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Top 10 Questions Atheists (and Scientologists) Can’t Answer

In response to REPuckett’s article “50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” I’ve written this, containing much more profound questions and dropping the sheer stupidity of some of his questions that could be answered by a few 4-year olds I know. I challenge anybody who challenges the Christian faith to read this. You can’t be a critic without knowing both sides, now can you?

REPuckett recently wrote an article that stirred up massive amounts of controversy, entitled 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer.   In no way am I doing this to defame or insult users like REPuckett or Mark Gordon Brown or Vance Lethurin, I simply want people to put some thought into their lives.  I was originally going to write an article in response answering each one in detail but after reading them all and reading all the comments, I realized that the Christian commentors had answered him thoroughly enough.  Especially since he claimed to have lived much of his life as a Christian and to have attended theology classes, but the logic of his questions showed the maturity of an elementary school student, not a man educated in theology.  Keep in mind I’m not attacking the man as a person, I’m simply stating the flaws in his article.  We all need a little criticism sometimes, don’t we? ;)

Before we get to the questions I’d like to explain 4 crucial things.

First of all I’d also like to state that almost all of the religious conflicts in history and atrocities committed by Christians were a result of men that didn’t have an understanding of the faith that they tried to represent.  Yes, I’m talking about the Catholic Church of the olden days.  The Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, all such things were a result of men in high positions that made poor decisions based on a lack of understanding.  Therefore, such examples mean absolutely nothing in attacking Christianity.

Secondly, any true Christian believes the Bible to be God’s word, as written down by men over a span of about 2000 years.  There is nothing in the Bible about the age of the Earth, the history of the events recorded in Genesis was written much later.  Those who deny the validity of the Bible apparently don’t understand that it contains no contradictions in it whatsoever.  B.I.B.L.E. Basic Information Before Leaving Earth, as my chaplain put it.  That’s what the Bible is, its like an instruction booklet to life.  And with each new scientific discovery, whadda ya know, the Bible already said that thousands of years ago.  Look it up, the Bible backs up science, not the other way around.

Third, most of what people attacking Christianity have to say is about free will and thinking.  That is a gift God gave us to use, and the more a person contemplates life, the more that person will see that there truly is a God.  Even in an age of science, not everything can be explained with the periodic table and physics.  And thinking deeply, scientific explanations are the explanations we humans came up with ourselves to explain this world.  They’re called theories for a reason, because we DON’T KNOW that they’re right.  Science is based on guesses and experimentation, not fact.

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  1. Cebah

    On June 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm


    Interesting point of view. Religion always seems to be a tricky subject. So many people are sooo passionate about what they believe in. I would like to believe that all religions have some good in them. Each to their own and peace to all.

  2. C. Stew

    On June 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm


    Please, comment, people. I like to see discussion on the subject. And yes, SheBear, most religions do bring peace.

  3. Vance Lethurin

    On June 19, 2009 at 1:41 am


    It is amazing that you, sir, choose to express your distaste on my article. And this one! Must have read it right? Does it further your distaste?
    I have never been in the “pits of hell” of my life because I refuse to believe such a thing.
    Every law, principle, and value of religion has it’s human roots–and already many of them have been thrown away as the people of the world slowly accept the truth that science brings forth; truth that has support that may be disputable to some people, but never as disputable as religion will increasingly become.
    When I think about it, I can’t help but notice the fact that the most powerful church in the world once held on to the belief that the Earth was flat. Where was God to correct them then? Either there was no God, or there was, and religion could not be trusted to deliver the truth; truth that God should have, at “his” leisure, AT LEAST told us in some way–providing that “he” is as loving and mighty as popular Christianity makes him out to be. If you can’t trust religion–namely Christianity, since I chose to refer to be the belief (one of many) that there is only ONE God–then who are we to trust? God? Well, God himself is a part of religion. If you cannot trust religion, how can you trust that there is a one God out there?
    In my opinion there is nothing wrong with the belief in a greater being, the problem is that religion(most obviously a creation of man–because there are too many for there to be just one correct religion) brings with it–not only the belief in God–but values, morals, and PRACTICES that influence our society. If it influences society, it influences me–and that bothers me; therefor I feel the need to express myself.
    You might argue that faith alone is indisputable, but whether you like it or not, there are those that would argue against that who believe that their OWN FAITH is indisputable. In their mind, they are right, in yours, you are right. Providing that you believe in human equality(I hope) so how can you claim that you’re the only one who is right?
    Truth is…you can’t, I can’t, no one can! And with that, I give my reason for having my own doubts about religion. On a personal not, I grew up, as a small child, clinging to the belief that there was something out there, but as I grew, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of substance in the belief of a higher being. It didn’t work for me, and I not going to unwillingly support something I don’t have confidence in–and I don’t think anyone else should have to either.

    So…if this offends you sir, then that isn’t my problem, it is yours. You don’t offend me, but you give me a good excuse to rant. Keep it up!

    By the way…
    As supported by the above, I don’t think anyone, and sometimes even religion itself, understand what it truly represents. Represents God? Define God? Or represent its own cause, a cause created by humans. Whether it is good or bad is measured by the influence it has on society. War is optional, and the Holy Wars are not an exception; does the conflict in the Mideast ring a bell? Those people have faith, look where it lead them…at odds with one another.

  4. Vance Lethurin

    On June 19, 2009 at 1:56 am


    {You say God doesn’t exist. Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?}

    …excuse me…WHAT?

    So when a suicide bomber blows up a restaurant for what his knowledge tells him is right, should you be fine with that, since you also have that same knowledge? Either there is more than one God, and they give their own “knowledge” that they hand out, or there is one what gives two different definitions of right and wrong, and watches us fight. Which one sounds better to you? You see the problem with this?

  5. Cirrus

    On June 19, 2009 at 4:00 am


    I didnt read the article this was a response to… but if it was a badly written and logicaly flawed as this than I can see why a rebuttal was required.

    I mean, even the title is incorrect; as an atheist (or Person With No History of Mental Illness as we prefer to be known) I went down the list and answered each question in turn and was quite disapointed to find how easy that was.

    I would suggest this article title be changed to “10 Puerile Questions Which The Author Thinks Are Clever”.

  6. C. Stew

    On June 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm


    Cirrus, you say that you answered all 10, yet you didn’t mention what said answers were. For example, I’d like to know what you believe the purpose of life is. I know you most likely will never return to this article, but for anybody else that is going to say the same thing, answer question #2 in your comment as well. That’s what I’m most interested to see.

    And Vance, yes, wars are started due to choices, good or bad. Everybody makes their own choices, regardless of religion, and a “religious” person’s choices don’t always reflect their religion. Everyone makes bad choices, you must learn from mistakes.
    And the situation in the Mideast… Many followers of the Islamic faith have been led astray by leaders that take advantage of the largeness and complexity of Islam, a very sad event to be sure.
    The Catholic Church has always been led by a man, the Pope, and therefore the Pope can make bad decisions. In the days when they held on the myth that the world was flat, that institution was led by a group of men that loved power more than God. That example doesn’t support your ideas at all.

    What I simply can’t understand is how a person can look at the beauty of the Earth all around them, and not see that there had to be a Creator. Life doesn’t just come from nowhere, science can’t explain why life IS, and it never will be able to. Nature shows it most clearly, that’s why the majority of atheists and agnostics and such live in the city. I don’t exxpect to change your beliefs, people, but I, for one, and my household, stand for the Lord.

  7. Vance Lethurin

    On June 20, 2009 at 2:36 am


    People of faith often find it hard to believe otherwise, because they refuse to. That is their choice, it is your, and just as understandable, it is mine to not have faith. I won’t dismiss the possibility of some sort of higher power, but I cannot know for certain, and I can’t let something like that heavily influence my life. As random as the world is, its hard for me to accept that there is a creator. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everyone has the right to have faith, they so choose.
    Yes you’re right, we must learn from our mistakes, as well as think for ourselves.

