[This is something that I added to my atheism blog, and I also just had to add it to my Facebook status. Living surrounded basically by a sea of Christians here in Tennessee, and having heard these two things until I'm sick of it, I thought I'd share it here for any atheists here who may have heard similar.]
I am sure that there are those atheists who have heard some Christian say these words: "God never promised that life would be fair". I have heard it and heard it until it makes me blue in the face whenever I hear a Christian say it these days.
I can understand an unbeliever saying it, but a believer ? It is precisely those believers who make this statement who have no idea whatsoever on how to reason.
The unbeliever who makes this statement knows precisely what he is talking about, because of course life is not fair. It's a given ! Thoughtless, unintentioned, merciless, nature is not fair. How can it be ? It has no mind, no intention, it can be neither moral nor immoral, neither merciful nor unmerciful. It just is what it is.
But to say that God never promised that life would be fair,coming from the mouths of people who believe in an all loving God (as the Bible teaches) is both the height of hypocrisy and the height of stupidity. You see, if God were all loving, as the Bible claims, then life would, indeed, be fair for all. This also ties into that highly ignorant Christian platitude that God has a purpose for us all, because if God was, indeed, all loving, then that purpose would never involve suffering for anyone. So, you know what Christians ? Just quit saying these things and letting the rest of us know how truly ignorant you are.