Xianity: Two Internal Contradictions
It seems there are two fatal flaws to Xianity.
first, though, let me say why I was thinking about this. Often in debates the Spuernaturalist will claim that the internal contradiction of materialism is that it can't go from impersonal Matter to consicousness. There are others that are brought up, but this one seems to be the hardest to answer. Mostly, because it asks that the Naturalist come up with an answer to the question "why are we here" - but this, to a naturalist - is a non-question. (Like "what is North of the North pole?"
So, here are two glaring internal errors to Xianity that I believe make it unteneble.
A. Possible Worlds. The general philosophical gist: If God is All-Good, All-Loving, All-Powerful, All-Knowing (or, even maximally so), in all possible worlds he would have made the best possible world.
The standard response from the Xian is that this IS the best possible world, even with all the evil and suffering.
Then, they will mention Heaven.
At first, it would be tempting to say that both Heaven and Earth are of one possible state of affairs (one world). This would make sense only if beings with souls (i.e., humans - according to the doctrine) didn't die before they experienced the Earthly world. that is, it only makes sense to use the proving ground of Earth if it actually does something for the person. If the person dies in the womb or shortly after, there was no point - since they are presumably wisked away to Heaven - a better place.
And, by all accounts, Xians claim Heaven is a better place - for the born and unborn equally.
That is, the internal contradiction is that the answer to the PoE is that THIS state of affairs is the best possible world, but that Heaven alone is a best possible world. (Consider, too, that when the Earth ends, the Xian believes that Heaven will still be a best possible world - and many of it's tenets will have never experienced an Earthly existence.
This is a fatal contradiction:
1. An All-Good, All-Loving, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, (or maximally so) - i.e., the Xian God would create the best possible state of affairs.
2. Creating the Earth, Heaven (and Hell, but not necessarily) is the best possible state of affairs.
3. If the Xian God did not create the best possible state of affairs, then it is not a maximally potent god, and not a Xian god.
4. Heaven alone is a better state of affairs (as per Xian doctrine)
5. As per Xian doctrine, god did not create the best possible state of affairs.
6. Therefore, the Xian god cannot exist.
(I'll work on the flow - I'll take suggestions)
Basically: God didn't make the best possible world: he made two worlds, one better than the other (Heaven). And Heaven doesn't need Earth to exist in order to be better.
B. The Sinful Nature of Man. This one is straight forward. Xians claim that Man is sinful by Nature. That the flesh cannot be pure - that only God incarnate (Jesus) was perfect. Sinful means that Man is corrupt in mind and body: morally, physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc.
There is nothing Man can do to not be sinful.
Xians claim that you can know God through a number of means: Personal Revelation, Reason, Faith, etc.
All of these are processes of Man and therefore inherently corrupt. A person cannot know, based on the very reason for their religion, whether they are correct in recognizing the right religion, that Jesus was in fact perfect (Man can't recognize perfection!), that God spoke to them, etc.
They can't tell if it is clearly God speaking to them and they completely understand, if God is speaking to them but they are misreading the message, if Satan is speaking to them but sounds like God, or if their own physically corrupted mind is playing tricks on them.
Once the Xian claims that they are sinful and corrupt, they are in no position to make claims to recognize perfection.
It is as though they are saying: "You can't trust what I say - but you can trust god."
Worse, they often say, "search yourself and trust in god!" "You must open your heart to god and then you will believe!"
Andrea Yates, anyone?
These are two incredible contradictions that make Xianity completely unteneble for me. i'd love to hear if the logic is sound - if not - it may just prove my point even more! hahaah
Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.