Purpose — Atheism cannot perceive an ultimate purpose for humankind and the universe. Without God, no ultimate purpose exists. Without God, humanity would eventually cease to exist, the stars would go dark, the universe would become cold, and the galaxies would drift into space forever. The universe alone gives no purpose to life. However, the universe is anthropic — habitable for conscience life and intelligent observation. Why? Life’s purpose is beyond the universe and its very beginning. The best explanation for the ultimate purpose of life comes from its origin — from its Creator.
Morality — Atheism is limitless in moral boundaries, and thereby, people can invent their own morality. Societies and individuals can set their own moral definitions and limits without an objective standard. However, most people live by some sense of fairness that they expect others already to know. Because people can corrupt their moral consciences, humanity needs an objective moral standard as a corrective. However, atheism denies the only plausible objective standard for morality. Secularism can only develop subjective morality from either society, instinct, or self. Subjective morality is self-centered by definition while objective morality is selfless. Without God, there are no objective moral values. However, objective moral values exist. Therefore, God exists. Behaviors exist that are absolutely right or wrong. God is the objective moral standard and His special revelation is the moral corrective for humanity.
Motives — Atheistic worldviews are not limited by sincere and honest motives to have concern for humanity. Without an objective moral corrective, subjective morality alone thrives in secularism and is self-centered by nature. Secularism ignores and atheism denies the only plausible moral corrective who is God. Subjective motives allows people to set their own morals and then invest in potentially meaningless ventures and destructive innovations for the purposes of euthanasia, abortion, and genocide. Humanity’s universal sense of fairness demonstrates a transcendent moral corrective of motives — who is God. The God-given conscience and God’s moral standard motivates humanity toward respecting life, acting with compassion, and saving lives. Secularism assumes unbiased neutrality and yet excludes plausible explanations that include recognizing a transcendent Cause — the Creator God. Any person who disregards or reinterprets reality for the purpose of rejecting God is not thinking honestly. Neutrality cannot dismiss the Creator and remain honest.
Virtue — Secularism cannot define love or any virtue as the basis of morality. Secularism cannot explain the origin of constant virtues or account for how such moral principles can exist without a person to possess these virtues. Atheism implies that love did not always exist and that no person always existed to possess the virtue of love. The atheistic position holds that one loves others through survival instinct and, or social construct. However, the conscience holds that constant virtues exist and require that some person always exist and possess such virtues. Therefore, God must exist as the always existing person who always possesses virtue. Virtue can neither be greater than God nor have been contrived by God, but must exist as a part of the eternal nature of the triune God. Only God can love in three Persons beyond human and angelic existence.
Rights — Secularism disregards and atheism undermines humanity’s equality and unalienable rights. If there is no Creator, there are no unalienable rights. Without God, people must have invented alienable rights. However, humanity’s universal sense of fairness establishes the existence of certain unalienable rights — objective moral behavior toward others. These rights are entitlements that people owe to others. Human rights exist according to constant virtues and objective morality. Unalienable rights require the existence of the Creator as the moral standard. Secularism ignores that God made humanity in His likeness and so secularism decreases humanity’s value to a product of nature. Furthermore. secularism does not recognize faith in God and thus cannot defend the rights and liberty of others who believe they are “under God.” Atheism disregards that people trust in the Creator, and thus atheism is impotent to comprehend, regard, and defend religious liberties. Atheism undermines the human conviction to stand for life and liberty.
Reason — Atheistic thinking hinders individuals from reasoning beyond assumptions of naturalism. Naturalism presupposes that all things exists via nature. Likewise, scientism asserts that science is the only reliable way to know something, yet science cannot prove science without circular reasoning by first assuming science is reliable. Science also presupposes logic, yet science cannot prove logic. Secularists may use reason without considering the origin of reason. How can the laws of logic exist outside the mind? If the laws of logic cannot begin without the laws of logic, then the laws of logic are eternal. If logic cannot exist without the mind, then an eternal mind must exist. Objective logic exists as an eternal constant and yet among fallible human minds. Where was logic before humanity? Objective logic requires an objective mind, which must also be constant and eternal. Furthermore, if cognitive ability is reliable, then cognitive ability must result from design. If cognitive ability does not result from design, then one must suppose that cognitive ability came through survival and is susceptible to lies that are necessary for survival. Therefore, if cognitive functions evolved, people most probably accept some lies needed for survival. For this reason, naturalists cannot trust one’s own rationality, brain, mind, and thoughts. Cognitive ability is only reliable when the mind is from design and God is the Creator.
