Just came across this fantastic list of theistic questions that a child may (and should) ask, (actually, any believer should ask), although the answers are more for adults–they’re a little crass:
Here’s an example:
7. Why is belief so important to God when He judges us?
Children are praised or punished for how they act, not for what they think. They are taught that actions speak louder than words, and I would add that words speak louder than thoughts. Wouldnâ€™t a benevolent deity focus exclusively on our being kind to the people He allegedly loves? Is Godâ€™s ego so fragile that He confines His ultimate wrath and vindictive acts toward those who disbelieve in His existence or donâ€™t properly worship Him?
The author comments that the common answer for many of these questions is “God works in mysterious ways”…
The Biblically-based equivalent is found in Isaiah 55:8: â€œGod’s ways are not our ways.â€ But such answers lead to yet another thought-provoking question. Should our ways be more like Godâ€™s, or should Godâ€™s ways be more like ours? Who among us, if we had it within our power, would not alleviate much of the pain and suffering that we see in the world?
Another list I recently discovered is a PDF of questions for the atheist:
From there you can get the PDF, which you can get from this link as well. (right-click, save-as)
How could billions of people be wrong when it comes to belief in God?
o Truth is not subject to popular vote, just like the majority of people were once wrong about the Earth being flat or the center of the universe. Much of the reason people believe in some God has to do with their religious upbringing; our beliefs are generally passed down through the generations.
Whatâ€™s so bad about religious moderates?
o They teach that faith is a virtue. They use the same reasoning patterns as religious extremists when justifying their beliefs. If faith is all they need to believe, todayâ€™s moderates could become tomorrowâ€™s extremists.
Is there anything redeeming about religion?
o Religion can be used as a motivator for good. It can be a source of comfort in times of need. It has the ability to bring people together and unite them. It has been the inspiration for much of our worldâ€™s beautiful music and architecture. However, all of these redeeming qualities can be found outside of religion as well.
What if youâ€™re wrong about God (and He does exist)?
o It depends on the nature of the God, but itâ€™s hard to imagine a God who would be upset with a person who honestly searched for evidence but found none that was satisfactory.