Does a Christian Have to Answer Every Question Raised by an Atheist?

Does a Christian Have to Answer Every Question Raised by an Atheist?

Does a Christian Have to Answer Every Question Raised by an Atheist?

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Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question, “Does a Christian have to answer every challenge an atheist raises in order to give a credible, persuasive case for Christianity? Are there some challenges that a Christian doesn’t need to answer?”

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40 thoughts on “Does a Christian Have to Answer Every Question Raised by an Atheist?

  1. Wally Kaspars

    No need to answer every challenge. Just put your fingers in your ears and refer to the book that feature a talking snake. Repeat to yourself God exist, god exists, god exists, over and over. That's enough proof, ain't it?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  2. tnmusicman1

    Good answers, Greg!!

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  3. Lazarus Rex

    Also, atheism isnt a world view. All it is, is a lack of belief in a god. It's not even the assertion that there is no god. And you're absolutely right, one world view isn't any more. Valid than another unless backed up by evidence… so why is Christianity anymore valid than any other religion, ie Islam, Bhuddism, any of the other christian sects or any of the THOUSANDS of other active religions? Is is an actual question, not a rhetorical one.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  4. Lazarus Rex

    Please define evil.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  5. pimplequeen2

    Take it easy John, like you say in your vid, there are two sides.

    You don't offer any direct reasoned responses to the obvious logical problems, just re-assertions.
    You refuse to even entertain the idea that it may indeed be you that is on the cusp of failing a divine test with little excuse.

    I invite you to witness first hand the key to an unbreakable morality that is demonstrable, immune to false witness and requires no faith at all.

    You have all the tools you need to crack this conundrum.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  6. pimplequeen2

    Consider:
    Every action that a sentient being can implement is spawned of a personal desire of one description or an other. There is no escape from this fact, not even Jesus can escape his desire to save man (selfish)

    Love is the one thing in this existence that gives any type of salvation meaning, we serve love "first" because it is the one thing without which existence would be utterly pointless.
    Sacrifice is a distortion of love, there is no "sacrifice", we save us by saving you, that's all.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  7. pimplequeen2

    So Abraham's willingness with this sacrifice was either a fraud (he risked nothing) or he "really" didn't know Isaac would be safe and was willing to gamble love on "faith".
    (Holding love subservient to faith would have us stone unruly children)

    The Abrahamic religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity inherited Abraham's flaw as can be seen in the ease at which they shed each others blood in the name of piety and salvation, blinded by this greed with no thought for what piety and salvation is.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  8. pimplequeen2

    Where was Abraham's "faith" in Gods love?
    Where is your "faith" in Gods love?

    As love would have it, Jesus was quenching his own "desire" to save man, he held the serving of love greater, more valuable than his own skin and bone… like a parent would with their child, like Abraham would have done if he served love "first".

    It may help if you define this Jesus "type of love" of love so we might compare it with mine and see what the differences are John.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  9. pimplequeen2

    Where was Abraham's "faith" in Gods love?
    Where is your "faith" in Gods love?

    As love would have it, Jesus was quenching his own "desire" to save man, he held the serving of love greater, more valuable than his own skin and bone… like a parent would with their child, like Abraham would have done if he served love "first".

    It may help if you define this Jesus "type of love" of love so we might compare it with mine and see what the differences are John.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  10. pimplequeen2

    "But, His is governed by love"
    Then Abraham failed his test John.

    "why are you rejecting His love?"
    This assumes that I do..
    If God authored love, fearing him would be ridiculous so the "bigger" question is, why are "you" rejecting His love?
    It is in your heart to inspect first hand, you have full access to all its intricacies and dictates but you fail to see its power.

    A child reveals their capacity when they tuck teddy into bed to keep it warm.
    We nurture this or they would also bind Isaac.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  11. pimplequeen2

    Like I said, it would be a mute point if he has a "different" standard, nor would I wish to spend an eternity under any other standard than one that is governed by love.

    I wish to reserve the right to be sent back to the nothingness if things are not good for me (loveless) as it seems only fair that if I came from the nothingness and things are better there than here, then God making me was a loveless act.
    But it seems that if there is a God who authored love my fearing him would be very silly.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  12. pimplequeen2

    Not at all, I guess we have both done a healthy share of theist vs atheist conversations that lack a genuine swap of information.
    This makes a nice change..

