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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

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?

This question makes two assumptions: first, that people are condemned for failing to believe in Jesus.  This is false; though failure to believe in Jesus is most often sinful (exceptions would be infants, etc.), people are condemned for their sin in general and not for any sin in particular....


Can God make a rock so heavy that even HE can't lift it?

Yes, he could. The only truth of any consequence that follows from this is that if he did, then there would be a task he could not perform (viz. lift the rock). But that is no limitation on omnipotence, because performing such an action (i. e. lifting a rock that he can't lift) would be logically...


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?

The Bible is clear that no sinner can be saved apart from explicit faith in Christ (Romans 10:14). Jesus himself said, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). But...


According to 2 Timothy 2:25, it is GOD who grants repentance. Yet, somehow, it is WE who are held responsible for our fate?

One of the problems with the standard debate between Calvinism and Arminianism is that there do seem to be passages that genuinely lend support to elements of both views.  On the one hand, there are passages that strongly imply that God is the one who bestows saving faith on those who have it...


If God knows what I will do in the future, how can I be free?

While perhaps not being able to explain precisely how this is possible (since, in fact, there may not be any means through which God knows the future; he may just know it intuitively), one can nevertheless show that the argument meant to demonstrate that it is not possible fails. The argument...


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?

Because God is completely good, he can never do evil.  In order to kill everyone in infancy without doing evil, he would have to accomplish this through the means of some other agent’s free action. This is because earthly human life is a good, and God’s nature as wholly good would ...


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'.

As shown elsewhere, only those who place explicit trust in Christ can be saved. From this it follows that if any infant is in heaven, it is because infants in general do not fall under the category of those who require salvation (presumably because they do not commit sins). As it happens, 2...


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)?

Interestingly enough, the Bible does not actually say that God's eyes are too pure to look upon sin.  The passage in question is Habakkuk 1:13, which is a prayer in which Habakkuk says this in reference to God.  He is expressing his confusion as to the presence of evil in the world: If...


If the Biblical God exists, He's self-centered and conceited because He created an entire universe just to sit around and worship Him!

According to classical theism, one of the attributes of God is impassibility.  What this refers to is the fact that God is completely unaffected by anything outside of Himself; He is not, in other words, changed or influenced by anything in creation.  Everything He is, He is by nature....


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.

The teaching of the Bible is clear that if a prayer is offered in accordance with God’s will, it will be answered (1 John 5:14).  However, it is also clear that not all prayers meet this standard.  The Apostle Paul, for example, prays three times in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for his thorn in...