Sometimes I love reading the things people send me in my email. Let me share…
Hey I watched your video “To all the Christians on youtube.” From my understanding you used to be a Christian but now your an atheist (correct me if my wrong).
You’re right so far. My video, To All Christians on YouTube, is a rebuttal to a Christian who posted a video basically using Pascal’s Wager. I posted another video much later, My “Awakening” Story, which goes into more detail regarding my de-conversion story if you’re interested.
Ok I am a Christian and I have several questions to ask you.
Awesome, I’ll answer your questions, then you can answer mine.
How do you think the world was created?
What exactly do you mean by “the world?” Your later questions pertain to how galaxies were created, so I can only assume “the world” does not include our galaxy. If you’re referring to how the planet formed, it’s really quite simple, and something you could have easily found an answer to within a few seconds. I recommend watching the video, How the Earth Was Made for a detailed explanation and a history of all the advancements that lead to our current understanding.
If after watching that video you find that you disagree with the process involved in creating the planet, please let me know how YOU think the Earth was made. Please be specific. If you think a god or gods created the planet, please explain the processes they used and how you came to know and understand the creation method.
How do you think galaxies upon galaxies upon galaxies were created?
The process which created and continues to create galaxies is actually very similar to the process that created our planet. All objects have gravity and are attracted to each other. Gravity is what holds the earth in orbit around the sun, and the sun in orbit around the center of the galaxy. Again, this is a question to which you could have easily found the answer with a simple search. The video Birth of the Universe gives a pretty good explanation of the process.
How do you think scientist pick up music coming from stars?
The word “music” is used very loosely here. There is no actual sound coming from the stars. Sound describes the vibration of air molecules interacting with the ear drum. The vast emptiness between our planet and the stars prevents any of them from creating any noticeable effect on the air in our atmosphere. The “music” from the stars is not sound.
Some scientists have used radio telescopes to collect information about the radioactive decay of hydrogen atoms and then converted the waveform into an audio format, others have used seismometers to study the surface vibrations on the sun (sun quakes), and other stars, then converted the data into an audio format.
The “music from stars” doesn’t have a tune, a melody, or any other characteristic we generally associate with music. It’s simply poetic language used to describe a method scientists use to learn more about the universe.
You can listen to some examples of this “music” here and here. Again, if you disagree or have some other explanation for the music from the stars, could you please give me your explanation and how you came to this understanding?
Ever try and make your heart stop beating?
Nope. Have you?
How long can you go without breathing?
I used to swim a lot and could hold my breath for several minutes back then, but now I’m lucky if I can hold it for 2 minutes. Why is this important?
How do you think scientist just found another planet evolving around space that was over 2 billion light years away?
I’m assuming you meant “revolve” because planets don’t “evolve.” It was probably just a simple typo. Astronomers have located around 500 extrasolar planets so far. There are several methods used to detect extrasolar planets. Large (Jupiter-size) planets can be detected by measuring their gravitational effect on the star they orbit. Smaller (earth size) planets are harder to detect, but if their orbit is parallel to ours scientists can detect them by measuring the amount of light they block when they travel in front of the star they orbit. This is another question you could have easily answered on your own with a simple search. This Wikipedia article gives a very thorough explanation.
If this world has been around for billions and billions of years, how come we are only in year 2010?
We’ve used several methods for counting the years throughout history. According to the Hebrew calendar, which predates the modern calendar, we are living in year 5770. The Roman’s used to count the years following the foundation of Rome, or they would mark the years according to who was in political power at the time. The names of the months in our current calendar came from those used in the earlier calendars. Jesus wasn’t used as a basis for the year until more than 500 years after he died. A monk named Dionysius was concerned with trying to calculate the correct date for Easter, and at that time the years were counted in A.D. but the “A.D.” referred to Emperor Diocletain. Dionysius decided to try to calculate the exact year of Jesus’ birth (most scholars believe he got it wrong), he determined that Jesus was born in 753 ab urbe conditâ (753 years after the founding of Rome). He kept the abbreviation “A.D.” but changed the meaning to “Anno Domini” and the years before Christ’s birth were abbreviated “A.C.” or “Ante Christum.” There is no year “0,” some historians believe this was because of a deep religious superstition against the number zero at the time. (Zero literally describes “nothing,” since God is “everything” they believed zero represented the devil or a lack of God.)
