Five ways the Christian God is different than Zeus Thor and Shiva

5 Ways the Christian God is Different Than Zeus, Thor, Shiva, and Other gods

Peter Guirguis Apologetics 85 Comments

“Your God is an imaginary God just like Zeus, Thor, and Shiva.”

Someone tweeted that to me the other day in response to one of my Christian tweets.

It’s not the first time that someone writes those words on social media to me.

You see, since I’m a former atheist, I attract a lot of atheists on Twitter and Facebook, who want to engage with me.

I don’t mind atheists engaging with me. In fact, I have a deep love for atheists because I can identify with their struggles.

What I’m not particularly fond of are anti-theists. They are different from atheists.

They are the ones that go out of their way to make fun of you and ridicule your beliefs.

More about anti-theists in just a little bit.

This Article is For You If

  • If you’re a Christian, and you’ve been told that our God is just like the Greek and Hindu mythical gods, then this article is going to show you how you can respond to that claim.

You’ll sound intelligent, you’ll avoid getting into arguments, and you’ll be able to give an answer to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is within you (1 Peter 3:15).

  • If you’re an atheist, then this article is going to show you why most Christians will look at you strangely when you say that the Christian God is just like Zeus, Thor, and Shiva.

If you ever want to convince Christians of your point of view, then you’ll need to know our objections to your argument.

This Article is Not For You If

  •  You’re an anti-theist
  •  You’re intolerant
  •  You make fun of other people’s beliefs

This blog is dedicated to promoting a loving atmosphere where you and I can discuss our beliefs and our struggles about God with openness and without the fear of being judged.

Anyone that is against this fundamental idea is strongly encouraged to move on to another website.

Here Are the 5 Ways That The Christian God is Different than Zeus, Thor, Shiva, and Other gods

Way #1 – The Christian God Speaks to His Followers

The biggest difference between the gods of other religions and the God of Christianity is that the Christian God has a relationship with His followers.

The very definition of a relationship is that it consists of two people who communicate with each other.

That’s exactly what you get when you’re a Christian.

You can talk to God, and God talks back to you.

You’re probably skeptical about this relationship if you’re not a Christian or, if you’re having doubts about how to hear God’s voice.

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Are there people who follow other belief systems who say that they talk to God, and God talks to them?

Yes. The one that comes to mind are followers of the New Age movement.

However, the difference between the Christian faith and the New Age movement is that the New Age movement does not have a book that claims to have been written by God – a book that dictates what the communication will be like.

In other words, they don’t have a Bible written by God as Christians do.

The Bible teaches Christians how to talk to God as well as how to hear from Him.

That’s why the New Age religion is open to personal interpretation as opposed to Christianity, which has prescribed methods of communication written by God through His Holy book.

By the way, the followers of Islam and the followers of Hinduism do not claim that God can speak to them directly.

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Way #2 – The Christian God Predicts the Future with 100% Accuracy

Christians claim that the God of this universe is the One, who wrote the Bible.

To support such a claim, God writes in the Bible how you can know that His book is the only divinely inspired book out there.

This is what God says in Isaiah 41:21-23 about other gods (also known as idols).

By the way, I chose to share with you these Bible verses from the New Living Translation just because it’s written in a form of English that’s simple to understand.

“Present the case for your idols,”
says the Lord.
“Let them show what they can do,”
says the King of Israel.
“Let them try to tell us what happened long ago
so that we may consider the evidence.
Or let them tell us what the future holds,
so we can know what’s going to happen.
Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead.
Then we will know you are gods.
Isaiah 41:21-23

God says in this passage that if you want to know which god is the true God, then that god must be able to predict the future accurately.

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No other gods have been able to predict the future with such incredible accuracy as the Christian God.

There are hundreds of predictions about the future in the Bible (also known as prophecies).

Some of them have already come true, and some of them still have yet to be fulfilled.

In just a minute, you’ll read about one of the most remarkable predictions found in the Bible that has come true within the past 50 years.

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First, If You Miss This One Fact About the Bible Then You Won’t Understand The Value of Predictions

For skeptics who don’t have a strong background in the Bible, they will sometimes miss this crucial fact.

