The following list is quoted from a really clear-minded explanation by someone who (to use Fundie parlance) “Believes” herself to be a Christian. (HInt: Fundies really, really, really need to stop resorting to the ‘No True Scotsman” fallacy, and then attempting to ‘justify’ it on Biblical grounds.).
Anyway, here’s the list:
- Evolution is just a theory. By that reasoning, belief in a Biblical God is also a theory — at least to non-believers.
- If you don’t believe in God, you don’t know right from wrong. Ridiculous. Every day, we hear stories about pastors and other religious figures in a scandal of some sort. Infidelity, theft, child molestation, etc…Their belief in God didn’t help them be more moral, did it?
- You can’t prove God doesn’t exist. Can we prove that he does? Most non-believers say that the burden of proof is on us who are theists.
- Anything said while speaking in tongues. I grew up in an Assembly of God church. Speaking in tongues was a common practice. The way it works is that one person supposedly gets taken over by the Holy Spirit and begins to chant gibberish. Then after a few minutes, another church member “translates” the message from God. OK, so the omniscient being (God) that I worship doesn’t know English? This is a great example of Christians implying that God is stupid.
- Nothing can come from nothing, so an intelligent being must have created it. I personally agree, but did it genuinely definitely happen in seven 24-hour days? I don’t believe it did.
- A Godly home guarantees Godly children. No. Just no.
- When someone dies, they become an angel. This is completely not Biblical. Human beings and angels are completely different creatures. The Bible is very clear about this.
- Put God back in schools. Again, he is an omniscient being. If he wants to be there, he’s there.
- Keep the Christ in Christmas. Um…no. Man put the Christ in Christmas.
- We’re in the end times — Jesus is coming soon. The Bible is very clear that no one knows the time of Christ’s return.
- If you have enough faith, you’ll be healed. I’ve known many people who had lots of faith and they weren’t healed. If non-believers die of horrible disease, Christians say that they didn’t have faith enough to be healed. If Christians die of horrible disease, Christians say that “God healed them completely and took them home” or “God needed them in heaven.”
- God told me to _______. This isn’t provable on any level. If God did tell you to do something, that was a conversation with no witnesses. It’s asking a lot to expect people to believe that.
- It’s un-Christian to question anything in the Bible. God (the omniscient being) gave you a brain. Use it.
- God destroyed ______ with a hurricane (or fire or whatever). That’s very much a logical fallacy, because when it’s done to Christians, they say that the devil is testing them. Or God is testing them. Yet when it happens to anyone else, it’s God punishing the victims. Shut up.
- If you’re not ashamed to say you believe in God, share this photo (or status or whatever). Because God is spending all of his time on Facebook patrolling memes?
- Kangaroos were the first to sink during the great flood because they have pouches that filled up with water. Stupid. Just stupid.
- Most homosexuals molest children. Actually, the horror stories we hear more often than not involve a heterosexual adult who has preyed on a child.
- The miracles that happened in the Bible prove that God exists. Do the miracles that happen in a Harry Potter book prove that, too? Again, we have to refine our argument if we expect non-believers to take us seriously in any way.
- Graffiti is a sign of the abandonment of God. What…?
- Animals ended up on different continents by making rafts out of logs that were knocked down by the great flood. To float across oceans. Um…yeah.
- Our Founding Fathers were Christians. Nope. At least not all of them were.
“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.” – Thomas Jefferson