Here are some questions for Atheists

I saw some of these questions online. If your a believer or non believer think about them. 

Since absolutely no Bible prophecy has ever failed (and there are hundreds), how can one realistically remain unconvinced that the Bible is of divine origin?

How do you explain David’s graphic portrayal of Jesus’ death by crucifixion (Psalm 22) 1000 years before Christ lived?

How do you explain that the prophet Daniel prophesied the exact YEAR when the Christ would be presented as Messiah and also prophesied that the temple would be destroyed afterwards over 500 years in advance (Daniel 9:24-27)?

How could any mere human pinpoint the precise birth town of the Messiah seven full centuries before the fact, as did the prophet Micah?

How do you account for the odds (1 in 10 to the 157th power) that even just 48 (of 300) Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ?

How was it possible for the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to have predicted the virgin birth of Jesus (Isaiah 7:14) 700 years before it occurred?

How can anyone doubt the reliability of Scripture considering the number and the proximity to the originals of its many copied manuscripts?

In what sense was Jesus a “good man” if He was lying in His claim to be God?

If the Bible is not true, why is it so universally regarded as “the Good Book”?

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7 thoughts on “Here are some questions for Atheists

  1. “Since absolutely no Bible prophecy has ever failed”

    I don’t accept this as true. Besides the obvious “I will return in your lifetime” prophecy that Jesus failed.

    If I order a steak and you bring one to me, is that ‘fulfilling prophecy’? Or were you just following instructions given to you?

    “If the Bible is not true, why is it so universally regarded as “the Good Book”?”

    Because people believe it is good.

    I think they’re wrong. That doesn’t make their belief go away.

  2. Something you haven’t considered and likely won’t listen an ounce to is that the gospel story might just very well have deliberately been written to mimic the earlier ‘prophecy’ in particular when people want to perpetuate myths, keep control over populations, power, money, by keeping followers in line. A quick way to gain control over others is if they are willing to believe things and if you can show them ‘proof’ of said things. Like if an astronomer knows a meteor shower is going to take place and he’s dishonest and likes power trips so goes into a third world country where a tribe of people are and tells them the gods are about to descend for their bad behaviors and that he is speaking on behalf of said gods and that they must do as he says for that night they will see the wrath of said gods. And surely enough skies themselves reign down ‘fire’ and freak the poor ignorant people out and they fall to their knees begging the ‘gods’ for forgiveness for being bad and willingly obeying the jerk astronomer. Well people who had the original scrolls the first parts of the bible were written on held the power. The knowledge. They knew what those scrolls said and knew what any updated versions ought to say if they wanted to keep it legit.

    In order to prove that ‘every prophecy’ came true, you’d first have to validate the legitimacy of the claim that it was a prophecy and not a scam in the first place. I could easily grab a book that tells me things that are going to happen and then write another book claiming that they happened. There hasn’t been evidence supporting such events happened and we can’t take a source and site it as it’s own reference to legitimize itself. Otherwise, we would have to take every book that claims itself true, as true and definite and legit.

    • Why is it that you believe Christianity is based on power grabbing and control? Jesus spoke of being a servant towards all. The church, the institution, has sought to control people, and dismiss any challenges to its authority, but the message that Christ taught has not been aligned with the church–particularly, the Catholic church. Jesus offers us abundance and freedom. He given us a gift; it is up to us to accept it or reject it. Thanks for commenting. I just wanted to get a conversation started. I hope that you take sometime to read and focus more about Christ, and less about the church.

  3. I can look at the Bible as you seem to, as completely correct eyewitness accounts. Or I can look at the history of the Gospels themselves to see what the evidence would suggest. My interpretation of the evidence is they were written by people who desperately wanted to convince others that Jesus was divine by showing that he was the fulfillment of prophecy.

    Mark is generally regarded as the first Gospel written, 35-40 years after Jesus’ death, and it contains no mention of Jesus’ lineage or the virgin birth. It starts at his baptism and ends with the empty tomb. At no point does Mark claim to experience these events firsthand. He never says “I saw” or “I was there,” which is why many scholars regard his account as hearsay.

