While browsing stumbleupon, I came across this very annoying image, which was a screencap of some forum posts.
Now, most Atheists are applauding this logic, but let me point out the major flaw in this hypothetical situation (outside of the fact that it’s hypothetical). As a Christian, this situation breaks the character of God, making the point void. This logic assumes that God would indeed come to earth and encourage a person to sin, which He wouldn’t, according to His personality (if that’s the right word) in the Bible. I can see how this logic looks from the Atheist perspective, but then you neglect to follow through your scientific method that the hypothesis needs to be tested, and to the most of my knowledge, God hasn’t came down to earth to any one person and said, “Hey, you get to do whatever you want and it doesn’t matter.”
The next issue is that Lachlan****’s logic of being good without god is even flawed. God is still in the equation, so there is no “good without god” situation here, even if we acknowledge Lachlan****’s logic. Now, you could say that Atharv**** is good, in spite his/her freedom to sin, but that’s the best you could say.
On another very important note, Christianity isn’t about following a set of rules. I know this is a tough concept, even for Christians, because we have the 10 commandments, and the beatitudes, and various lists of do-s and don’t-s, but the Bible says for us to write the scripture on our hearts ( Proverbs 7:1-3″ href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%207:1-3&version=NASB” target=”_blank”>Proverbs 7:1-3). If it were about memorizing and following a bunch of rules, you’d think it’d say, “write the scripture in your head.” Writing God’s Word in our heart means we should be so in tune with Jesus that we just naturally act without breaking the rules. When we burden ourselves and others with rules, Biblical or not, we become a stumbling block. The rules are there so we understand just how sanitary and holy God is – if I went through the book of Leviticus, I could point out a pile of things where I am in error. I’d be the first to say that I’m not perfect, and that is my testimony! In spite of my imperfections, God allowed me to come to him, and now He calls me His child ( Romans 8:1-17″ href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:1-17&version=NASB” target=”_blank”>Romans 8:1-17).
We can debate hypothetical situations until we die, but what matters is what’s real. The Bible is real, even if you just understand it as a fictional document. In it, we are able to determine what the God described in the Bible is like. To the most of my knowledge, God has never ever given a human being free reign on life without consequences. God has, however, given all humanity freedom to choose what we do, and who/what we serve.
Hopfeully that clears some things up :D