Debunking a Bullshit meme

I came across the below meme from @_OnlineGospel_ on my twitter timeline. It was such garbage I, of course, couldn’t help but try to kill it before it reproduces.

  1. Nothing to do with Jesus. Total leap in logic. The universe wasn’t fine-tuned for us. We formed as we did because of the type of universe we’re in. It’s completely unsurprising we find ourselves part of a universe and on a planet that supports our type of life.
  2. Nothing to do with Jesus. Total leap in logic. Irreducible complexity isn’t actually a problem. 10 seconds on google will show you this.
  3. Gibberish is not evidence. Even if you supposedly translate it. Many atheists have stories of faking it to fit in and being completely convincing and revered for their ability. Basically, it’s bullshit.
  4. Mystery ≠ Jesus. The relative handful of supposed healings pales in comparison to the trillions of unanswered prayers. Odds of a prayer seeming to work is statistically zero making the few mystery cases inconsequential. Christianity isn’t the only religion with claimed miraculous healings.
  5. Writing “prophecies” after the fact is easy. Considering most of these so-called prophecies were passed down for hundreds of years by oral transmission before finally being written down in a time when fact-checking was literally impossible, they cannot be considered actual evidence. Even the supposed prophecies of Jesus were written down after they happened.
  6. Acts—2:38-39 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” This is not something that can be “observed”. It is an unfalsifiable claim and is only evidence of people making claims, which brings us to…
  7. Anecdotal fallacy. I don’t really need to say much more.

Admittedly, this meme was a real softball and almost embarrassingly easy to debunk. “Preacher”, a.k.a. @_OnlineGospel_, really needs to step up his apologetics.

Until next time, keep drinking the Kool-aid.

2 thoughts on “Debunking a Bullshit meme

  1. Wil C. Fry

    It’s also a form of Gish gallop, if this is ever sent as part of a discussion. “Sure, you can refute any of my arguments, but how about if I send *seven* of them at once?”

    As for the “prophecies fulfilled”, this is one that I began to doubt long before I completely lost my faith. I started to notice that no one in my church (much less my entire denomination or especially all of Christianity) could agree on what 90% of those “prophecies” even meant in the first place. Any Christian using the “prophecies fulfilled” argument should (1) actually sit down and find out what some of those “2,000” prophecies are and (2) start asking around their church about what some of them mean. Everyone will have a different interpretation.

    For anyone already on the fence or already not a Christian, an interesting resource is “Examination Of The Prophecies” by Thomas Paine, from 1807. He covers all the supposed Old Testament prophecies that are said to talk about Jesus, and how none of them make sense. From Paine’s conclusion:

    “The practice which the writers of these books employ is not more false than it is absurd. They state some trifling case of the person they call Jesus Christ, and then cut out a sentence from some passage of the Old Testament and call it a prophecy of that case. But when the words thus cut out are restored to the place they are taken from, and read with the words before and after them, they give the lie to the New Testament.”

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