I AGREE. MANY OF US WANT ANSWERS TO SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS OF LIFE. WE WANT ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS LIKE; WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE? DOES LIFE HAVE MEANING? HOW SHOULD I LIVE MY LIFE ARE ALL QUESTIONS WE ALL FACE AND ONES THAT RELGIONS HELP TO ANSWER.
Do you want answers that match reality, or answers that just make you feel good?
MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS: HOW DOES ATHESISM ANSWER THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS?
We use science and reason to answer these questions, not atheism.
Turning to Genesis for the answer to “who or what” created the universe is a good place to start. If all you rely on is science and rule out from the start the possibly of a supernatural creator, then you may never know. It seems on this issue, either the universe came into existence by non-intellugent forces or intelligent forces. I can’t think of a third alternative. Maybe there is one.
There is no good reason to use Genesis! I can write a book tomorrow with an untestable account of where the earth came from and claim that it should be considered a possible alternative to scientific explanations, but the book would still remain fiction.
[quote author=“forthetruth”]I like to think of the universe like a house. House are complex structures that require intelligence and power to build. No house has ever been observed coming into existence by unguided-unintellgent forces. We know that is impossible. What we do know is that houses do come into existence by intelligence. If this is true of houses, it must be true of the universe itself which is far more complex than a house.
I haven’t looked in a Bible in a year, but isn’t this Heb 3:4?
There is a simple answer to this. No one here claims that houses appear out of nowhere! No scientist claims to have models explaining how the Empire State Building rose out of the earth. Scientists DO have models for the formation of the solar system and our planet. You are making a bad analogy.
[quote author=“forthetruth”] Is it not true though some of the laws in the Bible have been adopted by us for our good? Take thou shall not murder, thou shall not lie for example. These laws can be traced back to the Bible and would you not agree that they are good for society?
Do you think our laws and morality come from the Bible? Do you think genocide is good or evil?
What does the Bible say?
Deuteronomy 12:16 You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you. (NIV)
Deuteronomy 13:15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. Destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. (NIV)
The Bible commands genocide. God himself commanded genocide, according to the Old Testament. We know it is wrong now. Modern liberal religion interprets away the obvious warts of the Bible’s ethics because our more advanced ethical knowledge tells them that what is written can’t be literally correct, so their must be some different interpretation.
[quote author=“forthetruth”]true. However, it may at times be the right answer though.
1) The Bible claims to be inerrant. If it gives the wrong answer on even 1 thing, than it is making false claims and is unreliable.
2) What standards to you suggest to follow for us to know whether religion is giving the right or wrong answer?