Q & A

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Below is a list of questions that I came across while reading at christiananswers.net (a website designed to offer answers to the many questions that Christians face).   I felt it necessary to offer my answers.  So…here goes:

If you are an atheist, a materialist, a pantheist, or a naturalist, try to answer the following 11 questions:

  1. “If all of life is meaningless, and ultimately absurd , why bother to march straight forward, why stand in the queue as though life as a whole makes sense?” —Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

    There is nothing about me that believes life to be “meaningless or absurd”, but if it were, then the motivation would be a simple one…happiness, fulfillment, joy, love, knowledge, art, etc…  The things that make us all get up in the morning.  The acceptance of a God isn’t the only thing that makes people move.
  2. If everyone completely passes out of existence when they die, what ultimate meaning has life? Even if a man’s life is important because of his influence on others or by his effect on the course of history, of what ultimate significance is that if there is no immortality and all other lives, events, and even history itself is ultimately meaningless?

    basically the same question as #1…so revert to the answer already given.
  3. Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart form God, what ultimate difference would that make? None…so what???

    If the universe never existed, then we wouldn’t be having this debate.  Can we move on to a meaningful question please?
  4. In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?

    There is no debate on the difference between mankind and mosquitoes.  Am I really suppose to give you a lesson on the nature of man? This kind of question is ridiculous.
  5. What viable basis exists for justice or law if man is nothing but a sophisticated, programmed machine?

    To keep man accountable in his life for what he does.  Of course, no one ever stated that man is a “programmed machine”…then again, the argument could be made that if God exists as the bible states, that its in that belief system that man is programmed.
  6. Why does research, discovery, diplomacy, art, music, sacrifice, compassion, feelings of love, or affectionate and caring relationships mean anything if it all ultimately comes to naught anyway?

    Why buy a house if it can’t be taken to heaven?  Why wear clothes if your just gonna take them off for a shower?  Why go to work if you are just gonna spend away all the money you make? Get where I’m going here?  I hope so…if not then refer back to my answer to #1.
  7. Without absolute morals, what ultimate difference is there between Saddam Hussein and Billy Graham?

    Where exactly do we get the absence of “absolute morals”?  Clearly, the actions of these two men are different in acceptance and consequence.
  8. If there is no immortality, why shouldn’t all things be permitted?(Dostoyevsky)

    Because not all things are permissible.  Plus, eternity isn’t the only factor here…right now we live on earth, not in heaven.  I don’t find it hard to believe, and neither does almost every 1st grader in the world, that there are things that are good and things that are bad…whether or not you believe in a form of afterlife.  This life is more valuable because its the only one we have.  If there be an afterlife, such a thing makes this life less valuable and forgettable.
  9. If morality is only a relative social construct, on what basis could or should anyone ever move to interfere with cultures that practice apartheid, female circumcision, cannibalism, or ethnic cleansing?

    Because morality is much more than “relative” and “social”…its natural, humane, universal, and inerrant in every man as we evolve.  I assume that you are forgetting the following acts that were “culturally acceptable” in biblical times, not only condoned, but sometimes ordered by god:  Slavery, genocide, prostitution and murder.
  10. If there is no God, on what basis is there any meaning or hope for fairness, comfort, or better times?

    This question is absolutely STUPID.  Entirely nonsensical, and hence, i will not answer it.  Lets move on…
  11. Without a personal Creator-God, how are you anything other than the coincidental, purposeless miscarriage of nature, spinning round and round on a lonely planet in the blackness of space for just a little while before you and all memory of your futile, pointless, meaningless life finally blinks out forever in the endless darkness?

    I am more than all that because of who my parents made me, what my choices make me, what my love makes me, what my children make me, what my friends make me, what my wife makes me, what my art makes me, what my thoughts make me.  I am Man that loves and is loved.  With or without a Creator, I am ME.

I will never be more than a sum of my yesterdays.  Clearly, the website Answersingenesis.org thinks that I am a miscarriage, meaningless blink of futile waste.  Seems about spot on with their religion.