Quick Fire Round

New Testament Round

  1. If the rise of Christianity is evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, do you also believe in the tablets Joseph Smith claimed to find because of the rise of Mormonism?
  2. Sathya Sai Baba (died 2011)
    1. Sathya Sai Baba has witnesses to his miraculous healing of others, resurrections and virgin birth (among other miracles). Are you less convinced by Sathya Sai Baba’s witnesses in this modern context than Jesus’ witnesses in the 1st century?
    2. If so, why?
  3. Where did Jesus tell his disciples to go after his resurrection?

Old Testament Round

  1. What does archaeological evidence say about the Exodus of the slaves from Egypt?
  2. Cain
    1. What happened to Cain after he killed Abel?
    2. If you answered “He got married”, who did he marry?
    3. If you answered that the Earth no was no longer fertile for him, how did humanity continue (with his brother dead and him unable to eat)?
  3. How many sons did Abraham have?
  4. What should a healthy person’s lifespan be, approximately?

The Qur’anic Round

  1. Is there a Geographic and literal point on Earth where the sun sets into a murky puddle?
  2. Did Mohammed literally fly on a winged horse?
  3. (If you answered “No” to either of the above) How can you tell the Qur’an is scientifically accurate when it indulges in non-literal descriptions?
  4. What are stars?
  5. Give details on the size and distance from the Earth of the moon and sun.



28 thoughts on “Quick Fire Round”

  1. 1. It describing a view point of human, therefore a human seen it as sun set into murky water…
    I said ” He saw a stick have bend in a glass of water”. Does, I mean as stick have bend? It mean “optical illusion…

    2. It not literal, it mean “he fly in winged creature”. Yes, it describing a magical event, therefore unexplainable.

    And I don’t understand others question, it too blur.

    What are stars? As student of geography, you should understand better than me..

  2. 1. Qur’an 18:83-86—And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnain. “Say: “I shall recite to you something of his story.” Verily, We established him in the earth, and We gave him the means of everything. So he followed a way. Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water. And he found near it a people.” It’s not about a perspective, it’s about a literal claim.

    2. Wait, is it “not literal” or is it “describing a magical event”?

    (Skip 3)

    4. What are stars according to the Qur’an?

    5. What does the Qur’an say about the size of the moon and sun and their distance from Earth?

    “And I don’t understand others question, it too blur.”
    You pluralise the noun: “… other questions…”
    Use the adjective form: “… too blurry…”
    Don’t forget auxiliary verbs: “… is it too blurry…”

    What you are saying is understandable, just thought you might want the help.

  3. 1. “when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water.”
    who is “he” in the sentence, so you decide yourself.
    Or may be, you try emphasize to the translated word “found” in the sentence. So, from my understanding and Arabic word understanding, it mean “he found it [as if] setting”.
    2. It describing an event. That it.
    4. It depend on the sentence of the word. “You like a star” and “I saw a star” have 2 different meaning.
    5. Give a quote.

    1. Foolish, silly manchild! If Jesus can turn a fish into an Automatic Teller Machine dispersing free coins, YHWH can weave a little magic on Judas’ fall. Now, to the corner for ten minutes 😉

        1. There is such a lineage. I call it the “begots”. It’s the passage creationists use to say the earth is 6,000 years old.
          But it doesn’t then fall on me to disprove each of those people’s existence. It falls to the person who wants me to believe in them to present the evidence.
          However, no. Such a record of a lineage wouldn’t convince me of the supernatural or divine elements of the Torah or Bible. I don’t think it is reasonable to point at things explicable by natural processes or misunderstandings and to derive supernaturalism from that.

        2. Okay. I’m interested in where this is going.
          If you could demonstrate that a lineage in the Torah actually reflected historical fact, when I would change my mind about that lineage.
          But I would not change my mind because it is in the Torah, I would change my mind because of the other sources provided.
          It wouldn’t, therefore, lend credence to other things.

        3. Fair enough. I look at my atheist, Jewish, Catholic, and Lutheran heritage, and find that my ancestors thought the Torah boring books of “begats”. I find them perhaps the most complete documentation of the family history of a people group ever. I have nothing to point you to as far as “evidence”. I just thought it is a unique characteristic of Torah that distinguishes it amongst books of antiquity. If one is a storyteller, even one like Tolkien who creates a massive backstory, who goes to the depths of that many generations for a folk tale? Curious is it not? Why include a 42 generation backstory for a myth?
          I thank you for your thought full comments. I’m well at peace with minds like yours! I’m only oppressed in the company of those who never ask “Why?”

        4. Okay, so 42 generations are listed in order, with no particular detail. You have no indication of whether they are accurate. You find this inclusion to be peculiar.

          Then what?

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