Why not? How about a little Sunday Sermon from LessGovernment for y'all(or anyone who wants to read it)
I second livewire's sentiments, "you don't know what you're talking about
Using collective statements and blind generalities only admit that he has his bias, and that he has reached a PERSONAL conclusion - yet - his assertions that God doesn't exist and prayers to Jesus(in the name of Jesus) never work; are severely unproven, and sadly, are destined to be answered upon the day he draws his last breath - just as ours will be!.
Of course, Xerxes thinks my statements about the final/any judgement that may occur is a THREAT to "become a Christian or else" - which it is not - it is but my personal conclusion that what the Bible says is true when believing one is made up of a body/soul/spirit.
Xerxes real problem in "debating"(although I will grant he is "discussing") is that he cannot LEAD anyone through stringing thoughts together towards his viewpoint with any admirable degree of credibility. It seems I have accomplished what I indirectly set out to do, which was discredit his knee-jerk claims about the non-credulity of the creation account/flood of Noah's day/deity of Jesus - what he has done is VOLUNTEERED to us his outright attitude of hatred/bitterness which is not one born of critical thinking, good analysis, credible conclusions, or worthy citations that would cause anyone to doubt that mankind has been held in bondage like unthinking morons to a story of an invisible God and a fairy tale about a risen Savior for nearly 2000 years.
Now that he has given us his personal story, it tells us even more about why he stays this course perhaps; but seemingly, he is young and immature - and - professing great intellect and self-education in attempting to place himself in a position of one having (educational)"authority" on such matters. I will however, continue to treat him like the big boy he thinks he is since he has gone on the offensive to mock Christianity; regardless if he may not be grateful to those who tried too offer what they could in the name of "comfort" while his family suffered through that cancer episode.
I had a whole church gasp in awe when my pastor announced my cancer to the congregation - we had four awesome kids, and I was considered "young" at 36. Either way, if they prayed, I said thank you; but I told all who asked - "God has a written script for my life, I can only go through the motions".
At this point, quickly though, I think it is fitting to point out that I believe everyone will be visited with a harsh/realistic/intimate and personally hard-hitting understanding/WARNING of their own mortality authored by the Creator Himself - a conscious day of questioning at the crossroads so to speak - where, the Creator will be asking them "do I exist? do you even want to know me at all?"; and He will discern their answer in their heart(not empty verbal outbursts like "show yourself you *expletive*" like they do in Hollywood movies), and the person's life may or may not change course from there.
I remember hearing David Barton from Wallbuilders once mention that in a courtroom in the mid-19th Century, that if a person was sentenced to death for their crime, the attorneys would try to lead them to the Lord immediately after the sentence was rendered - saying something to the effect that; "you are going to meet your Maker in 10 days from now, would you like to take this opportunity to get right with Him?".
Anyway, granted Xerxes has spent hours reading/studying/formulating/preparing/memorizing all sorts of refutations for Bible believers, but all that serves as is evidence of his bias - evidence that could only be understood by the readers of his post that he has a personal FAITH in the idea that NO God exists, whereas we have the opposite(and majority) viewpoint.
Just as God can still miraculously intervene, open doors, and spare the life(extend the longevity) of a person stricken with cancer; God likewise can pierce Xerxes own heart with the words of scripture that he searches for to put up, or the ones I post to clarify his arguments, and hopefully one day he will walk away from this nonsense - as it is a colossal waste of his time and obvious abilities to childishly post that Christians believe in something "erroneous" ad infinitum.
I think my TRUE moment of salvation/conversion came about because I was living in a false state of security professing myself to be a "born-again Christian" having prayed the prayer of empty words from a position of inquiry while lacking biblical knowledge(led to ask for salvation from counselors I thought were "cool") at a church camp when I was 14. After carrying on like that for nearly two decades, I found myself with my family in an independent, separated, fundamentalist Baptist church in Wisconsin 12 years ago - (we ended up there essentially because my wife and I had escalating and severe domestic disputes that led her to go seek church council and marital intervention)[seemingly NEGATIVE circumstances in life brought us to a place where I got to HEAR the Word of God]
And so - after some time there, I would have to say God Himself prompted my heart asking "so, you're hearing all this stuff about me and my Son Jesus, salvation, the FREE gift of eternal life, repentance and forgiveness for your sins; DO YOU BELIEVE?" I said "yes", prayed in my OWN words, while all ALONE; and I can guarantee you salvation/conversion took place at that moment. Although I am highly critical of so much of modern evangelicalism and what I see in organized Christian religion today - attempts by men to make salvation a PAINLESS transition(avoiding biblical repentance) - I think my self-study and life experience(spiritual exercises like going toe-to-toe with Xerxes) grants me more credibility ABOUT whether or not salvation through Jesus Christ is fake, erroneous, non-existent, or, barbaric, deceitful, and just and exercise in psychological brainwashing of the "WEAK" as he asserts.
Suffering happens, death happens, murders and injustices happen on this planet BECAUSE it is cursed with sin - that is what God said the Earth will be like since Adam ate the fruit ... it wasn't God's fault, it wasn't Eve's fault, it wasn't the serpent's fault... the man made a CHOICE, and there were consequences for all Adam's human descendents from there on out...BUT...irrespective of that, God offers a way for man to redeem himself; to enjoy this life, and bear within himself a spiritual mechanism where they can overpower/resist their inherent temptation to sin...and ALL truly converted Christians tell the same tale, in relatable language that is easily understood - they also exhibit outwardly the laudable virtues in voluntarily subscribing to/living out the General Principles of Christianity for the limitation/buffering of much suffering, the promotion of Liberty, opportunity, and prosperity; and even second chances for those who are truly remorseful and deserved of a chance to accomplish great achievements despite having living once as though they were in total denial and ignorance that God's moral absolutes/natural laws govern this created planet and all its inhabitants!
The reality that God exists in inherent in all human beings. Creation/conscious revelation seconds the obvious about that. To want to raise the mantle of atheism and total rebellion against God and the good Christianity offers, and the inescapable reality that He exists and still actively governs the affairs of men during good times and bad is known as the "reprobate mind)" that God is happy to give men over to for a season or permanently, that is born out of self-centeredness. Men simply heap that to themselves, just as they heap to themselves false Christian teachers who tell them what they want to hear and promise them health, wealth, and prosperity that never comes to pass - which likewise leads them to give up on God.
That's my sermon for today!
What's more dangerous than Xerxes outright denial full of looooong stretched conclusions and pseudo-intellectualism, is the false teachers; they actually keep people "trapped" longer in unbelief!John MacArthur Rebukes Joel Osteen