In this blog post I’ll be showcasing some of the dumbest Christian arguments I can find. Christians, if you don’t use these, good job.
Argument: (I just had to throw this one in) “What came first, the chicken or the egg” – this is widely accepted as a saying, and not a real question, but Creationists seem to think it is a major argument against evolution, some even having the attitude that it is impossible for evolutionists to answer.
Counter argument: The egg. Now, instead of explaining to the Creationist how evolution works, when they ask what laid the egg, we can respond by saying: ‘a jungle fowl.’ Chickens were selectively bred and domesticated from wild jungle fowl, and we have evidence of this. Just like the guinea pig was domesticated from the wild cavy, and the banana was
domesticated I mean selectively bred from a wild variant that was almost inedible.
Argument: “You can’t prove Christianity false” – I haven’t personally seen many people use this one, but nevertheless it is one for Christians to avoid.
Counter argument: I don’t need to. You can’t prove a negative anyway. (Perhaps in some fields, like mathematics, but that is really besides the point.) You can’t prove Islam wrong. You can’t prove the Greeks wrong. Prove to me that the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn’t exist. The fact that you can’t prove a negative like that gives no more credibility to your claim. Besides, the burden of proof is on the one making the claim, and the religious are the ones making the claim.
Argument: “There is historical evidence of Jesus, so therefor he must be telling the truth.”
Counter argument: There is no record of Jesus ever existing outside of the Bible. It’s bad enough that he didn’t write down a single word himself, but nobody else bothered writing about him until years after his supposed death. We have some forgeries, and a couple of mentions of somebody, but no real evidence. Furthermore, even if Jesus existed, it does not mean that he was really the son of God.
Argument: “The consequences of atheism are depressing.” – this argument includes all of the claims that ‘atheists think that life is meaningless’ or ‘atheism causes war’ or really any of the other claims going around.
Counter argument: Even IF what you’re saying is true, and that is a big if, that does not make the idea that there is no god any less true. Christianity can bring, and has brought, all kinds of death and suffering. Look at the Spanish inquisition, the crusades, or just the hate and bigotry going around.
Argument: “I know that God exists” or “I hear God’s voice.”
Counter argument: An argument from personal incredulity is a fallacy. End of story. Just because you ‘think’ or claim to ‘know’ that God exists doesn’t mean he does. How do you know you’re not crazy? How do you know that an evil being from another religion is tricking you? You don’t.
Argument: “The Bible mentions names that archaeology has later found to be accurate. Therefor the rest of it must be true”
Counter argument: Harry Potter mentions London. London exists. Therefor Harry Potter must be true.
Argument: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20)”
Counter argument: You want me to believe that God exists because a book told me too? The Bible is a claim, a claim without evidence, I might add. Don’t use the Bible to try and prove anything.
Argument: “The good in the world shows that God exists.”
Counter argument: Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, volcanoes, smallpox, the plague, disease in general, poisonous animals, poisonous plants, poverty, death, etc. Was God on drugs when he made our planet or what?
Argument: “So you think the Big Bang just happened? And evolution says we got here by chance, and life came from nonlife? That’s crazy—I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist!“
Counter Argument: But you have enough to believe without a doubt that a supernatural invisible man poofed everything into existence and watches us like some sort of weirdo? On a more serious note, science has given us amazing claims that the earth goes around the sun, that disease is caused by microscopic creatures, and all sorts of other things, from quantum physics to plate movement. All of this is just as incredible as evolution, abiogenesis and the big bang, but it doesn’t get in the way of the bible, so it is accepted without a second thought. Your double-standard is illogical.
Argument: “If God made himself plainly known then we wouldn’t have free will”
Counter argument: Firstly, this means that God would rather let his creations burn in Hell. So much for being all-good. Secondly, Satan knows all about God, but still doesn’t follow him.
And there you have it, 10 stupid Christian arguments.
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