In this post, I just want to point out a couple of things that atheism imply. But first of all, I want to make it clear that I am not attacking atheists, but atheism as a rule.
1. Life is Random
Atheism is the belief that there is no God. This is coupled with the belief that life has evolved over a long period of time. I’m not going to go into the details about why I don’t believe this is the case, because I already wrote a post about that. But the belief that life has evolved randomly has its own implications. It implies that life is unimportant. If every organism is random, and every organ has come into this world by chance, why should we treasure life? When someone dies, they just stop existing. There is nothing else that we can do about it, and they are no longer happy, sad, or feeling any other emotion, so why is death even sad?
This belief would imply that we should be completely self-centered. After all, we are here on this Earth because we were the stronger organisms, the survivors. We need to survive at all costs, regardless of the harm it may do to others. After all, the are only here by chance anyway.
2. Authority is irrelevant
A further implication of the first point is that authority is irrelevant. We could make a very strong argument that the government and the other authority figures in our life are just as random as we are, and thus have no ground to tell us what to do. After all, laws and ordinances are in place to protect not only our personal freedom, but that of everyone around us. It is the whole “you are free to do whatever you want unless you endanger the freedom of somebody else.” But if you no longer care about the freedom of other people, why would you respect authority?
Atheists do NOT believe these things
I stated above that I believe that Atheism implies the above two points. I do, however, have many atheist friends, and I would say as a rule, they do not believe either that life is unimportant or that authority is irrelevant. Why? I would argue it is because they are created by God, whether they believe it or not. God created human beings. Which means they are not random. And every human being, unless they have been hardened by some outer situation, has an implicit respect for human beings. Which is why a life ends, it is incredibly sad. And atheists usually respect of authority. Because as humans, we have an innate sense that society will function better if we respect authority.
I would argue, however, that belief in God strengthens both of these senses. In my experience, the more I have come to know and love my God, the more I have implicitly loved and respected all those around me. I was raised by God-fearing parents, so a love for all creatures was imparted to me while growing up, but as I’ve grown older, that love has been strengthened. After all, if God has created a person in a particular way, who am I to criticize His work? He’s God. And He loves all creatures, great and small. So who am I to disagree with Him? No one. My respect for authority has also increased. The Bible says that all authority is ordained by God, and I believe it with all my heart. It says in 1 Corinthians that “all things are lawful to me, but not all things are profitable.” Christ fulfilled the law on the cross, so actually there is absolutely NO offense that He can not or will not forgive. But, as a Christian, I can testify that the life of a Christian is not a lawless life. The more I come to know my God, the more I have an inward desire to become right with both God and men. The more I come to love my God, the more He limits me in what I do and say. I have found that when I respect not only the God-ordained authority around me (the government, my boss, my parents, etc.), and when I take care of the God-given feeling in my conscience when I deal with other people, my Lord is much, much richer and enjoyable to me. He doesn’t allow me to do everything. I disobey a lot (because I am also a fallen human being), but I am happiest when I allow my Lord to rule me.