The current dating system didn’t become the world standard overnight, in fact, it took several hundred years for it to catch on. Emperor Charlemagne adopted the dating system and his successors found no reason to change it. Many Popes and religious leaders continued to use the prior dating system. Eventually, politics won out and it became the standard.
Well because Jesus was born 2,010 years ago. If Jesus was never born, we’d be in year 4,000,000,000,000 right?
No, we wouldn’t be in the year “4,000,000,000,000.” First, the universe is not believed to be 4 trillion years old, and second because there was no one around back then to start a dating system. Life needed to develop, then create languages, then writing, then math. That process takes a while.
Yes, the current dating system is based off a monk’s (erroneous) calculation for Jesus’ birth. Most of the current calendar is named after ancient gods. The fact that the current method for calculating the year was originally created to mark the birth of Jesus is no more relevant nowadays than the fact that:
- January is named for the Roman God “Janus,” God of gates and doorways
- March is named for the Roman God “Mars,” God of war
- April is named for the Greek Goddess “Aphrodite,” Goddess of love and beauty
- May is named for the Greek God “Maia,” Goddess of spring
- June is named for the Roman Goddess “Juno,” Goddess of marriage
- Sunday is named for “Sun’s day,” the day set aside by pagan sun worshipers
- Monday is named for “Moon’s day,” the day set aside by pagans to worship the Goddess of the Moon
- Tuesday is named for the Norse God “Tyr” or “Tiw,” the God of war
- Wednesday is named for the Norse God “Wodan,” the God of trade
- Thursday is named for the Norse God “Thor,” the God of thunder, lightning, and storms
- Friday is named for the Norse Goddess “Frigg,” Queen of Asgard, the most high goddess.
- Saturday is named for the Roman God “Saturn,” God of agriculture and harvest
Surely you don’t actually think that the existence of a dating system proves that Jesus is a God, do you? If so, wouldn’t the other examples above also prove the validity of those other deities?
If God isn’t real, how come everything in the Bible is coming to the truth in these present day times?
I’m afraid you’ll need to be a little more specific. You see, the prophecies in the Bible are extremely vague and have no actual date by which they are supposed to happen. This means the prophecies can be interpreted to mean one thing, and when that fails they simply re-assign the prophecy to something else. If you think any prophecies in the Bible are coming to pass, please share. And be specific. I want to know the book and verse describing the prophecy, and the modern example of it “coming to pass.” Also, please explain how you came to your interpretation of the prophecy.
If God isn’t real, how come many witnesses that died and went to heaven have their testimonies?
People die for stupid reasons all the time. The fact that someone is willing to die for a belief doesn’t prove that their belief is true. Surely you don’t think the terrorist’s choice to fly planes into the World Trade Center Towers proves that their religion is the correct one. After all, they died and went to heaven too (according to their beliefs).
If God isn’t real, how come atheist experienced hell?
You can claim that atheists experience Hell and that you experience Heaven but you have no evidence for the existence of either location. If you are referring to someone having a Near Death Experience, then that is easily explained. Near Death Experiences happen in all religions, and people always seem to meet the God they already believe in or were raised to believe in. Buddhists see Buddha, Muslims see Allah, Christians see Jesus, etc. If an atheist had a Near Death Experience where he went to Hell, then he was probably raised in a Christian, “fire and brimstone” style church. Which is where his mind pulled the information for the hallucination.
If Near Death Experiences are actually evidence for an afterlife, or for a specific religion – then wouldn’t all non-Christians experience Hell? Wouldn’t people who had never heard of Jesus come back and start preaching the gospel? If you’re going to accept one specific NDE as evidence for the validity of a supernatural claim, then you will need to accept all NDEs as proof of their claims.
