Tract #63: Answering Ray Comfort’s 10 Questions

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Answering Ray Comfort’s 10 Questions

Some time ago, Christian minister Ray Comfort published a list of “Questions Atheists Can’t Answer.” Surprisingly, they’re not all that tough. Here are brief responses from a moral atheist perspective.

What was in the beginning?

There probably wasn’t a beginning. The Big Bang likely occurred in the context of a space that had no starting point in time.

How will life on earth end?

The dying sun will destroy all life (if something else hasn’t destroyed it already).

What happens after death?

Physical decay.

What is the purpose of existence?

Life has whatever purpose you bring to it.

Why is there order in all of creation?

So far as there is order, it comes about through natural processes. I’d say that there’s far more disorder in the universe than order, though.

Why is there morality in every civilization?

Because without morality, there is no civilization. I hasten to point out, though, that not every civilization has a morality you’d agree with.

Why does every civilization believe in a Creator?

Because until relatively recently humanity didn’t know enough to realize that nature doesn’t require a creator.

Why does every sane person have a conscience, even when it is not dictated by society?

Because we define people without a conscience as insane (with dissocial personality disorder, for example). This makes the question meaningless: “Why does every person with a conscience have a conscience?”

How did nothing create everything?

I doubt that anyone believes that nothing created everything.

Which came first — the chicken or the egg?

It depends on how you are defining your terms. I’d say the egg.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Dealing with religious folks, Tract

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  1. Written by Joakim Rosqvist
    on January 20, 2010 at 2:52 am
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    ” What happens after death? – Physical decay.”

    A more palatable answer might be:
    “The molecules of your body will be rearranged to form other entities. The genetic information in your cells will continue to spread through the population via your children and relatives. Your works and ideas will continue to influence other people”.

  2. Written by E.H.
    on January 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm
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    I don’t know why I am here commenting. PLEASE check out my blog. I guess it’s God’s grace. Weird. Do Email me for ANY questions.

    With Thanks and Love from God and me.

    • Written by Jeepers
      on October 30, 2010 at 3:19 am
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      Looks like he is lost

    • Written by D.P.
      on October 30, 2010 at 10:33 am
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      I don’t need love from a falsity(i.e.”God”) or you E.H. if you don’t know why you’re commenting then don’t. You’ve wasted your time on your comment as well as your faith in Religion. Do yourself a favor and free your mind.

  3. Written by Kodanshi
    on September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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    Since dinosaurs laid eggs, we can safely say that the ‘egg’ came first and the chicken evolved at a later stage.

  4. Written by Jack
    on October 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm
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    The mistake that believers and non-believers both make is to assume that “God” and “reality” are understandable by humans, within the human context. They don’t recognize that we humans have quite limited knowledge, as well as a limited capacity for understanding, constrained as we are by the limitations of our sensorium, through which we perceive everything we think we experience, and the limitations of our intellect. Imagine the thoughts that go through a cow’s mind when it comes up against an electrified fence. Her responses are limited by her limitations, and she may impute supernatural powers to whoever electrified the fence. Like the cows, we human beings are limited by our own limitations. We literally cannot imagine beyond our own ken, so how could we possibly understand an infinite and eternal consciousness?

  5. Written by Carlos L. Sutter
    on October 30, 2010 at 12:36 am
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    Was that it? That was Ray’s best shot? Ha, Ha. The funnier part is that I am sure he thinks that because he has answers to his own questions that that somehow makes his answers right, and of course Atheist must be stumped! :-)

    Hum, I wonder what his answers would be for his own question? :-)

    - What was in the beginning? Ah, God.
    - How will life on earth end? Conflagration…by God of course.
    - What happens after death? Hell, the Devil, or Heaven…God.
    - What is the purpose of existence? To adore…God. (He must be bored)
    - Why is there order in all of creation? (there is?) Ah, I meant…God.
    - Why is there morality in every civilization? (there is??? He hasn’t been in Somalia). Ok, I am sorry…God… again.
    - Why does every civilization believe in a Creator? (they DON’T!) Jesus! Ok, fine. Jeez…God.
    - Why does every sane person have a conscience, even when it is not dictated by society? because it is dictated by…God.
    - How did nothing create everything? (what?, says who? ok, fine). It was nothing, it was God.
    - Which came first — the chicken or the egg? God! Oh, sorry, the Chicken, but because of…God.

    Phew! That was tough. :-) And, All answers are true because God said so…it’s says so in a book some people wrote 3000 years ago, who SAID God said so. So that proves it…[Ah, ok. :-)]

    • Written by Tom A
      on November 18, 2010 at 10:12 am
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      Big difference is that Ray’s answers are based on facts whereas yours do not. 4/10

  6. Written by Nikola Begedin
    on October 30, 2010 at 1:14 am
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    Sounds about right. You answered everything correctly and sufficiently. To bad it will have no effect on those that refuse to see reason.

  7. Written by Jeepers
    on October 30, 2010 at 3:21 am
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    actually.. the first cell with a well defined cell boundary would be the egg in this case. If he defines the egg as something with a nucleus then it is the first eukaryotic cell.

  8. Written by Kthuuluu
    on October 30, 2010 at 5:02 am
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    actually it is almost a sure fact that nothing created everything.

    I will direct you to Lawrence Krauss “A universe from nothing”
    While the speech can be a little difficult to understand if you have zero knowledge of cosmology and quantum mechanics, he makes excellent proofs to show that not only is it possible to get something (i.e the universe) from nothing, Quantum fluctuations make it an inevitability.

    A

  9. Written by Douglas
    on October 30, 2010 at 7:07 am
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    The egg came first, and it was laid by a very chicken like creature.. The evolutionary process takes place on a generational basis.. mutations occur in the embryonic stage.

  10. Written by shalb
    on October 30, 2010 at 11:15 am
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    “Why does every civilization believe in a Creator?”

    The Chinese don’t believe in a Creator and they’re the oldest surviving civilization. Neither does the civilizations influenced by China (Korea, Japan, Vietnam).

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