A lot of the time, Atheists, such as myself, are confronted with many seemingly thought provoking questions that theists tend to believe trip us up or leave us sucking our thumbs.
Such as; Who made us? Why are we here? Where do we come from? This is posed less in the form of a question and more in the form of an argument or a point in favor of creationism.
Yet these questions seem to operate on a single and faulty premise, so for the sake of argument I'll answer each question as logically as possible.
Who Made us? No one. This question seems to presuppose what the theist wants one to answer with, that being that its a "who" and not "what" or even "when" or "how". Simple words that change the tone and intention of the question entirely. My answer? that it was a natural process and that by all accounts this question is intentionally misleading.
Where do we come from? The above mentioned natural biological process known as evolution. Theists continue to (in vain) discredit the facts of evolution with fairy-tales and false arguments. Generally these arguments are born more out of ignorance. Eg, the Erroneous claim that evolution teaches we come from monkeys. Any tertiary examination of the fundaments of evolution will reveal that we are on similar path of evolution to apes and share a common ancestor which indicates that we are biologically similar and not that we were some clear line of accession.
Why are we here? Well that's up to us. Herein, again, lies another misleading question as it supposes that there is only one answer to what every human being should be doing with their lives. When applied to all cultures, creeds, races and countries you begin to realise that this is a fairly ridiculous question.
Before I continue I must press upon all theists that this is not intended to be offensive, however when one starts to look at the kind of people who ask these questions the most one starts to realise that they themselves hardly understand what they're even asking and start to make these questions sound like white noise.
If you could prove to me that there was a god. that would be amazing.
But not just that there is a god, but that you also know his name. That you know what he expects of us, what he'll do to us if we cooperate with him, what he may do if we don't and that for some reason it's ever in our best interests to cooperate.
However in the meantime, I see theists, who are incapable of taking "there is no evidence for my position" as an answer, go on asking these meaningless, in context, to continue to confuse people into believing what they believe for no rational reason.
So in this I conclude that each of these questions, outside the usual philosophical exchanges, are stupid questions. Especially when you're trying to lead people to the "answer" of "the invisible omnipotent man created us to worship him".
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.