  8. Sir Gunfire

    On June 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm


    1. and 2. are the same question and no one knows the answer to that, not even Christians.

    3. Humans are in control because their ability to adapt, when there is a large number of a species it adapts to it’s environment. Just look at all the fossil evidence, sure there’s some holes but you can’t deny evolution. Human’s evolved the same way every other species evolved, just like the dinosaurs evolved from tiny lizards to huge ones over time. Oh that’s right you don’t believe in dinosaurs because they weren’t in the bible right? Or is it because the earth was only 2000 years old? Government came when one man wanted power over them all, and the rest wanted safety. We trade freedoms for safety, that’s government and why.

    4. Google “what caused the big bang”.

    5. seriously? It’s called reproduction and birth. Every species does it in order to survive.

    6. because someone went and wrote things like the bible

    7. whoever wrote the bible wanted to show that god was all powerful. They wanted you to fear god and obey the rules.

    8. jesus wasnt the only “son of god” at the time. He wasnt even the only “son of god” born from a virgin on december 25th. look it up many people have claimed to be the son of god.

    9. A conscious is not something you are born with it’s acquired. Prisons are proof of this. When you grow up people read things to you like the bible, the koran telling you to be good. You also get told to be good all throughout school. Most people are only good for their own selfish reasons like; they dont want to go to jail or hell.

    10. what happens before you were born? this is probably the same thing that happens after you die. You came from dirt and you’ll be dirt again.

    you have to ignore so many things to keep your faith. I just want you to think about things.

    The questions that no one can answer are just that, unanswerable. Religion is just that, people trying to answer them. I understand how we can have these questions and I too have wondered. I have realized that there is absolutely no point to wondering what happens after you die. Just live your life whether you want to be good or bad…then die and rest forever. Seriously you don’t think you’ll get bored in heaven for eternity? Think about it you’d probably go insane if you couldn’t ever die. I might be wrong.

  9. C. Stew

    On June 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm


    Actually, Sir Gunfire, Christians do know the answer to questions 1 and 2, that’s why that’s all I challenged any atheist to answer. You couldn’t answer becouse your lack of faith has blinded you to the answer. You purposefully avoid the question because you don’t want to face the reality that God is real. To answer that question has to involve God, and that would make you a liar and wrong, which nobody wants to be.
    And do you really believe that you’ll just go back to dust after you die? Have you ever compared your existence to the age of the Earth?
    Secondly, Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th, that’s just when Christmas is celebrated. The holiday was moved to that day because their were already holidays then.

    And yeah, on EARTH, you would go insane if you couldn’t die. An eternity in Heaven is nothing like an eternity on Earth but you don’t want to think about it like that because you don’t want to face the fact that you might be wrong.

  10. clay hurtubise

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm


    lol, brave man to tackle religion.
    Thanks,

  11. Brooke Westen

    On June 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm


    Another great article!

    I would like to add, what it looks like to Christians. This article is getting some people to think about the truth; Amen.

    When people start arguing their opinions, and not looking at the facts; it causes more conflict and more conflict. Which is what Satan wants.

    A lot of people are confused with all the arguing. Stand your ground, with the original plan; of God, Jesus and the Bible.

    Why should anyone start doubting what they were brought up with?

    Oh, because Satan says to. NO He’s NOT the way!!!!!!!!!!

    Arguing is Satan’s way. “THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE,” God’s Way.

    Yea for truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and no oppression!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Brooke Westen

    On July 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm


    When I said, “why should anyone start doubting what they were brought up with,” I meant in the Christian religion. (or should I say anyone who truly worships the Lord.)
    Amen

  13. The Third Horseman

    On July 9, 2009 at 8:16 am


    I’m a liberal atheist, and I feel I can answer almost all of those questions from the top of my head. I’m at work, so I’m not going to, but feel free to mail me at pestilence.famine@hotmail.com for an in-depth corespondance on the matter, I’m always open to conversation.

  14. Banana

    On August 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm


    i agree wid dis guy im not a christian im actually a muslim but i still believe that there is a god who created us

  15. Abhi

    On October 12, 2009 at 1:10 am


    These are really silly and stupid questions, go to the nearest library and read any science book, which tells about astronomy, evolution…. all the question would be answered…

  16. Dan

    On December 1, 2009 at 1:56 am


    I answered all of these questions, and I’m an atheist. Pwnt. Also I lol’ed. Also, I just lost the game.

  17. Paradigm Of Thought

    On December 11, 2009 at 1:30 am


    Now, although I am not an atheist (nor am I a Scientologist (which I find appalling that you lump them in the same group)), I am an Agnostic who is in love with theological debate. Now, first I would like to mention that I believe your title is misleading. I personally think that it should be “Top 10 Questions Atheists Can’t Answer (To My PERSONAL Satisfaction).” This would have been a more accurate title, because speaking as a Scientist, I can assure you there are very logical secular answers to these questions. All it requires is that one considers the facts in an objective way. I have the feeling that this is a weighted battle, but I do enjoy a challenge so I will humor you.

    But first I will make mention of a couple bold preamble statements. First, if you’ve read the bible with an objective eye you’ll find that contradictions are ALL over the place. Just look at the differences between Leviticus and Exodus when it comes to God’s laws, or the book of Mark vs the Book of Luke when it comes to the story of Jesus. You’ll find more than a couple discrepancies (read giant fucking mistakes). The bible is FULL of contradictions. And, I have read the bible, and despite your claims I have yet to read a passage regarding anything about the universe expanding at an accelerated rate, or the fact that everything is moving, or even basic discoveries like Earth revolves around the sun. The Bible doesn’t really confirm or deny science… It simply doesn’t talk about it.

    Now, on to the fun stuff.

    1. Why are we here on Earth?

    Now, you’re going to have to come at me a little more specific. This is a very vague question, but since the existential question “Why are we here?” is covered by question number 2, I assume you mean, why this particular planet?
    Well, understand, if we were standing on top of another world, circling in the Goldilocks zone of another star, we’d be asking why are we here on Galifelacus VII, because that’s totally what we’d call it. The point is, if circumstances were changed and we weren’t on THIS particular planet, around THIS particular star, than we’d be asking why we’re on that planet.
    Now if you mean, why not Mars, or Venus, I’d imagine it’s because Mars is cold enough to freeze Nitrogen, and Venus is hot enough to melt lead, neither one would make a good Vacation spot, much less a good home planet.
    We’re on THIS planet, because our planet is hospitable enough to support complex life. I’d imagine on another planet, they’d ask the same question.

    2. What is the purpose of life?

    This is a very old question, Philosophers have been pondering this for years. I would imagine it was the second question postulated by man. The first of course being how big of boobs can a woman have.
    What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?
    Why ask why? I understand that it’s difficult from a person of faith’s mind to comprehend, but with out the need of God, or a preset fate, there essentially is no objective purpose. We’re just the accident that ended awesome.
    Now this may sound bleak, but this leaves us free to determine our own purpose, a subjective purpose if you will. This means we are the masters of own fate. So, in the end, purpose is purpose. Meaning the purpose we set for ourselves is the purpose of life.

    3. If intelligent design and the Bible aren’t correct, then how did humans end up being the masters of every other species on Earth? Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge? Also, where did government come from? You don’t need to answer that one, all historians know the Bible is correct historically, even about Noah’s flood due to recent archaeological evidence. So government was formed by the people of Israel. If no God, they created on based on… Nothing?

    Wow, that was a mouthful. OK, you seemed to knock the up the bar of crazy a little bit, this was two questions plus a claim that makes me believe that you have the balls the size of woolly mammoth testicles. So, I will attempt to answer them in order.

    a) Why us?

