In August of last year (2014), Pastor Josh Feuerstein put up a $100,000 challenge to anyone who could prove that God doesn’t exist. Seth Andrews, host of www.thethinkingatheist.com, gave an incredible response which I didn’t see until recently. I felt it deserved a wide audience.
[You can view the entire 11.7 minute video here, but I wanted to transcribe one of the best parts of it below and the video above is set to start at the same spot].
“Now Josh, you like to use the word ‘accident’ or ‘accidental’ when you’re talking about evolution — when you’re talking about the big bang and the cosmos — a hugely intellectually dishonest way of describing life and our planet and this universe, which is an amazing symphony of random, yes random, and measurable and predictable phenomenon.
And honestly, if you insist that everything exists because your God created and fine-tuned it just for us, I’ve got some questions. Ask God why the whole of legitimate evolutionary biology only sees evidence of evolution. That’s all we see. Common ancestry, with living things, both animal and plant, verifiable down to our DNA as we decode the genome. A universe measurable at about 13 and a half billion years, of a natural world governed by natural laws. Ask your intelligent designer about some questionable design decisions that have been made, like earthquakes that cause tsumanis that wipe out a quarter of a million people in a single day. Redundant DNA. A sun that gives off harmful UV radiation that gives people cancer. Vestigial organs and limbs. Explain those. Pelvises found in whales. Human embryonic tales. Useless insect wings. Deep sea fish that have eyeballs but cannot see — are completely blind. Flightless animals with wings. Wisdom teeth. The list goes on, and on, and on.
In fact, while you’re chatting it up with God, ask him why he bothered to give men, nipples. Always wondered about that one…
And the biggest question I would like you to ask God on my behalf… by the way, a God whom I consider to be the “hide and seek champion” of the universe. Why, with eternity in the balance — heaven and hell in the balance — here in the year 2014, the “information age”, why has God been so ineffective at proving himself to humanity? That right now a full two thirds of the planet worships either someone else or nobody at all. Why is the only written instruction we have the product of anonymous authors working 1400 years before the invention of the printing press? Why would an omniscient God – a God who knew everything past, present and future – continue with a plan that he foreknew would fail and result in the damnation of billions. He’s omnipotent right? He could do anything. He could have come up with a better plan.
And finally, why is God, the most powerful being in the universe, relying on a youtube pastor to set the rest of us straight? This is not an ad hominem against you. This speaks to method. It’s a legitimate question. If God really cares about me, and He can talk to me the way He talks to you, why am I stuck listening to you? Why are any of us listening to you?”