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Refuting Monotheism

Refuting Monotheism: There is no God


Logical flaws

(Anonymous)
Whether or not one believes in a God is irrelevent when making arguments as to whether or not that God can exist. For this reason, I will leave it a mystery as to my personal beliefs, and will proceed to make notes about your online essays in the context of logic alone, not upon a method of what many of my Christian friends call "apologetics". For the record, I will state that I personally think that your logical arguments are some of the most flawed that I have ever seen. If you so wish to disprove the idea of God, and monotheism in general, you should present arguments that the believers have not heard before. After much thought, here is where I personally find your logic to err:

1. "God Contradicts the Free Will of all Living Beings Including Itself"

a. The idea that God has no choice as to wrong presupposes that wrong and right are independent of that God. If God and the nature of God is the definition of "right" or "good", then "choosing" wrong is merely a contradiction of reality, rather than a different choice as to what reality presents. Thus God has free will to define whatever he thinks is "good", and thus has more free will than any other being.
b. Once again, you are presupposing. What if God exists outside of what we call time? If God exists at all moments at once, and independent of what we call "time" then this argument is immediatly refuted on the basis that the concept upon which it is based becomes arbitrary.
c. This topic is addressed above.
d. Once again, if God is the defining factor of reality then what he is by his own nature determines what "good" and "right", then we can logically assume that anything that is "wrong" is merely a departure from his will. Also, you seem to suggest that free will and the lack thereof are the same by saying that the definition of free will is the ability to turn from God. This is a logical fallacy, and assumes that predisposing something to choose good at all times is giving it free will.


"Logic is More Powerful than God"
I attempted once to use this argument on a Christian, and was immediatly shown the ways in which it was flawed. The Bible does not seperate the two ideas of "logic" and of "God". The Bible actually calls God "logos"- logic itself. This goes back to the argument that I presented before that if the defining factor in the universe is God, then nothing can be more powerful than him because all definitions end with the nature of that God.

"Morals"
This is the biggest mistake, I think, on your entire site, because you suggest that nothing can be known as true, which means that the logic you use is completely subjective as well. Personally, I would pull this off your site as quickly as possible to avoid making a fool out of yourself. The entire purpose of the site is completely destroyed if nothing is sure. Why then are you trying to convince people?


In conclusion:
There are many more powerful arguments than the ones that you present. The arguements on this site occasionally become tiresome because many of them have been exhausted and debated constantly throughout the years, and have now for the most part been dismissed. I have many Christian friends who could logically refute nearly every message on this site. Many cannot. Attempt to find out what monotheists believe before refuting their arguments.

-Steerpike
ktz555@yahoo.com

Re: Logical flaws

1a)
If goodness is an inherent property of God and it's actions, then such a being is not free to choose to do wrong. If it is as you say, then such a being is still not free and is being stating what is rignt and wrong for us, semantically, but it's choices have no absolute or universal impact, and whether or not a god abides by such arbitrary choices is superfluous and irrelevent.

b)
I didn't understand your point - what argument was you challenging?

d)
It seems to me that the introduction of God to the philosophy of free will and natural ethics makes the subject inherently flawed - because the idea of God directing what is "right" and "wrong" is homocentric and not universal, whereas God is purely universal. Example: God created life, most of which eats other life (for example, some insects murder their partner after mating, as part of the natural process), yet simultaneously says "Murder is wrong". The solution is to keep in mind that we need to differentiate between what is "universally" wrong, and what is merely wrong for mankind. God's "inherent" morality doesn't apply universally -- it is apparently as if there is no "inherent" nature of God that affects the real world.

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Good try

(Anonymous)
Your first argument is flawed, and when reading an article, when the first thing said is wrong, it makes people either not want to read the rest or not listen to the rest even if it is done well. You see, you say God has no free will because he knows what He will do in the future and therefore cannot change it; however, God does not exist in Physical form, and according to the science and math of physics (mainly einsteins relativity) if you take mass away, time becomes undefined, therefore God is unaffected by time, and therefore has no future, past, or present.

I find a lot of the arguments on this page to be unresearched and easily refutable arguments. If the author would actually study Christian Doctrine and Theology, as well as Creation Science and such, almost everything on this page seems to fade into childish arguments that most first year theology students can counter. People need to actually learn about something before they write about it.

lostcow16@hotmail.com

If a god is outside of time, it's thoughts are static, it's nature is unchanging, then such a god makes no choices and feels no emotion, and does not makes choices over time, or consider things, but is a completely instant and autonomous being... such a being also has no free will. Free will depends on a change of mind over time.

