In my early twenties I scoffed at the “religious” and viewed the existence of an omniscient loving God in this world of suffering as an oxymoron. The thought that some deity had the right to dictate how I should live my life expecting me to follow a book of “do’s” and “don’ts” seemed ludicrous. It wasn’t until I stopped looking at the perceived faults of others and honestly looked at the condition of my own heart that I could freely seek the truth. Part of seeking the “truth” included examining morality in a world of no absolutes. How easy it is to look at the world and point out the bad in others while thinking “I’m good, I’d never kill someone or torture a baby so don’t call me bad.” Yet if anyone of us had every thought, every urge, every desire, exposed to the world I don’t think one of us could walk away without our head hanging in utter shame. Jesus perfectly lays out our condition, the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). We are spiritually dead, separated from God until He gives us new life, makes us a new creation through our acceptance of His grace and love given to us through the death of Jesus Christ.
My search for the truth challenged me to examine myself and the world I lived in. A world of subjective truth, moral relativity, and self indulgence. A world where my happiness and success reigns supreme no matter the cost to others. A world where simultaneously all roads lead to god, I can be god, and where god doesn’t exist. Yet, the truth doesn’t work that way. The truth is absolute and exclusive. Truth is truth no matter how bad one may want it to be otherwise.
Recently a few people commented that believing in God was just as logical as believing in the Greek gods. None of the Greek gods claim to be the way the truth and the life, none of them so accurately point out the condition of our hearts. Jesus is the only one that provides us with a coherent answer to our origin, meaning, morality, & destination. History, prophecy, and personal accounts are all testimony to the absolute truth of the bible. See previous post GOD AND SANTA CLAUS. Some argue that Christians use circular reasoning to prove the existence of God, yet no other world view (belief system) hinges its credibility on its ability to write the future. Bible prophecy is not vague, its specific even predicting the day when Jesus would enter Jerusalem on a donkey proclaiming Himself king. Almost 1/3 of the bible is prophecy, much of it already fulfilled. For centuries skeptics claimed much of the fulfilled prophecy was written after the fact because it was so specific. However, this was disproven when the dead sea scrolls, written over a hundred years before Christ, were discovered. See a previous post IS THE BIBLE TRUE?
This brings us to the next point, many argue that if an all-loving all-knowing perfect God exists why would He allow children to suffer death by starvation, parents to endure heartache upon the horrific death of a child, earth quakes, tsunamis and other natual disasters which devastate so many every year? Why/how could He allow evil and suffering in this world? Surely a God that claims He loves each and every one of us and has numbered the hairs on our head wouldn’t allow these horrific and evil things to occur? Yet, when we acknowledge “evil” we acknowledge “good”, and when we acknowledge the existence of “good & evil” we accept that there is a moral law by which to differentiate. A moral law by which man abides. The existence of a moral law requires a moral law giver. When we say there is no God, we eliminate the moral law giver and implicitly good and evil no longer exist. They become subjective ideas within a culture/society. In some African countries girls between infancy and 15 years old are subjected to female genital mutilation which often involves removal of the genitalia which has no health benefits and is detrimental to the girl. Yet in these countries this is supposed to preserve a girls honor and chastity. In some Islamic countries girls as young as 9 and 10 years old legally work in brothels where they repeatedly marry and divorce men coming for sex with little girls. The list of heinous acts against humans by other humans goes on and yet when we eliminate absolute morality, good and evil become subjective, and the above acts are seen as acceptable, even “good” in these cultures. Yet intrinsically the very fiber of our being tells us that rape, murder, torture, etc…are wrong. God made us in His image, life is sacred and should be treasured.
Given the logic of an existence devoid of God why would throwing my newborn child in a trash can or flushing her down the toilet be wrong when as Richard Dawkins states, “DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” This worldview doesn’t allow room for any sort of absolute morality, only an existence guided by the whims of each person. Through this Naturalistic lens Mother Theresa’s and Adolph Hitler’s lives are on the same par since good and evil can’t exist when they were simply dancing to the music of their DNA. How can we say that the holocaust was evil if there is no moral law, if we are just the product of random unguided processes, what value do we have if our very existence was mere luck in a universe of chance and no real meaning? Philosopher Dr. Alvin Plantiga states it perfectly when he poses the question,
“Could there really be a such thing as horrifying wickedness if there were no God and we just evolved? I don’t see how. There can be such a thing only if there is a way that rational creatures are supposed to live, obliged to live… A [secular] way of looking at the world has no place for genuine moral obligation of any sort…and thus no way to say there is such a thing as genuine and appalling wickedness [evil]. Accordingly, if you think there really is such a thing as horrifying as wickedness…then you have a powerful argument for the reality of God.”
God is a God of love. He is Holy and just and , “is not willing that any should perish.” (2 Peter 3:9). He has made it so clear, all we have to do is repent and believe that His son Jesus Christ died for our sins and He will make us a new creation. He gives us a new life and a new heart.
A and I have neither hate nor judgement in our hearts towards those who don’t believe. We only have love, and with that love our greatest desire is that hearts would be softened and minds would be open to reality and truth of Jesus Christ.
Rest in Him,