The Bible is not one book that was written at a particular point in time.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by 40 different authors, over a period of 1,500 years.

Christians claim that God inspired these 40 different authors to dictate the words in the Bible for the world to be able to understand who God is.

So when you are studying predictions made by the Bible, you have also to know in what year were those predictions written.

I’m going to share with you about one prediction that I found extremely impressive.

If you want to do your own research and find some more predictions that have come true, just keep this tip in mind.

You need to know the date of when that book of the Bible was written to get value out of your research.

One Remarkable Prediction That No One Ever Thought Would Come True

More than 2,600 years ago, the Babylonian Empire destroyed Jerusalem.

They ended up taking many Jews captive back to Babylon.

After 70 years,  King Cyrus of Persia conquered the Babylonians and allowed many Jews to return to Jerusalem.

The Jewish people rebuilt Jerusalem, but the city was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans.

The Romans killed more than 1 million Jews and forced many of them into exile.

The Jewish people were scattered all over the world and began living in different countries.

No one ever thought the Jewish people would ever be united, and that they’d have a country of their own again.

 Jerusalem skyline

Against all odds, the biblical prophecy about Jerusalem being occupied by the Jews came true in 1967

But then in 1948, against all odds, the United Nations paved the way for Israel to become a state. (source)

The Jews regained control of Jerusalem in 1967 when they recaptured the city during the Six Day War. (source)

Zechariah the prophet Predicted the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem in Zechariah 8:7-8.

The amazing thing is that this prediction happened between 520 and 518 BC.

That’s an astounding 2,487 years before this prophecy came true!

Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east
And from the land of the west;
I will bring them back,
And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. They shall be My people And I will be their God…’ Zechariah 8:7–8

Way #3 –  The Christian God is Scientifically Accurate When Others gods Are Scientifically Ignorant

In the Hindu Vedas, it’s taught that the earth is flat (source).

In the Quran, it’s taught that the Sun sets in a muddy spring. (source)

Many religious books have scientific errors in them. But not the Bible.

Before the scientific method was ever created, the Bible wrote about scientific truths that went against the popular beliefs of that time.

For example, it was long thought in the ancient world that the earth is flat.

However, in 700 BC, the prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 40:22 about God, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth.”

How did Isaiah know that the shape of the earth is a circle when the rest of the world thought that it was flat and shaped like a square or rectangle?

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It’s because God revealed this scientific truth to the prophet.

Here’s another example of God’s scientific accuracy that went against the grain.

Before Isaac Newton discovered gravity, Hindus believed the Earth rested on the backs of elephants.

These elephants stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a sea. (source)

Hindu view of the world

Before modern science, the Hindus thought the earth was carried on the back of an elephant who was carried by a giant turtle.

The ancient Greeks thought that the mythical God, Atlas, carried the earth on his shoulders.

However, God revealed the truth to the author of the book of Job in the Bible.

The author of Job writes that the earth isn’t being carried by anything or anyone.

This is what it says in Job 26:7 about God, “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.”

This is an amazing verse that shows that the earth is suspended in space just like modern science confirms.

This verse was written between 1500 and 500 B.C.

Way # 4 – The Christian God is Incredibly Humble

The gods of the mythical world are known for their enormous egos.

Say one wrong thing or disrespect them, and they’ll zap you into oblivion.

For example, it was believed that Zeus killed evildoers and all those who broke their oaths.

If Zeus existed, then you and I would be toast!

But that’s not the God of the Bible.

The Christian God is an incredibly humble God.

This is summed up in the most basic and well-known verse of the Bible:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

What kind of a God would sacrifice His only Son to save humanity?

A very humble one.

I know that you may have doubts that this is true.

You may be skeptical that this is more than just some mythical story that is comparable to the story of the ancient god, Osiris.

But that has been debunked, and you can read this great article by J. Warner Wallace about the Jesus/Osiris deception.

Way # 5 – The Christian God is the Ultimate Example of Love

All of the other gods are known to be selfish and narcissistic.

All they care about is themselves and their personal advancement.

But that’s not the case with the Christian God.

The Christian God cares about you, how you can get to heaven, and your personal advancement.

