I answer christiananswers.net "Questions for Skeptics."
Here's the source site for these:
How do you explain the high degree of design and order in the universe?
Maybe Odin or Zeus or Allah did it.
How do you account for the vast archaeological documentation of Biblical stories, places, and people?
Provide some examples, please. While archeology confirms the existence of places the Bible mentions, this does not give credence to many of the mythological stories that are set in those places. Indeed, archeology disproves many Bible myths.
Since absolutely no Bible prophecy has ever failed (and there are hundreds), how can one realistically remain unconvinced that the Bible is of Divine origin?
Wrong. Dozens of Biblical prophecies have failed, including Jesus' that he would return to establish God's Kingdom on Earth within the time of their generation.
How do you explain David's graphic portrayal of Jesus' death by crucifixion (Psalm 22) 1000 years before Christ lived?
I have no idea what you think you are talking about. Psalm 22 says nothing about Jesus or about anyone dying by crucifixion.
How do you explain that the prophet Daniel prophesied the exact YEAR when the Christ would come and prophesied that the temple would be destroyed afterward 500 years in advance? (Daniel 9:24-27)
The figures given by Daniel from his time do not correspond with the time Jesus was supposed to have been born or the destruction of the temple. They’re not even close.
How could any mere human pinpoint the birth town of the Messiah seven full centuries before the fact, as did the prophet Micah?
The individual being spoken of in Micah chapter 5 was supposed to have spurred a revolt against the Assyrians. Since the Assyrians relinquished power 600 years before Christ was born, and if the passage in Micah is indeed a prophecy of Jesus, isn’t it a stark failure?
Account for the odds (1 in 10 to the 157th power) that even just 48 (of 300) Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in one person, i.e Jesus.
Odds are irrelevant, since Jesus fulfilled not one of them, and in most cases they were not even prophecies to begin with. By the way, where did you learn math? 48 out of 300 equates to odds of 1 to 10 to the 157th power???
How was it possible for the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to have predicted the virgin birth of Jesus (Isaiah 7:14) 700 years before it occurred?
The verse in question was not intended as a prophecy, it was speaking about events completely unrelated to Messianic speculation, and there is no mention of a "virgin" in the original Hebrew.
How can anyone doubt the reliability of Scripture considering the number and proximity to originals of its many copied manuscripts?
How can anyone trust the reliability of scripture considering the lack of those primary sources, and the evidence of interpolation in the copied manuscripts?
Are you able to live consistently with your present worldview?
Yes. I would not be able to say the same if I was a Christian.
Wouldn't it make better sense, even pragmatically, to live as though the God of the Bible does exist than as though He doesn't?
This is a pretty empty theology - to believe in God just to be on the "safe side". It indicates both a lack of conviction and a selfish, opportunistic nature. Besides, just in case the Muslim religion is true, wouldn't it be even safer to live as though Allah existed?
In what sense was Jesus a 'Good Man' if He was lying in His claim to be God?
Jesus actually denied that he was God several times in the New Testament. The verses cited in which he is supposed to have claimed to be God are very ambiguous, and in any case are in the minority.
Do you think that Jesus was misguided in affirming the truthfulness of Scripture, i.e. John 10:35, Matthew 24, Luke 24:44?
Of course. But I'm not the one claiming that Jesus was infallible.
If the Bible is not true, why is it so universally regarded as the 'Good Book'?
Because of a centuries-long campaign of mass propaganda and of vicious suppression of viewpoints to the contrary.
Are you aware that the Old Testament alone claims to be God's inspired word at least 2600 times?
If I claimed to be the mouthpiece of God 2601 times, does that make my claim more true?
Did you know that the Bible has been the number one best-seller every year since the 1436 invention of the Gutenberg printing press?
Most best-sellers are fiction. What's your point?
From whence comes humanity's universal moral sense?
Obviously not from a belief in God, as there are far less atheists in prison then there are in the general population. Constantine, Christianity's first great champion, chose the religion specifically because it required no moral accountability for the believer.
If man is nothing but the random arrangement of molecules, what motivates you to care and to live honorably in the world?
The knowledge that I am answerable to my behavior to fellow human beings, not to some invisible man up in the sky.
Explain how personality could have ever evolved from the impersonal, or how order could have ever resulted from chaos.
Explain how the specific God of the Bible is the only possible answer to this all-encompassing question.
If Jesus' resurrection was faked, why would twelve intelligent men (Jesus' >disciples) have died for what they knew to be a lie
If Mohammed was a fake, why would two dozen intelligent men hijack airplanes and fly them into skyscrapers for what they knew to be a lie?
How do you explain the fact that a single, relatively uneducated and virtually untraveled man, dead at age 33, radically changed lives and society to this day?
Lots of totally mythical people, or real people whose lives have been mythicized beyond recognition, have had an impact upon culture today.
Why have so many of history's greatest thinkers been believers? Have you ever wondered why thousands of intelligent scientists, living and dead, have been men and women of great faith?
Many more of history's greatest thinkers and scientists have been non-believers. Please try to refrain from using the argument from authority.
Isn't it somewhat arrogant to suggest that countless churches and people(including men like Abraham Lincoln) are all radically in error in their view of the Bible?
