Questions for theists 

Do you really believe there is a supernatural energy who made heaven and Earth? 

or a supernatural energy impregnated a woman? 

or a virgin gave birth to a son? 

or a man who had supernatural power lived on the Earth? 

or in a supernatural spirit? 

or a supernatural man died, was buried, descended into hell? 

or a supernatural man who rose from being dead three days?

or a supernatural man ascended into heaven? 

or do you believe you are part of a group chosen by a supernatural being entitled to redemption? 

or that I have to testify that So-or-so is my lord and master? 

or in the communion of saints? 

or the forgiveness of sin? 

or the resurrection of the body? 

or in a life everlasting? 

"Do you really believe that a female was made from the rib of a male?"  (sk8eycat)

 "In the case of parthenogenesis, how did a woman give birth to a son?“ (sk8eycat) 

“Where did the 'Y' chromosome come from?” (sk8eycat)

“Why didn't YHWH tell his "chosen people" that the earth is NOT flat?” (sk8eycat)

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Comment by B Fletcher on April 11, 2014 at 11:58pm

Why your tribe's god, and not the other tribe's god?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 10, 2014 at 2:16am

Why in pluperfect hell did the xian god, or any other god:

1. make males so that at night almost all of them accidentally have orgasms , and

2. make females so that at night very few of them accidentally have orgasms?

DUMB! DUMB! DUMB!

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 9, 2014 at 11:55pm

Don't theists understand that every LGBT person was born to straight parents?

The sign to the right has been understandably popular on the web! (Click to embiggen it. "If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.")

It's only in the last couple of decades that we've started seeing same-gender couples, in a few countries and U.S. states, able to legally marry and raise children with the recognition and security that opposite-gender couples take for granted.

Comment by K J on April 9, 2014 at 7:35pm

It all comes down, in my opinion, to "ENGAGE BRAIN".....but that's not a very popular consensus in our world, nor has it been for centuries, if not millennia, if not aeons....

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2014 at 12:50pm

A few questions of Guy P. Harrison, Each question is followed by commentary and analysis that is skeptical and tough but never argumentative or condescending:
50 Simple Questions for Every Christian 
by Guy P. Harrison
http://www.amazon.com/50-Simple-Questions-Every-Christian/dp/161614...:

What is the born-again experience?

Why would God want to sacrifice his only son for the world?

Do miracles really happen?

How reliable is the Bible?

What is the rapture?

Why isn't everyone a Christian?

***

These are added to Questions for Theists

2014-04-09

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2014 at 12:33pm

Thanks, Grinning Cat, for this lead:    http://www.jhuger.com/questions-for-bible-thumpers

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2014 at 12:14pm

Grinning Cat, Great questions! Here is the complete list, so far. 

https://www.icloud.com/iw/#pages/BAKEq3zEnLcxrnWgLgyBiTjJOoARa-L6XC...

I've not attempted to share a document with this computer. I hope it works for everybody! 

Comment by Michael Penn on April 9, 2014 at 10:14am

Well said, Joan. I would suggest that if anyone came remotely close to believing such things they would sound rather silly. And yet, I'm told that the questions of atheism/theism are much deeper than just getting god out of the picture. Some people appear to think that theist books and lectures along with William Lane Craig videos are really valid stuff for some big and ongoing debate. It just can't be as simple as getting god out of the picture.

Let me be very plain here. There is no "holy book" on earth that backs up or proves a creator. There is no evidence of a creator, or any evidence that such a being is "trying to get in touch with you." Therefore, if there is a creator, that being does not want to hear from you or contact you in any way. There simply is no evidence to the contrary.

With that said, I conclude that logic has answered "the god question." Now what would debate and all the "other" evidence be about? Maybe the "what if's" and all the countless and meaningless christian apologetics. I rest my case.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2014 at 7:21am

As I've frequently said, "believers" suspend all rational considerations. They believe simply because they want to.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 9, 2014 at 2:50am

And some more questions:

How can you know that the devil hasn't corrupted -- or created out of whole cloth! -- every extant version of the Bible, and every known church teaching and tradition? If there were a supernatural being dedicated to causing us misery and suffering, planting a variety of conflicting, divisive, and blinding religions mind-viruses would be a pretty good plan!

(to young-earth creationists:) Why would your God create humans with reasoning, analytical, logical brains, AND also create a universe 6000 years ago complete with strong evidence that the universe and our planet are billions of years old, complete with light from most galaxies already almost all its way to us, and multiple streams of incontrovertible evidence that we humans in fact evolved through natural selection just like other animals, evidence so strong that without evolution biology would make no sense -- and then expect us to defy our "god-given" intelligence and ignore all that, in favor of stories no better than the fragile fairytales and myths Bronze Age herders could have written? Why should we accept such a Prince of Lies as our lord and savior?

(to other theists:) If the workings of the universe, and the existence of humans, can be adequately explained without resorting to your God, why should we bother with your stories?

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