You know there’s a good chance a post is going to head off the tracks right away when it starts off with ‘Dear atheists’ in the title. You click it, hoping it isn’t going to be the usual smear job about how atheists have no way to distinguish what is moral or ethical without their particular flavor of God.
But then you realize it’s the same hate-filled, fear mongering article as you’ve read before, just with a slightly different slant. The newest one I read here on WordPress was called, “Dear atheists, I concede that you are better people than me. Now let’s talk about how you compare to Jesus and his standard . . .”
What a cliff hanger! I had to read on. My hands were sweaty with anticipation as I scrolled downward.
I’ve often seen atheists trumpet about how they are better and more moral than Christians. I find the arguments to be fallacious and pointless, as they are part of the atheist’s incoherent worldview that you can have moral laws without a moral law-giver, and they conveniently script a moral code that just happens to align with what they sometimes do.
Of course, you can read the entire post and never see an example or explanation given about how or why an atheists worldview is ‘incoherent, fallacious and pointless’. Much, much easier to throw mud at the wall and hope something sticks. Examples and explanations are for those godless heathens!
And what atheists sometimes do?
Yes! You’ve hit the nail on the head. Every Christian is always the bastion of consistency and ethical stewardship. Christians never ‘sometimes’ do what’s right. They always do the right thing 100% of the time, unlike those crazy, incoherent atheists.
Having said that, regardless of who is really better I’m glad to concede their point for the sake of argument. Sure, atheists, you are better than me morally. But that won’t accomplish much for you in light of eternity. You will face your creator and be accountable for your sins. Pointing out how awful I was in comparison won’t do a thing for you.
Great. Can we get down to the part where we compare ourselves to your mythical Jesus guy, who told people he was the son of a God responsible for genocide and many other unethical actions?
Please. Pretty please with sugar on top?
Here’s your standard: Romans 2:16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
He is your standard and judge. We all fall woefully short. The Good News is that He already took the punishment for those who repent and believe in him. Do that while there is still time, and stop giving yourself false comfort by pretending that being better than your neighbor takes away your guilt.
What happens to infants who die before they have a chance to consider this God of yours? What about children who die, who may have a dozen years to consider this religion, while others may have 80+ years? Is this God that arbitrary? Are you saying that THIS is his master plan?
And too late for what? What is the implied threat?
Please don’t tell me that I’ll be burned for eternity for not believing, even though this infinitely powerful God would have known that would happen and could easily have furnished the evidence I need to believe.
Sorry, but I prefer to deal with actual people when I’ve done something unethical. When I’ve harmed someone, I will apologize to them. I do not need to put these wrongs at the feet of an invisible deity. I will accept responsibility from them, learn from my mistakes, take the consequences my actions have imposed and move on.
But hey, I’m just an incoherent atheist. What do I know.