Wednesday, February 29, 2012
What are they dusting off and repeating? They are attempting to resurrect the old:
"The God of the Old Testament is evil / immoral challenge."
This type of shallow argument falls flat on it's proverbial face for at least two obvious reasons:
In an atheistic worldview, with no god, no higher power, no transcendent authority, the concept of right and wrong, good or bad, moral evil or injustice, DOES NOT EXIST. Sorry Sam Harris, no amount of evolutionary fairy tales arriving at a "moral compass" can be tolerated.
In the naturalistic worldview, morality is no more than a freak of natural selection, a by-product of higher-functioning mammals to increase survival among communal species. In reality, this view is little more than a just-so type story, a self-fulfilling prophecy that must be true since god cannot exist. To the atheist, it is true, not because of any evidence or discovery, but because it HAS to be...because everything in life MUST HAVE an evolutionary explanation. Fairy tales for adults.
An atheist saying that God is immoral, is like a prostitute claiming that pornography is wrong. Both of them lack the necessary credibility when it comes to making moral pronouncements.
2. LOGICAL FALLACY:
For an atheist to claim that God is somehow "wrong" when handing out physical punishments for criminals on Earth, they are commiting a serious logical fallacy...and one that is so Sesame Street simple, it's a wonder that they even go there.
Ask an atheist: (assuming that God exists)
"Does God have the right to govern His own creation?"
If they say "YES" then their entire argument fails---game over. If God has the right to govern His own creation, then He has the right to say what the ramifications and punishments are for various sins against Him, and for crimes against humanity.
No," then they have to give a logical defense for an answer that defies normal experience. Ask them on what basis God does not have the right to govern what He has created.
There will be much mental squirming, mumblings, and then, often, a string of verbal tirades against you, and "your stupid Bible," and "your ignorant religion!"
This only deepens their logical hole. Why? Because emotional arguments are baseless, and one's lack of understanding, in no way, affects the reasonablesness of a claim. A parent understands this all too well. Oftentimes we tell our children to do things, things of which their young, inexperienced, and immature minds do not fully grasp or understand. But their lack of understanding does not invalidate the request, command, or expectation.
Hopefully, they will look, and eventually see the truth.
Posted by RMcWilson at 4:43 PM