18 Things the Bible Says About God That Make People Skeptical

SharePinEmailOnce you have read the entire Bible, you might be left with more questions than answers. One common area of confusion is the way that God is sometimes mentioned in the Bible, occasionally full of anger and jealousy and committing heinous acts. So what is true and what should we be skeptical about? Here are…

Once you have read the entire Bible, you might be left with more questions than answers. One common area of confusion is the way that God is sometimes mentioned in the Bible, occasionally full of anger and jealousy and committing heinous acts. So what is true and what should we be skeptical about? Here are 18 reasons to question the Bible’s claims about God.

Who Is Responsible for Sin?

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Extracts from the Bible often contradict God’s intentions. One example concerns responsibility for sin and whether God punishes children for the actions of the parents.

Exodus 34:7: “He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

Ezekiel 18:20: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child.”

A Jealous God or a Loving God?

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We are told that God is full of jealousy at times in the Bible, describing God as a jealous God. Yet other Biblical texts describe Him as good and loving.

Deuteronomy 4:24: “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

Psalm 145:9: “The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.”

Does God Forgive?

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A recurring theme throughout the Bible is the wrath of God, but we are also told that He is forgiving and we can receive forgiveness from God.

Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”

Acts 3:19: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

Does God Encourage Genocide?

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A disturbing passage in the Bible encourages destroying the Amalekites in an act of genocide, yet one of the Ten Commandments is “Do not kill”.

1 Samuel 15:3: “Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them.”

Deuteronomy 5:17: “You shall not murder.”

Do We Have Free Will?

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“Free will” is a fundamental feature of Christianity yet at times in the Bible we are told that God can take away the free will illusion.

Exodus 9:12: But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.”

Romans 14:12: “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”

Does God Have Regrets?

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We are told at certain points in the Bible that God regretted some of His actions yet showed unconditional love.

Genesis 6:6: And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the Earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.”

Psalm 103:12: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Did God Encourage Child Sacrifice?

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In the Book of Genesis, God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac in a test of commitment, despite promoting love for all children.

Genesis 22:2: “Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Matthew 19:14: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

Does God Use Evil?

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Despite being told that God is good, the Bible mentions His use of evil spirits even though He believes in redemption.

1 Samuel 16:14: “Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.”

Ephesians 1:7: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Does God Deceive Us?

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We are told that God can deceive people in the Book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 14:9: “And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the Lord, have deceived that prophet.”

Titus 1:2: “In the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”

Does God Encourage Mass Destruction?

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Significant events occurred in the Bible at God’s doing, such as the Great Flood where all life was destroyed except the living creatures on Noah’s Ark.

Genesis 7:12: “And rain fell on the Earth forty days and forty nights.”

Job 12:10: In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Does God Hate Anyone?

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There are times in the Bible when God states that he has favorites and hates others, or has a strong preference over them.

Romans 9:13: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Psalm 7:11: “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays His wrath every day.”

What Does God Think of Non-believers?

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Even though parts of the Bible encourage us to love our enemies, other extracts of the Bible describe stoning non-believers to death.

Deuteronomy 13:6-10: “If your brother… entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’… you shall stone him to death.”

Matthew 5:43-44: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.”

Does God Ever Punish?

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Despite being portrayed as an ever-forgiving God, the Bible describes how God will punish us for our sins.

Deuteronomy 28:15-20: If you do not obey the Lord your God… The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and rebuke in everything you put your hand to.”

1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

What Does God Think of Sinners?

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A well-known passage from the Bible states that God “hates the sin” yet “loves the sinner”. Other parts of the Bible describe God’s hatred for sinners.

Psalm 5:5: “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.”

Colossians 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Does God Protect the Vulnerable?

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Young children are innocents who should be protected, yet God killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians in the Book of Exodus.

Exodus 12:29: “At midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all livestock as well.”

Psalm 127:3: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”

Does God Love His Own People?

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Despite loving His followers, there are times in the Bible when God shows anger towards His own people.

Numbers 21:6: “The Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.”

Exodus 19:5-6: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”

Does God Love All Living Creatures?

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The Book of Genesis describes how God created all living creatures, yet He also encouraged the sacrifice of animals.

Leviticus 1-7: Laws that explained the offerings and sacrifices to be made by the Israelites to God.

Proverbs 12:10: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

Can Everyone Receive Salvation?

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Even though we are told that God forgives everyone, the Bible describes the eternal torment that a sinner will receive in Hell.

Matthew 25:46: “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Romans 10:13: “For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

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