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I Could Be Wrong… And So Could You!

One of the most popular things Christians ask me is, “What if you are wrong?” Aside from the obvious attempt at a Pascal’s Wager, this question tries to force the non-believer to consider the possibility that we might be tortured for all eternity simply because of our lack of belief.

It’s true, if atheists are wrong and Christianity is correct, then atheists will be tortured for all eternity simply because of our lack of belief. This is a possibility. It just isn’t probable. While we are talking about improbable possibilities, what if the Christian is wrong is Islam is the correct answer? What if the Mormons are correct? How about if the ancient Greeks or Romans were correct? There are a lot of possibilities out there all equally as improbable as Christianity.

So sure, I could be wrong and so could the average Christian. Anything is possible, but the real question is not what is possible, but rather what is probable. Atheism is probable because it simply demands that theists (whether Christian or not) supply evidence for their claims. The claims of atheists are simply that we lack a belief in deities. This is usually the case because no credible evidence has been presented for such beliefs. In the absence of such credible evidence, it is probable that no such god exists.

I am willing to admit that I could be wrong and that a god does in fact exist. All a theist has to do is to present credible evidence for their belief. But I think it is only fair that theists admit that they could be wrong and that god might not exist. Theists should reconsider why they believe what they believe and consider whether or not there are more probable explanations for those reason.

Is it more likely that they heard the voice of God giving them sage advice or that they were having an internal dialog with themselves and gave themselves that sage advice? Is it more likely that the football player won the big game because God had a plan for him or that he and his team practiced a lot and had more skill than their opponents? Sure, I could be wrong about the whole God thing, but so could you the Christian!

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  • Jared

    My belief in God is founded on the teachings of the Bible. But, first off, I don’t presume to be able to “convert you” or convince you of my beliefs without the Holy Spirit working in you. I would however like to offer rational arguments to support my belief. Let’s have a conversation without the fear of being wrong.

    My first statement means that I believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God. Written by man, yet inspired and guided by God. Men, themselves are not perfect but the Word of God is. This promotes the idea that there is an ultimate authority. Most of us don’t like the idea of ultimately authority or “truth”; instead relying on ourselves to determine “truth”. When truth is present, it is a standard by which we are measured.Truth itself is circular, yet that does not make it invalid, for all arguments for an absolute authority must ultimately appeal to that authority for truth.

    • http://statusviatoris.wordpress.com/ Status Viatoris

      Without the Holy Spirit working in us?? Could you explain exactly what you mean by that, leaving out the usual nonsensical religious rhetoric? Although I suppose such a statement does neatly negate the necessity for attempting conversion through rational and demonstrable proof. How handy.

      • Jared

        Your above reply would suggest that you think you alone are responsible for your salvation. How arrogant of you. I do not. How could anyone attempt to “convert” you without a firm belief that they alone are not the convert agent? You’re right though, we have no physical proof that God exists, except the Bible (and some would say the world around you). And in that book we place our faith on its contents. We’ve studied it. Actually studied it. Where did it comes from? Who wrote it? What was the canonical process and why are others not included. Etc. When you do these things and stop reading fiction like the DaVinci Code you’ll be able to establish credibility in the book itself, and then you can begin to apply its teachings.

        • http://statusviatoris.wordpress.com/ Status Viatoris

          And how arrogant of you to assume you have the monopoly the answers to “salvation”, whatever you take the word to mean. If you feel that conflicting accounts written by non-eye witness middle eastern peasants thousands of years ago answer humanity’s queries, then all I can do is wish you every happiness in your delusion. As for reading the bible, you might be surprised to discover that most Atheists have actually taken the time to familiarise themselves with the primary religious works and views: unlike many of a religious persuasion, we do not make a habit of closing eyes and ears to all opinions that oppose our own.

          Oh, and The Da Vinci code is an appalling load of badly written tripe. If you want to read a real book, can I suggest Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, an infinitely superior tome.

        • http://twitter.com/DangerousTalk Staks Rosch

          Lol. Okay, I’ll bite on this one because I am pretty confident you are talking out your ass. Where did the Bible come from? and Who wrote it?

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