What will you say when confronted by God?

In the next life, when confronted by God, what will you say when He asks why you did not believe in Him and His Son Jesus Christ?

Posted: May 3rd 2008

John Sargeant www

Would He not know the answer if he was paying attention?

I guess I would say something like:

“I myth-understood”.

Posted: May 7th 2008

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SmartLX www

Okay, the question assumes the existence of a particular god, with a particular set of priorities. Since it’s an omniscient hypothetical god then its question is purely for the purpose of tormenting me and there is no useful answer.

So what is the purpose of asking atheists a question which requires theist assumptions? Of demanding not “if”, but “when”?

Is it because of an underlying suspicion that atheists are simply theists in denial? Sometimes.

Is it another way to pose Pascal’s Wager, by pretending that the only two options to consider are that there is this particular god or none at all? Occasionally.

Is it indicative of a complete failure to empathise with atheists, by virtue of the fact that someone expects a god they don’t believe in to frighten them? I really hope not.

Is it an appeal straight past atheists themselves to those who are still struggling with their faith, using what belief they have left to scare them into repressing their doubts? Very, very often.

Posted: May 6th 2008

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brian thomson www

If confronted by a god – one of the many allegedly out there – I would ask it what it wanted from me, assuming we could communicate at all. I would think that any god worthy of the title wouldn’t actually need anything from little old me. Heck, the day I die, such a god would take as much notice as I do when an ant dies.

Posted: May 6th 2008

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flagellant www

You start off by asking 'What will you say when confronted by God?

This is indicative of a gullible, presumptuous attitude on your part. Have a little more humility! For a start, why don’t you say 'What would you say if confronted by God?, rather than '...will…’ and '...when…’? This question has an answer that I’ll give at the end; yours doesn’t, but it deserves a strong response that may help you think more carefully.

The response to your explicit question is 'You are deluded if you think the existence of such an entity as Yahweh/Allah, as a proposition in itself, can be taken as given.’ What’s that you respond? – Those aren’t my gods. But how do you know you’ve got the right god? Why do you insist that your god is superior to the others? Why should your god be preferred to the Jewish or Mohammedan versions, neither of which accepts Jesus as 'the son of god’?

As for the next life, I would love to be there to watch you wake up: dead! Alas, that won’t be possible, for there is, with a high degree of certainty, no life after death. Accept it, as do many modern Christians in the same way that they have dropped the notions of hell, virgin birth, immaculate conception, and resurrection of the body.

Where’s your evidence for your silly assertions? The bible, I’d guess.

Please be more critical of your own beliefs: the bible gives us no valid knowledge; its prophecies are nonsense and it talks of plagues, earthquakes and floods being 'punishments from god’. We now know this to be nonsense: diseases are caused by viruses and bacteria, earthquakes are caused by movements of the Earth’s crust – some floods too, while others are caused by excess precipitation.

Again, the bible tells us nothing useful, and it is invariably wrong. Why do you believe it? Why do you rely on such an unreliable mishmash of cobbled together statements of myth and ignorant prejudice?

Were I to come face to face with 'god’, I might, first of all dispute his nature as a loving entity. 'If you are the god of the bible, why are you such an inconsistent, bloodthirsty, misogynist, unjust, vain and nasty piece of work?’ I’d say, first.

Finally, to answer the 'if’ question, my answer would be: 'The evidence for your existence is non-existent. Any supposed evidence is total garbage.’ OK?

Posted: May 6th 2008

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bitbutter www

I appreciate that you probably believe in the existence of your god very strongly. But here’s a suggestion; in future, when addressing questions to atheists, you’ll have a better chance of a civil reply if you don’t include the presumption that atheism is false in your question, as you have done here.

Of course I’d be very surprised if 'I’ was confronted with anything at all after the event of my death, and I’d be even more surprised if I was confronted by a being claiming to be the god of the bible.

Since the god of Christianity is described in logically contradictory terms, and so cannot exist, I’d have to conclude that the god I was faced with was an impostor. I wouldn’t feel obliged to answer this liar’s question.

Here are a couple of things that might be running through my mind:

Since this god is asking me a question, he certainly isn’t an omniscient god.

His preoccupation with the fact that I lived my life as though he didn’t exist, indicates an insecurity that doesn’t befit a deity.

This god apparently wanted me to believe in him, but did nothing to demonstrate his existence to me, and will now punish me because I didn’t accept a claim on insufficient evidence. The following explanations spring to mind: he’s mad, or a sadist, or values gullibility over critical thought. In any case he’s not someone who I’d want as a friend or protector, and is certainly not a being worthy of adoration.

Posted: May 5th 2008

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