Rationals Admin on 14 Dec 2006 12:54 am
In today’s Boston Globe we find this fascinating article:
The author’s thesis is summarized in this paragraph:
What society loses when it discards Judeo-Christian faith and belief in God is something far more difficult to replace: the value system most likely to promote ethical behavior and sustain a decent society. That is because without God, the difference between good and evil becomes purely subjective. What makes murder inherently wrong is not that it feels wrong,but that a transcendent Creator to whom we are answerable commands: “Thou shalt not murder.” What makes kindness to others inherently right is not that human reason says so, but that God does: “Love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord.”
The atheist alternative is a world in which right and wrong are ultimately matters of opinion, and in which we are finally accountable to no one but ourselves.
The interesting thing is that the author’s god is completely imaginary. There is no “transcendent creator”, and this is obvious to anyone who takes the time to think about it.
How do we know that God is imaginary? There are dozens of ways to know it. But for our purposes here, the easiest way is to look at the Bible from which the author drew his quotes. For example, the commandment “Thou shalt not murder” is found just a few pages away from a commandment telling us to kill everyone who works on the Sabbath (Ex 35:2). There is the commandment telling us to kill all homosexual men (Lev 20:13). As well as the commandment telling us to kill all girls who marry if they are not virgins (Deut 22:13-21). There is also the commandment telling us it is OK to own slaves, and it is OK to beat them with a rod as long as we do not kill them (Ex 21:20-21). It is easy to go on and on with verses like these, because the Bible is full of them.
Isn’t it interesting that the author freely quotes “Thou shalt not murder”, but then completely ignores all of these other commandements? These other commandments come from the same “god” in the same book as “Thou shalt not murder.” Yet they are, quite obviously, completely insane.
Why does the author of the Boston Globe article believe in “Thou shalt not murder”, while completely ignoring these other commandments which are insane? Why is the author unable to see the contradiction and absurdity of his position, and understand that his god is imaginary? It is because the author is missing something essential. His religion has forced him into a position of utter irrationality.
It is time for all human beings to join together and face reality. We must break free of the irrationality and understand that every human “god” is imaginary. This includes God, Allah, Vishnu and all the rest. We must understand that the author is incorrect when he states that, “The atheist alternative is a world in which right and wrong are ultimately matters of opinion, and in which we are finally accountable to no one but ourselves.” He is incorrect because this is not “the atheist alternative.” This is, in fact, the reality of our world. This is how our world has always been, and how it always will be. And let us be thankful for that. For if we followed all of the commandments of the “god” in the Bible, we would have to kill half of the people living in America today. See this video for details.
If you would like to learn more about the reality of our world and begin healing the delusion of your religion, please see Why won’t God heal amputees, particularly Chapter 5, Chapter 26 and Chapter 28.