"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." Psm. 53:1
Welcome back to "Skeptripe," where I expose words and phrases used by so-called "Skeptics" and Athiests that are overused, misused, or just plain stupid.
"Skeptics" will often complain about "ad hominem" attacks in arguments. They'll say that "just because someone is an Athiest doesn't mean that they're untrustworthy or evil," or "just because someone is an anonymous person online doesn't mean they're wrong." They claim that a person's character doesn't matter as long as they give a valid argument. As usual, these "Skeptics" are missing the point entirely.
Just as it says in Psalms, none of the Athiest "Skeptics" who shun God do any good things. People who don't believe in the Bible have nothing to keep them from committing all sorts of sins: lying, stealing, murdering. Of course we care about their personal character: why would we want to listen to a liar and a murderer? If you're talking to an Athiest, chances are that they're both, or worse. It doesn't do any good to argue with someone who's lying to you--their argument is going to be full of lies!
Good people do good things and bad people do bad things--that's obvious! If someone's a bad person, it means they do bad things; how could anyone, even an Athiest deny this? It only makes sense for us to find out if someone is a good or bad person before we try to argue with them, because at least that way we know what we're getting into--an intelligent discussion with a good, godly person, or a bitter war with a sinful lying Hellbound God-hating Athiest.
Yes, we look ad hominem--to the man--in order to see how close the man comes ad deo--to God.