    Again, I’d imagine if it weren’t us, it would be a whole bunch of bears sitting in front of laptops and desktops, debating on the existence of Krognak the Creator (because that’s an awesome bear-god name). The fact is, while some creatures evolve fuck you claws, and rape-you-in-the-chest-cavity-fangs, and others receive the pluck your eyes out beaks, and awesome wings. Early bipeds, with their weak body evolved a structured mind, built for problem solving. We’re, not the only creatures, by the way who have this. Dolphins, certain type of birds, and most primates have this same ability, we simply went for broke, and our entire evolutionary path carved out of the ability to manipulate our surroundings.

    b) Why is there government?

    This is because human beings are pack animals. Pack animals arise because if the weaker animals with large fucking predators don’t learn the power of numbers, they die, therefor their genetics of isolationism dies with them. The weaker animals, like primates and wolves find it is easier to converge and survive and share food, than it is go it alone where a blown up version of your household cat, fluffy, would eat you.

    P.S. And as for your claim that the bible is historically correct and the Isrealites made government. If an historian told me that, I would first consider that he was utterly bat shit, and no further would I ask his advice on history, because he definitely needs to retake his dissertation. First of all, the first form of civilization was “Group A” in Nubia (located in modern day Sudan) about 9000 B.C.E (That was approximately 11,000 years ago, 7,000 years before the Isrealites even existed. After that, first form of Government was a close race between the Egyptians and the Sumerians. This was established in 5,000 B.C.E., if you’re counting that is approximately 3,208 years before Hammurabi (the guy who said “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth) even existed. So, civilization has gone a long time before the Babylonians and the Isrealites. So, Leviticus isn’t exactly right in this, but Exodus is right, right? Not exactly.
    There is ABSOLUTELY NO archeological evidence of Jews EVER (ever) being in Egypt. There is no written record of it aside from the bible, which is particularly odd considering the Ancient Egyptians were meticulous record keepers, keeping records of far more embarrassing failures than losing a whole bunch of slaves. And it’s not like it wouldn’t been significant. If my entire work force walked out on me, I’d consider it pretty significant.
    And as for Noah’s ark, well, the Mesopotamians (which by the way was the territory “Noah’s ark” was discovered in) have a different story about a the flood and this ark. This story, well it’s the same fucking story but about a Babylonian King named Gilgamesh who, with his animals, survived a world flood. And did the exact stuff that Noah did (minus the whole drinking and beating his family). It doesn’t stop there, almost every major culture everywhere has the exact same fucking story. Why is this? Simply it probably happened. A person (with an obsession with animals that borders on bestiality) built a boat and the two major rivers of Mesopotamia flooded (which I would imagine to the ancient man would look a whole lot like the whole goddamn world flooding), and he survived this massive flood. If you think this is far fetched, think of the alternative. That the guy was talking to an invisible man who told him to build a boat. So great, he a was a CRAZY guy with an obsession with animals that bordered on bestiality. That’s a whole lot better.

    4. If the universe was entirely empty space except for a small mass of matter that created the universe by spontaneously exploding and steadily expanding throughout empty space… What caused that small mass of matter to explode?

    Wow, it seems you failed your high school science class (or maybe they failed you, not my place to pry). First, the universe WASN’T empty space. Space, time and energy were all comprised in this infinitely dense point known as a Singularity. Singularities are an extremely ordered state of energy. The second law of Thermodynamics demands that energy constantly goes from an ordered state to chaotic state. For your glass of water, it means that with out external heat it will lose heat, for singularity, it means they explode. These things are just ready to explode their sticky love all over the place. The laws of physic demand that the singularity exploded.

    5. Have you ever seen the beauty of a newborn child in his/her mother’s arms? In that moment did you not experience the feeling that My gosh, there really is a God?

    Yes I have, many times. When my friends have children I am one of the first to meet them. Last time it happened, I met the child before the father did. However in the moment I did not have that feeling of “There really is a God!” But I did have a sort of reverence for the beauty of a woman holding her child. Now why is this? Simply, we are conditioned to find this beautiful. This is a survival mechanism for the preservation of our species, and therefor is advantageous for our survival. We evolved this recognition because pack animals who don’t generally don’t survive long. And as I have stated we are a pack animal.

    6. If God was created by mankind as an explanation for life and the events that make it up and mankind is by nature evil, as Rousseau said, why didn’t mankind worship themselves or a power of evil?

    Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa! How did we get from us making god, to us being evil? It seems we skipped a couple steps. We’re not automatically evil. In the same we’re not automatically good either. Even in the Christian Beliefs there are good people, and there are evil people. So now that we’ve got that settled, the question was why we didn’t create a power of evil to worship? The fact is in many cases we have. In Greco-Roman and Nordic Mythology, when gods weren’t battling Titans and Giants, they were killing, raping, and generally fucking our shit up. So why do we create Good gods? It is the general need to feel that there is something out there looking out for us. We are conditioned to yearn for this in the parent-child relationship. Thus good Gods are referred to often as “Father.” (Christian God – “Our Father”; Odin – Alfader (All Father), etc.)

    7. If God was invented by humans, then why do so many Biblical stories involve his punishment of humans that went astray? Wouldn’t humans rather create a God that allows them to get away with whatever they want?

    Well, that wouldn’t be very effective would it? Voltaire pointed out, “If there was no God, it would be necessary to create him.” Why he said this, is because most laws are enforced by the hand of God. Why? It’s because it simply not enough to say “Obey our laws, or we’ll fuck your shit up.” It becomes a little more intimidating when they say “And after death the Gods will fuck your shit up more than you can imagine.” To say that death is not the end of your punishment is quite unnerving. This seems that it would be more effective to keep order, and I already mentioned order is necessary for a pack animal to survive.
    Plus, people want to think that when Hitler died, he went to hell to presumably get pineapples shoved up his ass. And in contrary when Mother Theresa died she went to heaven (to presumably get pineapples shoved up her ass (hey, it’s her fetish, it’s not my place to pry). So, having a god that allows you to do anything? That’s a little counter intuitive to human cultures. It seems we wouldn’t have survived very long with this kind of God.

    8. If Jesus really wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t really rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion, why did a group of men and women that had been hiding in an attic for those 3 days suddenly come out and start preaching about this man in a way that they were willing to suffer gruesome deaths for?(And don’t give me anything about mankind needing an explanation in their minds, any simple “explanation” would be quickly dropped when a man is about to be sawed in two, stoned, crucified, burnt alive, or beheaded.

    I’m sorry to point out, but people have faced worse deaths for worse reasons. They’ve done worse things for worse reasons. In a cult mentality, people are willing to drink kool-aid laced with arsenic for their charismatic leader. Let me reiterate that, with will drink kool-aid, laced with fucking arsenic. In case you failed high school chemistry, that’s a bad and painful death. Why? This is was we refer to as group thought, a phenomenon in Sociology that describes why people do horrendous and counter productive things in the name of a charismatic leader. If you think that Christianity wasn’t that, consider this. Cults are often started by a Charismatic lead who convinces the followers that he is God (or the son of God), he will force them to give up their worldly possessions to him and the cause, and force them to be only around him and each other, with exceptions made for evangelical purposes. (The forming of the apostles), He will then condition them to follow unquestioningly and barade them if they don’t (When Jesus walked on water.) This sounds very familiar…

    9. You say God doesn’t exist. Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?

    Read, why do people strive for good? The better question is why don’t they? Where was Jeffry Dahmer’s Conscious? Why didn’t he, or Ted Bundy, or fucking Charles Manson have a strive for good? The fact we are not born with a conscious, or a moral compass, this is conditioned in us by our culture. This is why our feeling of right and wrong is almost always related to our culture. (We live in the US so rape and pedophilia are definitely wrong to us. But in Afghanistan and Pakistan these things are common place, therefor their inner compass says “Hey, this is alright”). And if you still don’t believe these examples. Think about how acute that moral compass is next time you’re getting conned by somebody on the street. And when you’re pondering on why this guy doesn’t seem to have the same moral compass as you, turn around and start running, ’cause the mother fucker’s got your wallet.

