We usually hear the term “plot holes” when it comes to films and TV shows, but I guess it exists in the religious world, as well.
It refers to gaps, inconsistencies, or things that just don’t make any sense and might even leave you scratching your head.
What “plot holes” exist in the various religions of the world?
Here’s what folks on AskReddit had to say about this.
1. Condemn them!
“God teaches us that it is a sin to be envious, and to be prideful, and that we must have compassion and understanding for others.
And yet he will literally condemn someone to an eternity in hell for not worshiping him, even if said person has literally never heard of him.”
2. No fun at all.
“The concept of eternal peace and joy in heaven sounds very psychologically degrading long term.
It sounds like living like a pet dog.”
3. Adam 2.0.
“It’s said that God’s first plan was to just create Adam. Then Adam started b*tching about him wanting to be alone and out of parts god took from Adam he made Eve.
But here’s my question, how would adam have reproduced if he wouldn’t have felt the need for a female compagnion? Gay s*x? With himself? Did he have reproductive organs that could just spit out Adam 2.0?
4. That is strange…
“God: Creates homos*xuals.
Homos*xual people: Do homos*xual stuff.
God: What the f*ck?!”
5. How did that happen?
“That the earth way created in 3 day. How TF were there days before the earth existed?
Was God measuring ‘days’ based off another planet he created?”
“I know someone who’s Baha’i.
They believe that every prophet talked about the same god, but according to what He wanted/thought was best at that certain time, and they believe that god is only good. No need to get deep with that second thing, and for the first one, something that kinda p*sses me off, seeing how incoherent it is, they recognize every prophet, until Baha’u’llah (19th century).
The ones who came after, welp, don’t care. But according to their faith, they should follow the most recent religion. Tho, they also say there are some fake prophets who act for their own pleasure etc etc. So here’s the thing, and i guess i should ask, to see if they all believe that.”
7. This one right here.
“The fact that god literally killed humanity because they were all sinners, but then he says love your fellow human.”
8. Explain that one.
“God is perfect and cannot sin.
There exists “the wrath of God.”
Wrath is one of the seven deadly sins.
“Why does a Christian will condem someone to Hell for being gay (condemning someone to Hell also being forbidden), because Leviticus, while eating shrimp and covered in tattoos, also Leviticus.
Then telling the gay person it’s ok for the Christian because Christ loves them, and he’s cool with it. Isn’t sin, sin?
Is there only a 30 day sentence for eating shrimp, but death penalty for loving someone of your same s*x?”
“The best warriors are chosen upon death and half of them is sent to Valhalla.
The problem is that it’s the worse half of the chosen. So you have to get enough battle prowess but not too much if you want to get to Valhalla… or you can use the Persuasion skill, of course.”
11. They sure do.
“Why do Christians think the characters in the bible are white or very Caucasian looking?”
12. Just plain wrong.
“I am Jewish. I am also a massive ancient history nerd.
In one of the first parts of the Torah, Abraham “returns to the land of the Philistines.”
Problem: There were no Philistines at the putative time of Abraham. Even from the perspective of Biblical narrative.
The Philistines arrive at the end of the 1200s BCE and were only barely established in the current Gaza area by the time the Israelites start establishing themselves in portions of modern0day Israel/Palestine.
The chronology is just plain wrong.”
13. Former Catholic.
“I used to be Catholic; I’m now an atheist.
But, if Jesus came to save everyone from sin 2,000 years ago, what about all the other human beings who lived and died 150,000 years before he showed up? Why weren’t they saved?
Christians will tell you that God saved them anyway, but why do we then have to deal with the can of worms Jesus opened and we have to follow the Ten Commandments and go to Church and tithe and everything else when they didn’t have to?
There are about 100 billion galaxies each with about 100 billion stars; the odds are very favorable that intelligent life exists elsewhere containing civilizations who will rise up and go extinct before we ever even get CLOSE to finding them. Are they saved? Why didn’t Jesus go to them?
The Bible is an arbitrary collection. Works were edited, things were lost in translation, books of the Bible were accumulated over time and voted on by councils; some made it in, some didn’t.
Given that it’s basically held together by centuries of drafts and edits and additions and subtractions, how can we trust it? Yet, it’s supposed to be THE word of God.
…I could go on.
There’s nothing like being raised Catholic to make you a nonbeliever.”
14. The interpretation of it.
“Not really a plot hole in the Christianity , but a plot hole in the interpretation of it.
Christianity was originally highly Jewish based and they didn’t like Romans, a few centuries later it was Roman/ European based and they heavily discriminated Jewish people.
Are you a religious person?
If so, do you think there are certain “plot holes” in your religion?
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