This argument is heard quite a bit these days and takes several forms, with one of the most common being: “I contend we are both atheist. . . .When you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” The foundational charge is that there seems to be an infinite number of gods that people believe in, and Christians reject them all except for the God described in the Bible. Therefore, isn’t the Christian really just a tad disingenuous where atheist reasoning is concerned?
No, not at all.
First, not to be pedantic, but Christians are not atheists. The strict definition of atheism is “a disbelief in the existence of deity”; “the doctrine that there is no deity”, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
This is not just a semantics game, but instead a misrepresentation on the part of the atheist argument to redefine the term, much like atheist-physicist Lawrence Krauss did when he redefined ‘nothing’ to be either empty space or the quantum vacuum so he could describe how our universe came from ‘nothing’.
I am not an atheist where Islam is concerned, but instead a rival theist believer, so let’s at least understand that much. But moving on: the primary thrust of the argument is that the Christian really does not aim the criteria they use to dismiss other faith claims at their own belief system. If they did, then they’d end up an atheist.
This contention implies that no good reasons exist to be a Christian vs. other faiths, which is certainly not the case. Like many other people, I have examined the claims and evidence of rival faiths and used the law of non-contradiction to rule out, for example, Islam in favor of Christianity. Internet hatetheists (not atheists; there is a difference..!) can use catchy sounding arguments like the one in the title of this post all they want but such arguments will never be anything more than examples of either intellectual dishonesty or willing refusals to truly examine the claims of something that threatens their worldview.
If you see one of these memes in your online travels, know this. The person who posted it is NOT serious and NOT worth engaging in any way, shape, or form.