Who Are You to Question God?


Seth Andrews mentioned this statement in his most recent podcast of The Thinking Atheist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wezX8XXWnM. It is said in many different ways, but it is something a lot of atheists have heard. It is meant to shut down a conversation. It is meant to bully us into silence.

So who are we to question God? We are humans just like every theist. We have the same access to knowledge that theists do. We have the same basic abilities that theists do. And we have the same rights that theists do. If a theist can proclaim God’s (or a god’s) existence, then we can use our own knowledge and understanding to proclaim the opposite. If theists can say what God wants or doesn’t want from us, then atheists can question that claim.

Who are we to question God? Well, for one, we aren’t questioning God. We don’t believe in God. We are questioning you. We are questioning your claim that God exists. We are questioning your claim that God wants what you say he wants. For another, we have every right to question you, just as you have every right to say what you believe.

Who am I? I am your equal. You don’t get to shut me down because I disagree with you. You don’t get to bully me. You don’t get to take my voice away.

As for God, he can speak for himself. If he wants me to do something, he can tell me himself. And, if he were to do so, then I would question God.

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18 responses to “Who Are You to Question God?

  • The Scarlet Elf

    True! To see we have to look, to find we have to search, and to get answers we have to ask – We all have our rights to speak and have our opinions! I know plenty of wonderful Atheists & a few rotten Christians. What defines all of us in the end is our humanity and our actions. I speak to God and he answers, but that’s just me 🙂

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  • laurabennet

    Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you’ve followed because you found something helpful or encouraging. I’m curious, however, since clearly our views differ drastically, though I wish you the best in life regardless of whether we agree or not.

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  • L Alan Weiss

    The irony of it all is that were it not for the godly there would be no question for the atheist to ask. What I find appealing is God pollution. When I hear some expounding on how God wants us to behave or what God wants one to do when I am in a public space, I am being subjected to God pollution. When I am relaxing on a lounge at a resort and have to listen to some self styled preacher talk about the reality of GRACE, I am being subjected to God pollution. What we believe or don’t believe is a personal matter and should be kept as such. Let’s respect others through our silence. Say no to God pollution.

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    • fbickham2012

      I like your term “God pollution.” It reminds me of trying to listen to a smoker who is standing too close: I don’t mind listening to what he has to say, if he’d just take a few steps back and turn his head a little. The same could be said for the “anti-God pollution,” as well. (Is that kind of like matter/anti-matter or what?) Life can be a two-way street, sometimes: just stay in the right lane (or in some places, left lane), and nobody gets hurt.

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  • winstonscrooge

    From my blog today:

    “It is not so much that the shame ego ignores its critical thinking, but rather the shame ego prioritizes not appearing foolish or wrong above what cause actually deserves or has earned its loyalty. This is why (I believe) arguments involving religion and politics devolve into shouting matches and ad hominem attacks. These type of arguments are about personal beliefs and therefore in some ways define the people making them. If their beliefs are wrong then they as people are wrong. Shame egos cannot abide by this.”

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  • Seth Scott

    Right on. Thanks for sharing, and sorry you’ve had such experience with theists — we can be real bullies sometimes.

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  • quirkyqabalist

    great post!

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  • quirkyqabalist

    Surely the point is that atheism is a belief system? In the same way that individual religions should not feel able to question each other, they should afford the same etiquette to atheists.
    It’s easy to confuse but there is a big difference between someone who believes there is no God and someone who doesn’t believe in anything. We shouldn’t feel able to attack anyone on their beliefs.

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    • hessianwithteeth

      The point isn’t that beliefs shouldn’t be questioned. No belief is above questioning. The point is that we shouldn’t be trying to shut each other down. Disagreeing is a part of life, and it’s worth talking about why we believe different things because that’s when we learn.

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      • quirkyqabalist

        Absolutely agree, but there are ways of disagreeing that are respectful and others not so. Too many times theological debates degenerate into aggressive taunts and retorts that do not show believers and therefore that particular belief system in a good light

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  • The Brain in the Jar

    What you say is part of why I became a somewhat-deist.

    It’s not questioning God, it’s questioning the believers why the believe in that certain form of God, and who are they to speak for him. If God is so mighty, how can he be understood?

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  • Uniquely Mustered

    Reblogged this on Uniqely Mustered and commented:
    What’s your Take if you are to answer this or if you are the one questioning!

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  • Uniquely Mustered

    Right or wrong in your views equals what I intend to say. GOD doesn’t need a defender. So if atheist try to shut some group of people about God or truly intends to shut down the entire world, it does leave him/her with a personal endorsement that there is indeed a God. What I am trying to express is that we who are the God Lovers and those who are the Atheist do not and cannot have a way of understanding God for it will take more than encyclopedias to make an attempt who God is than to question his being. For you have all in your candid words said your personal opinion about him and yet it doesn’t add up.

    The atheist in question may have questioned God no doubt, but we need to understand the dynamics and background by which such is done. Is he asking to know the relevance and presence of God or just to water down the existence of God? Such light is how we are to perceive the Atheists questions. Yes, to some certain extent, we may be drooled in accepting his arguments and methods but in the long run, what is it for me before collating thoughts that could be helpful or harmful to ours. And it goes on and on and on.

    The way to handle this is to allow the atheist or whoever in doing the questioning to voice out first before you then know which sides you are to reel out sentiments from facts and then place your view for discussion or arguments as we are doing now!

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  • BlkAmAth

    A buddy of mine was once telling a story that entailed how he could have died because of some freak accident. A friend of his told him to thank God that he came out of the situation unharmed. I questioned the friend as to why God would put him in a situation like that in the first place and the friend barked at me to “DON’T QUESTION GOD.” I immediately barked back “WHY NOT?” To which the person nervously backed down.. I got the impression that she was used to having people shrink away in silence after being “called out” for questioning our benevolent and supreme creator… It gave me the impression that perhaps many of the people using the this “arguing” style are used to this type of statement doing the arguing for them:

    “Oh you’re questioning GOD???”

    “Oh no no no… what I meant was, umm.. ”

    I don’t know how prepared they are when someone politely but firmly stands their ground and challenges THEM… Just my experience..

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  • vonleonhardt2

    I always just wonder what are people’s credentials? Everybody is an expert on God; there seems to be disparity in effort/time/experience to become said expert…

    So I’ll ask how much has someone bothered to investigate their views, if you put in 2 hours it is presumptuous to think you’re answer hasn’t been pondered by a person with 12 years thought on any subject.

    Ain’t got time for trolls

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  • toddmedicii

    That’s one thing I dislike about people who believe in a deity (I am one of them). People think they can speak for Him when they’ve read a book. Religion is a personal thing. No one has the right to challenge someone’s personal beliefs — that’s if they keep them personal.

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  • robertmgoldstein

    Such a smart post.

    I’m a Christian with a Jewish background.

    I do not believe that a person has to believe in God to be worthy, noble, courageous or ethical.

    Most of the evil in this world is perpetrated by the same kind of person as at the time of Christ. The source of the evil is usually greedy men with small minds who use the name of God to justify barbarism.

    I’ll take a civilized atheist with a book over an irrational fundamentalist with a gun any day.

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