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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Top 100+ Atheist Challenges

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"Come now, let us reason together." – Isaiah 1:18

  1. Your all-powerful God created the devil and evil - simply to set up "the fall." He did this KNOWING that most souls would ultimately suffer eternal punishment. You call this a good God? I call it evil.
  2. The Bible is a collection of fairytales written by illiterate goat herders back in the Bronze Age. The Catholic Church cherry picked which fables to include to mind control non-thinking tithers.
  3. There is no scientific evidence for the existence of God...just assertions.
  4. If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving, why does he PERMIT starvation, child molestation, rape, torture and genocide? And telling us these VICTIMS suffer because of an inherited sin committed by Adam and Eve does not suffice!
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  6. Dennis McKinsey single-handedly disproves Biblical inerrancy in his book, "Biblical Errancy" - your team should read it.
  7. So you believe in a book full of contradictions, one that endorses slavery, incest, murder, drowning babies, genocide and stoning homosexuals?
  8. Atheism is the DEFAULT position. The burden of proof is on the Christian asserting God exists. All we're asking is to see the convincing emperical EVIDENCE.
  9. If I were raised in India, I’d most likely be a Hindu. You would be a Muslim if raised in Saudi Arabia. Is it ‘fair and just’ of God to have billions of people’s eternal destinies determined by “God’s Divinely ordained” place of birth?
  10. Jesus is a borrowed myth dressed up like a Jew. He never existed, period. There is zero SUFFICIENT evidence that Jesus ever existed? Zero. It’s all a terrible hoax for the church to control the masses.
  11. The Bible says that God’s eyes are too pure to look upon sin. So then how can the Holy Spirit be present at all times with people (even believers, who still commit sins)?
  12. If I believed in god, which I don't, why would I choose Christianity over any other religion?
  13. The God of the Old Testament a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, and a homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
  14. I don't believe your book - there are over 1000 errors found in the bible -
  15. There isn't a single shred of reliable evidence that Yahweh ever existed in any realm than the fruitful imagination of long dead kingships.
  16. Now if Jesus is God and God cannot be tempted, does it not follow that Jesus cannot be tempted? Yet Matthew 4 clearly presents the temptation of Christ, and thus embroils us in another BIBLICAL CONTRADICTION. Doesn’t it?!
  17. If the world was created by all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God, why does he permit evil, pain and suffering in nature? Why does he allow disease, parasites, brutality, handicaps and natural disasters to persist?
  18. So Adam and Eve lived for 900+ years and Methuselah celebrated 930 years. Is it just me, or do these claims not strain credulity beyond its limits?
  19. The fine tuning argument that the universe saw us coming is pretty lame!
  20. In Matthew 27:52-53, it says that after Jesus' death, dead people were resurrected and were walking around Jerusalem. Empirically, how could this have happened, and why?
  21. I prayed, "Dear God, forgive me. I’m sorry. Jesus wasn’t a myth." No bear hugs from God. No ‘truth switch’ turned on. It’s still all nonsense. Why?
  22. Why do arrogant Christians think they’re right about everything?
  23. If God is all-good, why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?
  24. The New Testament was written several hundreds of years after the life of Jesus. I can’t remember what I did last week, let alone hundreds of years ago. This casts great doubt on the historical credibility of the events it reports.
  25. Can we really be certain that God exists? If there is one thing that’s obvious, it is that the existence of God is NOT obvious.
  26. What’s so special about Jesus, anyway? Aren’t we ALL God’s children?!
  27. If the Biblical God exists, He's self-centered and conceited because He created an entire universe just to sit around and worship Him!
  28. Miracle stories were crafted AFTER Jesus died, and then included just to make Jesus look like a Jewish wonder working messianic figure. It’s called messianic fiction.
  29. Since God knows everything, He would have known how much suffering would eventually come into this world. Why didn’t He stop the process before it all got started, and save His creatures from all of the pain that would befall them?
  30. You say the Bible was ‘inspired’ by God? I say, “Back up your assertion with proof.”
  31. IF God exists, He’s maniacal. If He WANTED to forgive sin, He’s 'all-powerful' and 'all-loving' – He could just, SHAZAM, forgive sin. Instead, He sends down His only Son to be slaughtered and murdered to take care of the sin problem. Now THAT’S evil!
  32. It should be called Paulianity – for centuries Christians have presented the ideas of Paul as the teachings of Jesus, and that’s a mistake. It was all Paul’s INTERPRETATION. Check the data.
  33. There’s no evidence outside of the Bible that indicates the miracle stories about Jesus are authentic!
  34. Should we really be stoning homosexuals, disobedient children, adulterers and witches, as the Old Testament commands? What an all-loving god you serve, Christians!
  35. My Grandma was a sincerely nice person who happened to NOT be a Christian. Let me get this right...your "all-loving" God is going to punish her in hell for eternity because she didn't "accept" Jesus?
  36. How do Christians respond to eastern systems of thought such as Buddhism and Hinduism?
  37. Why does Matthew quote a prophecy about Jesus being a Nazarene (2:23), when such a reference does not actually exist in the Old Testament?
