While at a recent critical thinking discussion forum, I was engaged in discussion with a gentleman who has been studying Christian apologetics.  It was clear he wanted me to believe that the Christian god exists.  Being curious how he would respond, I asked three questions:

1) Does your god know absolutely everything – for example, does he know my deepest innermost thoughts?

2) Does your God want me to believe he exists?

3) Do you communicate back and forth with your god?

In response to each of these questions, he gave me a quick and unequivocal “Yes”.  I then proceeded to say, “I’m thinking of a number from 1 to 10 million; I would like for you to ask your god what number I’m thinking of and when he responds, could you please get back to me and let me know what number it is I am thinking of.

He refused to make this request of his god, citing various reasons – which included that his god shouldn’t be tested.  However, if he wants me to believe his god exists and he answers “yes” to each of the three questions, then it would follow that he would ask his god what number I’m thinking of.  Given his refusal to make this request of his god, I pointed out that he wasn’t being honest with me in giving a “yes” answer to each of the questions.  Upon my pointing this out, he proceeded to change his answer for #2 to “it depends”.

I find it very interesting that when one points out a hole in the arguments Christians make, they adjust their argument to plug up the hole.

Another instance of this occurred at the same discussion forum.  A Christian claimed that God is everywhere, but then proceeded to say that God is not in my heart.  I pointed out the contradiction and he proceeded to say that God really isn’t everywhere.

While I find it difficult to make sense of many claims which Christians make, I find it equally disturbing that many Christians make contradictory claims without even being aware of it.



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