    Tailgating and the like… yes, I am afraid that I do get caught out by my other emotions occasionally but it has been many years since I instigated real trespass where the lack of an excuse made it difficult to forgive myself and mend with an apology.
    One of he nicer things about getting older is the growing immunity to being an ass 🙂

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  13. pimplequeen2

    Hi John, I have read the Craig link.
    I am reluctant to formulate complex objections unless it is necessary as the way things stand for me, Gods morality is a mute point.
    It has no bearing on how I will conduct my life.

    Without love I am at the mercy of my greed vanity lust fear and indifference.
    I will stand before God as me and I will not shame at holding God accountable with this most beautiful simple elegant painful and informative prize, Love.
    If God authored love, this is what he intended.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  14. pimplequeen2

    I will take that as a compliment and return a thank you for seeing me as worthy of a voice.

    Love is not a choice, it is part of my nature, most people I have ever met have this very same affliction but very few understand that when we risk our lives to save a fellow being we are really saving ourselves that devastating pain of seeing someone in serious trouble.
    This is love unsullied by modern trashy platitudes.
    Easy to spot in extreme situations but more elusive in the day to day bustle.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  15. pimplequeen2

    "He didn't say, "No." That's the point"
    But I "am" saying "No", I am turning my back unless God wanted Abraham to say “No”.

    It may spell a disaster for me but nothing in this world or the next would have me hold love as a subservient.
    If the maker of the universe and Abraham want to play games using love as a “chip” I want nothing to do with either of them.

    I dont expect you to join me, I expect you to see that my morality is as stout as you "think" yours is and is demonstrable to boot.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  16. pimplequeen2

    This is the crux of our diametric positions.
    You think serving God is the greatest good.
    I think serving love is the greatest good.

    There are many Gods to choose from but only one love.
    Serving love second on the "faith" that you should, would leave us wide open to kneel before Satan as he would only need ware a God shaped coat and ask for "faith"

    If Abraham "knew" Isaac would return, then in what way was it a test?
    If Abraham had said no, what do you think God would have said/done?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  17. pimplequeen2

    When I say "wrong side" I mean under the sharp end of the knife.
    2) If God didn't want us to assess this episode with regards to love he would have kept it out of the bible or not given us the capacity for love… it must be there for a reason.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  18. pimplequeen2

    I believe there is only one love, it is that thing that makes my well-being contingent upon the well-being of others.
    Any other alleged version is just love with someone you desire, look up to or lust after etc… but these things are quite distinct from love.
    There are some people who I dislike as people but whom I love very dearly so it is quite easy to conclude that love is not a choice.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  19. pimplequeen2

    Hi John, you may have more important things on but I am curious as to how you solve the riddle of Abraham's morality of attempting to prove his love for one in his willingness slay another love?
    (proving that he holds love subservient to the mere "proving of his love", vanity)

    As it stands, Abraham failed this test or God failed love.
    God either wished Abraham to refuse or love has eluded God and will have to survive only in the hearts of those who know what it is and how to use it.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  20. HumanitysAdvocate

    I can't general fault atheists for challenging religion – it is a man-centered institution, not God centered, thus God gives such minds over unto its depravity, both the Christian and atheist. I stop answering atheists because they present nothing but ridicule, and ridicule is not an argument.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  21. pimplequeen2

    "I do not hold "happiness" as the greatest good"
    Neither do I… Knowing love and how to use it is the greatest possible "good".

    " I do not put "avoiding pain and suffering" as the greatest evil to avoid"
    Neither do I… "Not" knowing love and how to use it is the greatest possible "evil"

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  22. pimplequeen2

    Holding love as the single most important authority is my "highest expression of love".

    Abraham and God where not on the wrong side of that blade, it was Isaac.
    You would not prove your love to one love by slaying another love, that would only serve to prove that you hold love as a subservient to the "proving" of your love which is kind of silly when you think about it.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  23. pimplequeen2

    Hi John,
    OK, I think I am with you, God therefore "is" subject to love (he can only act with love)
    He has no access to "indifference" (the opposite of love)

    We also have the capacity to love.
    With these two things in our arsenal of knowledge we can begin to use love to oust the charlatans, forgeries and errors in ourselves in scripture and in others.

    Could you please define what you mean by "love" before we go any further… we need to be on the same page regarding what love actually is.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  24. pimplequeen2

    ….. continued.
    you say: "God is not subject to love or to anything else".
    It would therefore follow that God can arbitrarily pick and chose when (if ever) his well-being is contingent upon our well-being (love)

    If love is one of his "character traits" and he is not "subject" to love, he MUST necessarily be in possession or have access to the opposing "character trait" that is "indifferent" to our well-being.

    Do you see the problem?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  25. pimplequeen2

    You would agree would you not that love, if served would have left Abraham unwilling to take the knife to Isaac?
    The choice being 1) or 2) … serve God or serve love.

