3 Feb 2015

Well Known Atheist Asked “What If You Die and Find Out God Really Does Exist”

What would an atheist say to God when meeting Him at death? One well known atheist entertainer was asked that very question.The Blaze reports:
British comedian, actor and author Stephen Fry — a hardline atheist — appeared on a spiritually minded TV show and was asked by the host what he’d say after death, discovering that God really does exist.

“Suppose it’s all true, and you walk up to the pearly gates, and are confronted by God,” the host asked. “What will Stephen Fry say to him, her, or it?”
His response left the interviewer speechless, but it was the typical atheist response for non-belief.
“I’d say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?’” he began.
“’How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault,” Fry continued. “It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ That’s what I would say.”
On the surface, his response seems reasonable and is very typical in any God vs atheist debate.  After all how can a God Who claims to be loving and all-powerful allow suffering and evil?
Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D. scientist and Christian apologist with Creation Ministries International has answered this argument in a recent article:
The big picture is that Adam’s sin is the reason for all the death in the world. A consistent biblical answer points out that death is an intruder, so it is not part of God’s original creation, but is ultimately due to man’s sin.
Sarfati goes on:
 And if we demand that God prevents all deaths of, say, children, then why draw the line there? Why at five years old rather than 21, or 75?
And all the seven billion people on earth today will die one day, barring a miracle. Here again, should we demand that God prevents only hasty death, but not ‘ordinary’ death?
But, Dr. Sarfati points out a huge flaw in the atheist’s own thinking about the matter:
For an atheist to complain that the Christian God is ‘evil’, he must provide a standard of good and evil by which to judge Him. But if we are simply evolved pond scum, as a consistent atheist must believe, where can we find an objective standard of right and wrong?
This is a matter about which atheists are seldom challenged. If there is no God, where is the justification for morality or even the labels of “good” and “evil”?  Sarfati explains further:
Our ideas of right and wrong, under this system, are merely artefacts of some chemical processes that occur in the brain, which happened to confer survival advantage on our alleged ape-like ancestors. But the motions in Hitler’s brain obeyed the same chemical laws as those in Mother Teresa’s, so on what grounds are the latter’s actions ‘better’ than the former’s?
In fact, the average atheist has to borrow from Christian theology to make his contra-argument.  Sarfati goes on:
But a Christian believes there is an objective standard of morality that transcends individual humans, because it was given by an objective and transcendent moral Lawgiver who is our Creator. An atheist’s argument against God because of objective evil inadvertently concedes the very point he is trying to argue against!


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