I'm sure that nearly all atheists who've discussed religion with xians have been hit with:
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. (Psalm 14:1)
Or is it Psalm 53:1?
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
I can definitely see the temptation to throw this in a non-believer's face -- afterall it MUST be important, they wrote it down twice (god really should have hired a better proofreader).
But, being absolutely sick and tired of hearing this particular verse, I got curious and went to a bible site and did a search on the word "fool". Honestly, I was looking for Matthew 5:22 in particular:
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
(HA! Take that beyotch! Straight out the mouth of Jeez-us-uh!)
What I found were 180+ instances of "fool". I always knew the bible was fool of it (that's so, soo bad).
Of particular interest to me are:
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? (Matthew 23:17)
See, this is Jesus speaking again. Yeah, the same guy who, according to his own words just 18 chapters ago, is now "in danger of the fire of hell".
Even better, the Big Guy Himself says (actually this is Jesus quoting his pops, so YHWH might have a case for slander, or at least a hearsay defense):
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' (Luke 12:20)
Some political prophesying:
Arrogant (or Eloquent) lips are unsuited to a fool —- how much worse lying lips to a ruler! (Proverbs 17:7)
All I have to say is Dubya.
A new biblical record (actually, there very well might be other instances of immediate contradiction:
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes (Proverbs 26:4-5)
Hold up. But, I thought you just said.... Ok, wait - I'm confused.
Fanciful, yes; in denial, not always:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
I don't know about that: god's foolishness can be pretty darned foolish sometimes.
And the future motto of this site and my new personla mantra:
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. (2 Timothy 2:23)
So, what's my point? Stop quoting Psalm 14/53 to me, pretty much. Other than that I just wanted to heap a lil' bit more on the contradiction pile. I was going to list all 183 incidents, but I'm still trying to shorten up my posts so people will actually read them.