After the recent Bill Nye - Ken Ham debate, Buzzfeed posted an article where 22 Creationists were asked to write a question of Bill Nye. As one can expect these questions were the usual Creationist talking points, so I decided to write up a counter list of questions for Creationists to answer. Wish me luck with this.
And here are the questions.
1. What was the actual method that Jesus used to made extra food from the loaves and fishes? He would have had to insert totally new pieces of universe between the pieces of universe that we know as loaves and fishes, and then either at the same time, or immediately after inserting these new pieces of universe, turn them into fish and bread. Who would not want to know how he did this? Norman Borlaug would be envious.
2. What skills and abilities did God use to made the earth, and can you be specific about it? You see, science has pretty much worked out how the earth was developed and nowhere in that description is there any need for a god to do the magic that someone people claim gods use to do the stuff they are alleged to have done.
3. If you do not take the bible absolutely literal, how do you determine which part is poetry and which is historical fact? It seems that biblical literalists are the only honest theists, they are wrong, but they are honest about their belief. Not taking the bible literally means you are giving yourself the right to choose whatever you want base on your own preferences and that seems to be self serving and arrogant.
4. In God's making of the animals, did he do them all at once, or did he do them one kind at a time? Again a question of what the skills, abilities and methods your God has, as well as how do you know this to be true.
5. What mechanism does God use to control the movement of the continental plates of the earth? Is the magic that your God used better than the processes that humans have discovered for moving massive parts of the earth’s crust?
6. How does God reach across the barrier between his realm and our reality, without all of science being instantly aware of his doing this? Everything that exists for real in this universe, we can point at and show that it exists. Now seeing that we can not do this for the Hand of God, we have to assume that he is outside this reality, and if he actually does reach into our reality to do his work, then we should be able to detect this crossing of the barrier between God's reality and our reality.
7. What do you think the purpose of animal kinds going extinct, especially those kinds of which we humans have never known to have existed in the first place? Because remember that humanity once did not know that dinosaurs existed in our past, what was their purpose, a trial run, an experiment, does God need to experiment?
8. How do you reconcile Clarke's Third Law with the revealed existence of your God? Any sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from "magic". Imagine if you will, the most convincing paragraph explaining that God is in fact real, appears in the sky, being able to be read and understood by every human who saw it, would that mean that God is in fact real, or would the simpler position be that a much more advanced alien species from a galaxy far away and long time ago, sent this technological joke to mess with humans.
9. How do you demonstrate that your version of Christianity is the correct one, and all other versions of Christianity that you do not belong to are poor mirrors of your true and correct belief system? From experience, when an answer is attempted at this, once all the pieces that do not fit have been cut away, all that is left is Belief because that is what is wanted.
10. In your scriptures, there are accounts of events when the events could only be witnessed by one person/human, so how where these event recorded later? Moses on the mountain, Jesus in the Garden are the two that spring to mind, who were the reporters of these stories?
11. If a contradiction is discovered in your scripture, what is the method that is used to decide which part of the contradiction is the valid one and which is the invalid one? For example: "Was David alone when asking for the holy bread at Nob?"
1 Samuel 21:1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
With other people
Matthew 12:3-4 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
Mark 2:25-26 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
Luke 6:3-4 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
12. In the various manifestations of your God's power, how did he actually do the things that he did, such is the "hardening of Pharaohs heart" or the creation of mana to feed the nation of Israel in their wanderings? The point of these types of questions is to show that the magic of your God not only goes against the claims you make about his will but also that there usually is a much simpler answer to how the deeds where done, and these almost always do not require your God to be involved in them.
13. If you had the power of your God for only five minutes, and could use it as you see fit, what would you do with that power? Think carefully what you as a good decent morally righteous human would do with such power, even if you had the use of it for only five minutes. And then when you have honestly though about the things that you would do to make humanity a better place for everyone, please note that your God has not done this.
14. Could you explain how God's morality is considered to be objective morality, how do you work it out to be objective morality? If you determine that my objective morality is in fact not objective, but because it is mine, it must therefore be subjective, the same thought process must be applied to your God's morality. Otherwise we have a thing that is greater than your God.
15. If one thing in this reality is found that shows that your God could not exist if that thing exists in our reality, would you accept that your God could not exist? Have you ever attempted to find such a thing, because that is what it means to search for truth, finding everything that is not true and what you have left would seem to be the truth at that point.
16. If you owe me a sum of money, and I say that you do not have pay it back, if you accept that I will break my own child’s kneecaps as an atonement for the money that you owe me, would you consider this to be a morally good thing to go along with? Think about a similar story from your scripture, how is that one morally good?
17. Would you say that the simpler answer to a problem most likely would be the correct one for the problem?
18. Could you explain why the simpler answer to a problem is more likely to be the correct one, than a more complex answer to the same problem?
19. Do you think that being certain of an answer being the correct answer is good thing to follow? Being certain does not mean that you have the truth.
20. Could you entertain and consider an idea or concept without being forced to accept it? How else would you know if an idea is worth holding if you do not do this?
21. As a Christian looking at the other false gods, would you say that the reasons for rejecting those gods are the same for each god, or do different gods have different reasons to reject them? Could those reasons not be used to reject your own God?
22. What if you are wrong, and the one true god is not the God that you currently believe in, what will you do then after you die? Faith will not save you, if in fact you choose the wrong god.
Hopefully creationists reading this ranting list of questions will be brave enough to pick one or three and give it their best most honest thoughts as a reply. I eagerly await them.
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