Dave is an atheist. He responded a few weeks ago to a posting called “You might be an atheist fundamentalist if…” How would you answer his question below? Be nice, please. (I have contacted him and asked him to look for this post.)
Number one applies to me: “You became an atheist when you were 10 years old, based on ideas of God that you learned in Sunday school. . . .”
My Sunday school claimed to teach the eternal absolute perfect truth about God as directly revealed in the King James Version of the Bible, the only correct version that has ever existed. They also taught that if I didn’t believe every word of the Sunday school lesson, I would roast in hell forever, my molten skin dripping away from my bones.
This church further explained that to have the least doubt about anything the pastor said was equivalent to (1) a complete rejection of God, (2) an utter rebellion against all forms of righteousness, and (3) a loving embrace of Satan, whose realm offered me nothing but an ever-increasing level of torture as fuel for the flames that would sear the next batch of sinners tumbling into the bottomless pit.
“. . . Your ideas about God haven’t changed since.”
Since this church was delivering nothing but the unalterable facts from the unassailable Bible about the unchanging God, no error was possible, so my ideas had better not change. Otherwise I would be straying into heretical fallacy, sure to face Divine wrath at the Great White Throne of judgment, after which Our Heavenly Father would dispatch me to choke and gag on the sulfuric fumes of the Devil’s playground. (Watch out for those pitchforks!)
Explain to me why Christianity has to use that kind of threat to get small children to believe, and I’ll quit being an atheist.
(Steve’s note: If I don’t get many responses that answer this man’s sincere question, then I will respond next week.)