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Monday, March 9, 2009

Does it matter?

The fool has said in his heart there is no God. Psalms 14:1

If you have not already read it, please read the blog Does God Exist? In this blog I will explore the second part of the question Does It Matter? Be warned I will not sacrifice the truth on the altar of political correctness. If you want PC you should probably hit the “Next Blog” button at the top of your screen. Let me summarize my argument for you. There is NO legitimate intellectual argument against the existence of God. You might be asking the question than why doesn't everyone believe in Him then? When someone says God doesn’t exists it is not because that is what logical, philosophical, scientific, and mathematical evidences points to. Hardly! No this is not an intellectually rooted claim this is a MORAL claim. These same people don’t want there to be a God so that they are free to follow the perversions of their own heart.

Let’s examine Psalms 14. In this passage God is looking down on the earth and considering all the evidence that points to His existence and his conclusion is absolutely amazing. He says, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God”. Huh? What? Let’s be clear. God isn’t trying to be immature and insulting. Remember when you were a kid and you would stick your tongue out at somebody and say Nana Nana Na Na. God’s not doing that here. Instead He makes an assessment of all the evidence and instead of siding with the atheist and saying, “Poor atheist, there is just not enough evidence", He calls the unbeliever a fool! This means that according to God the atheist is being completely irrational! So what reason does God give for people choosing not to believe in him? He says, “They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.” Psalms 14:1.

Aldous Huxley, renowned atheist writer, wrote a book entitled “Brave New World” and in it he is more honest than most atheists. His explanation is compelling. He writes,

“I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning. Consequently, I assumed that it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. Most ignorance is vincible ignorance: We don’t know because we don’t want to know. It is our will that decides how and upon which subjects we shall use our intelligence. Those who detect no meaning in the world generally do so because for one reason or another it suites their books that the world should be meaningless. For myself, as no doubt as for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.”

Did you catch that? He wanted there to be no God so that there would be no morality and thus no obstacles to his sexual explorations! Search your own hearts, friend and I am willing to bet that the times where you were most inclined to doubt the existence of God is when you have been most attracted by sin! I can say this unabashedly even if I don’t know you personally because the Bible clearly says in Psalms 14 that to doubt the existence of God is a moral consideration, not an intellectual one!

So let’s say that you read Does God Exists and lets say that you went along with it. Let say that you conclude that there is a God. Big deal so what?

There are 4 questions that every culture and philosophy must answer in a cohesive and internally consistent way. Any philosophy that does not answer these questions is useless because these are the questions that every human being universally longs to know.

Origin: Where am I from?
Meaning: Why am I here?
Morality: How should I live?
Destiny: Where am I going?

Most atheists are intellectually lazy and just want to live a life of selfish ease. So my challenge to the atheist is to just try to answer ONE of these questions using their worldview. Friends, take God out of the equation and try to answer ONE of these questions.

Origin: Can’t answer it. Evolution violates the laws of biogenesis, thermodynamics, enthropy, the anthropic principal etc.
Meaning: If I am the result of a cosmic accident what meaning is there? If I am a speck of dust than there is no transcendent meaning beyond what I invest in. Hitler found meaning through genocide, while you might find meaning in philanthropy but there is no substantive difference between these two and no criteria to measure the difference!
Morality: None. Everything is based on preference. Mass murder is the same as selfless heroism. There is nothing to distinguish Hitler from Mother Teresa. No one can decide which is better than the other. There are no criteria in which to judge any moral standard apart from a theistic universe.
Destiny: None. When we die we aren’t going anywhere. The atheist should never lament death. This is simply a naturalist process. He should be glad to go into the dust. The atheist may as well commit suicide. In fact, acclaimed atheist Jean Paul Sartre said that he would off himself but that he was too afraid he would mess it up.

So that’s door number one. Now lets see how easily these questions can be answered using the Christian worldview.

Origin: Genesis 2:7 Human beings came from the very hand of God and were created in His image (Genesis 1:27). We did not come from apes! This is a rational, meaningful, defensible statement.
Meaning: Ephesians 1:5 and 1Peter 2:9 our purpose is to know God and to enjoy Him eternally.
Morality: John 14:15 we are to keep God’s commandments which are found in Exodus 20
Destiny: John14:1 God has prepared a place for us and will come to take us home with Him.

A life lived without answer to these four questions is a substandard life. God matters. Take Him out of the equation and you have nothing but brutal nihilism. To believe in God or not believe in God really is a choice between ALL or NOTHING. Which will you decide?

*Based on Pastor David Asscherick’s lecture “Does God Exists? Does It Matter?” You can listen to it here.

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