“If there is no God, everything is permissible.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov
At first blush this is resounding battle cry for atheists and moral relativists alike. That is until you stop and think on it a moment. By this I mean that without God this is no sense of objective good. Yet, if you think a moment, there are a tremendous number of conclusions that the human race has largely decided in which something is either right or wrong or good or bad. That’s normal.
That’s God manifesting Himself in something we call Natural Law. Law that comes naturally to us courses through our human DNA. The other conclusion that we humans can do anything and everything we wish as we wish, that is simply unnatural.
Why do I say unnatural? Because without an objective good, there is no logical basis to say that murder, rape, stealing, and so on down the line are objectively bad. We might feel bad about any one of these or maybe all of these. I know that I would. The problem we get into rather quickly is that what feels bad to me, might not feel bad to you. What feels good to us might feel bad to others. What feels good to others, might not be to our liking either. Fairly soon a society becomes ungovernable because we have rejected the ultimate regulator, the objective good that we know from God.
If you need evidence for this, consider the 20th century. It was both the least Godless and most bloody century so far in mankind’s history. Think on all of the depravity that was unleashed. Then ask yourself is a mankind without God capable of decently dealing with the concepts of good or bad. For me, I think we’re not.
I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but, when I consider the many millions murdered by people who thought it was good and right to do so, I want to shake my head and maybe even cry. Think on all the atrocities for a brief moment man killing man for being different and choosing differently.., and worse yet, the genocide against the unborn. I don’t want to sound judgmental, but, I think the record speaks for itself.
For me and my house, we will serve the Lord. What choices anyone else makes is, of course, up to them or you the reader. It is, however, our prayer and hope that everyone’s path leads them to go with God.
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