The God of Christianity does not exist
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In this debate, I will be showing that the God of Christianity does not exist. The burden of proof is shared. It is incumbent on me to improve that he does not exist while my opponent must bring forth arguments to show that he does.
I. The POE
1. If an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient god exists, then evil does not exist.
2. There is evil in the world.
3. Therefore, an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient god does not exist.
In the words of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, “Is God unable to prevent evil, then he is not all-powerful. If God is not willing to prevent evil, then he is not all-good. If God is both willing and able to prevent evil, then why does evil exist.”
For the purpose of this debate, I will be defining evil as actions or things that are harmful to the well-being of persons. The Jewish philosopher Maimonides identifies three categories of evil: natural evils such as earthquakes and hurricanes; evil done to others, such as murder and rape; and evil we do to ourselves, such as a smoker developing lung cancer.
Let’s look at his first category of evil. In 2017 a hurricane Maria ravaged through Puerto Rico killing more than 4,000 people . Where was God? Why wouldn’t an all-loving God divert the hurricane to the Atlantic Ocean for it to dissipate? Why did God an all-loving allow thousands of people to be left without power for months? If God truly is all-powerful, then He could have created a world without hurricanes or diverted the hurricane so no-one dies. Another good example is childhood cancer and diseases. All you have to do is walk into a children’s hospital and you can clearly see that there is no God. According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that more than 11,000 children were diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and more than 1,000 innocent children died. Again, I ask where is God?
In the second category of evil we have evil done to others. In the holocaust, more than 11 million Jews were killed. They were starved, beaten, forced into labor, and died brutal deaths in the gas chambers. Again, where is God? In the words of Israeli Supreme Court justice Halam Cohen, “If there is Auschwitz, there is no God.”  In the United States, thousands of children have died in school shootings. In 2012, 27 innocent children and teachers were killed in Newtown ; in 1999, 13 innocent children were killed in Columbine ; and in 2018, over 18 innocent people were killed in Parkland . If God had the ability to prevent genocide and shootings but chose not to, then he is an accomplice. In law, an accomplice is “A person who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally gives assistance to another in (or in some cases fails to prevent another from) the commission of a crime.”  If God chose not to intervene, then he certainly is an accomplice.
I will readily concede that the third type of evil is the most justified. If we have free will, then we have the free will to inject harmful substances. We should not be surprised when we face the consequences. However, this evil often kills innocent people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 30 people die each day in drunk driving accidents . According to the American Lung Association, 2.5 million innocent people died from secondhand smoking from 1964 and 2014 . Again, I ask where is God in this evil?
This syllogism is a modified form from Theodore Drange’s argument from Biblical defects :
the God of Christianity were to exist, then the Bible would be God’s only
if that deity were to exist, then he would see to it that the Bible is
perfectly clear and authoritative, and lack the appearance of merely human
facts about the Bible are the following:
are significant textual variations that change the meaning of the text;
are significant contradictions; and
contains ethical defects.
[from C], the Bible is not perfectly clear and authoritative, and has the
appearance of merely human authorship.
[from B& D], the God of Christianity does not exist.
1. Textual variations
There are over 400,000 variations in the Gospels. While most of these are minor, there are some that matter a lot. For example, in Mark 1:41 when Jesus heals the leper, was Jesus angry of full of compassion ? In John 7:53—8:11, did Jesus have an encounter with the adulterous woman? Most scholars say no. Even the apologist site Got Questions notes :
“The Greek manuscripts show fairly clear evidence that John 7:53—8:11 was not originally part of John’s Gospel. Among the manuscripts that do contain the section, either wholly or in part, there are variations of placement. Some manuscripts put the pericope adulterae after John 7:36, others after John 21:25, and some even place it in the Gospel of Luke (after Luke 21:38 or 24:53).”
It’s easy to see why a scribe would add to the ending. Obviously, Mark cannot end without any appearances of the resurrection, but that’s exactly what it does. There are two endings of Mark. The first is the long version, but there is also a shorter version :
“And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation."
19 Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And in the same way he took[d] the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Matthew and Luke tell the story of Jesus’ birth; however, they are contradictory. For example, in the genealogy, who was Joseph’s father? In Matthew 1:16 it is Jacob, but in Luke 3:23 it is Heli.
In Luke’s narrative, Jesus’ family comes from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered for a tax. They stay in Bethlehem for 40 days and returns to Nazareth after Mary circumcised Jesus and fulfilled the temple rituals. However, in Matthew, Jesus is born in Bethlehem, flees to Egypt, and then moves to Nazareth after Herod dies. The chronology of this account cannot be reconciled.
3. Ethical defects
Richard Dawkins famously stated: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” 
In the Book of Job, Satan appears before God and the heavenly court. Job is an innocent man who is blameless and upright. What does God do? He suggests Satan for Job to be tested and allows him to be tortured just to win a bet with Satan (see Job 2:3).
In Psalm 137:9, the Bible says those who kill infants in war will be blessed.
In Ex. 21, God permits a slave owner to beat their slaves to death, but only if they survive for a day or two.
In Deuteronomy 22:28-29, God forces a woman to marry her rapist:
“28 Suppose a man comes across a virgin who is not engaged and takes hold of her and sleeps with her and they are discovered. 29 The man who has slept with her must pay her father fifty shekels of silver and she must become his wife. Because he has humiliated her, he may never divorce her as long as he lives.”
In summary, the Bible cannot be the word of a loving God. There are many contradictions of consequence and many ethical defects. If God were all-good, this is not the Bible he would have written. If anyone follows the Bible, they would be a criminal in pretty much every country.
. Similarly, an invisible pink unicorn cannot exist because
I believe that I have proven my case. The God of Christianity cannot exist.
11. For a detailed analysis of this, I recommend reading the notes from the NET Bible. Note no. 77: https://netbible.org/bible/Mark+1
15. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
(A) Probably, if God were to exist, then there would be good objective evidence for that.
(B) But there is no good objective evidence for God's existence
(C) Therefore, probably God does not exist.
- f the God of Christianity were to exist, then the Bible would be God’s only written revelation.
- Thus, if that deity were to exist, then he would see to it that the Bible is perfectly clear and authoritative, and lack the appearance of merely human authorship.
- Some facts about the Bible are the following:
- There are significant textual variations that change the meaning of the text;
- There are significant contradictions; and
- It contains ethical defects.
- Therefore [from C], the Bible is not perfectly clear and authoritative and has the appearance of merely human authorship.
- Hence [from B& D], the God of Christianity does not exist.