I am not adult yet, but tension has already sparked. Please (especially catholics) evaluate the criticisms and responeses of my schoolmates. (me - Roman rite Catholic… supposedly there are “denominations” of atheists as well?) The four scenarios.
i. Atheist: “If God is all loving, why are there lots of suffering in this world?”
Me: Original sin. Therefore God did not promise each one of us an easy life. (i.e. carry the cross like Jesus)
Athiest: " Then why did he let Adam and Eve Sin?"
Me: Because it is God’s decision to give free will to men.
ii. Athiest: “The bible says the world is created in seven days. Clearly it contradicts the theory of evolution.”
Me: No. If anything, the theory only supports our faith. It is six, not seven btw.
Athiest: You should be mathematical and scientific enough to know that the two don’t go together.
Me: O rly? It’s not your seven days, but God’s.
Athiestic agnostic: He has a point here. (Me told him) “A day” could mean million years to us.
Athiest: But why would God lie to us that it is not seven human days, if the Bible is God-inspired?
Me: The problem is not how long seven days is. (My view: It’s about what it means. Try explaing in years and months to a person living in time before calander is invented, and you probably won’t get your point down to him. God has probably got some more esoteric functions…)
iii. Athiest: “Suppose God is omnipotent. Can he create a stone that he cannot lift?” (Then he explained the theory of course)
Seventh day: I think this is irrelevant. The faith is that you either believe in or you do not.
Me: Since God can manipulate all things he made, (including lifting), the question can be rephrased as “Can God make an object that is not made by God?” No. But does the question even have the power to challenge anything? ("Hey, draw a non-triangular triangle…)
Iv. Seventh day: *deduces using bible why Jesus has no decendents on internet"
Athiest: “I believe that Jesus was married. And his decendents are living within us today. Science prooves it.”
Anglican: The voice of science really needs to be heard.
(The athiest apparently liked that sentence)
Anglican: Actually that was directed at you, athiest. Show some proof.
Me: Jesus is ascended into heaven. Enough said.
Anglican: Looks like the typical athiest. Bashing christians but providing no proof.
Atheist: Why can’t you lazy people just google yourselves? Jesus’ bones are found.
Me: (even more wtf) You are the one presenting counterclaim. Of course you are the one to provide the evidence.
Atheist: Actually, some people believed in Jesus because of his bones.
Me: (self-note: did that even make sense?)
Seventh day: This conversation is pretty messed up. DIscussion is good but this is not where it is supposed to go.