This is found in verses like:

  • 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
  • Psalm 121:3, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
  • Matthew 10:30–31, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

You might take a look at our world today and think to yourself, “If God is such a loving God, then why doesn’t He stop rapists from raping and murderers from murdering?”

That was the topic of one of my recent blog posts.

You can watch a video that has more than 10 million views about this subject by seeing this article that answers the question of evil and suffering.

The Bottom Line

Some unbelievers and skeptics like to compare the Christian God to mythical gods like Zeus, Thor, and Shiva.

But there are drastic differences between these ancient fake gods, and the Christian God who is real and who loves you.

Here are five main differences from today’s blog post:

1.  The Christian God Speaks to His Followers

2.  The Christian God Predicts the Future with 100% Accuracy

3.  The Christian God is Scientifically Accurate When Others gods Are Scientifically Ignorant

4.  The Christian God is Incredibly Humble

5.  The Christian God is the Ultimate Example of Love

 

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Peter Guirguis

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I'm the Technology and Social Media Manager of Calvary Chapel South Bay, a church in Gardena, California. My passion is to see people give their life to Christ both online and offline. I've created the free guide to getting thousands of Twitter followers to show ordinary people how to get extraordinary results on Twitter.

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  1. Hello,

    Very offensive post… God is one.
    Anyways we are in the ‘collective consciousness’ phase when all is one.

    Please mind others feelings when you post stuff like this… being a spiritual man you should understand this.

    Read more about ‘other’ Gods or Gods with other names or forms and learn about them more. I doubt your theories will remain the same.

    ‘Ancient Fake Gods’? We cant decide if our gadgets are real or fake (less expensive Chinese make/ complete scam product from a deceitful seller) and you try to decide if something or someone we havent even seen is fake or not?

    Take down this post please… Im sure your opinions are amazing and correctly thought of in your own view point, but because of their radical behaviour which insults few religions, please do keep them to yourself.

    With all due respect to the Almighty.

    🙂

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      Mr. Daga, please be assured that I did not mean to be offensive. The word dumb in my article only meant to refer to gods that cannot speak and nothing else. But I think you found other parts of my article offensive. May I please ask you what you meant when you wrote, “God is one”?

    2. Hello Padmanabh Daga,

      You: God is one
      Truth: Yes God is one and only one – and only Jesus

      You: Gods with other names or forms
      Truth: Yes God is available in different forms. But God cannot be available as different person. You have to understand the difference between forms and person. Consider yourself, you can be a SON of your father, FATHER for your son, GRANDFATHER for your grandson. In all the ways, you are the same being. Similarly, God is in different form: LORD – The Father, Jesus – The Son and The Holy Spirit. Coming back to your theory, it is impossible to say that Me, You and Peter are same (Just as you claim – All gods are one). Remember just as you have only one mother for you, there will be only one God for us. He is the only one who cares for you, loves you and shed his blood to cleanse our sins. He can be none other than JESUS, a living God who responds to you only when you allow him inside you! Accept him, no other way. He is the only way for eternal life.

      1. I think everyone approaches the idea of God in their own way, so there is no definitive TRUTH that applies to all people. Your ‘truth’ may not be the same as someone else’s.

          1. That’s true Peter. However, every person who puts their faith in their set of beliefs, does so with purpose. The make a choice, based on facts, or feelings, or something they simply just know to be real in their heart. They KNOW it. As clearly as a mathematician KNOWS that 1+1=2. They know it as fact. Reading the statements of the people who post here makes that pretty clear.

            But not everyone who posts here believes the same thing. So clearly someone here is wrong. In fact, many people are wrong. OR, it’s possible that God specifically CHOOSES to present Himself in different ways to different people.

            Maybe to Muslims he presents himself as Allah, but to Greeks he presented himself as a whole Pantheon of Gods, and to Catholics he presents himself as God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Maybe he choose to do this as an additional test of faith to all His believers, and only the Atheists will lose on the kingdom of heaven.

            So everyone has their own truth. And NOBODY has 100% incontrovertible PROOF that their truth is real in the face of everyone else’s PROOF. I’m an Atheist, and I love that there are people who have their own beliefs different from mine. It’s what makes life interesting.

