Let’s say you’re having a conversation with a theist.
You’re trying to point out inherent contradictions in God-belief. God is omniscient and supposedly knows everything we’re ever going to do, yet still we pray to change our fates… how does that make any sense?
Or: We pray to survive in a war while the other side gets annihilated… where was their God? What good were their prayers? Was God listening to them?
Then, at some point, the theist says this:
If God exists, then His understanding is way beyond ours, and we would only know what He would reveal to us of His understanding.
Where do you go from there?
Nowhere. You can’t. Once the person says what God does is beyond our comprehension… or that we must take something on faith… or that anything that contradicts the Bible is inherently wrong… nothing you say is going to sway the other person’s opinion.
SarahH puts it like this in the Forums:
This is, in my opinion, the ultimate conversation-stopper. You can’t argue a point any further once God’s “mystery” has been invoked.
She raises some interesting questions:
What are some other discussion-killers you have encountered?
Is there any way to get around that wall?
Have you ever found yourself killing the discussion? How/Why did you do it?
(via Friendly Atheist Forums)