Monday, April 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

"A person with experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument"

I don’t know who said this, but I love it.  There are so many things that I have been exposed to over the previous several months that I never would have considered a year ago.  I am a completely different person than I was then.  But experiencing the genuine struggles of the past year in response to my testimony and my family, I have learned a few things.  First, there really is no good argument for atheism.  Atheism is not an argument, it is an emotional response and an absence of an argument.  Atheists will say that God doesn’t exist and can be proven wrong, but pressed their arguments always come down to “our conception of your beliefs can be disproved in this way.”  An atheist thinks that because the fossil record dates back past 10,000 BC, then Christianity has been disproved.  When you tell them that evolution is not contradictory to Christianity, then they accuse you of moving the goal posts.  Atheists demand that you believe what they claim you believe, and then they try to disprove it – as if the aspect of the religion that they disprove matters.

The atheist cannot say, “God doesn’t exist and here’s why.”  There is no atheistic argument.  They can explain how certain things were done, but that’s it.  Beyond that, it is sophistry.  Here is something that you didn’t know about the Abraham papyri, therefore God doesn’t exist. (?)  Here’s something you didn’t know about the way Joseph Smith translated the plates, therefore the Church isn’t true. (?)  And so forth.  At no point will an atheist meet a theist strength for strength (best argument for best argument) because the atheist has no true argument.

So there is mocking and finger pointing and scorn, because that is what they are left with.  If they had reason and logic on their side, they would have won the battle a long time ago.  After all, a theist has all the reasons in the world to give up their religion if it weren’t true.  Religion persists because it is correct.  And all the mocking in the world won’t change that.

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