As the title says..."what's your favourite question to ask a theist"?
You may have many favourites...I would like to hear from you guys about yours.
I have a personal favourite which I often use when they start spouting their spew that GOD wrote the bible at the beginning of time, he created everything....
"OK. If GOD wrote the BIBLE at the beginning of time like you say...some 14.5 BILLION, that's BILLION years ago, What language was it written in?"
Most theists I know don't even know what language JESUS spoke. It's sad really.
Another of my favourites is this one...
"Why did it take GOD 10 BILLION years to make the planet EARTH and then a further 4.5 BILLION years to make MAN?"
There's always a spewy reply of some sort or another which usually gets my goat and the theist is appalled at my outburst of laughter.
So come on you guys....let 'em have it....share your ammo with us.
I must say I'm having a great laugh in this thread.
I'm actually quite new to finding other atheists.
We are funny people.
How does an all powerful creature work when there is no possible way to exert oneself when you are all powerful, and to that end how come he needed rest?
@Paulo - RE: "The Sabbath was made for man" - if the Sabbath was made for Man, why can't we work on it as we choose without being earmarked for godicide for mowing our lawn on a Sunday morning?
I would ask:
How did God create the earth before light? I suppose he can work in complete darkness...
How God created life/energy when energy can neither be created nor destroyed?
Did you know that biblical stories are merely parables to explain the meaning of life and existence?
Where did black people come from? Adam and Eve were white???
If the universe LOOKS 14 billion years old because God put all that light in-transit and all those radioactives decaying at a steady rate, but it's really only 6,000 years old, didn't God lie to us?
If God told us not to kill, then sends himself to earth as a man for the Romans to kill, isn't that suicide?
If God told us not to kill, then tells his most revered follower, Abraham, to kill his own son, isn't that a contract killing, or at least a conspiracy to commit murder?
If God loves his children and is merciful, why did he ruin the lives of, or outright kill every one of his most devout follower's loved ones (Job).
If it was necessary for Judas to betray Jesus for the crucifixion and resurrection to happen, why is he so castigated? Shouldn't he be lauded above all other disciples?
Why didn't Joseph have sex with his wife on their wedding night? Or the night after? Or a week later? Or any time during the 9 months she was pregnant?
[to people who don't understand evolution]:Why do you get a Flu vaccine every fall?
" Similar to how Adam was probably not made from a sperm and egg, but as an adult."
I'm still laughing.
SO....now you are putting "probably" into the equation...interesting indeed.
SO...given that we have a probability factor now, think about what you are actually believing.
If man had not been created until Adam, there is not a probable chance that he was made from sperm and an egg.
However, when you have a PROBABILITY factor you also have a POSSIBILITY factor.
So to change the above statement to be correct it would read like...
If man was created as Adam, it is possible that he was made with sperm and an egg.
Where did they come from?
That would only lead to the fact that, given that humans did not exist at this time, the sperm and egg would have to come from other beings. This would simple determine the facts of EVOLUTION.
We hunt down people who do EVIL for their own purpose.
Did those other kids have an imaginary father too? WINK WINK
You can just look up kiddies and see your father...come on, get a grip man.
If he used a sperm and egg, then he must have made a uterus to allow for the gestation, right? Sounds like he ran some sort of Dr. Frankenstein lab.
Was god also the inventor of porn. Mmmmm....
If he was, he did it way before modern times. There are very ancient depictions over impossibly busty or big-bottomed women.
"...older at the start."
Let me get this straight: God can make a planet which on the day of its birth is 6K years old.
How does that work? Oh, I forgot: "And then a miracle happened."
If Yahweh created the earth 6,000 years ago, but created all the evidence of a false history to suggest it is billions of years old - then how do you know he didn't create the earth last Thursday, just filling in the last 6,000 + 13.7994 billion years with false evidence?
Yes. Not only that, this entire drama could just be a dream in Paul's mind. Paul could be the only person God created, and Paul would be none the wiser. Of course, he could also be in a pod in The Matrix.