Please continue to question and debate, but I wouldn't disregard an argument without debating it first, as most these pages and essays are not in-depth, but merely introductions to the arguments.

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HOW CAN AN ATHIEST ALSO BE A SATANIST? IF YOU ARE NOT A SATANIST HOW COME YOU ARE GIVING OUT INFO ON THIS SUBJECT TO PEOPLE? WILL YOU ALSO GIVE OUT THE WEB SITE FOR CHRISTIANS IF SOMEONE ASKS?

1)
What's with the caps lock?
http://www.vexen.co.uk/notes/capslock.html
Not sure why I'm giving you that URL, but it's some basic advise on how to communicate in written text. Big hint: Caps lock doesn't help.

2)
The website I recomment frequently for people wanting to read about Christianity is http://www.religioustolerance.org because they give all points of view, and actively avoid missing out any major areas of Christianity (whereas if I gave out the address of some USA or evangelical Christian group, the poor reader would think that Christians were all gay-bashing, hateful people who care more about peoples' sexuality than they care about god).

3)
Yes, an atheist can be a Satanist. I am a Satanist, and have been for some nine years, but, I do not believe in gods. Go figure. I believe that "Satan" as a concept is the best personified meta-figure possible to represent reality, the universe, life and death.

4)
I give out information on many things (such as solipsism), but just because I do so isn't grounds for assuming I'm a solipsist. So although that's not a good assumption to make, in this case you are right that I'm a Satanist.

Erm:
http://www.vexen.co.uk/vexen/satanist.html

and my site on Satanism contains my testimony:
http://www.dpjs.co.uk/testimonies/vexen.html

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Tired arguments

(Anonymous)
Dear Vixen

When your short life is over (short relative to the universe) you will find out the meaning of life then. As your faith is apparently zero, I can say with much confidence that you are guaranteed life after death. However I can't judge if its Hell or Heaven, as that is reserved for Allah, - the one God. Don't knock it - there are a lot of extremely bright men and women who have not the remotest doubt about God's existence. Our limited material worldly life and education does not give us the answers to God's reason, but the Quoran does. Try reading it properly, which I suspect you haven't. You might be suprised, especially as its full of scientific insights that have only come to light recently.

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(Anonymous)
I am sorry but if your faith is in allah u too are mistaken, Jesus Christ is who died freely for our souls, allah never gave his life.

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I am outer here!

(Anonymous)
By Allah!
When reading I thought this was the work of Satan, and Mr Vixen has admitted it.
Shatan was created by God in the first place, and cast out. Allah will preparing the fires of hell for people like you. How anyone who claims to be a Satanist can not believe in God escapes me. An Athiest is someone who does not believe in dieties at all, including Satan. By accepting Satan, you accept that God is your enemy. But as God (Allah) created Satan in the first place, remember that God is bigger than Satan. Satan leaves false promises to his followers, but at the time of judgement, when God balances up your deeds, Satan will leave you to your fate with Allah.
There are 7 levels of Hell, and the 7th level is the level reserves for Satanists.
You do have a chance to redeem yourself, and accept Allah. For Allah is most merciful and most kind. Do it now, and you will be accepted into the gardens of Heaven - do not and you will suffer the most ghastly punishment for eternity. Allah gives you the choice. Its your limited 'free will' that you are talking about.
May Allah guide you to the right path. Amin.
Yakoub Purches

Re: I am outer here!

1) Some Satanists believe in a single evil God, and not in a god and a satan.
http://www.dpjs.co.uk/god.html

Some atheists like me accept Satan as the best symbol of reality.
http://www.dpjs.co.uk/satan.html

Some atheists may be accept Satan as a being same as there are atheists who believe in ghosts

2)
Why would a good god prepare the fires of hell for anyone? Wouldn't a most-forgiving god forgive everyone, and put everyone in paradise regardless of their imperfection?
(If God is good, all people must go to heaven:
http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/universalism.html
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3)
You haven't convinced me that Allah exist or that I need to accept it. Why doesn't Allah itself tell me about itself, rather than Yakoub Purches posting LiveJournal comments? Is your God shy, or ashamed of itself, or what?

