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.
Straw men arguments you expound are the weakest. Genocide? did you ever consider why God would do that? Did you explore his reasons and consider it? No. Atheists try to use this as an excuse but it seems contradictory: God does not exist because he did genocide. But if he does not exist, the he cannot do genocide. So atheist contradict what they say with this argument. Besides, you are stating a moral judgment about God, not a reason he does not exist. No wonder only about 1 in 10 folks are atheist with this kind of reason given.
I have been looking fro good reasons and ave not found any reasonable arguments without straw men, misuse of scripture, or a wrong understanding of what Christians believe.
I would like to hear good reasons, not opinions riddled with bad language (maybe not you but plenty of others)
Every single person on the planet is an Atheist. Muslims do not believe in Christianity, Christians do not believe Hinduism, etc, etc, etc. We are all without most religious beliefs but it just so happens that many of us are without all religious beliefs. In developed nations that aren't failing (like the U.S.A) most people don't believe in any invisible skymonsters.
When we point out the moral contradictions in your mythology it doesn't mean that, even for a second, we lend any credence to your Bronze Age beliefs.
@Heather - RE: "developed nations that aren't failing (like the U.S.A)"
Speaking of that, I got an email last night from a good friend who reminded me that just a few short years ago Americans had idols to live up to - Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, but now they're gone, and America has no jobs, no hope and no cash --
Ba dum bum - tshhh!
And if anything happens to Kevin Bacon, you will have no bacon too... Truly a sad world.
I think Kevin's safe - he's searated from everyone by six degrees --
I gave you him before you tried to debunk Joe and you failed to debunk him.
Why didn't Josephus ever convert to Christianity? I mean, given the words attributed to him about Jesus, you would think he would have been fascinated. Of course most of those words were not his, as is documented by scholarly research. Furthermore, you have yet to offer me a single contemporary source. Why wasn't there a single person alive at the time of Jesus who took note of 'multitudes' experiencing miracles? Why do the historical accounts only start to take note of the growing cult decades after the alleged crucifiction?
First of all Dave, no one is saying that god did genocide, because everyone on this site knows that god doesn't exist - they're saying to theists, why would you worship a god capable of doing this? Not because they actually believe that he exists and that he did, but because the theist's book SAYS he did, yet they worship him despite of what their book says he is responsible for.
Secondly Dave, you are not here looking for answers, you're looking for opinions that match your own, and from all indications of what those are, you won't find them here.
A third possibility is that you're here to "stump" us, and in that regard, Davy boy, you are WAY our of your league.
RE: "misuse of scripture" - if that phrase refers to any of my comments, please demonstrate that the scripture was misused, I'll wait --
Here is my reply to the previous:
You commit many errors and set your own rules. So let me help you. Luke was also a historian. He investigated and recorded the testimony of eyewitnesses. He is acknowledged even by non-Christians as an accurate historian. He recorded it in the 1st century while eye witnesses were still alive. Strike One
RE: "Luke was also a historian. He investigated and recorded the testimony of eyewitnesses. He recorded it in the 1st century while eye witnesses were still alive."
You're saying he reported hearsay information. Have you any non-biblical sources of the time period with first hand testimony of this? Please respond --
RE: "He is acknowledged even by non-Christians as an accurate historian." - which non Christians, and what did they write that acknowledged him as such? I'd like to read it.
RE: "Mark could have been there also"
And so could Waldo - proof, please --
RE: "You kind of left out Peter who was there" - Peter didn't write one of the four Gospels, I was discussing the four Gospels. But now that you bring it up, I find it a bit odd that four anonymous people who never met Yeshua wrote gospels about him, while Peter did not - hmmm --
RE: "you did not mention Paul" - for two very good reasons, he didn't write a gospel, and he never met Yeshua.
RE: "what about James, the brother of Jesus" - which gospel did he write? What about Mary, Yeshua's Mom - why didn't she write a gospel?
RE: "Are you saying Jesus did not exist?" - I'm saying that none of the Gospels were written by anyone who ever met Yeshua - draw your own conclusions --
Do oyu have any 1st century document sot the contrary?
Paul did meet Jesus.
try reading the WHOLE NT and stop the straw man stuff.