However, I've been running into a weird counter-argument more and more often lately. When I point out the absurdities, inconsistencies, logical errors, appalling acts, or childishness within The Bible as a means to argue against the Christian religion, it has become common for me to hear this comeback: "Well, I don't take The Bible literally. I mean, come on ... "
To which I reply, "Umm ...wha?"
What this comeback amounts to is saying that you believe in Christianity so long as you take out all of the obviously unrealistic or dated stuff in the foundational book of your religion. Put yet another way, it's like saying you're OK picking and choosing which parts of The Bible God meant for you to take seriously.
Might I remind you that God is omniscient and omnipotent, so how do you justify being picky about The Bible? That's like saying God didn't care enough to make sure that the most important book in the history of the world was exactly right and perfectly clear. Also, what basis is there for Christianity aside from what's written in The Bible? If you don't base your belief in The Bible, then what are you basing it on? There's no worthwhile evidence for the Christian God with The Bible, so what shred of basis is there without it?
Still others say, "Well, the Old Testament obviously is just a bunch of fairy tales, but the New Testament, that was all real. Jesus was a real man with divine powers." Sorry, that's not allowed. Again, that's being picky, and nowhere in The Bible does it insinuate that you're allowed to do this. There isn't a little disclaimer in between the Old and New Testaments that says, "LOL, JK. But for seriously, here's the real stuff ... " The New Testament is based on the Old Testament, so if the Old Testament is false, the New Testament doesn't have a leg to stand on.
Also, think about it this way. These are the only logical conclusions I can see:
- God wrote or inspired the writings in The Bible and entirely approves of all its contents.
- God did not write or inspire the writing of The Bible -- which purports to be the foundational text of His religion -- and you'd better fucking believe that He wouldn't be cool with that shit claiming to be God-approved, and His omnipotent ass would make that fact clear right quick.
- God did not write or inspire The Bible, but He doesn't really care what people believe or about His creation in general.
- God doesn't exist.
Being a moderate Christian doesn't make any logical sense at all. It's weird to say this, but I actually disagree more strongly with moderate Christians than fundamentalist Christians on the basis of their belief. (However, from political, human rights, and civil rights standpoints, it's a lot easier to side with the moderates.)
Someone please explain to me how it makes sense to be a moderate Christian.
-- The Atheist Apologist --