Christianity FAQs

Do I need to go to Church?

To follow the way of Jesus – trusting in God – does not require you to go to Church. However, to help grow in understanding and to help and be helped usually means meeting other followers of the way – that meeting is what the Bible calls Church – so yes in that sense.

Church services can be helpful too … but find the service that will help you become a better follower of Jesus and one through which you can help others.

Why are there so many Churches?

Whenever people meet, there is a range of ideas. Over time these became stylized … which became separate groups on how best to follow Jesus. Sadly, instead of celebrating that there are different ways to follow Jesus, and encouraging one another we turned them into tribalism …

What about Science? Doesn’t it disprove Christianity?

This has become a strong media narrative ignoring the many world class scientists who have strong faith. So how can this accusation continue to be so successful.

Primarily it is often focused on an old universe versus 7 days of creation – despite the long history of the Church not viewing 7 days literally. Indeed, the birth of modern science is usually associated with the understanding of the Universe as being the Creation of a reasonable God, who reveals repeating patterns in creation.

The story of Genesis is a repeating pattern – in short it can be described as:

Day 1

Creation of the “Heavens” (Light/Dark)

Day 4

Filling the Heavens (Sun, Moon & Stars)

Day 2

Creation of the Sky and seas

Day 5

Filling the Sky and Seas (Birds & Fish)

Day 3

Creation of the Land

Day 6

Filling the Land (Animals on Land)


Many Books have looked closely at this – some examples are:

  • God, the Big Bang and Bunsen Burning. By Nigel Bovey
  • Belief in God in an Age of Science. By John Polkinghorne.
  • Science and Belief: The Big Issues. By Russell Stannard
  • Inventing the Universe. By Alister McGrath

Doesn’t religion cause all the wars?

Wars are declared by Kings and Rulers, usually for power or resources. But people won’t die so the “King” can have “a bigger and grander palace”. If you make the enemy less than human, a threat to your way of life, and your family …people will fight.

By using religious imagery to define the enemy, the “King” gets his army … Unfortunately, the hatred don’t stop once the war is over, and religious skirmishes continue between the opposing sides – but the lies were first told by the Kings and Rulers! (And in what way are WW1 and WW2 based in religion?)

This is recognised in serious analysis such as “Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (2014)” by Karen Armstrong. It is also observed in popular fiction such as “Battlemage” by Stephen Aryan (eg on page 51: Then there was also the issue of land. Seveldom had huge grazing plains and rich farmland in the south which many envied. Talk of religious prophets might be the excuse that some used, but she knew others marched to war for their own reasons.)

Or consider the Books, or TV Series “Game of Thrones”. It is all about who sits on the Iron Throne … religious systems are secondary to that symbol of power!

How can God allow suffering? (The problem of pain)

Before we say anything on this: there is a huge difference between the philosophical answer (which is quite brutal) and a response to someone in the midst of deep anguish.

Philosophically if there is no God, there is no suffering. For if there is no God, life has no meaning, so suffering is purely personal, but is irrelevant to the continuing of the universe. (Do we care for the suffering of an ant? Does the universe care?)

However, if there is God suffering is real!

So, what do Christians make of suffering. All we can say is God never intended it – and promises to eradicate it. Meanwhile he understands suffering through the suffering Jesus experienced. Furthermore, when we feel hatred towards God, for what he allows - and want to hurt Him, we can look to the cross where Jesus died and know we did.

Many Books have looked closely at this – some examples are:

  • The Problem of Pain. By C.S. Lewis
  • Suffering: If God exists, why doesn’t He stop it? By John Morris.
  • Why Suffering. By Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale

Does God need our worship?

Worship at its simplest is “giving worth”. So, Worship is not about songs, singing or even services: it is about the very stuff of our lives.

When God calls us to worship Him and Him alone, He is calling us to value Him above everything else in our lives. Why is it important? God doesn’t need us to tell Him He is special. He doesn’t need our praises, a chorus of voices saying how good He is. Why then does God tell us to worship Him? It is actually for our benefit. Because, simply put, what we assign worth to shapes us:

  • If I value happiness … I will seek out pleasures
  • If I value truth … I will try to be truthful
  • If I value riches … I will seek to gain wealth
  • If I value generosity … I will give things away
  • If I value power … I will seek to be dominant

So, we need to be careful in what we value, what we worship. We need to praise Him because we then value all the good and true in Him and in the World.

This leads us to seek to be like this! He tells us to praise Him, to worship Him for our benefit, and the benefit of the whole of Creation!

If you want to know more, or have any other questions you would like to ask, please contact us at QuestionsonBelief@elydiocese.org