    10.What happens to us after we die?(I don’t mean our physical body, I know that decomposes back to the dust(another phrase out of the Bible) but I mean to who the person is).

    I’m sorry to say, but we ARE our physical bodies. What happens to our physical bodies happens to us. Don’t believe me? Put your hand through a meat grinder. You will find it’s you (not just your body) who feels the pain. Now there are two explanations for this. Either your body is a vindictive bastard who hates you, and wants you to feel what it feels. Or you and your body are one in the same.
    This same logic goes with your brain and your mind. Surprisingly, the thought signals your brain produces are directly related to the thoughts your mind is having, and of course dictates who you are. So your mind is a part of your body (considering your brain is a part of your body as well). So your brain will decay at a similar rate that your body decays.
    But what happens to the energy that is flowing through your mind? I’m glad you asked that. I have mentioned before the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This is known as the law of increasing entropy. Which states that energy in a closed system continues to entropy over time. Now what is entropy? Entropy is the process in which energy goes from an ordered state to a chaotic state. In lamen’s terms if you take a light bulb and turn it on, the energy from the light bulb comes from the coil (an ordered state), and scatters out into visible light (a chaotic state). No matter what you do, or how much you wish for it, that energy that has escaped can NEVER (ever) be used to power that light bulb again, nor can it ever be used as an independent source of light itself.
    So what happens to the energy in our brain is comparable to what happens when a light bulb burns out. The energy from the light bulb entropies for the final time and converts to heat, which melds with the atmosphere and the ground. In the end, we cease consciousness, and the energy used to power our brain turns into heat, and will NEVER be used for thought again.

    Just A Theory…

    Well, this has been a fun exercise. But it seems that there are very simple answers to these questions. You’ve just never listened and observed the evidence before. And I seriously doubt you will from here on either. But I do believe a proved my point. Even though I’m NOT an atheist. I was able to answer your questions.
    But, I must return to the beginning of your article and point out one last thing. You mentioned right before you asked the questions that all Scientists have is Theories. While yes, this is true, we mostly have Theories. You seem to not understand what, in scientific terms, makes a theory. I have given the courtesy to leave a link to a site that explains the process in which an Hypothesis becomes a theory.
    The fact is, to only name laws would be preposterous. There are only a handful of Scientific laws (26 to be exact). So we must use Theories until they can proven to the point that they are laws (which requires an UNGODLY amount of proof). So please, don’t say all we have is theories, because our definition of a theory requires a LOT more proof than any religion on the planet.
    And while you’re looking up WHAT makes a theory, look up some famous theories while your at it, which includes:
    The Theory of Gravity (The thing that keeps you on the planet)
    Plate Tectonics (Why Volcano’s and earthquakes happen)
    The Theory of Relativity (The Speed of Light)
    Cell Theory (Come on, we’ve seen cells in the text books)
    Atomic Theory (And Atoms)
    Chaos Theory (What ACCURATELY maps pond ripples)
    Circuit Theory (What’s running your computer)
    I believe I’ve made my point.

    http://teacher.pas.rochester.edu/PHY_LABS/AppendixE/AppendixE.html

  18. Sir Gunfire

    On December 31, 2009 at 6:08 am


    “Actually, Sir Gunfire, Christians do know the answer to questions 1 and 2, that’s why that’s all I challenged any atheist to answer. You couldn’t answer becouse your lack of faith has blinded you to the answer. You purposefully avoid the question because you don’t want to face the reality that God is real. To answer that question has to involve God, and that would make you a liar and wrong, which nobody wants to be.
    And do you really believe that you’ll just go back to dust after you die? Have you ever compared your existence to the age of the Earth?
    Secondly, Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th, that’s just when Christmas is celebrated. The holiday was moved to that day because their were already holidays then.
    And yeah, on EARTH, you would go insane if you couldn’t die. An eternity in Heaven is nothing like an eternity on Earth but you don’t want to think about it like that because you don’t want to face the fact that you might be wrong.” – Stewart the Man

    First off, there IS no answer to questions 1 and 2 no matter WHAT you say. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR GOD NOR THROUGH ONE. There is no WAY anyone can tell you the purpose of humanity or life. The fact is that life is a very mysterious thing were all part of and no one really knows why were here.
    Second, regardless of when Jesus was born. He’s not the only person to claim he was the son of God. Not even in this day and age.
    Third, there is no way you can know what heaven is like. You’ve never been there. You’ve never seen it so you can’t even say it exists. There very well MIGHT be a God. That doesn’t mean jesus was his son and the bible is fact. I mean Christianity is a 2000 year old religion. Considering on how the human race is much older, this belief that Jesus is the son of God and the only way to save yourself through him doesn’t really make too much sense.

    Lastly, I wish I was wrong. Honestly. I wish there WAS a God waiting for me after I die. I wish I COULD live forever in bliss and never die. Fact is, everything dies including humans. It’s perfectly natural to fear death. Many people choose not to accept this fact of life and choose to believe they live forever.

    Reality sucks sometimes, so people turn to fairy tales to make their lives better. I don’t blame you. If you choose to live your life in a lie that’s perfectly fine with me.

  19. Adam

    On January 26, 2010 at 12:13 am


    “Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak ”
    Lol
    That’s hilarious.
    Yes, if God didn’t exist we’d have a problem fighting all those talking animals for dominance, Thanks God!

  20. tenbears

    On February 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm


    I will try to answer these questions the best I can. Please note that I am not a scientist, and make no claims to be.

    1. ? I don’t know why I am on earth and neither does anyone. You just are. So enjoy it.
    2. The purpose of life? That is assuming there is a purpose. This question is similar to the first. I will use the same answer. I don’t know and nor does anyone. So just enjoy it.
    3. For this one you need to have a basic understanding of evolution, which the author obviously does not. We are the dominant species because we became smart enough to beat natural selection, at least for now. If a squirrel had the same brain a human did then I would ask the same question, but we developed more complex brains, mainly the cerebrel cortex (spelling?) Just do a little research on this instead of asking such stupid questions.
    Noah’s flood has been proven to be fact right? Well I think that is news to us all, and I’m sure we should have heard about it. Could you please provide us with a resource to this evidence instead of just claiming it exist?
    We have governments because we are social animals and require some type of status structure. Just like wolves or chimpanzees.
    4. We don’t know. Therefore we continue to pursue the answer to this question, but what we refuse to do is claim that an unknown= god.
    5.Yes. I witnessed my daughter being born. It was very moving but also not at all beautiful. There was blood and juices everywhere. I had an understanding of how reproduction works. So it was not some great mystery as to where she came from. What I remember the most is being really tired and wanting to get some sleep. Of course that didn’t happen.
    6. I would guess that man felt the need to worship some type of god out of fear of the unknown. If ancient man knew the answers to everything there would be nothing unknown and nothing to fear. Still doesn’t prove anything.
    7. I think you are assuming the bible is true to begin with. This also was a way to control the masses.
    I’m really tired of typing. later.

  21. GeoffB

    On February 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm


    3. How are we ‘in charge’ of the malaria plasmodium exactly? It’s responsible for more than 1 million deaths every year.

  22. =D

    On March 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm


    Okay mr paradigm…the thing you said about rape being considered okay in Pakistan and the other country is completely and utterly false. Its considered a heinous act all over the world. Please dont go dissin people you havent seen or have no personal experience with. Thank you.

