Atheism’s Dilemma

Instinct or Invention: Atheism’s morality either comes from instinct and, or invention. Atheism’s dilemma is choosing to serve instinct, invention, or both. For accepting moral instincts, morality must come from survival instincts without free-will or a choice. Serving such instincts includes serving desires, comforts, ego, and even addictions. Other than instinct, atheism’s morality would be the result of man’s invention and philosophy for common survival. Invented morality places the value of the majority’s morality over minorities. Serving an invented moral system removes the purpose of a meaningful life away from loving others and doing good, because people are no longer born to love and do good, but rather follow a morality that best suits them. In the end, the virtue of love is considered either a survival instinct, an invention, or both, and now life is essentially meaningless. Slavery to instinctive and invented morality are the only options for atheism.

Epicurean or Stoic: With invented or instinctive morality, atheism leaves each person with the choice of discovering when a behavior or thought is right, wrong, or neither. As a result, atheism chooses either a split or blend of two ancient Greek philosophies: Stoicism or Epicureanism. In atheism, a person either serves virtues, pleasures, or both. Likewise, Stoicism taught the worship of virtues, and Epicureanism taught pleasure as the greatest good. While Epicureanism taught modest living within the limits of one’s desires, that thinking means serving fleshly desires, controlling fears, and a boastful ego. This philosophy makes every friend an object of pleasure and may lead to hedonism. Separate from Epicureanism, Stoicism simply leads a person back to serving virtues invented by oneself or others. By this reasoning, morality becomes subjective to the common reasoning of the majority, and there is no standard for moral absolutes.

Ignorance or Silence: With Atheism’s apparent dilemma, atheism must inevitably conclude to display its ignorance (en agnoia) or remain silent for its selfish and fatalistic weaknesses. The conclusion of atheism urges people to choose between slavery to carnal instinct or slavery to unnatural invention, and to decide between worshiping the resulting morality or selfishly worshiping pleasure. The answer to atheism’s slavery is not a choice to become deists, because even simple theism assumes Epicurean and, or Stoic philosophies. See, atheism has no moral standard by which to judge Christ’s morality and His Apostles’ doctrine. Atheism’s only option is to be ignorant and disregard Christ’s virtues and the Apostolic definition of love (1 Cor. 13:1-8, Gal. 5:22-23). Atheism disregards the ability to receive and know spiritual truth. It rejects that each person is made in God’s image and the self-evident truth that each person is endowed by His Creator with certain unalienable rights (Gen. 1:27). Therefore, atheism is ignorant of human rights.

Faith in Jesus Christ: Faith in Christ stands in contrast where goodness is neither a survival instinct or a subjective invention. Goodness neither preexists God nor was invented by God. Goodness is complete in God, because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). Love cannot exist without personality, and that Person is God. Therefore, God being love is eternal, and so love is eternal. Therefore, virtue cannot exist without God. While God is an unknown God to many, the Christian Scriptures teach that God made from one blood every nation to dwell on earth having determined their times and boundaries, so that every nation can seek, find, and reach the Lord, who is not far from anyone of us (Acts 17:23, 26-27). God commands everyone to repent, because a day is appointed when He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man, who is God being love come in the flesh. God assured us of this by raising His Son from the dead as seen testified and recorded by eyewitnesses in the Christian Scriptures (Acts 17:30-31).

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
This entry was posted in Christian, Church of Christ and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Atheism’s Dilemma

  1. Atheism isn’t limited to anything. It is the “absence of belief in deities” and nothing else. When you complicate it by adding other requirements or by placing limitations upon it, that is extraneous at best, but ultimately you’re misleading people to have some unusual ideas about what atheism is.

    If someone is being immoral, then that’s incidental to atheism because being moral or immoral has nothing to do with the classification of atheism.

    Like

Comments Wanted:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s