An atheist was seated next to a dusty old cowboy on an airplane and he turned to him and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”
The old cowboy, who had just started to read his book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.
“Okay,” he said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”
The atheist, visibly surprised by the old cowboy's intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”
To which the cowboy replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know crap?”...
1. An omnipotent being.
2. The creator of everything else.
Lets start with definition 1.
Can a being create something so heavy, that they cannot lift it?
If the answer is no, the being is not omnipotent, do to their inability to create it.
If the answer is yes, the being is not omnipotent, do to their inability to lift it.
Opposites make omnipotence a self contradictory concept, and thus impossible, therfor an omnipotent being is impossible. Definition 1 is thus proven to be fictional.
Now onto Definition 2.
2a. The law of conservation of energy (aka the law stating energy cannot be create or destroyed, only transformed), aka the first law of thermodynamics, is verifiable, and it means that energy had to always have existed, and since the universe is just energy (even matter and "empty" space are energy), it means that the universe always existed. Thus any creationism story is automatically false.
Tim: Why would there even need to be a god?
John: Because something cannot come from nothing.
Tim: So you are suggesting that god has to exist, because the universe exists?
Tim: And your reason for this is because you think it's impossible for something to exist without being created?
John: Yes, Of course.
Tim: So what created God? And what created the thing, that created the thing, that created God? And so on backwards, for... whats that? infinity?
John: Thats different.
John: God Always existed.
Tim: But you just said it's impossible for something to exist without being created.. John: ...
Tim: Now let me ask you this. Why do you think nothingness was ever possible, if something can't be created from nothing, and the only things to exist, qualify as "somethings"?
John: ... I don't, I just said something can't come from nothing.
Tim: But you are either implying that God came from nothing, or that God wasn't the first thing and that there was no begining of the universe, which would make it not "God", as if it;s not the first thing, then it didn't create everything.
Conclusion: 1. The universe always existed. 2. The universe is infinite in size because nothingness can't exist. And 3. God isn't real.
You can also debunk heaven and hell using the existance of 3D space and the universe's infinite size, or the existence of the nervous system and it's various diseases resulting in cognition and sensory failures/declines.
For example, If souls existed, dementia could not.
Also you can debunk ghosts by the simple fact that if they existed, they would be more common than the living by such a large amount, that no number with that many zeros in it has been officially named yet.
So that would be your long winded synopsis of what you would say to an atheist? Sounds like you are trying to get them to believe something they already believe. Therefore your reply is moot.
No, thats what I would say back to the ridiculous person saying "atheists don't know crap".