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  2. Hi! I want to thank you for your many wonderful posts.
    I am not one to get into social media( can’t make up my mind if I feel too old to keep up or just too lazy.
    However having first read your posts through a friend I decided to follow up and read them as they come in. They have been a Blessing.
    I was especially encouraged to read this one.
    Though as a Christian I know these things but with not being into social media can only sit back
    and either ignore some of the sceptics or in some cases even get angry( Which I know I shouldn’t do) .However I pray for all souls and leave the rest to the LORD.
    Thank you once again for putting this on your board and finally getting me (even if only the once) to put my feelings down to show appreciation for what you do.
    May GOD continue to BLESS you in the Name of Jesus Christ.
    Audrey

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      Thanks so much Audrey! I just want to let you know that God used you in a very powerful way this morning. I was feeling a bit discouraged with some of the other comments that came in who found my article either “offensive” or “stupid”. I commented to them in the most respectful way that I can. I began to doubt my article. But then I read your comment and I felt so encouraged. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Your feedback means to me more than you can ever know ?.

      1. Please don’t be discouraged. Us ‘seasoned’ Christians need to have the answers to the questions that we are asked. I found your blog just days ago and have been able to ‘hide’ these truths in heart. Thank you and God bless.

  3. Hey Peter, great article! Only one “correction”… a large portion of the New Age movement does have a book they use that they say was written by an atheist who wrote what Jesus spoke to her. I don’t want to lead anyone astray so I won’t post the name here. If you’re interested in the name, I can email it to you. Have a great day!

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      Hi Betty, thank you very much for this information. Yes, I would be interested in learning more about it. If you would be so kind as to reply to my email and give me the name of the book, then I will start my own research and make any corrections to my article as necessary. Thanks so much Betty ?.

  4. Great article man! God bless you. I’m happy to see your blogs and links to other videos. I’m out of a stressful, over stressful job, so now I’m on a search for some work. Keep me in your prayers .

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  5. Thank you for this post, Peter! Very clear and concise. Perhaps another criteria to add to identify who the article is NOT for is: The article is not for you if you are offended by the exclusive claims of Jesus and the God of the Bible. 😀

    I appreciate all that you do here, brother!

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  6. Great article Peter. I pray for those people who do not believe in the One true God. Even having the audacity to ask you to keep your beliefs to yourself. If they only realized that we Christians are to spread the word of the gospel and not hold it within ourselves. Keep up the good work Peter. God Bless.

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  7. Matthew 10:14-15 NIV
    [14] If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. [15] Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town …

    I believe this scripture is as applicable today as in the days of old. You are always welcome to visit my home email.??

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  8. TRUE BELIEVERS ASSURED AND COMFORTED… 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mokers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they that separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion making a difference: 23 And of others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh… ( JUDE 1:17-23 ) Just a little more of God’s truly profetic word.

    Thank you Peter once again for an amazing post. We need not ever fear other gods, for it is fear that leads others to try and silence the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD…

    GOD SPEED TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, the world need His Light…

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  9. Peter, I think what most people mean when they say your God is no different than Zeus or any other God is the fact that your BELIEF in God is no different than an ancient Greek’s belief in Zeus. Zeus was just as real and powerful to them as your God is to you. And to an atheist, both beliefs are equally off base. So while they are fundamentally different Gods, the faith behind them is indistinguishable to an outsider.

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      I understand what you’re saying, Erik. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject.

      The point of my article was to clarify to the atheist why we are always left kind of scratching our heads on this subject because we see that there are HUGE differences between Zeus and the Christian God as noted in my article.

      One of the big points that I didn’t mention also in my article was the fact that there have been millions of Christians who have been claiming to be able to communicate with the Christian God through the methods described in the Bible. Not only have they been able to communicate with the Christian God, but God has been communicating with them as well during these last two centuries.

      The personal testimony of millions of Christians about this 2-way communication is something that is unique to Christianity and has not been replicated by any of the Greek, Roman, or Hindu gods.

      1. I can respect that idea Peter, but that’s not exactly only for Christains. People from many religions claim to speak with their gods. In the case of Greek gods, there were even demigods like Herculese, who were the product of the gods having children with mortal humans. Gods have talked directly to people throughout many religions.

