Mormons Respond to Atheism | 3 Mormons

We can read some of the Book of Mormon. You’re like my gospel doctrine teacher that asks questions and then someone gives a profound thing and they say thanks thanks. Oh yeah we have five minutes, thanks Jim. We’ve got Greg Trimble here, a popular LDS blogger who wrote a really cool book Dads Who Stay and Fight. And we’re going to
talk about atheism. Oh. We’re so afraid. I’m actually terrified. Because the atheists, they’re like an army on YouTube they’re powerful. Have you seen like the Amazing Atheist with the beard, TJ? He’s like… I don’t know TJ. I don’t know but he’s like this is a popular account. He’s a count? Like he’s like a rich man? Count TJ the Atheist? He’s a count like a vampire but he’s an atheist. Instead of a coffin he just lays in a pile of Richard Dawkins books. Atheists are human beings, they’re
rational, they’re smart, they have morals they’re people. They’re still loved by
God even if they don’t believe in God. So I think we need to have a conversation about misconceptions of atheism. So I tweeted “What do you think are mistakes
Christians make about atheists or atheism in a discussion about atheism. And @MLAFletch said, “Mixing up the differences between being agnostic
and being atheist as well as acting like we are better than those who don’t
believe.” What would you say is the difference between atheist and an
agnostic? An atheist doesn’t believe in an intelligent designer and agnostics
are just, I don’t know, I’m waiting to figure out. If there’s, if
there’s a God then I’ll meet him and I’ll say hi and good but… I
really think most Millennials are leaning for that area. There’s no
doubt. In fact there’s a Pew Research poll that says that it’s the
fastest-growing religion among Millennials is agnosticism. If I weren’t a Mormon, I’d probably be an agnostic. Oh, I’d be a Catholic. Or maybe a Presbyterian and sing in a gospel choir cuz that’s fun. So I think there’s a big battle
especially online atheists, agnostics against Christianity and
they say, “Why are you binding yourself to a certain doctrine? I feel
like I can be happy if I can choose anything I want. There’s too many rules. My argument would be that you’re not going to find more happiness… like
what would I do if I wasn’t a member of the church? I wouldn’t go out and do
a whole bunch of other things that the world says is it going to make you happy. In fact those things you see are actually more binding
than keeping the commandments. Keeping the commandments actually makes you free. What are some examples? Take drinking, for instance. If you were to go out and
become an alcoholic you have now been put into submission,
you’ve become a slave to a debilitating a debilitating drug and to remain, to
keep that commandment, people are like Oh you’re Mormon, keeping the Word of Wisdom. Well, it’s actually a method that keeps us free from stain and
bondage to those things. I’m going to talk about the two-world
view and how Christians look toward the next life like
we’re following Jesus Christ, we’re living by these set of Commandments
because we want our reward or either just lack of punish. Many people would
say, “You guys are probably lost in your thoughts or lost in this hope for the future because it’s not based in fact. If there is no future and there is no God
and we are just you know particles we’re just fertilizer. If Ian had a million dollars right? Maybe just say Rob. And
I was gonna rob him… Yeah, you’re gonna rob him. What is keeping you from robbing Rob? What is keeping me… if there’s no God… if you’re not bound by anything. Then I don’t know, I’m not sure. I mean
except my conscience and my emotions. You have no conscience, you’re a fertilizer. you’re a prokaryotic cell that turned into a self-replicating cell in evolution over
many years and you’re just two fertilizers. But you’ve evolved into higher intelligence what keeps you from feeling bad about taking all his money? And there is no point for existence, we’re
just here, why wouldn’t I? I don’t know… Well I would say it’s our conscience and
our emotions. That’s what keeps someone as just two pieces of fertilizer.
Is there conscience? Like how does fertilizer get a conscience? Or cells? Oooo
I see what you’re getting to here! I like his face. Play devil’s advocate. If you are
atheist, an agnostic would say, “Well I don’t know, I mean there could be a God
and maybe I feel this way because there is a God but I don’t know for sure and
so I’m not gonna commit myself to either way I’m just
going to try to be a good person I know lots of good agnostics I know lots of good
atheists but philosophically what would keep you from taking all his money? You would say the law. Right? You would say the cops will come and arrest you. So is there anything else? Why do people feel bad for for things you know? Because it was
culturally planted by religion. Was it? It could have been. Or there’s a
divine sense in each of us that radiates with morality, that knows
there are Commandments and laws that are transcendent of our time. I think we have
to set the groundwork for what we’re willing to accept as evidence or proof
right? So that’s always what’s teetering because let’s say, okay if we’re going to
say we accept proof for historical events, we know certain battles happened
and that these number of people died from the records and testimonials from diary
entries from from a number of things from writings from the people at the
time period right? That’s how we can determine many historical events but
when you put in a divine force into an event like the first vision people are
like that’s fake. I was gonna get there… I know but you were talking for awhile. So we can use that same groundwork for evidence and say that
well we have multiple witnesses that Jesus Christ appeared in the Kirtland
Temple to the Saints. Joseph and Sidney Rigdon both testified and saw the Savior
appeared to them. We have the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon. We have a lot of these divine miracles. That’s the same measure of proof we have in historical accounts so
why is it completely discredited, why is that kind of proof not allowed in the
discussion about theology? So a modern-day Joseph Smith 1820 having the
first vision in springtime, seeing God the Father and Jesus Christ, he
was the only one there. How are we supposed to believe that if he’s just
making this up? Well there’s more miracles besides the first vision.
