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?
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?
I would question his state of perfection and omnipotence, as others have noted. Why, if he was such a glorious deity, would he stoop to care about me? What bearing do I possibly have on his being? If he responds (this whole thing is lolrific) that he is a god of grace, I would wonder why he didn't stop the Holocaust or why he allowed humans to dump atomic bombs on each other or etc, etc, etc.
In other words, there can be no perfect god, so any god I would come before would just be an uber powerful being that felt petty enough to exert control over me.