    10+ years later, Matthew comes along. He copies parts of Mark directly, and adds in much of the prophecy fulfillment. He also adds the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord’s prayer and a bunch of other things. Did Mark forget those parts, or were they just not part of the story yet? Did Matthew add them because Mark’s version wasn’t convincing enough? In any case, Matthew’s account is now embellished hearsay.

    Luke and John come last, 50-70 years after Jesus is gone. Certainly John makes some of the strongest assertions about Jesus’ divinity, especially in the first fifteen verses. But at their position in time both of these books are almost certainly secondhand accounts at best. And here you are, 50 years into the start of a new church where the line about Jesus being the fulfillment of prophecy being very important. However, they also get many things wrong, or at least different. Compare Joseph’s genealogy in Matthew 1 vs. Luke 3. How many generations are there since David? How many of the names even match? Luke and John were certainly ardent followers, but they were almost certainly filling in the blanks from the available prophecies.

    It’s difficult to know whether Jesus was a good man or not, since it’s difficult to know what parts of the Gospel are accurate, if any. While a proliferation of copies of the Gospels began at the end of the first century, I don’t believe there are any that scholars will point to with certainty as being “originals”.

    Finally, the question about “The Good Book” is both circular and incorrect. Those who promote it may call it that, but it has no bearing as to the accuracy of the content. If even one person doesn’t call it by that name, then it’s not universal, and many don’t.

    • You are right that the cannonical gospels–Mark, Luke, Matthew, Mark–were written at the very most 40 to 60 years after the death of Christ. However, Paul’s letters were written just 15 to 20 years after His death, and they provide an outline of all the events of Jesus’s life found in the gospels–his miracles, claims, crucifixion, and resurrection. That would mean that the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ life were circulating within the lifetimes of hundreds who had been present at the events of his ministry The gospel author Luke claims in Luke 1:1-4 that his account of Jesus’s life was from eyewitnesses who were still alive. In Mark 15: 21, Mark says that the man who helped Jesus carry the cross to Calvary was the father of Alexander and Rufus. There would be no reason for the author to include such names unless the readers know or could have access to them.
      All this decisively refutes the notion that the gospels were anonymous, collective, evolving oral traditions,. Instead they were oral histories taken down from the mouths of the living eyewitnesses who preserved the words and deeds of Jesus in great detail.
      Besides Christ’s supporters, there were many bystanders, officials, and opponents who had actually heard him teach, seen his actions, and watched him die. They would have been especially ready to challenge any accounts that were fabricated.
      Paul tells people if they want to verify the truth of the things he is says talk to the living eyewitness.(1 Corinthians 15:1-6) You would not write that in a document designed for public reading unless there really were surviving witnesses whose testimony agreed and who confirm what the author said. Even of you look at Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which all historians date at no more than 20 years after the death of Jesus, we see that Christians were worshiping Jesus as God(Philippians 2).
      It would have been quite difficult for this new faith to spread if Jesus never said or done the things mentioned in the gospel accounts. Paul could not confidently assert to the government officials that the events of Jesus’s life were public knowledge: “These things were not done in a corner,” he said to King Agrippa (Acts 26:26).The people of Jerusalem had been there–they had been in the crowds that heard and watched Jesus. The New Testament documents could not say Jesus was crucified when thousands of people were still alive who knew whether he was or not. If there had not been an empty tomb, if he had not made these claims, and these public documents claimed they happened, Christianity would never have gotten off the ground. The hearers would have simply laughed at the accounts.

      • I agree it’s likely that Jesus probably existed. However in my reading I note that Paul’s letters and the Gospels are so very different in tone and message that I have to agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said that Paul was the “first corruptor” of Jesus’ teachings.

        As for the idea that a religion could not have spread without some basis, I only need look at Mormonism to disprove that. Unless of course you think it likely that Jesus came to America and taught the natives, or that Eden is in Missouri.

        But it’s all a bit irrelevant. You asked, I gave my answer. I simply think the story of Jesus is a legend that grew with the telling.

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