Atheists and Unreasonable Objections

by Lenny Esposito

Most apologists are well aware of the command in 1 Peter 3:15 to “always be prepared to give a defense to those who ask for the hope that is within you.” In fact, they will point to it as an example of God commanding Christians to engage with an unbelieving world. Yet, I’ve seen Christians think that in order to be faithful to 1 Peter 3:15, we must field every objections thrown at us, regardless of what it is. But there are some objections that are themselves unreasonable, and part of offering a defense is calling out the objector who offers frivolous complaints.

As an example of what I mean, let’s look at an article I published last week entitled “Why Would a Loving God Allow the Earthquake in Nepal?” The article explained why plate tectonics, the movements which cause earthquakes, are crucial to support life on earth. One commenter on the post offered the following objection:

What a pile of drivel. So this god isnt to blame for all the deaths from quakes because they are necessary to stop the earth becoming desolate lol.
So this omnipotent god couldnt make a planet without plate tectonics?
The only reason we need a magnetic fields protection is because this god is slinging cosmic rays everywhere.
This god cant control biodiversity, chemical balance ,raise mountains from the sea(bible claims he can) without the use of earthquakes ? lol
If this omnipotent god cant create a world that works well without the need to kill thousands of people every year then its a very poor god indeed.

One will quickly notice that the objector doesn’t doubt that plate tectonics do all the necessary things I said they did. His objection boils down to simply, “Surely, God cold have done it some other way!” Really? Exactly what way would this person suggest? Does he have another model that he would like to offer?

Perhaps he is arguing that if God exists, then no one should ever die from any natural accident. Natural laws should never endanger human lives. But, the implications of that are staggering…

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