The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God … The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. – Psalms 14:1 and 53:1.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14.
I personally believe that debating a paid ‘professional Christ-rejector’ can be a waste of time, as they usually have absolutely no interest at all in listening or understanding anything a believer has to say, even when they are shown overwhelming evidence of the truth. I’m reminded of what Jesus said, that:
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: – John 6:44.
However, saying that, when I saw the title of the below YouTube video recently, I was intrigued as to how Mr Sam Harris ‘demolished’ Christianity as it says – something that NO ONE has ever been able to do at any time in history (and people certainly have tried – one atheist chap from centuries ago whose name escapes me, was recorded as saying on his deathbed something about “within 50 years Christianity will be forgotten” – well, it’s still here, and the atheist is not). So, I decided to watch this video and felt compelled at the same time to offer my immediate thoughts/responses along the way, which I’ve listed below.
NOTE: There is so much more I could write here (accompanied by a ton of scripture verses and historical references) in response to Mr Harris’ statements, but as mentioned above I simply don’t want to spend too much time on it. Hopefully, what I have written though will help some of you who are at college or university to continue to be confident and steadfast in your faith. Always let me know if there’s anything that I may be able to help you with.
Video timings with immediate thoughts
00:19 – Jesus is the ONLY way. There is no other alternative.
00:35 – There’s plenty of evidence – the PERFECT Book (the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible) that has never been proven wrong on anything – so when Hell is mentioned within it then it must be real. Jesus Himself mentioned Hell too, many times. And there’s also plenty of evidence that Jesus walked this earth and is God in the flesh.
00:40 – Consequences of believing in Hell? How about the consequences in NOT believing in Hell – they are far greater.
00:53 – Here we go again with the ‘children card’. It’s a classic starting point for an atheist who desperately wants to get the audience on their side. He says too “die before the age of five” – if he knew anything about God, he would know that a child is safe under God’s protection until they reach the age of accountability (Romans 4:15 & 5:13), which is where they understand that they have sinned against God. This age varies from child to child, hence the reason why a specific age is not mentioned in the Bible.
01:00 – Here we go again with ‘breaking it down’ statistics, again to just try and shock the audience into believing his unbelief.
01:20 – Classic calm speaking, which makes him sound like he’s a reasonable, caring man, and of course, the ‘dramatic pauses’ (taught in every decent ‘How to be a better presenter’ class).
01:28 – Now he brings the parents into it. Desperation here.
01:40 – “and their prayers will NOT be answered” – how does he know this? Does he know what every one of those parents are praying for?
01:42 – Another dramatic pause.
01:45 – Death and suffering is NOT according to God’s plan – 2 Peter 3:9.
01:48 – Another dramatic pause.
02:00 – All personal opinion here with absolutely ZERO understanding of who God is, and how and why He does things. And at the end of the day, God can do whatever He wants, because He’s the One Who has given us life in the first place – Job 1:20-22. Mr Harris can’t understand this anyway, as the natural, unsaved person is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
02:07 – Another dramatic pause.
02:12 – No one goes to Hell because they are “praying to the wrong god” – they go to Hell because they have NOT believed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news that God Himself died for our sins, was buried (and went to Hell for us), and rose again the third day, and by believing this with all our heart (a free gift!), we go the Heaven when we die.
02:25 – “born into the wrong culture” – what is the RIGHT culture pray tell? Every man and woman (regardless of who they are or where they live) is born into this world IN sin – Romans 5:12; 3:10 & 23.
02:30 – “miss the revelation” – pretty much everyone on this planet (perhaps apart from some tribes in unreached, secluded areas of the globe), knows the name of Jesus. They know something about a “man who died on a cross for sinners”. There are NOT too many groups of people in this ‘always on’ digitally connected world who have never heard of the name Jesus before. BUT, for the ones who have NOT heard the Gospel message and they die without Christ, then God (being the Righteous Judge He is), will judge them according to the acceptance of the revelation He gave them (e.g. creation, moral standards within their own tribes, etc.) – Romans 2:11-15; Genesis 12:17-20. Everyone knows what is TRULY right and wrong in this world, because God has written His Law on the hearts of everyone regardless of who or where they are, or whether they hear the Gospel or not.
02:42 – Interesting how he’s making it the ‘universe’ of his fellow debater. It’s GOD’s universe and He makes the rules.
02:49 – See 02:12 comments.
02:52 – Another dramatic pause.
02:56 – See 00:35 comments. Also says in a TON of other scripture verses!
03:21 – God didn’t create any cultural isolation. Man was dispersed at Babel (Genesis 11:9); ALL with the SAME knowledge of the One True God. God shows great love and mercy by ‘winking’ at people’s ignorance of Him (Acts 17:22-34), but now of course wants ALL to come to repentance. God didn’t “engineer” their deaths; He had a plan already set in place to SAVE them and give them eternal life.
03:31 – God created Hell for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10) NOT for man, who God came to SAVE from that place.
