Facebook debate with a theist
Here is what i said follwed by his response:there is no debate for one reason.
You cannot provide a shred of crediable evidence that God exists. Your argument must rely on faith or belief without evidence.
Examine the origins of your faith and you will quickly discover why you believe what you do.th
ats a popular sentiment thrown around by people who, in general, havent actually taken any time to follow thier own advice. have you ever looked at any of the material out there that verifies Scripture- without the explicit purpose of finding those issues christians are wrong about? im not out to say we have everyhting right, but im comfortable accepting the existance of God and reliability of Jesus' witness on an intellectual basis. for me, Scripture is verified by its prophesy and internal consistancy- you would find that most of the "inconsistancy" people love to holler about is due to lazy reading of specific passages. theres really no way around prophesy- scripture remains the most well verified liturature on the planet. not that the bible is anything but words. the importance of the bible is that it tells 1. who God is and 2. who Jesus is. as far as our debate goes, i like debating nature because the real fact is, it's scientists who can provide no explaination for the existance of this planet, and cant even begin to make sense of how life started. they think evolution can explain speciation, but theyve yet to find any compelling evidence that species are linked. the ONLY real draw of evolution is comfort factor- you dont have to deal with theology- you can throw cliches around- like "you cant prove God" - and feel smarter than idealistic people of "faith". its aviodance. fact is, absolute proof for anything is impossible on earth, but we have enough evidence before us to force us to acknowledge the existance of something divine, and when studying the divine it is my belief Christianity is the only option that cannot be eliminated by internal or external irreconciability.
anyway, i think theres a debate. you cant aviod it by stating the obvious that i cant "prove" God, thats like burrying your head in the sand... which is sort of the popular thing to do these days, but its not all that responsible. as far as origins go, im just as disenchanted with the church as you are- maybe more so- but i dont equate the "christian" church with the truth of the Bible. i trace doctrinal issues back to thier "scriptural" roots, and usually find ridiculous misinterpretation to be the problem. personally, i think you'd like christianity if you sat and read the gospels for yourself with out any outside commentary... ghandi did... that has to count for something