10 Questions Every Atheist Should Answer

It is difficult to come up with ideas to defend a God, when there is no concrete proof of God’s existence. These are some of the best proofs that a God might exist, but most of the arguments unravel easily under examination.

10. What else could the light people sometimes see during near death experiences be?

The argument would be that the light some people have seen before death, signifies that heaven exists and by extension, it would be likely that there is a God. However, some people say they see flashes of light when they get headaches, migraines, concussions, or even when they simply press their hands against their eyes and then remove them. There are many natural causes for seeing light, even when there isn’t any. Considering seeing flashes of light is a relatively common physical symptom, it hardly comes close to providing evidence of an after-life or a God.

9. How else could Moses have parted the waters?

First of all, it is doubtful that there ever was a Moses. The Bible could very easily have been a work of fiction that has been misconstrued as a partial history of the world.

Even if Moses wasn’t a fictional character in what essentially equates to a parable, the parting of the waters could have been an exaggerated version of crossing a small section of water at low-tide, or perhaps a heat-wave could’ve depleted a lake or river long enough for them to cross, while the rest of that section of the story was an embellishment or an exaggeration.

There are real places where the waters part naturally and people can cross at low tide, but not at high tide, when the waters have returned. If the story is even meant to be taken literally, perhaps it refers to such a place.

8. How else could Jesus have risen from the dead?

It is doubtful that there was a Jesus at all. Many scholars seem to agree that a person named Jesus probably did exist in the area where the story took place, but many of them are Catholics and Christians whose assessment is colored by their faith and belief.

There’s no mystical body, enshrouded in white light and no hard evidence of the existence of a Christ. A simple book is hardly evidence of anything, as it is widely known that a book can be historical, fictional, or a combination of both. Sometimes the books, which tout themselves as historical, have been even more fictional than the fictions.

Further, the Bible itself appears to be a fictional work, essentially comprised of parables to help teach, but this hardly signifies a piece of historical news.

Even if Jesus was a real person, the resurrection, which Christian and Catholic religions hinge upon, could’ve easily been a lie, or a hoax played by a few people.

7. How can you discount The Bible?

This is the seminary work for many Catholics and Christians and they may be tempted to hold it up as proof that, Moses, the Angel Michael, Jesus Christ and God himself exist, but it’s not proof.

Unfortunately, it’s just a book and even Christians and Catholics can’t agree on much of its interpretation and have even gone so far as to create alternate versions of the work.

For all its vast detail and sweeping stories, often laced with historical fact; to most rational people, the Bible certainly seems more like a collections of fictional parables to help educate and teach, rather than a seminal work of history, which happens to fly in the face of everything we know to be possible.

If angels, heaven and God exist, where are they? All of these stories from the Bible supposedly took place in our world, but in the Bible the supernatural and magic exist. Where is the supernatural and the magical in our world? Unless you’re watching a Harry Potter movie, you’re probably not going to see anything which qualifies for either genre. 

6. How can so many people be wrong?

At the same time, this is probably the hardest and easiest question for many theists to answer.

It is utterly baffling, confounding and shocking how many people have taken to believing in God and bound themselves to the religious prattling of the churches, utterly without evidence.

An atheist would argue, that though it’s difficult to believe that this many people could be misled so completely, it is certainly a lot easier to believe that, than to believe in an absentee all-powerful God, airline routes cluttered by angels no one ever sees and a bunch of winged-dead people, sitting around on clouds, while they stroke their gold harps for eternity.

The majority of the human race has been wrong before and will be proven wrong again.
Once, most people thought that the world was flat and the church would have you murdered, if you said otherwise.

Once, the church said it was against God’s will to use condoms, but  the church…or, God…changed his mind.

Is it easier to believe that omniscient beings who know everything and can see the past, present and future, make mistakes and change their minds, or is it easier to believe that there may be a group of power-mongers in the Vatican, who control much of the world and do it entirely without having the Lord on speed-dial, as they would like to have us believe?

5. How do you explain the existence of miracles?

Sometimes people survive falling out of airplanes, or cancer mysteriously goes into remission, or blind people see again. Sometimes these occurrences have neither a medical, nor a scientific explanation. This is true, but this doesn’t mean that it’s proof of a supreme being with infinite powers.

There’s no correlation to these occurrences and that conclusion whatsoever. The only thing that it means is that we don’t have all the answers. We don’t know everything. It means that we lay down general rules, which we call “science,” or we call “medicine” and sometimes there are exceptions to those rules.

One such exception, which many people are somehow still unaware of, is the “placebo effect.” This is a proven scientific phenomenon, in which, the human brain, which has great power over the body, but is often not properly focused (Science has said that only about 10% of the human brain is being utilized at any given time), heals the body, or makes the body sick based solely on belief.

For example, two people are given medicine to recover from the same illness. One is given the medicine and has an 83% chance of improving. The other, takes a placebo, in the form of ineffective sugar pills, but because that person is told that they’re being given medicine that will help them and they believe that to be true, they have a 30% chance of getting better, based on their own brain’s ability to heal.

