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Q: I really do believe in Jesus, but sometimes I wonder if it’s all too good to be true. What I mean is, how can God possibly love us and forgive us when we treat Him so badly? If I were God, I don’t think I’d bother with the human race, let alone let us into heaven. — G.R.

A: There is very little (if any) truth in the bible. It is both too good and too horrible to be true. It’s too good to be true because it says that people who perform horrible acts throughout their lives can repent on their death bed and go to paradise when they die. It’s too horrible to be true because it says that its all-powerful god not only allows evil to exist, but perpetrates mass murder and genocide. It’s also too absurd, too bigoted, too misogynistic, and too contradictory to be the true word of a loving god. If I were you, I don’t think I’d bother with any gods. If you consider belief in a supernatural deity and think for yourself, you are likely to reject any such beliefs as irrational.

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Q: I have a friend who claims she knows what she did in a previous life hundreds of years ago, and she does this with the help of a spiritual guide who lived then but comes to her in dreams now. This kind of talk makes me uncomfortable, but could she be right? — D.W.

A: The chances that her beliefs are correct are roughly the same as the chances that beliefs in the Christian god, Allah, Vishnu, or Xenu are correct, i.e., exceedingly remote. People often turn to supernatural beliefs in order to fulfill an emotional need in their lives. Because the motivation is emotional, rational thought is rarely employed to analyze these beliefs. People can often spot irrational thinking in others when their belief systems are different. However, at the same time, they do not recognize that their own supernatural beliefs (and the beliefs of those who practice the same religion) are irrational. After believing in the Christian god and Jesus for over 30 years, I came to realize the irrationality of the bible and Christian teachings. Now I don’t believe in any gods.

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Angels

Q: What do angels look like? Do they really have wings, and can they fly through the air? My 8-year-old son has been asking me lots of questions about angels and I haven’t known how to reply. — A.K.

A: There is no rational reason to believe that angels or any other supernatural entity (gods, devils, ghosts, vampires, fairies, etc.) exist. Angels are very likely only a creation of human imagination. To see how angels have been described and depicted in various cultures, see the Wikipedia entry for Angel.

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Reincarnation

Q: I don’t believe we go to Heaven when we die. Instead I believe that we come back to earth (or perhaps go to another planet) and live another life, and we keep coming back until we finally reach perfection. You’re free to believe what you want to, but this is what I believe. — B.K.

A: This process you describe is commonly known as reincarnation and is a belief associated with many religions such as Hinduism and Jainism. As someone who was raised as a Christian and believed in the Christian god for 30+ years, I am not very familiar with these other religions. However, I am fairly confident that they are also based on myth and superstition. There is no rational reason to believe that reincarnation has ever occurred.

Of course, we (Americans and much of the industrialized world) are free to have whatever religious beliefs we want as long as these beliefs do not preclude the rights of others. However, this right does not validate any one’s religious beliefs. Your belief in reincarnation is just as unproven and irrational as the beliefs of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, etc.

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God’s Will

Q: My friend says that we’re either doing God’s will or we aren’t doing God’s will, and there isn’t anything in between. But we’re never perfect, are we? So how can we ever say we’re doing God’s will completely, when we’re probably only doing it halfway? — N. McG.

A: Since there is no good reason to believe any gods exist, there is no will of god to obey. Even if you do believe the Christian god exists, his will (as documented in the bible) is so contradictory as to be indecipherable.

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End Times

Q: A few weeks ago, a friend gave me a book in which the author tells exactly when Jesus is going to return (and he claims it’s not far away). He says the Holy Spirit revealed it to him in a dream. Could he be right? — W.G

A: There is no good reason to believe Jesus will be appearing on Earth in the near future or ever. In fact, there is no good reason to believe Jesus ever walked the Earth or that he and his father god ever existed.

Certain types of religionists have been claiming that the end times or the second coming of Jesus are imminent throughout the last 2,000 years. (The bible itself seemed to indicate that Jesus would return during the lifetime of the Twelve Apostles.) Obviously, this has not happened. Either these people are delusional (even more so than the average believer) or are taking advantage of other people’s fears for their own benefit.

If you are a pet owner and still believe the Rapture is imminent and that you are likely to be taken to heaven, you may want to heed these tips about post-Rapture pet care or even hire this service to care for your pets.

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