Some questions for theists.
Hey, just coming to put some questions forward to various theists, if some of these questions don't apply to your beliefs, cool.
1) Let us alter Pascals wager slightly, given that there are many religions, quite a few of which have a reward/punishment system for post death experience is it not worthwhile to objectively study each religion? IE shouldn't all people that really and truly believe analyze their own faiths with all the dilligence of the most vicious opponent of their faith? After all, your immortal soul could be on the line.
2) Given that humanity is imperfect how can we be sure that any religious texts are correct? Even assuming some kind of inspiration there are inevitably going to be translation errors or simple misunderstandings as contexts and languages evolve and shift. Also, some changes could be made for political or personal reasons, or simple human error when copying pages during the time of scribes. I ask how you can be sure of any holy texts, and what sort of tests we could use to verify their accuracy.
3) Is it possible that the 'true' religion might be dead? IE the worship of Mithras, Sol Invictus, or any number of ancient gods and goddesses or powerful primal entities could be the actual true deities but for whatever reason the pretenders to the throne, IE the fables made up by some other group turned out to be more popular/successful and people simply attribute the attempts of these beings to contact them as the work of their own deities or pantheons or the enemy thereof.
4) Why is it that we aren't seeing verifiable miracles? You don't get to claim individual survivors or something that is statistically unlikely in a disaster since that could be blind luck and it seems to rain on the just and unjust alike. I'm talking Jehova who sent pillars of fire and the like. Not saying that I want something vicious happening (IE the plagues of Egypt), but I find it strange that in ancient times in written accounts we get all kinds of amazing crap but in modern times in our age of tech and easy communication, bupkis.
5) Can a divinity be judged? This is simply me wondering if a deity can be judged by human standards. Can we point to actions done and say, "Well that was immoral" If you can show me a being that is totally blameless I can agree with you on them being good but plenty of these deities are absolute monsters but we're told that we aren't allowed to judge them and that to think to do so is arrogance, I call it reason. Do as I say, not as I do is horrid for parents, dangerous for leaders and if a divine being claims that I'll tell them where they can head in.
6) If there is an opposition force to the deity in question why doesn't it act directly in order to trick people, IE offer powers or claim to be a true deity? After all, such a thing would surely cause great anguish to the true deity or are we saying they aren't smart enough to do that? If I'm smarter than the opposition to your deity and/or if they don't have the ability to pull that off due to constraints then your deity is playing football against preschoolers