Lately there has been quite a lot of debate between atheists and the religious, especially Christians, namely the Young Earth Creationists. I follow many atheist pages and groups on Facebook, and when I started following them a couple months ago, it was hard for me to find even ten. A couple months later, I must be following almost a hundred. They keep springing up like flowers in May, most likely due to the notable Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate in February.
The point I’m getting at is this: I follow these pages and groups, and when I read a lot of the comments and debate, I find myself cringing at how disrespectful both sides are coming off towards each other. Yes, some Christians are being very polite in their inquiries of atheism, and on the flipside, some atheists are coming at Christians with appropriate respect. The disrespect that I’m seeing from both sides however is, in my opinion, hurting the debate. What I mean by this is both the Christian and the atheist message is getting lost in the negativity.
My best friend, who is like a brother to me, is an extremely devout Christian, and we have had some of the most insightful and respectful debates on the topic. I truly cherish the back and forth I get from him. His well thought out answers provokes me to put thought into his point of view and vice versa. My favorite thing about our discussions though, is that when one of us doesn’t have an answer to the other person’s question, we don’t make one up; we simply say, I don’t know. So I have decided to come to a wider audience of Christians as an atheist with the same respect I have for my friend, and ask them five of the questions I have asked my friend. I could come up with more than five easily, but I chose what I feel to be the five most insightful, and the five that left him responding, I really don’t know, or, I can’t answer that.
If God created the Earth for humans, and humans were given dominion over all beasts on Earth, then why is well over 75% of Earth inhospitable to humans?
As a matter of fact, more of this planet is hospitable to birds or fish than humans. If the most important species on this planet is created in God’s image, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that God is not human-like, but rather a fish, or even a bird?
If Hell is a place of eternal torture through fire, why should we fear Hell if our physical bodies are left here on Earth?
It’s common knowledge of the Christian faith, that when we die, our physical bodies are left here on Earth and our souls go to Heaven or Hell. Why should we be afraid of eternal torture through a physical antagonist like fire, if our physical bodies which contain our nerves, nerve endings, brain, and so on are left here on Earth. I feel it would be hard to experience pain without them.
Creationists argue that the Big Bang Theory is not a plausible theory of creation because something cannot come from nothing. If this is true, then who created God?
It’s an old question, but still a very valid and unanswered one. Did God come from nothing? If so, then why is the Big Bang Theory so crazy?
If God was able to create all life from dirt and one man’s rib, then why did he need to impregnate Mary to create Jesus?
I’m sure I can come up with some of the answers I may get to this one, but they wouldn’t sufficiently answer my question. Wouldn’t it be more of a miracle, and add to the majesty of Jesus, if he randomly was created than to just be born to a virgin? How can we honestly prove without a shadow of a doubt that Mary truly was a virgin at the time of her pregnancy?
Why do you not hold the bible to the same standard of proof as you do science?
This is one of my favorites. In the Ham/Nye debate, Mr. Ham consistently asked Mr. Nye to provide solid scientific proof of his claims, but when Mr. Nye asked for the same, Mr. Ham was unable to do so, but proudly retorted, “I have this book!” That’s fine, but Mr. Nye has books as well. They are called science books. If he is to prove what’s in his books with undisputable facts, you should be required to do the same. “I have this book!” is not an undisputable fact.
So there they are, my five questions I would like answered. I hope I came off respectfully in asking them.