Here’s a challenge from a website called Truth Saves:
Yes, life is complex but that does not mean it had a conscious designer. A snow flake is complex and it does not require a conscious designer.
I’ve heard people mention snowflakes as evidence of undesigned complexity before, so it’s worth discussing this one. What’s the difference between the kind of complexity in a snowflake and the kind ID proponents cite in their arguments? Make your case in the comments below, and then we’ll hear Tim’s answer to this question on Thursday.
Now, in regards to Isaiah 65, this chapter speaks about future Prophecies and Promises that GOD Almighty is making for the future of the people of Israel. So, this is not a book that is just giving mere commands. It is rather speaking about the future and the End of Times. Interestingly, we read the following from this chapter (click on the link to read the entire short chapter):
"3They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. 4They spend their nights hiding in burial caves; they eat the meat of pigs, cooked in sauces made of stuff unfit to eat. 5And then they say to others, "Don't come near us! We're dedicated to God." Such people are like smoke, irritating my nose all day." (CEV Bible, Isaiah 65:3-5)
Here we see that the pork eaters are so detested by GOD Almighty that He likened them to smoke irritating His Nose all day. This is a very powerful statement regarding eating pork and how detestable it is to GOD Almighty in the Bible.…
So what is it? Is pig's meat allowed today or not?
How would you respond to this argument? Does our eating pork prove we aren’t following the true God? Tell us what you think, and then we’ll hear Alan’s answer on Thursday.
A lot of people believe we don't worship Jesus Christ, but we do. (Just check out the Church's full name.) We believe in the same Jesus Christ that other Christian faiths believe in. He is the Son of God and died for our sins.
How might you respond to a friend who said this to you? What is the LDS view of Jesus and the work He did for us? What questions might you ask your friend in order to clarify your differences and determine if they’re significant?
Take a shot at this week’s challenge, and be back here on Thursday to hear Brett’s response.
Christians claim that God directly inspired the authors of the gospel books, even to the point of dictating each word, so as to make the text inerrant. But if God was so concerned about getting the historical record of Jesus’s ministry correct, why would he have allowed those original, and supposedly inerrant manuscripts to be lost for the generations of Christians to come? Why would he not have protected these documents to ensure there would be no ambiguity as to the ultimate truths he was trying to convey. The loss of the original manuscripts is entirely consistent with a human-inspired product, not one overseen by an unlimited deity.
Does his conclusion follow from our loss of the original manuscripts? Can you think of any reasons why God might not have wanted us to have the original manuscripts forever? Answer this challenge in the comments below, and then come back here on Thursday to hear what Alan has to say.
The Bible lacks any insights related to science that were not understood at the time and includes many of the then-current scientific misunderstandings…. Wouldn’t the maker of the universe have communicated some basic truths about the world, such as the germ theory of disease to alleviate a lot of needless suffering? The absence of new ideas about science in the Bible is evidence that it was written by men with no inspiration from a supernatural being.
What do you think of this argument against biblical inspiration? Should we assume that a real God would have included more scientific information in the Bible? If not, why not? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and then come back on Thursday to see what Brett has to say about this challenge.