4) I don't have free will to believe in things that are explained badly to me. If someone explains this "God" idea to me well, then, maybe I'll have a chance to believe! For now, all I see is illogical inconsistency.

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some very interesting points you make

(Anonymous)
But, think about this. You say that God could not exist because he is benevolent, and, being so could not make evil. Well, God didnt make evil, because evil is not a thing. Evil is the absence of something, so it is not something, so, God didnt make it. Your using what is known as duality, meaning there has to be 2 sides to everything. You cant bring God down to something finite like that. And, God does have free will, he chooses not to do "evil", because if he did, he would go against his character and the universe would cease to exist

Re: some very interesting points you make

1)
Replace the word "evil" with the word "suffering" then. Given that God is all-good and all-powerful, why did it create beings that suffer? The two are contradictory. God is evil, or, there is no God. (Same with pain, torment, anguish, etc)
Introduction to the problem of evil:
http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/theodicy_intro.html

2) Free Will

Three main arguments against the free will of God:
http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/god_has_no_free_will.html

what?

(Anonymous)
God doesn't contradict Himself ever! You can take the Scripture out of context to mean what ever you want, but if you 'read' the Bible nothing contradicts anything!!! God is love!

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(Anonymous)
God is not love ! He is the SUN... much hotter than love!

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I HAVEN'T COMPLETELY DIGESTED ALL THE POINTS BUT I REALLY ENJOYED THEM. THANK YOU FOR THE INSIGHT. TWW

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(Anonymous)
some interesting points made. Just thought I would share some remarkable things that have happened to me. I share my birthday with alesteir crowley (nothing too remarkable about that i know). However, one day many moons ago I was commiting an act of fraud and happened to glance at a ladys bank book in front of me. I noticed that her balance was £666!!
On saturday the 13th a couple of years ago me and a friend were driving back from Bristol when we hit a Hackney taxi cab. The number 666 featured in his mobile number. The police car number was 613 and it went on. When We got back to Bath the engine just caught fire just as I was being dropped off.
I used to live at number 13 and being a Georgian bldg there were some spooky things that happened to me.
In the year 2000 I placed just 2 bets on 2 horses in 2 races. Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Numbers 13 and 6, my bets, Papillon and looks like trouble both came up!!Luck of the Devil.
Theres more. A friend was riding his motorbike in Bath and hit a Morris minor with 3 nuns and a vicar inside. His bill came to £666. This happened around about the same time as the number of the beast album. A couple of years ago we bumped into each other in a situation where there was a queuing system. The number 666 came up.
A few years ago Iwas driving back from London on the M4 and there was a talk on Radio 4 about the Devil. It seems if you believe in God you believe in the Devil. The greatest trick the Devil played if convincing everyone that he doesnt exist.
I have a few more stories but some are a bit too heavy and I mean heavy to write about. Just one thing, If you do really worship the Devil be very, very careful.
Paul Hearn.2 Bladud Buildings Paragon Bath BA1 5LS.

Er... great... I come across thousands of numbers every day, and sometimes 666 comes up to! But, so does 256, my favorite number! Nearly once a day I can find something that equals 256.

You don't have to believe in God to be a Satanist. Otherwise, like, we wouldn't be Satanists but some other-religion-ist, like a devil-worshipping Christian or something.

I think the greatest trick God ever done was convince everyone he was good!

So if you really worship god, be very, very careful, ok!

Free Will

(Anonymous)
God contradicts Free Will of all living beings including itself

You're presuming that you had a choice of when you were born. Maybe free will does not exist.

How do you know you did not choose to be born?

A thankx

(Anonymous)
Although I am only an agonstic, I would like to thank you for your discertation on the inheriant flaws of theism. My favorite is your agrument about logic. A quote you might like to post is "If there is a logical reason why God exists, then logic created God, is all-powerful and restrains God."

thank you,
jack

[[Although I am only an agonstic, I would like to thank you for your discertation on the inheriant flaws of theism. My favorite is your agrument about logic. A quote you might like to post is "If there is a logical reason why God exists, then logic created God, is all-powerful and restrains God."

thank you,
jack]]


Hi Jack,

One point I've always enjoyed is when thiests will attack the use of logic and reasoning by attempting to use logic and reasoning. I've always gotten a kick out of that. If their point is made, then their point is meaningless.