  23. Jeff

    On March 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm


    1. Why does there need to be a reason?
    2. There technically is no purpose, we make our own purposes. For me, it’s being kind to everyone so that we all can enjoy this only life to the fullest.
    3. There is no reason for or against us becoming “masters” of all other animals. If you drop a bunch of marbles into a cup, some of them WILL be on the bottom and some of them WILL be on top, of course. WHY did it turn out like this? Pure chance. We just happened to be the lucky ones on top.
    4. We don’t know, science doesn’t arrogantly claim to know everything there is to know about the universe like some religions do.
    5. We evolved to have joy at the sight of babies. If animals didn’t give a crap about their babies, they wouldn’t be motivated to care for them, and thus their species would not survive. After many trials and errors, the animals that exist today are the ones who cared about their young.
    6. If humans worshipped a power of evil and had no care for other people, we wouldn’t be here right now because all of our ancestors would have probably killed eachother. However, we had ancestors who believed in all sorts of things; the ones that didn’t care for others died off, while those who cared for others lived on and reproduced, and taught their children to do the same, giving them a much higher chance of survival. It’s evolution.
    7. If humans made up a god that let them do whatever they want, there would be no way to control the lower class of people. Example, in a world where everyone believes in a “complete freedom” god, a rich dude walks by a peasant on the street. The peasant pulls out a knife and is about to kill the rich dude when the rich guy says: “Wait! You can’t kill me and take my money!” The peasant then says, “God says we can do whatever we want buddy!”*insert knife rape here* Now, in a world where everyone believes in Jesus, the rich dude would say, “Wait! You can’t kill me and take my money, because the Bible clearly says that both stealing and killing are sins, so you will go to hell if you do so!” The peasant then says, “Oh shit you’re right! Sorry! Keep your money and power!”
    8. The same reason those guys brought down the World Trade Center. They had a delusional fantasy that they were willing to die for; for the terrorists it was 72 virgins, for the attic people it was eternal life with god.
    9. You’re belittling the power of the human mind by saying that only your god and/or a soul can give us consciousness. We have consciousness because consciousness is created by our mind; it’s a state of our body existing, manufactured by our mind. You could say that we have a higher level of consciousness than animals because they cannot think as we do, and some cannot even sense things like we do. On the other hand, our consciousness could be very limited; there might be other intelligent life out there, who are looking at us right no and saying,” LOL those things can’t even see x-rays! Can they really think that they’re alive when their minds are so limited?”
    10. The same place as before we were born, that is, nowhere, because we are our body. I think it makes life much more precious when you don’t think some sky man is gonna reward you later for living how he wants. I realize that I have been very fortunate to be alive and to be born so privileged, and I want to use that privilege to help everyone live their lives to the fullest.

    Yep, those were some damn hard questions, I mean it took me a whole 4 seconds to come up with an answer to some of those. Yawn.

  24. this guy is dumb

    On March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm


    “They’re called theories for a reason, because we DON’T KNOW that they’re right.”

    WRONG. theories are complex, thats why their called theories, not because they’re wrong.

    “Science is based on guesses and experimentation, not fact.”

    WRONG. science is based upon isolating variables and repeating results. science exists as the ONLY way to prove facts.

    1. and 2. NO ONE know why were here. no religious person could ever tell you. they think they know, but they don’t know anything other than what someone else has told them. there is no reason why were here and there doesn’t need to be a reason. unless of course you are frightened by the thought of there not begin a reason and choose to believe a fantasy just so you can sleep well at night.

    3. “Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge? Also, where did government come from? You don’t need to answer that one, all historians know the Bible is correct historically, even about Noah’s flood due to recent archaeological evidence. So government was formed by the people of Israel.”

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. My head is exploding trying to make sense of any of it.

    7. because Christians think that humanity’s existence is a fallen existence, and that we are imperfect from our “garden of eden” form because we sin. because of this deep down inside Christians hate themselves. this is a big pile of crap. we are not fallen and we are not imperfect.

    8. so just because others preached about him with passion it makes all the stories about him true? by that case then Mohammed and Buddha are also right because many of their followers have also preached about their message. problem with that is, they cant all be right. what do you have to answer to that?

    9. for evolutionary reasons. if we didn’t have a conscience then we couldn’t survive. all intelligent social animals have one too.

  25. Jeffrey 20

    On March 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm


    Oh, and some responses to your bullshit that you spouted before the questions.

    First of all, religion isn’t the “cause” of most wars, but it’s one of the things (among many methods of mind control) that makes them possible.
    Scenario 1
    King: “Hey everyone, those people over there have a lot of wealth, let’s go kill them all and take it for ourselves!”
    People: “No way, those are nice people over there. Sure we may disagree on some things, but why not just keep to ourselves?”
    Of course a few assholes will be like “FUCK YEA KILL’EM ALL”, but not nearly enough to amount to anything.
    Scenario 2
    King: “Everyone, it’s our God-given duty to punish those who oppose our lord’s will. The people over there have committed many sins. We must make them all pay by killing them! God will rewards us for all eternity for carrying out his wishes!!”
    People: *grab swords*”IN GOD’S NAME WE FIGHT!!!”

    The Bible has no contradictions and precedes science? So I guess to you the earth is flat, orbits around the sun, and dragons and unicorns exist? There are a few things that the Bible got right, but those few are FAR outnumbered by the sheer amount of other bull crap it says and also by the sheer amount of things it DIDN’T predict. But who am I to question your holy book? I mean, the words of a few barely-intelligent Iron Age goat herders with too much free time are of course far more believable than the words of millions of highly educated modern-day people who devote their lives to the pursuit of knowledge. Protip: use Google and grow a common sense area in your brain before making such idiotic claims, k?

    Scientific explanations are just GUESSES? Seriously? Science is based on nothing BUT FACT. It starts with mere “guesses” that end up becoming facts through experimentation and undeniable proof. It’s knowledge that builds upon itself; 1+1=2, and 1+1+1+1=4, therefore, we can draw the conclusion that 2+2=4. Scientific explanations are not just things that we “made up to explain the universe.” Did we make up water evaporating and condensing to explain how it rains? NO, it’s a directly observable occurrence that makes too much sense to not be true. You also make the idiotic statement that a lot of religious people do about theories: “Theory means guess, so that m34ns 1ts n0t tru3 0l0lolololol!” A theory is something that explains the facts. I’ll use the Theory of Evolution for an example. It’s a FACT that evolution happens. Animals DO adapt to better survive in their environment. It’s directly observable too, look at how insects become immune to pesticides and how we become immune to diseases. There is no question at all among anyone (that has a brain) that evolution happens. However, the WAY that it happens is still under debate. The THEORY of Evolution is, like you say, a guess, but it’s an extremely highly educated guess, like saying that 100/11 is somewhere close to 9. The theory attempts to explain HOW it happens, but just because we don’t know for certain HOW something happens does not mean that it doesn’t happen. There is a Theory of Gravity, and we aren’t completely certain how it happens, so does that mean that gravity just doesn’t happen because we don’t know how it happens? You see, you have this silly assumption that if: A. you don’t like it, and B. it’s not absolutely certain, then it must be false, or at least probably wrong. You need a logic check buddy. Here, lemme try using a piece of your logic for a sec, it’ll be fun! Ok, God created the universe by clapping his hands. Whoops, there’s no way to prove that he clapped his hands for certain, so I guess God just doesn’t exist at all! Wow, it’s much easier to spout bullshit than it is to think, I see why you like it so much!

    One more thing I’d like to add. You probably think that when a scientist comes up with a crazy idea, he gets together with all the other scientists and they all agree, “Yeah, that sounds smart and confusing, let’s say that it’s a fact to piss everyone off!” However, what really happens is there’s a giant rush AGAINST the dude to try to prove him WRONG. The other scientists are like “Screw that, he isn’t getting famous! I’ll prove his theory wrong or possibly even take it, revise it, and use it myself!” Ideas have to run through a freaking gauntlet of testing, scrutiny, and proving before they become accepted in the scientific community. Because of this reason, science does not claim anything as fact unless it’s undeniably true. You wouldn’t believe how many ideas have been proposed throughout history only to be killed by being disproved; the only ones that remain are the ones with mountains of proof and that have not yet even come close to being disproved.