This, and the fact that the vast majority of illnesses and physical problems will be self-corrected over time, can often give the appearance of holistic miracles, when they perhaps have more to do with the human brain’s under-utilized power and efficiency and less to do with magic, mysticism and omnipotent super-beings.

4. How does science explain inherent knowledge in animals?

This is an area of consideration, which really hasn’t received the consideration that it deserves.
 It is widely believed that animals are not as smart as humans and do not think, or feel as we do.
The same has also been held as gospel about plants.

However, it has been proven that many animals and insects do communicate with each other, show love and affection, experience fear, learn, adapt and care for their children. It has been proven that playing music can increase crop growth and yield. Perhaps we’re not as different from the other life-forms on this planet as we presume.

But back to the point, most people give little consideration to the inherent knowledge of animals, but here are two examples, which might make you consider it a little more closely.

First, many birds build very intricate nests, using a variety of sticks, branches and twigs and sometimes secretions form their own mouths. All the birds of a certain species, often build the same type of nest. How do they do this? How do they know how to do this? A human wouldn’t know how to build a nest like that. They would have to study an existing nest and then try to devise the materials and process necessary to complete the task. Yet, these birds know how to build nests, seemingly at birth. How is this possible?

This is the equivalent of a man being born with the engineering and structural knowledge to build a sturdy house at birth, but that’s not how it is for us, otherwise we would’ve been building condominiums and skyscrapers, centuries ago, instead of living in caves and shacks.

Secondly, during a flood, there are certain ant colonies, which will form bridges, using their own bodies, to lift the all-important ant-queen out of the water and protect her from drowning.

If the queen dies, the ant colony will probably be destroyed. Instead, the ants somehow understand this and hundreds, perhaps thousands of ants will sacrifice their own lives to save the queen.

This is “self-sacrifice.” Think about the people you know. You would have trouble finding hundreds of Americans who would sacrifice their lives to save the President of the United States.

Our understanding of instinct tells us that these creatures generally have baser desires and needs eat, sleep, eat…survive. Isn’t the most basic instinct of animals “survival,” and yet, here is this colony of ants, giving up their lives for the greater good, for a common goal. They do this fearlessly and without selfishness or greed, two very human failings.

How do these creatures have the conscious thought to embark on what is obviously a deliberate and organized act of self-sacrifice? How do they have this knowledge? Calling it “inherent knowledge,” or “instinct,” just doesn’t seem to cut it. Is it the ability to reason?

It seems there’s something deeper at work here. If science can’t explain it, the truth is simply that we don’t know, but for those of religious faith, wouldn’t God be a convenient answer for our inability to explain the animals’ predisposition to higher-level thinking?

3. Isn’t it difficult to believe that evolution could be responsible for such sophisticated structures?

Creatures are born with genetic mutations, which predispose them to survival or death and as these creatures, who are better adapted to survive, continue to propagate and thrive, their mutations become more pronounced and differentiated from other species. This is the theory of evolution. Most of us have heard this theory and for those of you who haven’t, you really need to.

Most atheists and agnostics seem to accept this theory as gospel, just as the theists accept that God created the world and everything in our universe in seven days, with little regard to the believability of that task, or what it would entail.

Let’s take a moment to try to imagine evolution in action. You have a group of living cells, little blobs of life, lurking in primordial waters. Some of the cells are more sensitive to light and perhaps they have a better chance of survival. These little creatures would become ever more complex, over thousands, or even millions of years of natural selection, until eventually, they develop into creatures with eyes, which have the ability to see.

Whether you’re a theist, agnostic, or atheist, you have to admit that it’s difficult to imagine, even over vast expanses of time, tiny single-celled light sensitive organisms gaining the ridiculous level of complexity it would take to even form a single eye, let alone an entire living, breathing, reproducing organism. 

2. Where did we come from?

This is the lone challenge, which a theist can offer an atheist and leave the atheist stumped. Just as an atheist can point out that if our understanding of the universe is that God created everything at the beginning of the universe, this information is obviously errant, or at the very least insufficient, because human understanding has never gotten beyond the concept of a “start.”

For us, everything must start at a point in time. We can grasp the concept of eternal life, or things that are eternal. Those are things that started, but do not end, but it is beyond our comprehension to grasp something which exists, but never began. So, this is an untenable challenge to atheists and theists alike.

We have no concept of “spontaneous creation” or “creation from nothing.”

By our understanding, everything must have originated from something at some point in time. If there is no God and our universe was created by the Big Bang, this still does not explain where the matter and materials came from, before the bang. They must’ve started somewhere and somehow.
If not, this is beyond our current capacity to understand.

This is also true of the theist’s concept of God. How could the universe simply begin with God?

Didn’t God have parents, a planet, and nourishment? It flies in the face of all human knowledge and comprehension to imagine that God existed without coming into being and had nothing, but created everything. It quite simply, doesn’t make any sense at all.

Even if time is a loop, according to human understanding, that loop must have been created or come into being at some point and creation will always raise the following questions; Where did things start? What did everything originate from? How was it formed and why?

No one knows the answers to these questions and both atheists and theists will probably have to think in completely new ways to grasp the full truth of our beginning, before we reach our end.

