Well, something I didn’t expect happened. The author of the book in the first post I did on this (linked here) actually saw the post and got back with me. As expected, there were the usual “I pray for atheists” and whatnot statements. To her credit, she seems nice enough. But she gave me a new list of questions to answer, saying that once I tackle them, I am going to (and I quote),
“You will arrange a big pile of wood, put evolution on the top of it, set fire and burn it, in other words you will kill and bury evolution by your own hands for ever and ever. There will be no evolution on this planet earth, there will be only creation.”
Since she asked politely, I figure that I might as well rise to her challenge. I know full-well that this won’t change anything. She writes with the same vim and vigor that those who are “born-again” do, so I know that my answers will change nothing, but here goes.
Who wants there to be life on this planet earth, nobody or somebody?
Nobody. It’s a freak accident. Life on this planet is a tiny film that is going through the cosmos and can be destroyed at any second! A giant asteroid, a black hole zipping around the stars (which we know there is at least one) or any number of things could destroy us at any second. We’re the end product of random chance. Nothing more, nothing less.
Whose idea was it to establish the method of reproduction for mankind and all living beings, nobody’s or somebody’s?
Again, nobody. We evolved this way because of natural selection. The reproductive processes of humans was the most efficient way that nature gave us. I mean, humans don’t reproduce with parthenogenesis. If we did, there would be only females (because that kind of reproduction can only create female offspring). Your need to prescribe this to a supreme being interests me, but I already covered this in my last post. In fact, a lot of questions you submitted were in my last post, but whatever.
Who inserted in a woman’s body the organ and commanded it to produce eggs?
NOBODY! Wow, broken record! It is all evolution. We evolved from mammalian ancestors who laid eggs this way, so that’s why we do. And by the way – are you saying that women who are infertile are basically just not loved by God? With the phrasing you used, infertile women must have just failed his mandate, huh? That’s cold, even to me.
Who inserted in a man’s body the organ and commanded it to produce sperms in equal pairs constantly without mistakes?
Are you kidding me?! Where did you get your sexual education?! Mistakes happen ALL the time! Tons and tons of fertilized eggs fail before they even have a chance to develop, then get rinsed out a woman’s body during her menstrual cycle. This question is so dumb it hurts. Oh, and it was nobody. Again.
Who put life in each sperm, nobody or somebody?
There isn’t “life” in each sperm. There is genetic material. Life is something the egg has. Your need to inflate the male involvement in sexual development is touching, but wrong. Something interesting she adds is that there is some perfect balance of men and women in the world that she alludes is kept by God. Uh…you don’t read much non-Christian news, do you? China is having a big problem with one gender being too prevalent. I’ll give you a hint- they were “given” the “male organ.”
Who did it all and who keeps this order, nobody or somebody?
I just talked about this, so yeah, next question.
Do you really think that nothing or nobody can do perfect things?
So, your argument is that God did all perfect things. Here is a list of imperfect things that, if you believe he created everything, he is responsible for –
Wisdom teeth (something that we naturally evolved to no longer need in real life. Much like the human appendix, but this is her logic)
The fact that we eat and breathe with the same pipe
The fact that human bodies are so unbelievably frail on a world where we have countless things trying to kill us
So now, his “creation” isn’t perfect. Far from it. It’s actually kind of weak and pathetic. Only our brains give us an advantage, and that doesn’t say much.
Do you really think that nothing or nobody possessed wisdom, consciousness, awareness, creativity, love and so on and passed it to human beings?
This started out kind of fun, but has become tiring and repetitive. She’s asking the same question, over and over again. Yes, I don’t think that anything existed and gave us lots of the all-positive emotional values that you prescribed there. But here’s a thought – what about the dark stuff? The Old Testament God was a monster. No question. He was a psychopath who killed, destroyed and commanded his armies to rape and murder. If you are going to talk about some perfect and wise being, you have reconcile with that. What happened to this evil guy? Did he get some anger management classes? He must have, with all the goodness you say he is.
Who prepared all necessities for existence of mankind? Did the earth by itself have the knowledge that someday humans would appear on it and decided to prepare a feast for them and started to produce vegetables, fruits, berries and seeds full of minerals, vitamins and aroma? or was it commanded by a higher Authority?
This series of questions has literally given me all the answer I need. You’re not going to listen to five bits what I say here. Not at all. You already have this wonderful view of God in your head and it isn’t going to change. Nothing I say will even sway it. I’m answering your latest questions because you asked nice and you were polite, which is more than I can say for most Christians. But, I’ll answer them anyway. Do you have any idea just how much work people who CLEARLY you know nothing about work to make the things that you comment on something that you can consume. Nature didn’t just “give” us this stuff. We worked for it. The world we live in now is a product of millions of people who grow things, pick things and make them safe for consumption. You have all the arrogance of the person who says that it wasn’t the doctor and the people who helped them who got a loved one through surgery. It was Gawd. Egotism, born if ignorance. You said that I would go after you personally, and I suppose I am, but you know what, this is kind of insulting to me. You stand on the backs of geniuses who gave us this world and you don’t credit their work. You stand on the backs of laborers who are working for slave wages to put food on your table, and the only person that gets your respect is God. That’s kind of offensive, Ms. Balabat.
When you sit at the table and see an onion, garlic, black pepper, horse radish and blueberries ask yourself: “Who wants me to be here, who prepared all these goodies for my existence, who loves me, for what reason and purpose was I born?”
Again, not acknowledging the people who grew, picked and prepared your food. Disgusting, offensive and morally bankrupt, but whatever. There is no one who loves us and has a “purpose” for us.
Life on this planet is a tiny film. 7% of the entire planet is habitable. We are the result of blind cosmic luck, and if you actually think about it, you are actually devaluing the beauty of our existence here by believing that it is something that some deity just made in seven days (but who made the rest of the cosmos as an afterthought). You are taking something that is so precious and so beautiful and making it stupid and easy to digest. What’s more, given the size of this cosmos and the amount of stars and planets there are, it is literally impossible that we are the only life forms in this universe. It’s impossible! So there are countless species out there who are like us. Miracles of evolution. You are not only devaluing the beauty of our existence, but theirs too, by pointing out that we have a God who made everything for us. Just us. And that’s all I have for you, Ms. Balabat. I know that my words mean nothing to you. It’s all just something you will log away as some dumb atheist who is going to burn in Hell. So yeah, you didn’t make me wanna burn my belief in evolution. You just made me feel sorry for you. And don’t “pray” for me. I don’t want it. If there is a God, I mean to kick his ass when I meet him. I think I’m owed that.
Until next time, a quote,
“Now, there is a big difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament and that is, the New Testament God is really kind of a great guy. He is. Especially when you compare him to the Old Testament God, who is a prick! I don’t know what happened to God, over time. How he matured, if he went to an anger management class. Or if the birth of a son calmed him down. But before he had the kid, holy fuck! He was out of control!” -Lewis Black