Why there is no god: responses to common theist arguments

Why there is no god: responses to common theist arguments

A religious person might say: The Bible God is real. Nope, the Bible is factually incorrect, inconsistent and contradictory. It was put together by a bunch of men in antiquity. The story of Jesus was stolen from other mythologies and texts. The motivation for belief in Jesus breaks down when…

Rightly dividing the word of truth

Rightly dividing the word of truth

In the past I would have immediately dismissed the contents of this website as ‘foolish questions’, ‘contentions’ or ‘vain babblings’ (Titus 3:9) and would have promptly labeled the questioning ‘unprofitable and vain’ (2 Timothy 2:16). In doing so, however, I would have been discounting the New Testament’s plea for Christians to rationalize…

The summary

The summary

The summary: short, sharp and shiny. 1. Speaking in tongues has nothing to do with the Biblical concept of “salvation”. Furthermore, speaking in tongues is a naturalistic, learned behaviour which predates Christianity. 2. Evolution is a scientific fact of life. Creation isn’t. Every branch of science points to evolution; none…

Do Christians really believe?

Do Christians really believe?

If you really believe that death leads to eternal bliss, then why are you wearing a seatbelt? – Doug Stanhope I was a Christian recently enough to remember what it felt like to really believe the Creator of the universe talked to me, to really believe I would go to heaven and…

150 ways to get saved

150 ways to get saved

Is the Bible clear on how to get saved? The Bible does not read like a divine revelation. First, it reflects too many of the ideas and beliefs of the time and culture in which it was written. One would expect a divine revelation to transcend ideas of its times. For…

The Outsider Test for Faith

The Outsider Test for Faith

John W. Loftus over at Debunking Christianity has been fine-tuning his “Outsider Test for Faith” for a few years now. It’s a fantastic thought experiment which should be taught in Sunday School. His latest variation is copypasta below. When believers criticize the other faiths they reject, they use reason and…

The resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus

Among Evangelical Christians, it’s become popular to claim that Jesus’ resurrection can be proved with historical evidence. This is nonsense. 1. There is no evidence for the resurrection outside the Bible. Non-Christian historical references to Jesus don’t occur until about six decades after the time when Biblical scholars think he…

What I used to believe

What I used to believe

One year has passed since I left the Revival Fellowship. This brief amount of time away from Christianity has afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the beliefs I previously held. In writing this list, I am ashamed that 25 years of my life went defending these beliefs rather than…

Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me

Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me

There’s a new effort in the UK called Not Ashamed and a similar one in the United States called Not a Fan. Both groups encourage Christians to show that they aren’t ashamed of Jesus (no matter how badly he behaved in the gospels) by being not just fans, but fanatics….

A Paradox for Christianity: Natural and Supernatural Religions

A Paradox for Christianity: Natural and Supernatural Religions

Dedicated Christian believers will readily acknowledge that many human religions arise from natural, not supernatural sources.  That is, while the Christian may think that his religion was founded on real, supernatural events, or the actions of a genuine supernatural being (God), he will accept that many of the world’s other…

Evolution is science. Creation is not.

Evolution is science. Creation is not.

On the subject of evolution, the Revival Fellowship website states, “Scientifically the best that can be done is to investigate the facts and then decide which theory is most in accord with the facts” – Pr Darryl Williams. Superficially this statement almost sounds scientific. But it’s not. Irrespective of this…

The Tablets

The Tablets

Pastor’s Manual Articles of Association Wedding Receptions Separation Internet Social Networking Written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of…

And all the people said?

And all the people said?

I will be slowly be adding to this list of unique Revivalisms. Feel free to make suggestions. Why do the Revival Fellowship operate “voice gifts” (a phrase not found in the Bible) according to Paul’s criticisms to the Corinthian church? (1 Corinthians 14) Why are these “voice gifts” spoken in 17th…

10 questions for a Basics Night

10 questions for a Basics Night

1. Why are there contradictions in the Bible? Answer? 2. Why do the Revival Fellowship preach tongues ‘as a sign’ if Jesus stipulated that no signs would be given except the resurrection? (Matthew 12:38-40, Mark 8:12-13) Are tongues “for a sign” or not? (1 Corinthians 14:22) Answer? 3. Why do transitional/intermediate…