The Iceberg Argument is an accurate term for the nature of most religious arguments. Similar to icebergs, 95% of it isn’t there. This is the most important portion, the evidence, the explanations. It is what keeps a theory afloat. The very best example comes from the opening line from the Bible, the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
A whole book is believed because of this one line! People dedicate their lives around a holy book that contains many, many stories. These stories are only credible if that one single line holds any weight.
How much weight can one line hold?
Incredibly little. It is with arrogance to make a claim without any evidence. You would need an entire box set to grasp what we know through science about our universe, mere sentences are not and should not be acceptable. Stories without follow up evidence are indeed that. Stories.
Don’t live your life around one-line claims.
Similarly, refuse to take stories as valid arguments. I recently asked a blogger on the site why he is so convinced of the afterlife and how he understands it so well.
This was the response:
Good question! To answer, I’ll point to the story of the Prodigal Son.
Hang on a second! Can I please any evidence to suggest that would be worth my time?
Before I listen to lengthly stories I want credible reason to. Unfortunately, no evidence is presented here, only a lengthly re-tell of a story and no reason whatsoever as to why it should be retold.
Good question! To answer, I’ll point to the story of the Prodigal Son. Here, Jesus tells of a boy who disobeyed his father’s commands, rebelled, and ran away. After a time, the son finds the home the world provides isn’t satisfying him. He feels lonely and doesn’t belong. Years later, he returns home, to his father, with his head hung low. He fears his father would punish him, or worse, banish him for being so foolish. Instead, when he returns, the father takes him in his arms, clothes him with his best robe, and celebrates his son’s return.
Jesus told this story to demonstrate His own character and nature, and to show the home He’s prepared is always open to those who will come. It’s a place of love and acceptance.
This story is an allegory for all of us. All of us have gone astray and have turned from God in favor of finding our own way, but if we’re honest, we still haven’t found what we’re looking for, but there’s always a place at Christ’s table for anyone who believes.
What puts me apart from the billions that go along with this story? I do not choose to believe because someone tells me to. There is nothing in there that should make you choose to believe any more than any other story. If you can find something that does, please comment below.
If you read that and are convinced, you are a person that believes what you want to be true, not what theory provides evidence. I do not see any evidence in the comment whatsoever. Purely storytelling.