Skip to Content
 

Top 100 Atheist Challenges

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?

I am much more concerned with what the New Testament teaches than with what any particular Christian or group of Christians may say.  As far as the New Testament is concerned, the central mission of Jesus was to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 10:19).  A Christian, then, is...


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?!

What is the "unforgivable sin"?


Why do arrogant Christians think they’re right about everything?

Because everyone thinks they are right about everything. This is because to believe anything is, at least, to believe that it is true. Thus, every belief I have, when considered individually, I think is true. But when considering the set of my beliefs in its entirety, I acknowledge that there are...


Religion has caused most of the wars and evil in the world. Why do you want to perpetrate this?

As a purely factual matter, this simply seems incorrect. However, even if true, the only religious conflicts Christianity has to answer for are the Crusades and the Inquisition (along with perhaps the wars continually characterizing Northern Ireland). However, it is self-evidently the case that...


If Christians really cared about promoting peace and love, they wouldn’t be so flipping INTOLERANT!

Again, with tongue somewhat in cheek, it might be asked why the promotion of peace and love apparently precludes intolerance of everything except Christian intolerance. More seriously, it seems as though the notion of tolerance is perhaps misunderstood when it is referenced in contexts like these....


Why do Christians think God is going to let them into heaven because they were better than everybody else?

This has the situation exactly backwards; God is going let Christians into Heaven precisely because they acknowledge that they have no merit of their own to offer and thus must rely solely on the work of Jesus to have any hope at all. And, as per the answer to the question concerning predestination...


I am homosexual and I was born homosexual – don’t homosexuals have the right NOT to be hated and persecuted by the church?

Just as a matter of clarity, it ought to be noted that according to Christianity, the mere desire to sin is not itself a sin (otherwise "overcoming temptation" is incoherent). Thus what makes someone a homosexual, at least as far as Christians are concerned, is participation in the relevant sexual...


Don’t the numerous televangelists on TBN and other such networks show that Christianity is all about the money?

At most, this shows only that TBN and the televangelists they air are all about the money, but I will leave that issue to the side for the moment. To settle the matter, all that is necessary is an examination of the life of Christ; if he was not all about the money, then any deviation from that is...


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.

With tongue somewhat in cheek, I am inclined to say that if you rejected Christianity on the basis of what a "Church bouncer" told you, then you had checked your intelligence had been checked well before the door. When considering Christianity, the relevant question is not "How do you some of its...