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Contents Introduction

1. Can I Have All My Questions Answered?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Questions About God

2. Why Does God Seem Hidden from Us?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 3. Doesn’t Believing in God Require Faith?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4. Is It Wrong to Have Doubts About God?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5. What Kind of Proofs Are There that God Exists?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 6. What Is the First-Cause Argument for God’s Existence?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 7. What Is the Design Argument for God’s Existence?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 8. What Is the Moral Law Argument for God’s Existence?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 9. What Is the Personal Experience Argument for God’s Existence?. . . . . 35 10. If God Caused Everything, Then Who or What Caused God?. . . . . . . 37 11. What Is God Really Like?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 12. Who Is the Holy Spirit?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 13. What Does It Mean that God Is a Trinity?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 14. Is God Male or Female?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 15. Can God Do Wrong, Such As Get Jealous?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 16. Where Did Evil Come From?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 17. What Is Evil Exactly?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 18. What Causes People to Sin Today?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 19. If God Is So Loving, Why Can’t He Be More Tolerant of Sin?. . . . . . . . 56 20. Why Did God Create Humans?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 21. Did God Create Intelligent Beings Other Than Humans?. . . . . . . . . . . 60 22. Is It Really Even Possible to Know Truth?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 23. Is Some Truth Just Personal Preference?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 24. Is God Sexist?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 25. Is God Racist?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 26. Is God Legalistic?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 27. Is God Violent?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

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28. Is Religion the Real Cause of Violence in the World?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 29. Is God Genocidal?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 30. How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 31. Does God Punish People Through Natural Disasters?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 32. Why Does God Allow Suffering?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 33. Why Doesn’t God Stop the Suffering Now?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 34. Does God Have Feelings and Emotions?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 35. Does God Love Everyone Regardless of Sexual Orientation?. . . . . . . . 101 36. Does God Get Involved in Politics?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 37. How Can We Know God’s Will in Our Lives?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 38. Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 39. Isn’t It Arrogant to Claim that Christianity Is the Only True Religion?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 40. How Do We Know that Jesus Actually Lived?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 41. How Did Jesus Back Up His Claim to Be God?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 42. What Proof Is There that Jesus Was the Messiah?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 43. Is There Proof that Jesus Was Born of a Virgin?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 44. Is There Proof that Jesus Rose from the Dead?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 45. Why Did Jesus Need to Die?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 46. Why Is Jesus’ Resurrection So Central to Christianity?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 47. How Did People Get Right with God Before Jesus Died for Sin?. . . . . 132 48. What Is God’s Church?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 49. What Is Jesus Going to Do at His Second Coming?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 50. How Do I Personally Experience a Relationship with God?. . . . . . . . . . 139 Questions About the Bible

51. Where Did the Bible Come From?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 52. What Does It Mean that the Bible Is Inspired?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 53. Is the Bible a Product of God, Humans, or Both?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 54. Isn’t the Bible Full of Errors and Contradictions?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 55. Does the New Testament Misquote the Old Testament?.. . . . . . . . . . . . 157 56. How Do We Know that the Bible We Have Today Is Truly God’s Word?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

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57. Were Some Inspired Books Excluded from Our Current Bible?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 58. How Can Teachings from the Ancient Cultures of the Bible Be Relevant to Us Today?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 59. How Is It that the Bible Gets So Misinterpreted?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 60. How Do You Correctly Interpret the Bible?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 61. Can Christians Hold Contradictory Teachings from the Bible and Still Be in Unity?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 62. Are All the Old Testament Laws Binding on Us Today?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 63. Are Any of the Jewish Festivals in the Bible Meaningful to Christians Today?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 64. What Is the Real Purpose of the Bible?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 65. Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 66. Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 67. What Is the Difference Between the Christian Bible and the Jewish Bible?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 68. What Is the Difference Between the Bible and the Qur’an?. . . . . . . . . . 203 69. What Is the Difference Between the Christian Bible and the Book of Mormon?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 70. How Is the Roman Catholic Bible Different from the Protestant Bible?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 71. When Was the Bible Translated into Other Languages?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 72. Have Any Translations of the Bible Been Inspired?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 73. If Bible Translators Made Mistakes, Wouldn’t That Make the Bible Inaccurate?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 74. How Do I Choose an English Translation that Is Accurate?. . . . . . . . . . 219 75. Why Are There So Many English Translations of the Bible?.. . . . . . . . . 222 76. What Are the Resources I Need to Accurately Interpret the Bible?.. . . . 223 77. How Do I Personally Experience the Bible?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229

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