03:40 – ALL sin is sin to a holy God. Man’s laws have different classifications and penalties for different types of acts that break the law. But to God, because we are born in sin, there is NO GOOD in any of us (Isaiah 64:6). We are simply sinners (in imagination, thought, deed, action, etc.); and there are only ‘nicer’ and ‘worse’ sinners than others, but we are ALL sinners nonetheless. And God’s salvation is open to ANYONE who truly repents and believes the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
04:03 – “moral accountability” – it’s interesting that he keeps using the term ‘morals’ – where does an atheist get THEIR morals from exactly?
04:12 – “innocent people” – who is “innocent” in this world if we are ALL born in sin and DO sin every moment of the day? “double standards” – I agree that Christians shouldn’t use the phrase “God is mysterious” when bad things happen; a Christian should ALWAYS bring it back to the scriptures as to WHY bad things happen, and that it has NOTHING to do with God, but ALL to do with man’s rebellious, greedy, selfish, lustful, covetous, sick and twisted sinful nature.
05:07 – God IS good all the time! It doesn’t matter what happens in this world, God is good – (Job 1:21). This atheist probably proclaims his OWN goodness (Proverbs 20:6) especially as he is his OWN god (Judges 21:25).
05:23 – “tiresome” – see 04:12 “double standards” comment. Here we go with the ‘morals’ again. What ‘morals’ does he have in order to try and condemn God?
05:34 – He’s now confusing true Biblical Christianity with the so-called ‘Christian’ prosperity, charlatan TV preachers out there. This is the problem that these cults cause for true Christianity. They cause people such as Mr Harris to blaspheme God.
05:54 – How on earth does he know what the omnipresent God accomplishes in people’s lives? “imposed” – he selects his words wisely – God does NOT impose anything on anybody; he has given everyone a free will to do as they please, and to accept or reject the free gift of salvation.
06:09 – So what does atheism offer anyone? Well, you’re seeing the results of a humanistic, atheistic, God-rejecting society today here in the UK, the USA and other once-known-as-Christian countries around the world. “fail to reason honestly” – honestly? has this man actually read the Bible with an open, HONEST heart and spoken to genuinely saved Christians about what true Biblical Christianity is all about? I very much doubt it. “to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings” – you cannot get more caring people in this world than true saved Bible-believing (rightly dividing the true word of God), blood washed Christians who continually try to warn people about Hell and to show how they can escape going there. What does an atheist do? NOTHING, because they believe in nothing, they don’t have any moral standards of their own, and when they die that’s basically it – nothing. The funny thing is – WHY is this man even bothering to debate anything at all with a Christian or anyone else of faith, or trying to convince others about how wrong we all are and how right he is, when he only has one life that will end in nothing? Mr Harris, why not just go and live your life and don’t waste your valuable, precious time worrying about what anyone else believes?! I certainly wouldn’t worry if I were an atheist!
06:22 – And here it is – the next classic argument that atheists bring to the debating table – slavery in the Bible. What this man fails to understand (is it because he is ignorant of it or deliberately trying to deceive his audience because he simply hates Jesus and Christians?) is that slavery in Biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the colour of their skin. Slavery was based more on economics; it was a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. Both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of ‘man-stealing’, which is what happened in Africa in the 16th to 19th centuries. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are ‘ungodly and sinners’ and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). And don’t forget it was Christians who ended the ‘white man, black man’ slavery in the recent past – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_Abolition_Act_1833
06:30 – “imaginary crimes such as witchcraft” – one only has to look back at a long history of witchcraft-related crimes of kidnappings and human blood sacrifices and so on that continue even to this day (and is in fact worse!). Also, is illicit drug use/crime today “imaginary”? The word ‘sorcery’ comes from our word ‘pharmacy’ in the Greek. Literally, ‘sorcery’ means the use of drugs.
06:38 – God can do whatever He wants, but it is ALWAYS for good – Romans 8:28. It’s a tactic of atheists to ‘throw in’ a few Biblical words or phrases every now and then to make out that they have read and understood the Bible.
07:00 – Again, putting himself ABOVE God. See 02:00 comments. Back to the “slaughter of children”-card again; playing to the audience followed by a dramatic pause to let it ‘sink in’.
07:35 – Of course a Christian can say in “moral terms” that it’s WRONG to murder people in suicide bombings. Even if they weren’t “praying to the wrong god”, it’s still morally wrong, and ONLY a Christian can say that because it’s God Who has given every person on this earth (and who has ever lived), a conscience to know what is right and wrong. Again, where does an atheist get THEIR moral standards from?
07:55 – “if they had the right God” then they wouldn’t be blowing people up!
08:02 – “psychopaths and psychotics” – you ARE saying exactly that!
08:09 – Are you saying that ALL those billions of people are all “decent and sane” – really? I thought you classed them as “lunatics”? I agree, by the way, that religion is indeed horrible; because Biblical Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a restored relationship with God.
08:21 – Now he’s confusing the false religion and cult of Roman Catholicism with true Christianity. Again, is he just ignorant of this or is he deliberately putting them together to promote his hatred of Christ?