I am familiar with only one account where a religious person changed their religion after a Near Death Experience. That person changed from Christian to Muslim. There is a YouTube video somewhere describing the conversion… I looked for it but I am unable to find it. (It’s late and I’m tired… so I didn’t look all that hard.)
If God isn’t real, how come amazing miracles happen?
They don’t. (That was easy.) Do you have any specific miracles you consider to be especially “amazing?”
You don’t have to answer all these questions, but I want you to ask yourself them.
Oh great, NOW you tell me.
How did we really get here.
My parents had sex. I’m sure yours did too.
It was God, God created us. And galaxies upon lightyears.
Exactly what evidence do you have that God created us? So far all you’ve done is list a bunch of questions. You seem to be saying that because YOU don’t understand the natural explanation for something, a God must be the ONLY possible solution.
You’re saying: “I don’t know _____, therefore I’m right!”
The questions you asked have answers, but I don’t think you’re actually concerned with finding answers. If you were looking for answers you could easily find them. Instead, you use your own voluntary ignorance as a reason to believe in God. After all, if YOU can’t understand how something happened, then it must be impossible for it to have actually happened. It really is an arrogant statement, and one reserved for religious conversations. You don’t need to know every detail about how your iPod works down to the molecular level in order to know that the claim that magic music pixies live inside it is bogus. And it would be wrong for me to claim that your lack of knowledge regarding electronics was “proof” of the magic music pixies.
It’s crazy not to believe in God.
Don’t you find it a little odd to believe that an all-powerful invisible man created the entire world, then cursed it’s entire population for not being gods, impregnated a teenage girl with himself in order to have himself sacrificed to himself so he could get around a bloodthirsty law he created that required him to torture everyone for eternity for a crime their ancient ancestors committed?
Did I also say most of scientist got saved because there was just so much evidence of God?
Nope, you didn’t. And it’s probably a good thing because it would have been a bold-faced lie. I appreciate that you are at least attempting to remain honest by not making such a demonstrably false statement. Especially without providing any evidence to back it up. Thank you.
The Holy Bible isn’t the only evidence.
I’m still waiting for you to provide ANY evidence, at least beyond your own ignorance. Your voluntary ignorance isn’t really convincing as far as apologetic arguments go.
Here I also have an opinion book for you to get, you might change your ways. It’s called 90 Minutes in Heaven written by Don Piper. It is about a preacher who was killed in a car accident, was in heaven for 90 minutes, and came back to life after someone prayed for him. It’s a great book, and it’s a must have.
I’ve already explained why Near Death Experiences are useless as evidence. There are NDE accounts from every religion. Some NDEs don’t involve a God at all, in some cases people meet loved ones, in other cases they re-live childhood events, and there are even NDE cases where people have reported that they were abducted by aliens while they were “dead.” Please explain what criteria you use to determine that an NDE should be accepted as true, and when it should be treated as a hallucination created by an oxygen-starved brain.
Near Death Experiences have also been recreated in laboratory conditions which prove the cause can be physiological, and not necessarily supernatural.
Even though we should always have Faith in God, just like any human being, it’s natural to be curious. But Satan uses that tactic to counterfeit God and make you not believe. Also if you ever get a chance and read the Bible, it says that Satan will rule the world. Now it is quite fascinating you were converted from a Christian to an Atheist. God also said people would betray, hate, and Satan would rule the world. Those are signs of the end times.
I’ve read the Bible, a couple times actually. Have you, or are you just repeating what your pastors have told you? I don’t hate God, nor have I “betrayed” him, I simply no longer find the claims of his existence to be convincing, for the same reasons you don’t find claims of Santa and the Easter Bunny convincing. The claims themselves are laughably absurd, and there is no evidence to support them.
If you show me a toy factory at the North Pole being run by elves and flying reindeer, I will believe in Santa. Likewise, if you show me actual evidence for a God I will believe in a God. Unfortunately, giving me a list of questions to which you don’t understand the answers isn’t a very good way to defend your belief.