Causation — Atheistic thought detaches thinking from self-evident truths of the Creator. Naturalism cannot explain causation and the beginning of the expansion of the universe. Thereby, naturalism hinders the study of causation in cosmology. Naturalists usually reject the cause of the universe beyond space-time of the universe. However, everything that begins to exist has a cause. Furthermore, everything in the universe began to exist and thus the universe began. Because the universe is expanding and its usable energy is decreasing, the universe had a beginning. Therefore, since the universe began, the universe must have a cause. That cause must extend beyond the universe and must be supernatural.
Science — Secularism bypasses the definition of science, which is “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation” (M-W.com). Naturalism asserts an explanation without observation for abiogenesis and evolution of animal family. However, the lack of observation and experiments cannot support and explain origin of the universe and life. By definition, abiogenesis and evolution of genera is not science but mere possibilities based on a contrived paradigm. In other words, naturalism does not stand on science but on an atheistic worldview. Truly, observations indicate a beginning and a cause to the order of the universe and life. Furthermore, naturalism includes very little about why biology is more complex than human design. The best explanation for any system more complex than design is that it is a product of design. Biology is more complex than human design. Therefore, the best explanation for biology is that it is a product of design. The best explanation for science is that God created the universe and its life.
Compatibility — Secular “science” observes and recognizes the fine-tuning of cosmological constants that allows life, but secularism cannot explain the existence and cause of a habitable universe. Secularism cannot account for over 200 factors that allow the habitability of life on a planet. Naturalism does not adequately explain the anthropic principle — why the universe is compatible with intelligent human life. The best explanation for a compatible universe is an intentional order and design for intelligent life to observe the universe.
Revelation — Atheists can envision a mindless multiverse generator but refuse to consider a mindful Creator of the universe. Secular thinking can imagine a being from another world causing the existence of humanity and yet exclude God from creating humanity in His likeness. Atheists can imagine a being communicating to people from another planet, yet atheism excludes recognizing God who communicates to humanity from beyond the universe. Humanity cannot know God’s reasoning through secular philosophy. However, the Creator of the universe can communicate with His creation through language. Language consists of the complexity of design, and humanity consists of the ability to communicate via language.
History — The secular worldview must interpret Jesus to exclude God. They perceive with the origin of the first Christians as an unexplained phenomenon. Secularism begins by dismissing historical facts about Jesus. However, the first believers professed the early Christian tradition that Jesus rose from the dead. From the beginning, the apostles’ case for Jesus’s resurrection relied on predictive prophecies, Jesus’s empty tomb, and experiences of eyewitnesses seeing Jesus bodily risen from the dead (Acts 2; 13; 1 Cor 15:1–11). Unbelievers lean upon contrived possibilities to explain Jesus in history. However, an appeal to possibility is a logical fallacy. Inventing possibilities does not consider the most probable and plausible explanation. Many unbelievers avoid thinking about how and why the first Christians came to exist. Secular historians recognize that the first believers experienced appearances of Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead. Their belief that they experienced Jesus risen from the dead established the church. These Christians did not perceive Jesus as an apparition, dream, or feeling, but they experienced and sincerely believed that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Secularism hinders an a historical picture of Jesus even while admitting basic facts surrounding Jesus’s death. Furthermore, historians recognize that “the gospel” in 1 Corinthians 15:3–5 is the earliest Christian tradition proclaiming the Jesus rose from the dead. Critical scholars like Bart Ehrman date this creedal tradition from the first believers to AD 30–36 (1 Cor 15:1–11; Gal 1:12–2:12). The earliest historical accounts record those who first doubted or opposed the faith came to believe by experiencing Jesus risen from the dead.
Reality — Atheistic thinking detaches people from reality. They cannot recognize, honor, or thank God while suppressing the truth. Working from the framework of naturalism, atheism limits a person’s ability to consider and accept facts. Secularism dulls the sight of a person’s worldview and excludes any greater reality. Subjective morality darkens one’s understanding and allows lusts to blind people from seeing the truth. Therefore, the only way for secularists to test their worldview is by personal conflict of conscience, recognizing a reasonable view of God, conviction of God’s Spirit, repenting from sins, and believing the gospel of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. Repentant believers can unite in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection (Rom 6:3–5; Col 2:12–13).