Thoughts on Atheism, Religion, Philosophy, and Counterapologetics.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I am God because you said so.
Having recently come to a website, http://needgod.com/ I forced myself to try and understand the absolute ridiculous reasoning behind their argument. What I came up with has probably been noted before by someone other than me, but here it is.
The argument they postulate is wildly foolish by their own logic, and can be easily be turned around on them so much so that by their reasoning on only one point I could declare that biblically I -am- God.
YOUR SCORE ON QUESTION #1: The Ninth of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not lie." Telling just one lie, according to God's standards, makes you a "liar." In Revelation 21:8, God says, "...all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire..."
Now, leaving aside that this assumes the reader actually believes the Bible to be true, and the poor understanding of English that makes a person who tells one lie ever a liar for all eternity, let us assume this is true. Elsewhere in the Bible, Matthew 19:17 to be more precise it is put forth that "there is none good but one, that is, God." Ok, so far so good. Now, if a person who lies once is a liar, once and for all eternity, then what is someone who does a "good" thing. By that rationale, he would be a Good person once and for all eternity. But wait... there's only ONE good, and that is God. So, he's God, right?
Now, i think we all know that someone who lies once is not customarily referred to as a liar, but evangelicals and apologists really use this argument. Seriously. I could poke holes in this all day, but making any sense of the texts necessitates understanding them as they were intended. As an evangelical point this completely fails, and if anyone tries to use it on you, remember, according to their argument, you are God, and so are they, and so is everyone who has ever done a good thing. Paradoxes are rough for an argument to overcome.
I am an Atheist with a degree in history and interests in both science and philosophy. Obviously my historical knowledge is my forte, but I do try and be accurate and reasonable in the other needed fields as best I can.