  38. Could God have used fallible people to write an infallible book?
  39. The existence of so many Christian denominations indicates the Bible to be inherently unclear. If truly God’s revelation, could we not expect that He would reveal Himself clearly?
  40. Religion has caused most of the wars and evil in the world. Why do you want to perpetrate this?
  41. Doesn’t evolution account for the origin and diversity of life on earth, thereby eliminating the need to appeal to God?
  42. Truth is relative. Only narrow-minded bigots believe in absolute truth!
  43. If Christian arguments are sound and cogent, then why aren’t they universally accepted? Even many CHRISTIANS have objected to the propriety of even offering such arguments. Ever hear of Reformed Epistemology?
  44. Why does Matthew apply Hosea 11:1 to Jesus (2:15) when it is obviously referring to Israel?
  45. People make up fantastic, epic, 'harmonious' stories all of the time. Lord of the Rings comes to mind. Perhaps Gandalf is the true Messiah! Read the Bible if you want - I prefer non-fiction.
  46. If Christians really cared about promoting peace and love, they wouldn’t be so flipping INTOLERANT!
  47. If the incredible complexity of the world requires an intelligence to explain its existence, wouldn’t this intelligence be all the more complex, and thus all the more in need of an intelligence to explain its existence?
  48. The New Testament authors were all influenced by pagan religions. Sorry Christians, but Jesus is an unhistorical myth. If you don’t believe me, Google 'Jesus Mithras Osirus Horus'.
  49. What about vestigial organs like the appendix, or the gill-slits in fetuses? CERTAINLY you can’t mean to suggest that that makes more sense given theism than evolution, can you?!
  50. Christianity is for pagan cannibals and is thus, FALSE. Why else did Jesus say we must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life (John 6:53-54)?
  51. Given that we don’t have the original manuscripts, why would God have allowed variant readings to creep into the textual tradition?
  52. If you want to know the truth, read the Gnostic gospels – you’ll then understand why the Christian church repressed them for 1,700 years.
  53. So I’m to believe in a God who is one and three at the same time, with one of the three killing another of the three and then sending another of the three to console humans about how to go on in the absence of the other two!? Why not just Allah instead?
  54. How do you reconcile creation and science?
  55. Is it fair that a North Korean woman who never heard 'boo' about Jesus, let alone the Gospel, is going to burn in hell for eternity because she didn't choose the right set of parents, geographically?
  56. Aren’t naturalistic explanations for the resurrection stories more probable than the resurrection itself, since they appeal only to elements common to our experience, whereas the resurrection must appeal to God?
  57. Is it really fair for one who does not accept Jesus to suffer in Hell forever?
  58. So God hears the prayers of everyone, all the time, huh? "Dear God, I pray for a brand new car, pretty please?" Nope, no car. God does not exist.
  59. Don’t the numerous televangelists on TBN and other such networks show that Christianity is all about the money?
  60. Isn’t it more plausible to suppose that all that exists is matter, since such an account posits only a single kind of substance whereas theistic accounts must posit something else in addition to matter? Ever heard of Ockham’s Razor?
  61. To accept the story of the Noah’s Flood AS FACT flies in the face of practically all of the archaeological, historical, literary, meteorological, and geological research EVER conducted to say nothing of good old common sense. It's a non-starter for me.
  62. Can God make a rock so heavy that even HE can't lift it?
  63. If there is such good evidence for the existence of the Biblical God, why don’t more people believe in him? Are we just all 'suppressed'?!
  64. Is there any evidence for Intelligent Design?
  65. According to 2 Timothy 2:25, it is GOD who grants repentance. Yet, somehow, it is WE who are held responsible for our fate?
  66. Doesn’t the fossil evidence support the theory of evolution?
  67. Where did Cain get his wife?
  68. Did Jesus really claim to be God, or did His followers just say that about Him? Might not Dan Brown have been on to something?
  69. Do you REALLY think that it is just a "coincidence" that humans share 98.6% of their DNA with chimpanzees?!
  70. How can Hell be eternal when people commit only a finite number of sins?
  71. ALL sins are forgiven if you ‘accept Jesus as your savior’, right? What about the non-forgivable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit? We have a little CONTRADICTION problem here?!
  72. I believe in god if you want to define god as "nature." It's called Evolutionary Naturalism.
  73. How can you take the gospels as inspired when they don't even make that claim for themselves?
  74. Please check your facts – the biblical account of Noah was derived from the Babylonian myth of Utanapishtim. Your mythical God didn’t 'inspire' it.
  75. Sorry Christians, but the creation account in Genesis is borrowed -- it is based on the Enuma Elish.
  76. Job is described as “righteous” and “blameless.” Can these descriptions be taken seriously if the Bible is said to teach the universal sinfulness of mankind?
  77. I am homosexual and I was born homosexual – don’t homosexuals have the right NOT to be hated and persecuted by the church?
  78. How exactly does the death of Jesus secure salvation for anyone when the deaths of countless others matter not a bit in this regard?