    Well that’s my 2 cents worth. Too bad a bunch of other people got here and raped your arguments before me, I would’ve loved to have been first. Oh, and have a nice day. You know, do unto others and all that. Seems like most of the angry Christians such as yourself kinda ignore what their OWN GOD JESUS told them to do, hopefully you aren’t one of them, but I just thought I’d remind you.

  26. Paradigm Of Thought

    On April 7, 2010 at 12:08 am


    Alright, Mr. =D. Aside from being a completely inappropriate handle for talking about paedophilia, I feel I must address your point.
    By doing just o one google search (not that much time, actually), you could have found out that paedophilia and rape are not only accepted, but legal (And not the kind of “we’ll sweep it under the rug” legal that is general).

    Am I condoning this activity? No. I was simply pointing out in my first post that moral beliefs aren’t held across the board. That some places actually condone and approve of the most heinous activities that we can think of. If God had any part of our ingrained moral system, than this would not be the case (we would expect to see a more unified belief system across the board).

    On a side note. If you’re going to continue arguing, I suggest three things:

    1) Anybody who uses the word “dissin’” in their common vernacular should be shot, beaten, burned alive, and forced to simultaneously listen to “Hanna Montana” and watch Twilight (Yes, I hate them so much that I would subject them to Twilight) for the last moments of their life.

    2) Seriously, if you’re going to tell me to, “dont be dissin” on a country of people, I suggest you know the country I’m talking about. We are fighting a war in Afghanistan, and you can’t tell me the name? I am a firm believer that it should be legalized to mercilessly beat people who don’t know the basic geographical region in which we have actives troops in.

    3) Lastly, if you’re going to rebut an argument, do your research. It took me less than three minutes and a google search just to come up with two examples that prove my point. Don’t rely on the kittens and puppies in your stomach to tell you that the world is fantastically fresh.

  27. The Theory of Evolution

    On May 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm


    Paradigm Of Thought
    very well put, you not only answered all the questions but made it interesting and humorous. Where are all the theists coming up with their counter arguments? Oh yeah they didnt read anything you wrote but will most likely continue with their close minded thinking. God Good. Science Bad. Evolution theory Theory mean guess.
    Keep on reading the Bible Christians and next time you are presented with the facts remember its not Satan in your mind convincing you god is a man made idea, its your logic.

  28. rethink

    On May 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm


    Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.

  29. I Have Had Enough

    On May 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm


    Paradigm Of Thought, you rock!

  30. Stephanie

    On June 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm


    Alright.

    1. Why are we here on Earth?
    The earth is billions of years old, more than enough time for evolution to occur.

    2. What is the purpose of life?
    Humans have developed some need to know “the meaning of life”.
    If animals could understand us, what do you think they would say the meaning of life is? Would they preach the Bible? No. There is no meaning of life, you may get over it.

    3. If intelligent design and the Bible aren’t correct, then how did humans end up being the masters of every other species on Earth? Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge? Also, where did government come from? You don’t need to answer that one, all historians know the Bible is correct historically, even about Noah’s flood due to recent archaeological evidence. So government was formed by the people of Israel. If no God, they created on based on… Nothing?

    Slow down. It’s called evolution. Just because we have higher intelligence doesn’t mean a god did this.
    Also, I have no doubt that some of the events in the bible are true, but you find evidence of a flood, that doesn’t mean that everything else in the story is true. Think about it.

    4. If the universe was entirely empty space except for a small mass of matter that created the universe by spontaneously exploding and steadily expanding throughout empty space… What caused that small mass of matter to explode?

    Can your god tell me? No, so why ask?

    5. Have you ever seen the beauty of a newborn child in his/her mother’s arms? In that moment did you not experience the feeling that My gosh, there really is a God?
    No.

    6. If God was created by mankind as an explanation for life and the events that make it up and mankind is by nature evil, as Rousseau said, why didn’t mankind worship themselves or a power of evil?

    Okay, pretend I am your god. Now, I’m going to create men to rule over animals and worship me…why would a god do that?

    7. If God was invented by humans, then why do so many Biblical stories involve his punishment of humans that went astray? Wouldn’t humans rather create a God that allows them to get away with whatever they want?

    Holy cow. Why would they create a book of rules if they didn’t want them followed?

    8. If Jesus really wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t really rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion, why did a group of men and women that had been hiding in an attic for those 3 days suddenly come out and start preaching about this man in a way that they were willing to suffer gruesome deaths for?(And don’t give me anything about mankind needing an explanation in their minds, any simple “explanation” would be quickly dropped when a man is about to be sawed in two, stoned, crucified, burnt alive, or beheaded.

    I don’t believe this. It is not factual.

    9. You say God doesn’t exist. Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?

    This is getting ridiculous. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean that it must be god.

    10. What happens to us after we die?(I don’t mean our physical body, I know that decomposes back to the dust(another phrase out of the Bible) but I mean to who the person is)

    Nothing. You decompose. The end.

    So that’s the top 10. There are more, but I’ll leave them up to individuals that have the capacity to think more about it. In no way am I attempting to change the way anybody lives their lives, I just want people to think about these things even if just for a few minutes of their life. So… One last one. Where will you be 3 minutes after you die?

    Dead.

    Okay now. All the answers I put down were not well thought out AT ALL, the whole time I was just waiting to voice this:

    Where did the Native Americans go when they died?
    Where did the Egyptians and the Greeks go?
    They did not believe in your god, will they go to hell?
    What about people who know no gods?
    If people who do not know about god go to heaven automatically, no matter what sin they have done, why tell people about god? Why not just let us all live in peace without having this “heaven or hell” idea looming over our heads? Why? Can you answer that? We don’t need to know about god to know what is right or wrong, we really don’t. People are raised without religion, and they don’t go around killing, do they? No.

    How can someone go and look at every religion in the world and say “No, those are all wrong. Mine is the only true religion.”
    It’s like having a piece of bread, and going out and seeing hundreds of people with pieces of bread. Some may be rye, wheat, pumpernickel, whatever. It’s all bread. Would you be able to stand on a stage and say “Actually, my piece of bread is the only true piece of bread, all of your bread is false.”

    It just makes me upset when I read ignorance like this. Christians are supposed to respect everyone, and yet THEY of all people, criticize when they come across someone who doesn’t believe in their deluded god.
    Why don’t they go an convert Buddhists? I mean, since obviously they are worshiping a false idol and will go to hell.

  31. Oh my, it's another stupid Christian.

    On June 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm


    Alright.

    1. Why are we here on Earth?
    The earth is billions of years old, more than enough time for evolution to occur.

    2. What is the purpose of life?
    Humans have developed some need to know \”the meaning of life\”.
    If animals could understand us, what do you think they would say the meaning of life is? Would they preach the Bible? No. There is no meaning of life, you may get over it.

    3. If intelligent design and the Bible aren’t correct, then how did humans end up being the masters of every other species on Earth? Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge? Also, where did government come from? You don’t need to answer that one, all historians know the Bible is correct historically, even about Noah’s flood due to recent archaeological evidence. So government was formed by the people of Israel. If no God, they created on based on… Nothing?

    Slow down. It\’s called evolution. Just because we have higher intelligence doesn\’t mean a god did this.
    Also, I have no doubt that some of the events in the bible are true, but you find evidence of a flood, that doesn\’t mean that everything else in the story is true. Think about it.

    4. If the universe was entirely empty space except for a small mass of matter that created the universe by spontaneously exploding and steadily expanding throughout empty space… What caused that small mass of matter to explode?

    Can your god tell me? No, so why ask?

    5. Have you ever seen the beauty of a newborn child in his/her mother’s arms? In that moment did you not experience the feeling that My gosh, there really is a God?
    No.

    6. If God was created by mankind as an explanation for life and the events that make it up and mankind is by nature evil, as Rousseau said, why didn’t mankind worship themselves or a power of evil?