LOGOS

There is no GOD!!!

(Anonymous)
Anyone and everyone who isnt belittled by a weak minded understanding of the world should come to the obvious conclusion that god is simply a myth, a story told to people to control them.

God was INVENTED years ago and since then religion has gone from controlling around 99% of people across the world to being torn down year by year by science!

God no longer has any responsibilities, rain, sun, snow, are no longer things that god "makes". Science and logic and most of all common fucking sense has prevailed!

Anyone who still thinks god is real is simply ignorant!

And RELIGION is the biggest problem facing the world today!!

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Wah! I want a puppy! You're all being mean to me! Wah!

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2. Evil and suffering contradict existence of a benevolent god

(Anonymous)
The Biblical account is, simply stated, that God created man with a free will. He endowed us with the ability to make choices. Choices without consequences are not choices at all. If someone asked me if I wanted cake or icecream and I replied "icecream please", but they replied "too bad, you can't have icecream", then my choice had no meaning, there was no consequence at all. Therefore God gave us a free will and let our choices have consequences, in other words, He did not make us robots. Man (Adam first, but each of us do the same)chose to sin. The consequence of sin is death. God told Adam and Eve that on the day that they eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they would surely die. Death and pain and evil were brought into our world through sin, that we have chosen to engage in. The amount of evil in our world is compounded by the amount of sin. God did not bring evil and suffering into the world, HE gave us a perfect world, we brought sin and death into this world. The claim that Natural disasters are a form of evil is inherently flawed. If this world were the end of existence then it would seem that natural disasters are evil that man has no control of or effect on. However, this is not the case. Innocent people, new born babies even, have been killed in disasters - why? God has a plan for all our lives. THose innocent babies are now in heaven, in the presence of God. God's ways are not are ways. God can use tribulations in our lives to strengthen our character. Satan thought that the ultimate victory for evil had been won when Christ was crucified, but God used the death of His one and only Son, the sacrifice of His innocent life, to pay for the sins of all humanity. God loved us, and does love us, so much, that He gave His only Son to save mankind from our own bad choices. WE chose sin, WE brought sin and evil into our world; HE chose righteousness and love, HE has given us redemption. God is love!

Re: 2. Evil and suffering contradict existence of a benevolent god

You need to study the history of your bible.
Using the bible as a factual or historical reference is like using fairy stories to prove
the existence of goblins and the boogey man.

Re: Existance of Soul

(Anonymous)
Aside from the fact, that those who see no spiritual link or sychronicity between themselves and the world around them are miserable humorless and boring, they are also lousy in bed. That is a shame worse than being branded a theist.
No 'Cristian' am I, but I know that I am divine, it's your assertion that you are not divine that limits your scope. Were Beehthoven an atheist, he'd also have spent his time on bland intellectual distractions and masturbating, instead of expressing his 'soul' through music.

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LOL what crap

Black Angel

Very Interesting points

(Anonymous)
I completely agree that there is no God. If god made everyone free and with their own choices, he should not be able to interfer with the world. I completely agree with you, Vexen, keep up the good work.

-ViVi.

Interesting points...

(Anonymous)
hi Vivi..

I would sincerely admit that what ever has been debated is quite interesting and that Vexan has done a good job in saying that there is no God. However, I DO believe there IS a God. I do not wish to go into further debate or argues. Just this, if I were to choose with my ignorance, I would rather believe that there isn't and in fact is easier. However, I would request you all to put the question or biousness of whether God exist or not aside and look into facts from an objective view point. The Bible contains too much truth about the past, present and the future which is happening now in front of our very own eyes. If there is no God in the end, there is nothing to lose. Still, I sincerely urge you all to give yourself a chance to look into without prejudice what the Bible has. For if God IS real, ' it is written for man once to die and then the judgement.' There is no harm giving yourself to know God even if you stil think that He doesn't exist. Yes, if God is loving , He will not bear to sent you to hell yet, God is a holy and just God where sin has to be punish. If I would to create a religious book, I will never have written something like the Bible. For it is not the way or truth that humans want to associate themselves with. However, the Word of God is written by inspiration of God and it only states the truth whether men accept it or not.
.. Do allow yourself to take a 'second look' at the Bible before this life past..

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