        1. I would also argue with the premise that your God is any more real just because people say he speaks to them in more literal terms than other gods. Ancient peoples thought that acts of nature were the gods communicating their pleasure/displeasure with how they were acting.

          Proclaiming that God speaks directly to you in a more literal sense, to me, has the feeling of “one-upsmanship” that a Johnny-come-lately religion would proclaim in an effort to demonstrate that their one true God was more real or better than the older, traditional gods.

          Let me ask you this though. Some Christian faiths believe that someone who has never heard of God, doesn’t know God, will still be saved. Catholics believe this. So some poor guy living in the middle of the rainforest in a tribe, will still go to heaven even if he sins, because he simply doesn’t know any better. If that’s the case, if Catholics REALLY want to save people, wouldn’t they do a better job if they simply stopped spreading the word of God? Lack of proselytizing isn’t a sin, so you’re not at risk for going to hell if you don’t do it, right?

  10. To a non-believer, your arguments sound a lot like two people arguing over who would win in a fight… Alien or Predator. Since both characters are equally fictitious, the distinctions over how they are different are rather pointless when it comes down to it. I also find the choices of argument you’ve made to be pretty off the mark, but that’s really besides the point. Thanks for writing it though! It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on the subject.

  11. Great job our Great GOD only one, I woul love to find the way to be in spanish for my friends and family
    Grant trabajo.

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  12. Hello Brother Peter, you are blessed and the truth is that you have hit the nail on the head.
    Jesus Christ said that the people that love darkness do not want light because their works will be exposed, you have just reveal the light of the word and faith .
    Don’t be discourage brother and keep the good work as you receive the revelation from the Holy Spirit, not because of few unbelievers you will hide the light. For its the sick that need the doctor, many needs to know.
    God bless you.

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  13. Hi, Peter: As usual, this article is encouraging and well-organized. Whenever someone responds negatively to the truth, I am always active to remind myself to recall the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18. Truly, as you know, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing…” Sobering reminder which always leads me to yearn for such people to hear His voice.
    Thank you for your diligence and determination. Love your heart, brother.

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      Thanks Michael! Coming from you, it really means a lot. And by the way, I totally agree with that passage that you shared from 1 Corinthians. It is spot on. Thanks for the encouragement, brother!

  14. Thank you Peter for the great article. That is our God! there is none like Him. May God always shower you with that fresh anointing as you continue with His work. I thank God for you, you are are a blessing!

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      Thank you so much, Evelyn, for your kind words! I can’t tell you enough how much they mean to me. I’m still surprised that God would use me in any kind of capacity.

      May God richly bless you and me shower you with His goodness ? .

  15. Hey Peter, great article. Mind not the naysayers, the Gospel is offensive – if it were not, it would not be effective. 🙂 The truth has the power to offend as well as save. People were offended at what Jesus had to say often enough, that made what He said no less true. Keep writing and keep defending the Gospel, presenting the truth to others and encouraging them in Christ Bro. This is what you do, and you do it well. 🙂

    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Greg! Coming from you, it really means a lot. You know that you are very close and dear to my heart.

      The Bible verses you shared are perfect; they’re exactly what I needed to hear ?

  16. Great post sir Peter! Sorry to hear that you’re discouraged about some of the comments, but I really believe that God is using this to help somebody 🙂 as the scriptures say: “everything works for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes”.

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  17. Peter,

    The only thing I can be sure of after reading your post is that you’ve definitely NOT read the book on which your faith is based. The quickest way to debunk your 5 points is to read the entire Bible and not cherry pick verses that agree with your stance. Your points are claimed by many other religions to describe their gods – ALL of which you dismiss for the exact same reasons they dismiss the Christian version of God. I don’t expect to change your mind or shake your faith, but I do ask that before you post an article aimed at educating atheists (or even well read, thoughtful theists) that you produce better, logical arguments. Also, please do not condemn all anti-theists as ” the ones that go out of their way to make fun of you and ridicule your beliefs”, that is a very simple yet offensive generalization. Keep writing – I’ll keep reading!