    Okay, pretend I am your god. Now, I\’m going to create men to rule over animals and worship me…why would a god do that?

    7. If God was invented by humans, then why do so many Biblical stories involve his punishment of humans that went astray? Wouldn’t humans rather create a God that allows them to get away with whatever they want?

    Holy cow. Why would they create a book of rules if they didn\’t want them followed?

    8. If Jesus really wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t really rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion, why did a group of men and women that had been hiding in an attic for those 3 days suddenly come out and start preaching about this man in a way that they were willing to suffer gruesome deaths for?(And don’t give me anything about mankind needing an explanation in their minds, any simple “explanation” would be quickly dropped when a man is about to be sawed in two, stoned, crucified, burnt alive, or beheaded.

    I don\’t believe this. It is not factual.

    9. You say God doesn’t exist. Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?

    This is getting ridiculous. Just because you don\’t understand it doesn\’t mean that it must be god.

    10. What happens to us after we die?(I don’t mean our physical body, I know that decomposes back to the dust(another phrase out of the Bible) but I mean to who the person is)

    Nothing. You decompose. The end.

    So that’s the top 10. There are more, but I’ll leave them up to individuals that have the capacity to think more about it. In no way am I attempting to change the way anybody lives their lives, I just want people to think about these things even if just for a few minutes of their life. So… One last one. Where will you be 3 minutes after you die?

    Dead.

    Okay now. All the answers I put down were not well thought out AT ALL, the whole time I was just waiting to voice this:

    Where did the Native Americans go when they died?
    Where did the Egyptians and the Greeks go?
    They did not believe in your god, will they go to hell?
    What about people who know no gods?
    If people who do not know about god go to heaven automatically, no matter what sin they have done, why tell people about god? Why not just let us all live in peace without having this \”heaven or hell\” idea looming over our heads? Why? Can you answer that? We don\’t need to know about god to know what is right or wrong, we really don\’t. People are raised without religion, and they don\’t go around killing, do they? No.

    How can someone go and look at every religion in the world and say \”No, those are all wrong. Mine is the only true religion.\”
    It\’s like having a piece of bread, and going out and seeing hundreds of people with pieces of bread. Some may be rye, wheat, pumpernickel, whatever. It\’s all bread. Would you be able to stand on a stage and say \”Actually, my piece of bread is the only true piece of bread, all of your bread is false.\”

    It just makes me upset when I read ignorance like this. Christians are supposed to respect everyone, and yet THEY of all people, criticize when they come across someone who doesn\’t believe in their deluded god.
    Why don\’t they go an convert Buddhists? I mean, since obviously they are worshiping a false idol and will go to hell.

  32. Shirosaki

    On September 18, 2010 at 3:50 am


    Very nice posting from Paradigm Of Thought, of course I realize that was months ago but I still feel the need to applaud you sir.

  33. Alan Smithee

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:21 am


    i dunno why, but a couple of you atheists seem to raise more questions with your answers. it may be because i’m still young (17), but i do have one possibly clever senario against your “Chance” theory: “I have an easel, a sheet of paper on the easel, and a bucket of paint. no definite positioning, however i will not touch them because that would cause interference (sorta like Desim or Creationism, and for this senario i trying to avoid it). by some odd chance, the paint will collide with the paper and paint a beautiful picture of land, sea, and sky, rather than just a sloppy mess of weird colors. Logical or illogial, and how many laws of nature and physics are being applied/or broken?

  34. Alan Smithee

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:22 am


    i dunno why, but a couple of you atheists seem to raise more questions with your answers. it may be because i’m still young (17), but i do have one possibly clever senario against your \”Chance\” theory: I have an easel, a sheet of paper on the easel, and a bucket of paint. no definite positioning, however i will not touch them because that would cause interference (sorta like Desim or Creationism, and for this senario i trying to avoid it). by some odd chance, the paint will collide with the paper and paint a beautiful picture of land, sea, and sky, rather than just a sloppy mess of weird colors. Logical or illogial, and how many laws of nature and physics are being applied or broken?

  35. Alan Smithee

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:23 am


    i dunno why, but a couple of you atheists seem to raise more questions with your answers. it may be because i\’m still young (17), but i do have one possibly clever senario against your life by chance theory: I have an easel, a sheet of paper on the easel, and a bucket of paint. no definite positioning, however i will not touch them because that would cause interference (sorta like Desim or Creationism, and for this senario i trying to avoid it). by some odd chance, the paint will collide with the paper and paint a beautiful picture of land, sea, and sky, rather than just a sloppy mess of weird colors. Logical or illogial, and how many laws of nature and physics are being applied or broken?

  36. Alan Smithee

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:25 am


    sorry for the multiple comment. thought the website was broken

  37. richard

    On December 7, 2010 at 12:59 am


    you are so stupid. none of this uses objective arguments, its all religiously biased and therefore can not be objectively proven. and seriously, the feeling you get when you see a newborn baby??? like yeah that must like mean theres a god cause babys are born. you are wrong, god doesnt give you that feeling, it is clearly thor and apollo and allah and osiris that give you that feeling. didnt anyone ever teach you this?

  38. richard

    On December 7, 2010 at 1:04 am


    i know i just left a comment but after reflecting for a few moments i feel i must again comment. you are a damned idiot. take a class in religion that isnt tought by a christian and be reasonable

  39. written by men

    On December 25, 2010 at 12:09 am


    I would like to say i enjoyed the commentaries on this site.
    Its obvious the author is bias. Whatever you say or comment
    on with facts, he will discredit them. I myself was a christian,
    and I considered myself an intelligent person. I considered myself today an agnostic. your ten question where well answered by others. its obvious you are not listening or reading truth and facts,
    you are an example of Blind Faith. you ask question that you don’t know 100%. you envy scientist and non-believers because they choose to think for themselves. Not blindly follow a man made god with contradicting laws and rules. and its amazing this god chose one particular race as his chosen people. throughout the old testament he telling his chosen people to kill and wipeout people he created. This looks so much like man has put this book together. please prove your blind faith for i can show others the irrational defense you are going demostrate

  40. avi

    On July 22, 2011 at 7:23 am


    1. God only knows (metaphor.)
    2. Whatever you choose it to be.
    3. Through evolution. If man went extinct, then some other creature would evolve to become masters of the earth, just like mammals did when the dinosaurs went extinct. Have you seen The Future Is Wild (The original movies, not the Teletoon TV Show)? It predicts that in 200 million years, Squids and octopi have taken to land and replaced humans.
    4. I don’t know. So what? I don’t care-it stil happened!
    5. Yes to the first question, no to the second.
    6. Why would they? Also, some verses in the Bible make it questionable whether they did worship a power of evil…
    7. Why would they make a book of rules if you were allowed to break them?
    8. I could make the same argument about Jim Jones.
    9. Each person develops a consciousness. As for morals, we evolved them, because for social animals it is beneficial to have rules against murder, rape, etc.
    10. Nothing, because, like it or not, there is no soul, spirit, essence, or whatever you want to call it.

  41. avi

    On July 22, 2011 at 7:23 am


    1. God only knows (metaphor.)
    2. Whatever you choose it to be.
    3. Through evolution. If man went extinct, then some other creature would evolve to become masters of the earth, just like mammals did when the dinosaurs went extinct. Have you seen The Future Is Wild (The original movies, not the Teletoon TV Show)? It predicts that in 200 million years, Squids and octopi have taken to land and replaced humans.
    4. I don’t know. So what? I don’t care-it stil happened!
    5. Yes to the first question, no to the second.
    6. Why would they? Also, some verses in the Bible make it questionable whether they did worship a power of evil…
    7. Why would they make a book of rules if you were allowed to break them?
    8. I could make the same argument about Jim Jones.
    9. Each person develops a consciousness. As for morals, we evolved them, because for social animals it is beneficial to have rules against murder, rape, etc.
    10. Nothing, because, like it or not, there is no soul, spirit, essence, or whatever you want to call it.

