(In the great Russian novel, The Brothers Karamazov, author Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “If there is no God, all things are permissible.” Our reader, Mark Gaylord, has penned a piece exploring a few consequences of such a scenario. It is why there is such a nihilistic emptiness at the center of modern culture. Fortunately, there is God – and He is preparing to call His people back to Him.-CJ)
By Mark Gaylord
What if there is no God? What if Atheists are right? What would that mean and what would be the conclusions to draw if the premise were fully thought out?
If there is no God then there was no miraculous creation, in fact there would be no miracles at all. If there is no God, life itself is just a fluke of nature, a lucky happenstance. This would mean we were not created by God with a purpose and as a consequence life would have no intrinsic “meaning”. If true we were not created with any moral purpose at all. I personally find it hard to believe my life or that of my children have no higher purpose or meaning other than that of un-designed continued biologic processes.
If there is no God, there are no moral absolutes. There would be no supreme authority dictating right or wrong. If there is no God, there is no moral right or wrong, nor absolute moral truths. These would just be relative concepts. What is right for one may or may not be right for another. If there is no God, Hitler wasn’t wrong nor immoral. He was just more powerful and luckier than others, while he was, until he wasn’t. Without God such historic accounts don’t matter at all and there are no valid lessons or conclusions to draw regarding good and/or evil.
If there is no God then there is no higher authority than brute force or personal or group decisions. Nothing has value outside of what any creature itself decides is of value or what “values” are forced on him/her. Value and values are nothing more than mere individual personal concepts without God. Without God life has no absolute value. Serial killer? So what? Who is to say with any certainty it is wrong to kill? On what basis would it be wrong? Abortion? No one could have been made in the image of God, so there should be no fuss. Infanticide, euthanasia are fine as long as it is to someone else! If we ended all life, it would not matter as life would have no value outside itself. The fact is there would be no such thing as “Sin” since by definition sin is that which is opposed to the will of God, and if there is no God it cannot exist.
Slavery would be a non-issue since no foundational moral arguments against it could be made. Inflicting pain on others would be OK, if you think it is, as their life would have no value (nor would yours or mine). “Might” might as well make right. Without God nobody has any moral rights at all with no supreme authority to perfectly declare what is a right and true. As noted above our concepts of “rights” would be based on nothing more than personal or group opinions and those can and do change (and would have no value anyway). Justice becomes a hollow concept at best, probably nothing more than unjustified revenge. Without God there are no moral consequences. Life eventually ends and that is it. Why should we bother having or serving on a police force or as Judges? Why would anyone serve others at all unless it was of a personal benefit to themselves? Laws become nothing more than a form of mob rule!
If there is no God why be kind? “Mercy”, “Love”, “Kindness” no longer would have a moral basis, they just be irrational behaviors. Love is reduced to a set of mere electro-chemical reactions in a brain, nothing more. Love would just be an evolved behavior to improve the odds of the continuation of a chain of an otherwise meaningless existence. Emotions in others could just be ignored. Did or do you have a loving Mother, Father, other relatives or friends? Are they just fools? Are you at all Loving toward others? Without God, Love becomes nothing more than nature’s way of coercing you to do things contrary to your own good, like making sacrifices for others. Without God – (excuse the phrase) “to Hell with everyone else!” Is there or can there even be a hell if there is no God? Without God justice makes no sense. With no God no actual evil exists. Maybe a modern day cannibal like Jeffrey Dahmer was on to something, that valueless people are at least potentially good to eat and there is nothing actually wrong with that given a pure, consistent, well thought out atheistic view.
Cold blooded murder? So what? Without God we established that nothing of absolute value is lost, no actual rights existed to be denied, and there was no ultimate meaning nor purpose contradicted. In effect the person’s “luck” just ran out, as that’s all life is without God, a stroke of luck (if you can call an existence devoid of any meaning “luck”).
Do you have or want kids? Why? They become nothing more than a resource drain if you were to even bother to waste your time to provide for the worthless things. Drug abuse, lawlessness, debauchery, murder, pollution, theft, slavery, rape, abortion etc. should not be a concern, as there is no basis for concern and it is a waste of effort to worry about anyone’s meaningless, valueless life (even your own).
Without God the rational thing to do is just turn our backs on anything we don’t like. Leaving the world a better place is a complete waste of effort. No use saving the wales, baby seals or baby anything unless you personally benefit or profit from doing it. Murder involves no real loss, nor does suicide since life has no value without God. Ultimately to say “There is no God” means there is no value to myself or anyone or anything. Is it any wonder that “Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation” (“Religious Affiliation and Suicide Attempt”, Kanita Dervic, M.D., Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Michael F. Grunebaum, M.D., Steve Ellis, Ph.D., Ainsley K. Burke, Ph.D., J. John Mann, M.D. 2004, The American Journal of Psychiatry Volume 161, Issue 12 Pgs. 2303-2308). Many other studies draw the same types of conclusions.
Belief that there is no God or living as such makes self-centered behaviors such as actively partaking in evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly all become “appropriate”. All the things opposed by a belief in God and commitment to follow Godly teachings are ultimately opposed by Atheistic, Luciferian, Satanic or other non-God based belief systems.
Without God there is no rational “Hope”, only luck or the lack there of. The logical thing given the false premise is to live with an attitude of all for me and me alone! Ever notice that those who live as if there is no God (don’t believe, don’t care or have rejected) often have some of the traits and thought patterns described to various degrees? At the extreme these characteristics are what we understand as traits of someone who is evil or demonic. Earlier I stated that without God there is no hell, but in all actuality and by definition Hell is a location devoid of God, if there is no God, we are in a living hell with no real hope.