6 Questions for Atheists, Unbelievers, and the Unchurched

Below are questions that were part of one of my assignments. I thought the questions very interesting as were the answers I got in reply.

The answers I got were from a face-to-face meeting, but I thought it interesting to get some online answers. The exercise involves simply getting answers and not arguing or debating the answers.

I hope to get some online feedback on these questions. One atheist answered me and his answers are below the following questions.

6 Questions

1.a. If you believe in God, what is God like?  Describe God.

1.b. If you don’t believe in God, what do you value most in life?

2. How would you describe your religious background and church involvement if any?

3. What message do you think the church is trying to communicate?

4. What do you think it takes to be made right with God?

5. Describe what the name Jesus Christ means to you.

6. Why do you think people do not go to church?

One Atheist Answers

1.b. My family and friends.

2. I was raised and confirmed Lutheran (ELCA). I was fairly involved in church (youth groups and such). I stopped regularly attending when I was about 18 or so.

3. Something like John 3:16 crossed with the “Love God. And love your neighbor as yourself” verse. (Is what I got out of it, anyways.)

4. Is that supposed to be what the church I was involved in thought was needed to be made right with God? Or what I would think it would take to be made right with God if I thought God existed?

If it’s the former, it’s Jesus’ sacrifice and ones acceptance of it (that’s probably more or less subtly wrong. But that’s the gist I got out of it.) If it’s the latter, I don’t think anything would be required, as everybody would always be right with God.

5. “Jesus Christ” doesn’t hold much special meaning outside of his being a really, really important historical figure.

6. Many reasons I suppose. The biggest one, if I had to guess is that the people who don’t attend don’t feel like they’re getting anything out of it.

And your thoughts?

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