Alex O’Connor, aka the Cosmic Skeptic, has a few questions for God in this video. I don’t think he believes there are any answers to these questions, but I thought I would supply some anyway…
Why would God make the vast majority of the universe completely uninhabitable? And to that extent, why would he bother making the rest of the universe at all if humankind and the earth are the sole focus of his creation?
Are you assuming that the only reason to make something is because it’s useful? Can you not think of one reason why God might have been moved to create a night sky full of stars? Consider the fact the human beings are inherently artistic. That makes sense if we have been made by an artistic Creator with an eye for beauty. It’s harder to explain in terms of mindless Evolution bent solely on survival…
Why would God, after having created the universe, wait 9 billion years to create the Earth? Why would God then wait a further 4 billion years before humans were able to be created?
Why not? Is he in a hurry to get somewhere? Remember God does not experience time the same way we do.
Or if you don’t subscribe to the idea that the universe is older than 6,000 years, why would God create all animals with the same fundamental building blocks, as if they were all related through a common ancestor, despite the fact that this is often detrimental to certain species? Why would he not create each individual species from an individual starting point?
When you take off the Darwin-colored glasses, it doesn’t look like all animals are related through a common ancestor at all. In fact each one seems to have been specifically designed to fit in its own ecological niche.
And furthermore, why would God give animals so many vestigial traits, in other words, features which no longer serve the purpose that they were originally intended for?
If these features were intended for a purpose, who is one intending that they serve that purpose?
For example, why are 80% of a dolphin’s olfactory receptor genes inactive? Why do men have nipples? Why do humans experience goosebumps if you can’t explain these things through Evolution?
I couldn’t help but notice you didn’t mention the appendix. How long were we beat over the head about that “vestigial organ” before it was discovered that it wasn’t quite as vestigial as was previously asserted. You didn’t talk about Junk DNA either, which I guess is due to the fact that, turns out, it’s not junk. So now we’re left with…goosebumps. Honestly this issue is a huge point in favor of special creation, not against it. If every living thing really was the result of a string of random mutations, not guided but totally random, there should be tons of vestigial stuff. There should be more vestigial features than functional features. So what is focusing all these supposedly random mutations to produce such well thought-out features with nary a trace of anything extraneous?
If God is omniscient then he know the future, and he knew from the start that one day he would be wiping out the majority of the human species, save Noah and his family. So why would God not just begin with Noah and his family?
What are you assuming that God’s purpose in creation is? If you don’t know what his purpose is, how can you possibly hope to understand anything that he does at all? A full explanation would require a book (Jonathan Edwards’ is a good one), but the briefest possible answer to your question is that the just destruction of the stubbornly rebellious alongside the forgiveness and rescue of the undeserving serves to demonstrate the full range of God’s glorious attributes. This may not make immediate sense, but neither does quantum mechanics. We all admit that, in principle at least, it does make sense because all of our stories glory in the comeupance of the wicked right alongside the reward of the heroes.
Why has God only ever appeared to such a small, selective group of people? And why hasn’t he appeared again since, especially given the dwindling of faith across the globe that we’re currently experiencing?
Are we on the same globe? It is my distinct pleasure to let you know that God’s Church continues to grow. Don’t imagine that God is up in heaven racking his brains trying to figure out how to get everybody to believe in him. He doesn’t need to appear visibly to every single person for each of them to know that he exists and that they are responsible to him. He is accomplishing his own purpose in his own way; Christ’s sheep hear his voice in the proclamation of the gospel, and they come to him.
Why would God prioritize his own ego in his commandments, detailing precisely how he should be worshiped, above the commandments not to murder or steal?
It has nothing to do with ego. Don’t imagine that God needs or wants worship as if he was not already completely perfect and happy in and of himself. There is nothing we can give to God to add to him in any way. We are the ones who need him, and he delights to give himself to us. What you need to realize is that everything good comes from God, and outside of him there is no good. So while you might think it’s more important to love your neighbor than to love God, you can’t really love your neighbor unless you love God. The requirement to worship God which seems like extraneous religiosity to you, is actually the foundation of any meaningful, heartfelt obedience to the other commandments.
Why would God not include a commandment for parents to respect their children to go alongside the commandment for children to respect their parents?
Alex, I take it that you don’t have children then? 😉
The number one atheist misunderstanding of the Law is that they forget the context and try to treat it like we would a modern Western legal code. With modern laws, we apply the letter of the law at the expense of its actual intent (tax loopholes for instance). The Mosaic Law on the other hand, goes more by principle than by the strict letter. So the commandment for children to honor their parents teaches us, not just to respect our parents, but also by extension, all authorities that God has put in place, as well as God himself. The principle of caring for those weaker than us, which would include children, is well established by other laws, especially those detailing God’s particular concern for the poor, widows and foreigners.
Why would God allow Satan to exist? If he can eliminate the devil, then he doesn’t want to, in which case he has malicious intent. If he can’t eliminate the devil then he’s impotent. So which is it?
Be careful not to forget that each one of us is under the same sentence of condemnation that he is. Is it malicious intent on God’s part that he hasn’t eliminated that notorious sinner Rick Conrad? The same issue comes back here that we had with question 6. What actually is God’s purpose in everything he’s doing in this creation? Mistakenly assuming we know the answer to that will lead to all sorts of objections that miss the point. Speaking broadly to the question of evil, as to why God would have a purpose for that being a part of the universe, notice that a great many of the best things that we know of would not exist in a world that had never known evil. Imagine never knowing about such things as courage, mercy, perseverance, patience, self-sacrifice, victory, unconditional love… If it is God’s judgement that allowing evil for a certain space of time is a cost worth paying in order that all these incredible virtues could be known and celebrated for all time, I believe it must be so.
Why would God harden the heart of the Pharaoh of the book of Exodus, to then punish the Pharaoh with plagues for having a hardened heart?
The Biblical teaching is that absolutely everything that happens in the universe does so according to God’s will, and yet at the same time, each of us is responsible for his own actions. The Bible teaches both side by side and does not try to reconcile the apparent contradiction for our puny minds. So at the same time that Exodus says God is hardening Pharaoh’s heart in order to accomplish his purposes, it says that Pharaoh is freely hardening his own heart. If this idea seems too incredible to you (that God’s dealings would be beyond human ken), at least give the Bible credit for teaching it with remarkable consistency. (See Gen 50:20, 1 Sam 2:25, Acts 4:27-28, Phil 2:12-13, Is 10:5-19, Mt 18:7…)
Why would God create a son to send to earth, destined to be mercilessly tortured and brutally crucified in order to forgive the sin of man, when he could have just forgiven the sin of man?
The Son was not created; he’s God. This is as basic as Christian theology gets, and if you don’t even know that, how seriously can we take your criticisms of our faith?
If by “just forgive,” you mean ignore our sins, no, he can’t do that. A holy and just judge cannot simply pass over evil acts as if they didn’t matter. But because of his love, God the Son voluntarily took on human flesh, so he could carry our sins for us and bear God’s wrath against them on the cross. By Jesus’ self-sacrifice, we see that God is both perfectly merciful and perfectly just. Without it, he could only be one or the other.
Now I have a question for Alex.
Throughout the entire video we hear you say this one word over and over again: “Why.” It’s a question looking for a reason, a purpose. But according to your worldview, there is no such thing as reason or purpose. If atheism is true, the question “why” should not even make sense because it presupposes concepts that simply do not exist. And yet when you say, “why,” we all know what you mean. How can that be?