Summary: Learn how to respond if anyone says, "Your faith is as irrational as believing in a Flying Spaghetti Monster."
Attack of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Rationality of God
Wellspring Community Church 7/10/16
Have you heard of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? It is quite real. Members refer to themselves as Pastafarians.
Their confession of faith says that 2,000 years ago a powerful, but invisible creature made of spaghetti, noodles, meatballs, and sauce created the universe. He made people who were at first midgets. His first followers were pirates who most people considered to be good until Christian and Hare Krishna missionaries spread bad reports about the
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is classified as a legitimate religion with all the associated first amendment rights. Pastafarians have been granted permission to wear a colander on their head on driver’s licenses because it’s religious head gear. On January 23rd, 2014, Christopher Schaeffer, a Pastafarian minister, was sworn into the Pomfret, N.Y. Town Council last week wearing a colander.
I know you’re thinking, “These people are ridiculous. How could anyone believe in the existence of a flying spaghetti monster much less for a church around such a thing?”
The truth is, Pastafarians don’t really believe in the existence of a flying spaghetti monster. Instead, they are trying to make a point about religion in general: It’s ridiculous. It’s irrational. If you are a Christian, your beliefs are ridiculous and irrational. It’s fine to privately hold your silly beliefs, but you should not bring them into the public square to determine law or education.
Is belief in the God of the Bible just as irrational as belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster? Is there any evidence for the existence of God?
There's lots of evidence. Because of time constraints I'm only going to scratch the surface of it. Before I introduce anything new, let me remind you of one argument that most of you should know already: the moral argument.
The Moral Argument for God’s Existence
If there is no God, objective moral values and duties do not exist
Objective moral values and duties do exist
Therefore, God exists.
If you meet anyone who affirms objective moral values and duties (morally good or evil outside of our opinions) they must believe God exists. There is no foundation for objective morality without God. Take murder for example: if we live in a universe that is totally material, murder cannot be objectively evil. It's just a matter of opinion or a social construct or a product of evolution. If this is the case our view of murder might change due to opinion or changes in society or the advancement of evolution. What's evil one day might be good the next. But the only way we can say that anything is good or bad is if there is a perfect standard to which we can compare them. That perfect standard is God or it does not exist at all. We also have no objective moral duties toward one another unless there is a person who will hold us accountable for them.
In my experience it's hard to pin atheists down with the moral argument. They typically conclude that we all just know right and wrong by nature and won't consider how flawed that line of thinking is. Often they'll ask for scientific evidence for God's existence. This is something we can provide.