    R

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      Hi R,

      Thank you very much for your comment. I enjoyed reading it and I always welcome all sorts of comments, especially when they come from a different perspective.

      So here are my responses to your comment:

      1) “The only thing I can be sure of after reading your post is that you’ve definitely NOT read the book on which your faith is based.”

      Just because you and I see things from a different perspective then that doesn’t mean that you can conclude that I have not read the Bible. You’ve never met me, and you don’t know how many times I’ve read the Bible.

      So the fact that you made the statement tells me that this article probably hit some kind of emotional chord with you. If that is the case, then I can understand why it did as you point out in your comment.

      2) “The quickest way to debunk your 5 points is to read the entire Bible and not cherry pick verses that agree with your stance.”

      From your point of view, any Bible verses that I choose are going to be considered “cherry picking.”

      3) ” Your points are claimed by many other religions to describe their gods – ALL of which you dismiss for the exact same reasons they dismiss the Christian version of God.”

      I can totally understand where you’re coming from on this point. Instead of explaining the differences between the Christian claim and the other mythical gods claim in this comment, I’m considering writing an article about it.

      If you’re interested, you can subscribe to my mailing list or, you can always come back and visit the blog at a later time.

      You are always welcome here my dear friend ?.

      4) “please do not condemn all anti-theists as ” the ones that go out of their way to make fun of you and ridicule your beliefs”.

      It’s not just me that uses this definition of anti-theists, but there are several other atheists and agnostics that use the same definition to make the distinction between atheists and anti-theists. That’s because anti-theists give atheists a bad name because of their vigilance and the hatred that they show towards those who follow a particular religion.

      When I wrote this article, by design, I intended it to attract certain people and to repel others. I stand by my definition of anti-theists and it doesn’t sound to me like you are one of them. It sounds like you are a kind and respectful atheist like so many of my friends.

      Sorry I couldn’t address all of the points of your comment. But I hope that I’ve clarified a little bit more about my position.

      Thanks R and I hope to interact with you more in the future ?

      1. Thanks for the reply. Please don’t assign emotions or feelings to me, I could be a Southern Baptist preacher as far as you know! We’ll agree to disagree for the most part (especially on marginalizing any particular group you don’t agree with). The one thing I hope we can agree on is that religious beliefs are based on faith. I like Frank Sinatras take on religion – “I’m not unmindful of man’s seeming need for faith; I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.”

        Religions have provided faithful followers comfort since mankind developed a conscious understanding of our own mortality. I hope that your future posts/articles delve into falsifiable proof/evidence that the Bible (or any other basis for a belief system) is worthy of such unwavering faith.

        Looking forward to future discussions.

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  19. Great article keep it up brother. People are always going to try to discredit God and be offended at His word. It is written Behold i lay in zion a stone of stumbling a rock of offense. It is also written Professing to be wise they made themselves utter fools. Also if God didnt create us and we just somehow happened thats about as likely as a tornado going through a junkyard and assembling a Boeing 747 out of cans and having it work. Keep up the good work.

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  20. This is a wonderful article. I’m a Christian, but I have often wondered what to say to my atheist friends who ask me why I believe in our God instead of the hundreds of other “gods” out there. Your article really encouraged me. Thank you for sharing and God bless.

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  22. When we look at the bigger picture, it becomes obvious that anyone who has walked along the spiritual path has been lead to the same destination. The Divine love. Love without borders. Unity with the universe. Infinite existence. Unconditional empathy.

    It’s just so hard for many people to achieve the state that is required for the pilgrimage: a clear mind and a guiding heart. Any man who walks the path with a clouded mind and a sheltered heart, will be led astray. So many have led themselves astray and this may be the reason for so many “Dumb Gods.” At the end of the day, if we look for God within a book or teachings, it’s always just going to be a wordly interpretation of God.

    I can only hope and pray that I achieve a clear mind and a free heart within my lifetime, so I can observe the true nature of God. To experience the Divine without human corruption to distort my view.

    Love and peace to all.