Abraham Lincoln thought the Bible was myth. So answer your own question. How arrogant is it for countless churches and people to claim they have all the answers?
How do you account for the origin of life considering the irreducible complexity of its essential components?
Again, what does this have to do with Christianity being the one true religion? With all the possible Gods out there, you hurt your case more than you help it with abstract arguments like this.
How can the Second Law of Thermodynamics be reconciled with progressive, naturalistic evolutionary theory?
Another completely irrelevant question. I seriously doubt, based on the low level of intellect and education you've shown so far in these questions, that you even know what the Second Law of Thermodynamics is.
How do you reconcile the existence of human intelligence with naturalism and the Law of Entropy?
Now you're just throwing around random phrases you read in your Freshman Physics text.
Why does the Bible alone, of all of the world's 'holy' books, contain such detailed prophecies of future events?
You'd better have someone read these answers to you V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y.
Is it absolutely true that "truth is not absolute" or only relatively true that "all things are relative?"
It is absolutely true that everything I say is the absolute truth. That's a lie by the way.
Is it possible that your unbelief in God is actually an unwillingness to submit to Him?
Damn, you're right! That's exactly it! I don't believe in God because I actually DO believe in him! That makes perfect sense! How about you? Is your unwillingness to believe in Allah actually an unwillingness to submit to him?
Does your present worldview provide you with an adequate sense of meaning and purpose?
Sure. My current purpose in life seems to be showing up the efforts of Christian apologists as the nonsense that it is. It's a worthy one.
How do you explain the radically changed lives of so many Christian believers down through history?
Self-delusion. Next question.
Are you aware that every alleged Bible contradiction has been answered in an intelligible and credible manner?
Please don't make me laugh.
What do you say about the hundreds of scholarly books that carefully document the veracity and reliability of the Bible?
I'd say stop throwing around vague generalities and start providing some specific examples.
Why and how has the Bible survived and even flourished in spite of centuries of worldwide attempts to destroy and ban its message?
Please take a history course before you ask any more imbicelic questions like this.
Have you ever considered the fact that Christianity is the only religion whose leader is said to have risen from the dead?
No, because that's patently untrue. Scores of ancient religions have leaders who rose from the dead. Is it possible that you are this ignorant, or are you hoping that your readers will be?
How do you explain the empty tomb of Jesus in light of all the evidence that has now proven essentially irrefutable for twenty centuries?
If the story of Perseus is just a myth, how do you explain away the dead body of the Gorgon?
If Jesus did not actually die and rise from the dead, how could He (in His >condition) have circumvented all of the security measures in place at His tomb?
Well, gee, I thought he was the son of God, gifted with divine powers. Surely making himself invisible wouldn’t be too hard?
If the authorities stole Jesus' body, why? Why would they have perpetrated the very scenario that they most wanted to prevent?
Ask the guy who made up the story.
If Jesus merely resuscitated in the tomb, how did He deal with the Roman guard posted just outside its entrance?
How can one realistically discount the testimony of over 500 witnesses to a living Jesus following His crucifixion (see 1 Corinthians 15:6)?
What fucking testimony? All we have is that one account in Corinthians of 500 supposed witnesses which in itself is not corroborated by anything. None of those 500 gave any of their own testimony. We don't even know who they are. So the Corinthians passage is worthless in terms of evidence.
If all of Jesus' claims to be God were the result of His own self-delusion, why didn't He evidence lunacy in any other areas of His life?
Do you consider someone cursing a fig tree because it won't bear fruit out of season to be a sane act?
If God is unchanging, wouldn't it be true that one who changes by suddenly “realizing” that he/she is “God” therefore isn't God?
If God is unchanging, would he wish that he had never created mankind, as he is said to do in the Bible?
Is your unbelief in a perfect God possibly the result of a bad experience with an imperfect Church or a misunderstanding of the facts, and therefore an unfair rejection of God Himself?
Do you know what a straw man argument is?
How did 35-40 men, spanning 1500 years and living on three separate continents, ever manage to author one unified message, i.e. the Bible?
Some college-level education might help answer these questions for you. You really think the Bible, taken as a whole, is “unified”? Have you even read it?
Would you charge the Declaration of Independence with error in affirming that "all men are endowed by their Creator..."?
Sure. This archaic phraseology doesn't detract from the value of the DI as a political document.
Because life origins are not observable, verifiable, or falsifiable, how does historical 'science' amount to anything more than just another faith system?
Science doesn't make a pretense of being dogmatic.
What do you make of all the anthropological studies indicating that even the most remote tribes show some sort of theological awareness?
What do you make of the fact that none of them have any awareness of Christianity?
If every effect has a cause, and if God Himself is the universe (i.e. is one with the universe, as some non-Christians suggest), what or who then caused the universe?
It was Zoroaster.
How do you explain the thousands of people who have experienced heaven or hell and have come back to tell us about it?
Show me one Muslim who claimed to have experienced the Christian heaven or the Christian hell, and who then converted from Islam to Christianity. Come on, there’s “thousands” of people who experienced the afterlife, surely one of them must have been a Muslim who converted as a result? No?
How do you explain the countless people who have received miracles from God?
They were the bounties of a merciful Odin.
What would be required to persuade you to become a believer?
A hell of a lot more than what you've offered up, my friend.