    We "are" subject to love, its not a choice, the only thing we can do is bully it into second place to some other shiny prize.
    God has nothing to bargain with that would have me hold love second to anything.

    You cant just say "No" to the 1) and 2) options… you "must" pick one, as we cant slay Isaac while serving God "and" Love.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  26. pimplequeen2

    appreciated.

    Euthyphro: I am struggling; Love is at odds with “Gods character” unless Abraham failed his test with the binding of Isaac, (as Love would say he "ought" to say “no” even to God)

    God may have authored Love and given us the capacity for it, but if God is not subject to love, he leaves those with the capacity for love trapped:

    1) Serve love and turn our back on God (Christ?)
    2) Turn our back on love and serve God (Abraham, Islam, Judaism, Christianity)

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  27. pimplequeen2

    "No. It isn't." OK I am all ears, enlighten me.

    "saying I may have some here isn't"
    your pride is telling you you are "good" because you help, this is a mistake, you are "good" because you "love".

    "Now there's pride."
    I fail to see the pride in making sure you know what love is….?
    OK, lets have a look what is love?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  28. bornagainanatheist

    I've never seen nothing. Explain what"God" is.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  29. bornagainanatheist

    No. The best thing would be for your child not to have the ability to get a wound. "Not causing" ? So you are not one who believes all the stories? And suffering is not required, if there is no suffering in this"heaven" place, no suffering is required.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  30. Yesica1993

    This is just a word game and it is so frustrating.

    You know as well as I do that when theists of any kind say the word "God" (or "god") they are meaning, at its most basic level, an all powerful, supernatural being.

    Whatever its particular characteristics may be, atheists hold the view that such a being does not exist. They're not undecided on the issue, as are agnostics. Their view is that they don't know, and perhaps no one can know.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  31. bornagainanatheist

    Yes it had a beginning, the matter that we know as the universe did. Nobody knows what was there before, it's all hypotheses, blind speculation. Where the matter comes from and goes to is way beyond my comprehension, but I will not use a book written by someone as my only position. I am ok with not knowing, but why lie? We don't know, therefore a god did it?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  32. bornagainanatheist

    If you seen your child suffering, could stop the suffering, but chose not to you would be immoral.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  33. pimplequeen2

    ill give you the benefit of the doubt and apologise for my "flock of seagulls" explanations.

    Love is that universal thing that makes your well-being and others well-being one and the same.
    It drives your wish to save me and mine to save you, its the one thing we have in common.
    Love is the one moral constant despite our diametric positions.

    Love has us hold happiness and well being as "ought to aim for"
    and pain and suffering as an "ought to avoid"
    We "ought" to address the Euthyphro dilemma.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  34. pimplequeen2

    We have covered a bit of ground with regards to my offering a reasoned "world view" explaining morality etc (as requested in your vid)
    I am somewhat perplexed that you seem unable to object to any given points, requesting instead for me to offer a different point?… as you say, there are two in any dialogue.

    Love, as I have stated, is the base of the best possible morality, it has no equal, it does not suffer greed or vanity, it has only one weakness, it is elusive and is easily misplaced.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  35. bornagainanatheist

    There is your problem with definitions. Atheist= not theist, period. I will say "God" does not exist, because "God" has a description. I will not say god does not exist, because god has not been described. If people would not have taken the word god and named their god God it would be less confusing. A person can not provide an argument against something that is not described. Proving a negative requires proof of some positive claims.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  36. bornagainanatheist

    So you believe in a multiverse?

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  37. bornagainanatheist

    Either Yahweh enjoys suffering or is not powerful enough to stop it. It's a direct conflict to say any being exists with both all powerful and all loving traits.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  38. bornagainanatheist

    The presents of evil and random suffering cannot coexist with an all loving all powerful being, it's not possible. Well explain "real objective evil" then. Everything that exists, exists in this universe, gods do not in this universe, therefore gods don't exist, your logic. Unless you believe in a multiverse, ooh intriguing tell on.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  39. pimplequeen2

    "Of course they do. Otherwise, they would be agnostics"
    Most atheists I come across are "agnostic", you make an error of assuming that all atheists claim to "know" there is no God.

    If they did make such a claim they would be "gnostic" atheist but theses are relatively rare (usually teenagers who haven't completed the thought yet)
    An atheist is simply going about their daily life as if there is not God until such a time as the evidence convinces him/her either way.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply
  40. linuxisbetter0

    I don't agree with you.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:39 am Reply

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