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  23. DO NOT JUDGE. DO NOT HAVE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE. WORK ON YOUR OWN SALVATION. As to the comment above that God is One, I think the poster means that (or at least I believe) that believing there is One God has at least two different perspectives. We ALL know the first. The second is that there are different parts of God scattered throughout (Root -belief, Eye- Awareness, Heart-Love, Conciousness-Knowing, Word- What God reveals, etc.), when combined make a whole. Many people pray & study, but few listen. PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD. Of course, the third perspective is that He is One God with different names and paths, and that as long as the path is Love and Light- It is a path to God.
    <3 Namaste <3

  24. As you will discover with a little research, different cultures prioritize different parts of God. Worship of, Consciousness of, Love of etc. Too bad many only have the Word of…

  25. In way number two you state as a fact the Christian God predicts the future with 100% accuracy. In the Bible God says he would make Nebuchadnezzar II destroy the city of Tyre, slaughter its people, and leave it a ruin never to be rebuilt. In reality, Nebuchadnezzar comes to peace terms and leaves the city standing. Alexander the Great attacks it more than two centuries later and destroys about half of the city. Tyre was still standing at the time of the First Crusade, 764 years after Alexander left it, and some of my ancestors died besieging the city during the crusades. Alas, Tyre is here to this day.

    1. Michael, when I type a Google search for, “did King Nebuchadnezzar destroy Tyre,” the first few results that I clicked on at the all showed that historically, King Nebuchadnezzar did set up a siege against Tyre and that the island was completely destroyed by Alexander the great.

  26. Mark 16: 17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/snake-handling-pentecostal-pastor-dies-snake-bite/story?id=22551754

    Isn’t it a scientific error to state “as fact” that venom and poison aren’t harmful to the bodies of believing Christians?

  27. I haven’t read your posts in awhile but I’m glad I found you again. I am a believer but I never thought that the Isaiah 40:22 argument is valid. A circle is flat. The earth is close to a sphere. Unless there is something in the original language to indicate a sphere I don’t think this is a very strong argument to use. I agree with everything else you said. I always enjoy what I read from you.

  28. After reading your blog, i would suggest you to do research as an atheist. You can see the truth much better, try to think like a Buddhist, hindu, sikh, muslim, jain, jew,arya and many more people with different religious belief.

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      1. Peter –

        It’s called the outsider test for faith. You examine your beliefs (no matter what they happen to be) from the perspective of another faith or no belief system at all. The point is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see if you would find the reason for your beliefs convincing if you were them. I would challenge your reader to only do this honestly and objectively.

        Here’s an article you may find interesting: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/hallq/2012/05/the-outsider-test-for-faith-and-how-to-take-it/

        The one quote I’ll steal from it is – “If you look at the Outsider Test for Faith, and think to yourself, “nah, I’m going to stick with the religion I’ve got, whether or not I’ve got a good reason for sticking with it,” there isn’t much I can say to you. But I think there’s still one thing I can ask of you: please be understanding of atheists who don’t think very highly of your religion, because all they’re doing is looking at your religion the way you look at everybody else’s religion.”

        R

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  29. Great post. Never had thought of it this way. Spreading the truth will hurt, but not to hurt people for a wrong reason, but in helping. I totally feel where you are coming from with this. Keep it up.

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  30. Excellent article. Don’t mind the deceived atheists and pagans. They are in Satan’s trap and blinded by confusion and doubt. Trash under our feet that need to be incinerated now and the next life

  31. Biblical literalism on every verse is a gentile heresy. Are you too stupid to understand symbolism and metaphor ? If so please kys. same with the faith size of mustard seed moving mountains. No shit it isn’t to be taken off face value but atheists aren’t too smart anyways . I laugh when Dawkins says random chance is like some universal force . Trash bro end it

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  32. Wow! Anthony B is really making rethink my stance on Christianity and believing there’s a loving, kind God.

    If I sign up, will I automatically become as compassionate and welcoming as him or does it take a while to learn his tact??

    R

  33. This reply is way, way, way out of date, but the overly intellectual, pseudo-philosophy, annoying remark this is replying too really got under my skin, so I’m going to reply anyway.

    First off, I thought the article was great, loved it and thank you for posting it!

    After reading it, I was scrolling through some of the comments or replies, and I came across the one that was babbling on about no such thing as 100% truth against others proof, or everybody having different proofs or truths that they can subscribe to and they were all equally the same.