08:43 – Here’s where he completely starts to ‘fall apart’ – “bad evidence”? really? The evidence about the existence of Christ on this earth, his death, his buried, his resurrection is overwhelming! Mr Harris, if you are as intelligent as you think you are, then surely you would have done your homework and found the same conclusion of the overwhelming evidence! Even external sources (outside of the Bible – Josephus and others) confirm Jesus walked this earth.
08:56 – The pause and stutter say it all! What on earth is he talking about now? “the doctrine’s implausibility”? See 00:35 comments.
09:13 – What we know now about the cosmos was already written about in the Bible. Science today is at least 2,000 years BEHIND what God already wrote for us in His inspired and preserved word. “what we know about the all too human origins of the scripture”? Like what exactly – what is it we know about this – expand, back it up, what are you talking about?
09:25 – Christianity IS the “moral wealth of the world”. Just look at the state of the world today now people have taken God and His word OUT of the schools, courts, prisons, hospitals, governments, etc., the world is in a mess and it will only get worse, because the world wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ. People forget that ALL morals come from God’s 10 Commandments, which is written on their hearts.
09:38 – He’s reaching now trying to associate Christ’s death on the cross with Christian human sacrifice! It was RELIGION that put Him on the cross! I do agree though that the Roman Catholics try to re-sacrifice Christ every week in their Mass (they are the ‘power’ too that put Christ on the cross in the first place), and they will play an key role in the Tribulation end times with sacrifices of Jews (it’s all written in the Bible!). Mr Harris, once again, do NOT confuse Roman Catholicism with Biblical Christianity.
09:53 – Once again, Christianity is NOT a religion. And the Lord Jesus Christ was NOT a human – He is God manifest in the flesh of man Who became a voluntary substitutionary sacrifice for us ALL – once and for all – Hebrews 1:3, 10:12. Mr Harris mis-quotes scripture by leaving out the essential “begotten”, and also quotes the chapter and verse without looking at his notes to give the impression that he knows the Bible and knows what’s in it.
10:07 – “so that none need suffer Hell” – Jesus suffered the crucifixion and going to Hell for us – I would say that that’s pretty loving to me my friend! “except for those billions in India” – Christ died for ALL – see 02:25 and 02:30 comments.
10:19 – Whoaa! He’s finally gone! “scientific ignorance”? are you mad Sam?! The Bible has science ALL OVER IT! The founders of modern science were Christians. The science we have today is already written about in God’s word!
10:28 – Now he’s mentioning something that has NOTHING to do with the Bible – he’s deceiving the audience once again. What he’s actually talking about is Hitobashira (人柱 human pillar), practiced formerly in Japan, is a human sacrifice, buried alive under or near large-scale buildings like dams, bridges, and castles, as a prayer to the gods so that the building is not destroyed by natural disasters such as floods or by enemy attacks. Hitobashira can also refer to workers who were buried alive under inhumane conditions. Notice how he brings “children” into it again to try to confirm his opening comments.
10:53 – “sorts of people who wrote the Bible”? Total tosh! The man is reaching so far he puts Mister Fantastic to shame!
10:55 – Another dramatic pause.
10:59 – Now he says that the morals in Christianity are the lowest. Do saved Bible-believing Christians murder people? Do they blow people up? Do they rob from and steal from and cheat their neighbours? Do they act violently towards people and deliberately go out to cause pain and suffering to their fellow man and woman? If there are people like this, then please tell me who they are Mr Harris.
Now, I know that if any unrepentant, rebellious atheist sees my responses here they would still dismiss everything I’ve said, because they will just say that I’m quoting the Bible and they don’t believe the Bible – and that’s absolutely fine with me. But just because someone does NOT believe the Bible, does NOT mean that it is untrue. And we must remember, that the reason why we reference the Bible is because the Bible has NEVER been proven wrong on ANYTHING! We are well within our rights to reference the Bible just like an atheist can reference his/her science books if they want to.
NO ONE has ever found a fault in the word of God – the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible. And THAT’S why your ‘atheist apologists’ (yes, atheism IS a religion – they are their own god and it’s based on their faith of nothing) can only come out with PERSONAL OPINIONS and JUDGMENTS on how God should act, what He should do, why He’s so “nasty” and “unloving”, and, and, and. That’s all they can do, because they are in direct rebellion to their Creator.
Atheists hate Jesus Christ, and therefore they hate Christians (John 15:18; Luke 21:17). And that’s the real motive as to why they spend their one life trying to convince people that there is no God.
As with ALL atheists, something happened to Mr Harris during his life that took him away from the belief in God. No child is born an atheist. Belief in God is educated OUT of children (by parents or schools) as they grow up. I do pray that Mr Harris humbles himself at some point, and sees that there IS a Creator – the God of the Bible who loves him and invites him to eternal life in Heaven by the Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise he WILL burn in the very Hell for which he claims there is no evidence.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45.