1.    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

How could so much trouble come from such a simple question?

For an atheist, this is a very difficult question to answer. The reason for this is that obviously, both answers seem impossible. If neither answer an atheist can give using science, logic and rationality make any sense, many theists would say it’s obvious that the existence of God must be the answer.

There are two problems with that train of thought…

First, according to rational thought, logical process and critical thinking, not knowing the answer to a question doesn’t prove anything more than the fact that you don’t know.

For example, if someone gives you a complex mathematical problem in which you must solve for “X” and you don’t know how to do it, it doesn’t mean the answer is 56 and it doesn’t mean there’s a super-being. It just means you don’t have the necessary knowledge to find the solution, which remains a mystery.

So not knowing which came first, the chicken or the egg, doesn’ t prove there’s an all-powerful being who created everything; it simply means we don’t know the answer.

And though this question is likely to stump every atheist who comes across it, the other problem from a theist’s standpoint is that this question will also stump the theists. They can’t answer the question either and that’s not good, if they want to use it as a proof for something.

If an atheist turned the question around and asked a theist, “which came first, the chicken or the egg,” most theists would probably say that it doesn’t matter, because God could make the chicken or the egg first, since he can do anything. Okay, but the truth is, the theists don’t have a definite answer either.

The other truth is that a similar question will stump Theists in a similar way. If you point out to a theist that there was supposedly nothing before God and God created everything, then you ask a theist to explain where God came from and how he could exist from nothing, they will have the same problem explaining that occurrence in a rational and comprehensible way, which fits our understanding of the universal laws.

Sure, they can say, “God has always existed,” but that doesn’t make any sense in any humanly comprehensible way.

Name one other example of something that always existed and never had a point of time where it came into being.

Identify one other thing that originated from nothing.

You can’t.

To say that “God has always existed” is impossible, according to human experience and understanding. 

That would be saying that a fully-formed all-powerful entity suddenly popped into being in the middle of an empty void of darkness. He was not birthed from parents. There was no one to raise him. He supposedly created everything, even though there wasn’t a single thing in his experience to base anything on. He would have never seen a color, or smelled a scent, or felt any sort of texture or sensation. Think of all the amazing and complex flavors in the universe. God would have no concept of flavor. There was no food. Supposedly, there was nothing at all, other than God. Nothing ever existed for him to taste and yet he supposedly effortlessly created an infinite number of flavors.

The point is that a theist’s answer to a similar question makes no more sense, in terms of rational human thought and understanding, than an atheist’s acquiescence that they don’t know.

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9 comment(s).
zach williams - 4/2/2017 11:00:28 PM
hey this is a prank article right?
if not the site should pull it is just hilariously inaccurate and ridiculous.
Dechha1981 - 6/5/2015 9:35:10 AM
FINALLY
if you go looking for questions that are meant to stump us, you seriously would not believe how often Theists just ask the exact same questions in the exact same order with the exact same wording over and over again.

10 oxygen deprivation
9 I don't think that happened
8 it might not have even been him
7 it's bullshit
6 lol Reality is not a democracy
5 most "miracles" have simple explanations. Hell, most things people call "miracles" are nothing. A baby, a sunrise, bullshit like that.
4 you mean instincts? Evolution.
3 not if you know the first thing about Evolution.
2 Africa
1 egg. Birds evolved from reptiles, reptiles evolved from fish and fish lay eggs.
Dario Artavia - 12/13/2013 2:05:00 PM
It is really important to believe in God?, what I think is that humanity create God to support al the things that we haven´t been able to explain, as an example when humans haven´t the capability to explain why the magnets worked the church said that the evil forces of Satan (in case they were afraid) were against them; or totaly the opposite, God has make this for helping us(in case church had made somethin help full with the magnet). So thats is only one example of why humans always need something bigger than us to support our acomplisment or fails
Francisco - 12/10/2013 4:47:21 PM
I'm an agnostic I really don't care about religion I have asked some of these questions like: How do you explain the existence of miracles? if you are talking about medical miracles it was tanking of the doctor. if you talk about another type of miracle well like saving an accident well is kinda luckiest.Another question is How else could Jesus have risen from the dead first at all I think that Jesus exit but he didn't do miracles he was the very revisionary man for his age I think when he died someone took his body
huhuhu my tears! Yeah we don't have the reason to ask God Why, tuhogh sometimes i ask him why but we know that he will understand us!:)thanks for this cute video!:)
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Logical Spiritualism - 3/1/2012 2:13:23 PM
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Valerie Card - 2/29/2012 5:31:22 PM
Oh ho, I see you ARE the one who posted! Ha! Now who's not paying attention!
Valerie Card - 2/29/2012 5:28:46 PM
One of the members of the Unitarian Universalist Atheists & Agnostics group I belong to posted this on our facebook page with the comment "Test your belief system". That's what I like about atheism, it can question, the opposite of faith, it seems.

Happy to read and think about what is written here. Just one comment about wording. Under #5, ants don't form "human bridges". Though we all know what is meant.

Thanks for sharing. ~ Valerie

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