“Atheist apologists bend the truth in their favor every chance they get. To expect Christians not to be allowed to do the same is a double standard.”
Oh, I agree. I wasn’t saying that atheists never lie. But I was making a distinction… atheists aren’t the one’s claiming God exists. We’re not saying there is all this evidence which, to our dismay, nobody rightly sees… but ignore this small set back… God is real–just take it from us. That’s exactly the opposite of what atheists are saying. So atheists aren’t at fault–since it’s not up to us to qualify the theist statement about God’s existence.
Because the claim to know God exists is not yet proved, we know that, yes, it is an insincere statement whenever a Christian espouses God is real.
Atheists who say a deity is 100% non-existent may be jumping the gun too, since we can’t know if some nebulous deity, some form of a god, exists or not… but we can cite how improbable and far-fetched it is. We would still be justified in not believing in it.
But let’s not fall back onto citing that vague perception of a deity and then force it into the framework of our faith–if the deist concept of god turns out to be real then this is distinctly NOT the Christian God.
So I see no problem with atheist integrity on this point. Whereas I find most Christians are putting all their faith in the hope that it’s true–and then claiming ad hoc that because they feel it’s true, it is. This is simply circular reasoning–and doesn’t suffice when making blatant truth claims.
Either God exists or he doesn’t. Since there is no tangible evidence, and anything which Christians tout as evidence is spurious at best, I think we can safely assume atheists aren’t the ones who have to worry about the “truth” of the matter. Furthermore, you can’t assume to be proved correct when you have absolutely no trustworthy evidence, no proof to speak of, and say it is the truth. This simply amounts to a falsehood and wishful thinking. A noted delusion.
When it comes to the question of God, the atheist has *nothing to lose.
I predict the Christian rebuttal might be, “Unless God turns out to be real… then atheists are in heaps of trouble!” But then that’s assuming, A) that God is real (more useless conjecture at this point), and B) it presumes too much since you’re claiming to know God’s mind is made up about concerning all atheists–and that’s dishonest to the core.
And I’ve already mentioned how the Bible can’t be trusted… so to say the “Bible told me so…” is just begging the question.
Yet when the atheist points out that the Bible is faulty, that the Christians concept of God is flawed, and that Christians presume to know to much, and by sheer observation is doesn’t seem like God exists… this is being honest with what reality depicts.
Honesty is vital if we’re ever going to discover the unadulterated truth, and that’s all I’m saying.