  79. The “Gospel of Judas” was originally in the New Testament and was conveniently “exorcised,” if you know what I mean. That was convenient.
  80. How can anyone legitimately say that their interpretation is more accurate than others?
  81. If God knows what I will do in the future, how can I be free?
  82. If those who die as infants go to Heaven, why doesn’t God kill everyone in infancy in order to maximize the number of those in Heaven?
  83. If a father ever killed his own son he would—all things being equal—be rightly judged immoral. But according to Genesis 22, God told Abraham to kill his own son, and was judged righteous for his WILLINGNESS to do so. So God ordains child murder, huh?
  84. What does it mean to be a Christian? There are over 30,000 different groups, all of which answer this question differently. If agreement cannot be found on THIS issue, can the claims of Christians themselves be taken with any degree of seriousness?
  85. How can you expect modern people to accept the creation account as found in Genesis? PLEASE tell me you don’t think the earth is 6,000 years old, do you (and still maintain ANY sense of intellectual fulfillment)?!
  86. I tried Christianity but failed when the church bouncer told me to check my intelligence in at the door. Christians are stupid – ignorant, dumb, money-grubbing gay-bashing idiot bigots.
  87. How are Christians supposed to be happy in Heaven when their loved ones might be in Hell?
  88. If God is love, why would He send anyone to hell?
  89. Didn’t Jesus REBUKE Thomas for wanting evidence of the resurrection?! Wouldn’t this rebuke also extend to Christian apologists who seek to satisfy this demand by offering evidence for Christian claims?
  90. How could Jesus have been GENUINELY tempted if He could not sin?!
  91. I know lots of people who don’t believe in Jesus, and they live good lives. So they're all going to hell, huh?!
  92. We have SEEN speciation occur in various species of plants. Evolution in action, folks. This should establish beyond all questionable doubt that evolution is a FACT!
  93. So all infants and children who have ever lived and died as non-Christians are sentenced by God to suffer eternally in hell? That's kind and 'all-loving'.
  94. I hear a lot about “intelligent design.” Has this now proven God and falsified evolution?
  95. It’s irrational to believe that people rise from the dead. Even if it is possible, shouldn’t it always be judged improbable since it has happened so few times…even according to Christians?
  96. With no original texts and 400,000 contradictions in the COPIES of the New Testament, the bible is unstrustworthy. Read Bart Ehrman's 'Misquoting Jesus'.
  97. Reasons why I don’t believe? Well, to start with, the Jesus Resurrection accounts in the Bible contradict one another. Need I go on?
  98. Why do Christians think God is going to let them into heaven because they were better than everybody else?
  99. Biblical Prophecy? Give me a break – all these ‘pre-enlightenment folk’ were a dime a dozen. Ever heard of Nostradamus?
  100. How can religious claims be meaningful if they are not empirically verifiable?
  101. Christian claims are not credible! Wouldn’t we expect SOME evidence of the exodus from Egypt, if it took place? 2.5 million people wandering around for 40 years in a specific geographic location...and NOTHING!
  102. On what basis do Christians accept miracle-stories in the New Testament while rejecting those of other religions?
  103. If your Biblical Yahweh God is so ALL-good-fantastic, how could Satan fall if he was with God and had the chance to witness his existence? God made Satan too, right? Seems God shares a bit of the blame for MAKING Satan prideful, yes?
  104. How would you respond to Victor Stenger’s stinging assertion that religious argument leads universally to dismal failure and untold suffering?
  105. Obviously, there is a distinction between “not believing” and “believing not.” It is certainly legitimate for atheism to be characterized as a mere ‘lack of belief’, rather than a positive assertion. I lack belief in God. The burden of proof is on you.
  106. I fell out of faith as a Christian because of Mark 11:23-24 when Jesus says that God will grant us whatever we ask as long as we have faith. I did, I prayed, no new girl, no new car, and thus, no more Bible studies.
  107. If "scripture" just is what has been accepted by the Church, then isn't the apocrypha scripture as well?
  108. Given that the gospel accounts were written by BIASED Christians, their content can’t be accorded much legitimacy. Some sources had Al Gore inventing the ‘Internets’, too.
  109. I guess I can’t be a Christian because I don’t hate my parents. Why does Jesus tell us we need to hate our parents in order to be his disciple (Luke 14:26)?
  110. I like asking Christians if they have any slaves, and if the answer is ‘no’, I ask them why not? The Biblical God sanctions slavery, so if they have no slaves then the serving Christian is out of integrity with their own NEVER CHANGING god. What gives?
  111. How can religious claims be meaningful if they are not empirically falsifiable?
  112. Doesn’t the very concept of faith preclude the offering of evidence and argument? Isn’t that the whole point of “becoming like a child”?
  113. How can human language be used to correctly characterize an infinite God?
  114. God can’t even make up His inspirational mind. Does justification come by faith (Paul) or works (James)?
  115. Christians make the assertions, atheists just require that they back them up with evidence. For example, what evidence is there from the Old Testament that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah?
  116. Why is God often characterized in human terms (repenting, being surprised, etc.) when he is SUPPOSEDLY omniscient (all knowing)?
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