Okay, so earlier today, I had a little discussion with a theist who just didn't seem to know the meaning of the sentence "give up, you're out of arguments!"
I used the "silver bullet" technique. (Asking him what his strongest argument was and then completely breaking it down, so all his other arguments are automatically bullpeep)
But this guy just didn't show any sign of stopping.
And after many hours of argueing and yes/no fights, it all came down to one question. He said: "Okay, suppose I'm right. Suppose you die and come before god. What are you going to say to him when he tells you that you have been a bad person for not believing in him?"
My reply was: "If god would say that I have been a bad person, I'd say he's out of his mind! I am in no way a bad person, just as you are in no way an atheist."
But now that I think about it...I actually have no idea at all what I really would say...
Just SUPPOSE that he's right (of course, he is not), and you DO appear in front of god. What the hell would you say?
I would ask "him" if the Bible was true. If he said that it was, I would ask him one question: "Why did you put a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden, and then commanded us to never eat from it -- a command that could only be obeyed if we had the knowledge of good and evil?"
I imagine his reply would be unsatisfactory.
Ofc I'm making two huge assumptions here, in addition to the other more apparent(and IMO ridiculous) ones -
It's hard to fathom this scenario. If there was some "god" I would ask him why he made me an atheist and call him a dick.
You're God! THAT was the best you could do?! Now you know why I didn't believe.
Suppose you die and come before god. What are you going to say to him when he tells you that you have been a bad person for not believing in him?"
I've been a bad person alright but if this is what constitutes the worst of my deeds I might suggest he check his priorities. Then maybe ask for a smoke, what's it going to do kill me?