people would answer some of the following questions. When I say “really curious” this is not a lie. I am not trying to disprove peoples’ religious views by setting up trap questions. The reason I am curious is because these questions are not interesting if you ask a non-believer, but it’s hard for a non-believer to wrap their heads around how a religious person thinks about these questions.
1) Do you ever question whether your worldview is correct?
2) If you pray, why do you do this? Do you believe that God is on your side? Doesn’t all the bad things in your life give you a reason to be skeptical of praying?
3) What do you make of people who believe other religions or other sects of your same religion, often more strongly that you do (ie, enough to fly planes into buildings)?
4) Do you notice the parts of life that you do not get to enjoy because of your religion?
5) If you believe in heaven, do you really look forward to the idea of living forever? Think deeply, not superficially, about this. Of course, I don’t want to die, just like you, but living for eternity is a different can of worms altogether. After millions of years, how can anything be interesting anymore?
6) Do you like the fact that God can know everything you think? Do you feel embarrassed about some thoughts you have? (I know I do!)
I have more, but I want to keep this short enough that someone (hopefully a religious person) might want to give their thoughts on these questions.
If a religious person does answer, I’ll give my honest answers to whatever questions they have for me, as a non-believer. 🙂