  42. Avi

    On July 23, 2011 at 9:22 am


    Alan Smithee, I don’t even believe in abiogenesis as I have yet to see any evidence of it. If you’re referring to mutations, then your analogy is flawed in that mutations, unlike your hypothetical painting, are driven by natural selection, which, while flawed, is not random.

  43. Ed

    On September 11, 2011 at 4:48 am


    All these questions can be answered some in numerous diferent ways.
    1. chance
    2. to reproduce and continue the human race
    3. numerous ability part of natural selection; imposable thumbs, ability to stand upright, ability to be bored and large brains.
    4. if you really compress something that thing is going to try and expand.
    5. no
    6. because they dont intend to be evil
    7. no so that it encourages humans to behave well
    8. they possibly were mentally ill or intoxicated. also stories can change over time.
    9. memory and thinking.
    10. nothing, blank, no thoughts

  44. Anon E. Moss

    On November 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm


    1) Humans are on this planet purely by chance. You may try to refute this by saying that life appearing purely by chance in extremely unlikely. I say, the universe was around a long time before life appeared on Earth. It was bound to happen eventually.

    2) There is no meaning of life. It’s what you make of it. Humans have a desire to live, so the generally accepted meaning of life is to continue the species.

    3) Humans got lucky. We evolved with the right biological tools to conquer the other species. If the iguanas beat us, our religious iguana overlords would be asking the atheist iguanas why iguanas are the masters of the Earth and not the humans.

    4) It’s called diffusion. All matter has a tendency to want to be equally spread about everywhere. The more compact this area of matter is, the more it wants to diffuse. If you put a drop of food coloring into a glass of water, you’ll see the drop quickly diffuse outwards, and then as the coloring becomes more thinly spread, the diffusion slows down, until the water is completely and evenly colored. That’s how the universe began.

    5) No.

    6) Very few people believe that they are evil. Keep in mind that for the first ancient religions, the gods were pretty swell. I find it amusing that as the number of gods present in a religion decreases, the more flawed and irrational it becomes.

    7) A disciplinary god is a good idea. It sets a role model for people. I am of the opinion that religion started as a good story from some guy who saw something pretty cool, and then people took it too seriously.

    8) Stories like this are generally exaggerated. Also, just because a lot of people were very devoted to Jesus Christ, it doesn’t prove that he’s the son of one or more gods.

    9) Morality is acquired. People got along fine for a long time without religion telling them what to do. When you repeatedly learn something to be wrong, it becomes so deeply set in your mind, you think it’s a soul doing the work.

    10) Nothing happens when we die. It’s like sleeping, but without the vivid hallucinations and amnesia. Well, maybe yes on the amnesia.

  45. DVD Bach

    On February 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm


    For the record, Scientology is a religion…

    “Why are we here on Earth?”
    We evolved.

    “What is the purpose of life?”
    Whatever purpose we create for ourselves.

    “If intelligent design and the Bible aren’t correct, then how did humans end up being the masters of every other species on Earth?”
    False premise; we aren’t. Let’s drop you naked into the Amazon rainforest and see how much mastery you show of the other animals.

    “Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge?”
    They evolved to adapt to their particular environmental niches.

    “Also, where did government come from? ”
    The need for humans to live together in society.

    “If no God, they created on based on… Nothing?”
    I’m afraid I can’t make sense of the question.

    “If the universe was entirely empty space except for a small mass of matter that created the universe by spontaneously exploding and steadily expanding throughout empty space… What caused that small mass of matter to explode? ”
    False premise; that’s not an accurate characterization of the Big Bang. The universe was not created by a singularity; it started out as a singularity.

    “Have you ever seen the beauty of a newborn child in his/her mother’s arms? ”
    Not up close, but I don’t see how that would be evidence for a god.

    “If God was created by mankind as an explanation for life and the events that make it up and mankind is by nature evil, as Rousseau said, why didn’t mankind worship themselves or a power of evil?”
    First, I think that’s a false premise, since I don’t believe that mankind is evil by nature. Second, they did worship a power of evil: the God of the Old Testament.

    “If God was invented by humans, then why do so many Biblical stories involve his punishment of humans that went astray?”
    Because lacking an understanding of natural phenomena, they believed many of them to be divine punishment.

    “Wouldn’t humans rather create a God that allows them to get away with whatever they want?”
    Sure, but that implies that they knew they were writing a work on fiction and could thus give God whatever attributes they wanted. Instead, they recorded what they really thought God was.

    “If Jesus really wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t really rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion, why did a group of men and women that had been hiding in an attic for those 3 days suddenly come out and start preaching about this man in a way that they were willing to suffer gruesome deaths for?”
    First, that may be an unsupported premise. Where is the evidence that they did? Second, willingness to die for a belief doesn’t make that belief true; Hitler was willing to die, too.

    “Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?”
    Conscience, consciousness and sense of morality have all evolved.

    “What happens to us after we die?”
    Consciousness ends.

    “Where will you be 3 minutes after you die?”
    In all likelihood, wherever I happened to die; I just won’t be aware of it.

  46. DVD Bach

    On February 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm


    For the record, Scientology is a religion…

    “Why are we here on Earth?”
    We evolved.

    “What is the purpose of life?”
    Whatever purpose we create for ourselves.

    “If intelligent design and the Bible aren’t correct, then how did humans end up being the masters of every other species on Earth?”
    False premise; we aren’t. Let’s drop you naked into the Amazon rainforest and see how much mastery you show of the other animals.

    “Why didn’t bears or deer or trout or monkeys or tigers or dogs or squirrels develop intelligence and the ability to speak in thousands of different languages and the ability to build solid structures and the ability to civilize and the ability to master any environmental challenge?”
    They evolved to adapt to their particular environmental niches.

    “Also, where did government come from? ”
    The need for humans to live together in society.

    “If no God, they created on based on… Nothing?”
    I’m afraid I can’t make sense of the question.

    “If the universe was entirely empty space except for a small mass of matter that created the universe by spontaneously exploding and steadily expanding throughout empty space… What caused that small mass of matter to explode? ”
    False premise; that’s not an accurate characterization of the Big Bang. The universe was not created by a singularity; it started out as a singularity.

    “Have you ever seen the beauty of a newborn child in his/her mother’s arms? ”
    Not up close, but I don’t see how that would be evidence for a god.

    “If God was created by mankind as an explanation for life and the events that make it up and mankind is by nature evil, as Rousseau said, why didn’t mankind worship themselves or a power of evil?”
    First, I think that’s a false premise, since I don’t believe that mankind is evil by nature. Second, they did worship a power of evil: the God of the Old Testament.

    “If God was invented by humans, then why do so many Biblical stories involve his punishment of humans that went astray?”
    Because lacking an understanding of natural phenomena, they believed many of them to be divine punishment.

    “Wouldn’t humans rather create a God that allows them to get away with whatever they want?”
    Sure, but that implies that they knew they were writing a work on fiction and could thus give God whatever attributes they wanted. Instead, they recorded what they really thought God was.

    “If Jesus really wasn’t the Son of God, and he didn’t really rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion, why did a group of men and women that had been hiding in an attic for those 3 days suddenly come out and start preaching about this man in a way that they were willing to suffer gruesome deaths for?”
    First, that may be an unsupported premise. Where is the evidence that they did? Second, willingness to die for a belief doesn’t make that belief true; Hitler was willing to die, too.

    “Why does each person have a conscious then? Why does every person have a knowledge deep within them of right and wrong?”
    Conscience, consciousness and sense of morality have all evolved.

    “What happens to us after we die?”
    Consciousness ends.

    “Where will you be 3 minutes after you die?”
    In all likelihood, wherever I happened to die; I just won’t be aware of it.

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