This argument is based on two false assertions:
- There is little difference between monotheists and atheists. That monotheists only believe in one more god than atheists, and that this is no big deal.
- The reasons you have for rejecting other religions should make you reject your own religion.
”Monotheists only believe in one more god than atheists.”
Believing in one God is the only difference between monotheism and atheism. How can one say “you’re basically an atheist” when the only defining attribute that separates a monotheist and atheist is present?
Examples of equally invalid statements:
“You’re a bachelor like me, you’re just married to one more person than I am.”
No, you’re not a bachelor. The defining trait of a bachelor is that they’re not married.
”You’re unemployed like me, you just happen to have one job more than me.”
No, having a job or not is the defining trait of being unemployed.
”You’re homeless like me, you just happen to own one more home than me.”
No, having a home is the defining difference between being homeless and not.
”Consistent standards would make you reject all religions”
- ”Why don’t you believe in Thor?*
- ”Because I find no evidence that it’s true.”
- ”Likewise I don’t believe in Christianity because I find no evidence it’s true.”
This is cookie-cutter, fill-in-the-blanks argumentation without any original thought that completely ignore the vast differences between belief systems. Polytheistic gods are not comparable to a monotheistic creator. They’re completely separate categories.
|Polytheistic gods||The Creator|
|Have a beginning||Have no beginning|
|Lives in the universe||Created the universe|
|Are often anthropomorphic personifications of natural phenomena||Created nature|
|Don’t create things, or do so out of pre-existing things.||Created energy and matter out of nothing|
|Has power over a limited realm||Is almighty|
|Limited in knowledge/wisdom. E.g. Odin has to sacrifice an eye for wisdom||All-knowing, the source of all knowledge and wisdom|
|Comes as good or evil||Is the ultimate standard of goodness|
|Have human frailties and lack of moral character. E.g. Zeus who goes around impregnating every woman in his path.||Is the ultimate standard of moral righteousness and can never do wrong|
The arguments for the resurrection of Christ also disprove any pagan gods, because if the resurrection is true then Jesus is God, and if Jesus is God, none of the other so called gods is God.