I would split my questions to Christians depending on what we define as 'Christian'. The modern definition of the word has become far too varying and ambiguous. These days, the term 'Christian' is just as aptly given to people who live peaceful, moral, empathetic lives as it is to those who haul a bunch of people off to Guyana to set up their own autocratic religious fifedoms and then poison everyone. Likewise, the term is endlessly disputed over. For example: 'oh they are not PROPER Christians', or 'they don't act like Christians should'. ----- If we leave all this unprecise bullshit out of the picture for a second and define a Christian as simply 'someone who believes in the Abrahamic god and believes the bible word for word' then my question would be: 1. How do you logically and mentally justify believing in all this 100% based on mere accounts and human-scrawled texts? (Polite way of asking 'Do you suffer from a neurological disorder?') or 2. Do you think deep down it's a load of mind controlling hocus pocus but would rather verbally throw your lot in with the pious 'just in case'? I'm bound to get negative reps for that and whatnot, but they're valid questions. If I get negative reps, it's certainly a sign of the times. ----- The sort of things i'd ask the 'type' of Christian I first mentioned (humble, empathetic and moral) would be things along the lines of 'Why did you choose a faith that includes so much capriciousness and hate to model your empathetic, peace-loving lifestye on? Isn't that somewhat of a contradiction and therefore you are only a self-defined Christian, not a 'Christian' in it's accurate definition. Could you not have gained these principles of morality etc without Christianity?' (the answer to that of course is an undeniable 'yes') ----- And I would ask the 'type' of Christians that form cults, sects and get power-hungry and autocratic 'I see you have taken much of the bible very literally, and as abhorrant as it may be I applaud your honesty. However, why does your humanist instinct not override this cruel manifestation of an essentially cruel and ancient doctrine? Are you consciously using it to justify long-held desires of power? Or have you managed to deceive yourself into thinking what you're doing is genuinly God's work and neccessary? If the former is the case you are manipulative, if the latter is the case you are simply retarded.' ----- The kind I would ask to those 'types' of Christian that follow the above 'type' of Christian, would be: 'What's the matter with you? If you want to do mankind a service, it would be less harmful to mankind if you filled your apparant void with drink and drugs than with fanatical preachings of armageddon and the like, don't you think?'