I know but it’s something that we based the restoration on, right? It’s true and
so I think what’s important is lots of atheists they’re not nonsensical or
they’re irrational and they say things like well how could you believe this if
it’s based on one man? Yes we believe that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the
restoration but that’s the thing is you take evidence and you take the
scientific method of discerning logic and discerning truth but then there’s
also a spiritual engagement that you have to have with God when talking about
theology. It’s about God so why don’t we allow him in the conversation?
It’s silly when we say yeah that’s not possible because it’s God. There is an
interview with Richard Dawkins and he is one of the most respected atheists in the
world and one of the world’s most hated eyebrow holders. Eyebrows are
everywhere! Come on. He had an interview with Ben Stein and I mean this
is coming out of his mouth. Ben Stein asked him, he says, “Hey, what are the
chances that there could be an intelligent designer?” He says, “There’s no chance, maybe 99% No. Maybe 1%.” He says, “Maybe 98% or maybe 49%, why is it 1%?” One of the most interesting things I’ve
seen is it Dawkins he goes and he says Well there is this compelling and
intriguing possibility that there was a higher, more intelligent being or beings
somewhere in this universe that came down to earth and seeded life on this
earth and then Stein kind of looks at me says but you can’t call it God, right? So
you can call them aliens, you can call them intelligence riding on the backs
of crystals and hitting a primordial swamp and get struck by lightning and eukaryotic cells turn into replicating cells and life begins, we have
all of these things happening that are so much more unbelievable than
thinking that there’s an intelligent designer. And it was interesting the word
that Dawkins used when he described it, he said that there would be some sort of
signature in life that that began here and so you have you have the world’s
most well known atheists or probably one of the most well known
atheistic books against God admitting that there could be a possibility of a
higher intelligence seeding life and beginning life here on this earth as
some sort of experiment or project or whatever so there’s no there’s no
evidence, you can’t prove that God doesn’t exist. I mean they’ll come right back at you that you can’t prove that he does exist. Exactly but you would say, “Does your logical mind look at everything
that we have our eyes, our bodies, even in the cells the factories within our
bodies, do you look at that and do you say to yourself, “Yeah, that looks like
something that could be ten to the fifty second chance of randomly assembling
itself out of nothing. And that’s what I was trying to say earlier. Chaotic material is much
more unbelievable to believe that I’m sort of to the fifty second power that we’ve been created than it is to believe that there is some sort of
superior being designing all this. If you take an atheist and you say, “Well the Holy
Ghost…” They’re going to laugh at you and say, “The Holy Ghost, what? Are you kidding me, this invisible communication? Well, if you ever watched
Ghost Watchers, you will know that spiritual matter is a thing. No, seriously
though back in the days they used to call it Ether and now it’s kinda this essence throughout everything and now they call
it dark matter. They have different- scientists agree that there’s some sort
of essence that goes in all things and through all things and round about all
things, we would use the scriptures. But this essence is actually used to
communicate and we actually use it every single day. If I have my phone I’m
sending invisible messages across the world up into the air to a server that
records every single impression that comes from this phone and it’s recorded
somewhere. I mean this is there’s a science behind even
the way that we feel the Holy Ghost and so they say religion and science, it has to
be separate. Religion and science actually go together God is the great
scientist. At the end of the day, I don’t like saying that atheists are bad people.
They’re not. They’re people. And I think at the end of the day we
need to understand that conversations about atheism and theology need to
happen. And they don’t have to be vitriolic, they can be they can be
scholarly and kind and rational we don’t have to be children okay. Someone’s going
to write at the end be like well you guys did that for in the whole show yeah
but our show it’s our show yeah. When you want it, you
create a YouTube show. We’re such jerks! Honestly, Atheists we’d like to
hear what you think because… I don’t know for some reason I have an issue saying
atheists. No, it’s fine. Thanks for watching today we really want you to
check out Greg’s books, go check out his blog and subscribe to the show. We’re on
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook all over the place we’re even in dark matter and
ether matter spiritual matter we’re all over. God is all over. Who’s all over? That
sounds like Twister. You know references that nobody knows. You never played Twister? Oh no, that game is weird.

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