In a typical debate with a conservative Christian regarding the evidence for their supernatural belief system, their defense strategy typically follows this pattern:
1. We have multiple eyewitness sources of people claiming to have seen the resurrected, walking/talking body of Jesus. This quantity of eyewitness testimony would be sufficient to win any court case. Therefore, this is all the evidence we need to prove that Jesus is alive and that he is God, Lord of heaven and earth.
Reply: No, you may believe that you possess eyewitness testimony of people claiming to have seen a walking, talking first century corpse but these claims are contested. Very much contested. The fact is that the majority of Bible scholars and historians do not believe that the Gospels, the only historical sources in which anyone explicitly claims to have seen a walking/talking resurrected body, were written by eyewitnesses nor even by associates of eyewitnesses. Such contested testimony would not be allowed in any court. It is hearsay.
2. The many accurate prophecies found in the Old Testament about Jesus prove that he was the Messiah, the Son of God.
Reply: Once again, this claim is contested. For one, the overwhelming majority of Jewish scholars are absolutely convinced that not one single prophecy about Jesus exists in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). Secondly, if the prophecies in the Old Testament were as accurate as Christians claim, we should find this fact mentioned in public university world history text books, such as: “The futuristic predictions in the Christian Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) are the most accurate predictions of any prophet or fortune teller in all of history”. Nope. You won’t find that statement anywhere but in Christian propaganda.
3. The principles of philosophy can be used to demonstrate the necessity of the existence of God.
Reply: So what. I never claimed that a Creator God does not exist, I only claimed that the evidence strongly suggests that YOUR god (the Christian god) does not exist.
4. You (Mr./Ms. Skeptic) will never see the truth of Christianity and the truth about our Lord Jesus Christ unless you first repent of your stubborn, willful, sin and believe in him as your Lord and Savior. Only then will the Holy Spirit give you the wisdom and insight to see the truth of Christianity.
Reply: Don’t give me that hocus pocus, magical, secret knowledge nonsense. Every ignorant, deceitful, conniving cult on the planet uses that argument: “Believe first, then you will see how right we are!”
I have another idea: Use your brain, examine the evidence, and then see that all supernatural beliefs are superstitions, and nothing more. Educated, modern adults should not believe in superstitions. Period.