    That particular reply, over a year old now, is really profoundly annoying to me because it was saying, or trying to say, that truth is very malleable and subjective, and it’s not!

    There is indeed such things as 100% truth whether or not people want to throw so-called proof against it. For instance; humans require air to live, we have gravity whether we like it or not, there are stars in the sky, we rotate around the sun, these are all truths that a lot of people had proofs against, or thought they did at one point or another and yet they were all proven false sooner or later.

    In spiritual matters the same proof still exists. All of the pantheon gods: Zeus, Thor, Shiva, so forth, every single one of them behaved in a consistently human fashion, in truth they all behaved like petty little kings, every single one of them. They were all written about in cultures that only had Kings, and were usually fairly warrior based, and their gods all behaved in similar fashion’s. Sometimes far more exaggerated fashions, with a little more theater attached to it, but in the end, if you strip away the lightning bolts and magic, and they were behaving like typical human kings or queens of their time.

    And there is also vast amounts of evidence; scientific, spiritual, simple practical and logical, (such as cause and effect, and the universe being the effect, which makes God the cause), that supports God as opposed to a pantheon of whiny lunatics. So, YES, I can say with conviction, truth and certainty; that there are indeed massive collections of fake gods and only one actual true God, and no amount of coalitions or groups of people saying otherwise are going to convince me otherwise, because they have no real evidence that they can offer that disapproves me or proves anything they say, all they have is the opposite actually.

    Truth is an absolute thing.

    Figuring out what the truth is, from whatever perspective you happen to be looking at it from, is the real trick, but just because you’re seeing it from one side of the room and it looks slightly different from the other side doesn’t change what it is, there is one God and all others are fake. Just as there is only one answer to any mathematical problem, and an infinite number of wrong ones, there can only be one god that made the universe we’re in, and all others are therefore fake.

    The Bible has stood up to millennia of people arguing against it and failing, the Christian God has stood up to millennia of people screaming that he is false, and yet they have fallen by the wayside, or come to be a follower. Zeus, Thor, Shiva and all the rest are forgotten or looked upon as simple stories that got out of hand with primitive people, they do not have real followers in the modern day world, only God.

    Islam’s Allah is not the same as God, the word may mean the same but the texts and behavior and rules of their God versus the Christian God are very different, therefore they are worshiping a different God, and a false one at that. They just use language to confuse the issue and try to make themselves appear legitimate, and that has been proven as well.

    The Christian God is a God who does not lie, that means that a part of his character is absolute truth, perfection. The only true definition of that, that we humans can see and understand, and comprehend, is mathematics. Mathematics are the language of the universe; no matter where you go, from the edge of the universe to the center, across all the galaxies, planets and stars that may have a number, but no human will likely ever know that number, 2+2 will always equal 4, 3×3 will always equal 9, nothing changes in that regard, the whole of the universe follows these rules, the rules of mathematics; which have only one right answer, and an infinite number of wrong answers.

    Therefore, there is such a thing as 100% truth, and therefore there is such a thing as one God who made the whole of the universe and everything in it, and gave it one set of rules for everyone to follow. And we can observe that in the physical universe we live in, because it always follows those laws, his laws.

    And that ends my rant. Really good post man, thank you.

    1. Hey Jamison caught your reply and had a couple of questions:

      Do you not find the God of the Bible to behave in a consistently human fashion? Ex – jealousy, rage, pettiness, favoritism, etc?
      Can you provide me with citations or links to the scientific evidence that supports the existence of God (in particular the Christian version of God)?
      Does believing with enough conviction in something make it an absolute truth? Does that work for any belief?

      Thanks for the reply!

      R

  34. im enjoying your articles and this is my 3rd comment :-)… i have this atheist friend and say he don’t believe in God, then something bad happens to him..and guess what’s the first thing he said “OH MY GOD!!” hahaha i thought he don’t believe in God..Anyway, the other different thing that God is from the other gods is first, He is the only one who proclaim Himself as a king and second, He is he only one recorded that has risen from the dead…God is not even a name it is a title and our God is not of talk but of POWER!!

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