Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Consequences of Atheism

When atheism prevails, moral behavior has no basis. Atheism, the denial of God's existence, licenses its adherents to disregard maxims of moral behavior such as:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, or

Love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:39).

Rather, the guiding principles of atheism are:

Everyone fares in life according to the management of the creature;

Everyone prospers according to one's genius;

Everyone conquers according to one's strength;

Whatsoever a person does is no crime; and

When we die, that is the end (Alma 30:17-18).

How could the principles of atheism be otherwise? In a previous post, I mentioned that without God, there is no inherent sanctity to life. If there is no God, then we must account for our existence in some way other than creation. If there is no God, then we truly are no different than the brute beasts of the field. Our laws and governments, and morality, and our systems of accountability are all arbitrary and artificial constructs. If there truly is no God, then the only law is the law of the jungle, much of which is articulated in the previously listed guiding principles of atheism.

The only answer to unbridled atheism is for governments, established by the majority (or in some cases a very powerful minority backed by a duped majority), to increase in size and power and dominion, and extend their tentacles of control and domination into every facet of their citizens' lives.

Without any precedent for internal self-governance, which precedent can stem only from the actual existence of God, powerful, external governmental controls are the only means of securing and preserving the so-called "best interests" of society.

And who is to say what our best interests are? If there is no God, then there is no clear right or wrong in any circumstance. One person's opinion is just as valid as the next person's. The only logical solution to this dilemma is to dissolve all forms of government and let each man, woman, and child live as he or she truly desires.

However, anarchy always gives way to tyranny, thus perpetuating the dilemma and giving way to a vicious cycle of anarchy and tyranny ad infinitum.

Our founding fathers, with profound belief in a Supreme Being, penned these words, and, by so doing, formed a government intended to break the anarchy/tyranny cycle.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Such a Union can only stand so long as its citizens believe in God and act in accordance with that belief. To do so means living virtuous lives. It means looking out for the welfare of one's neighbors. It means to stand up for that which is good and right and true. This is the standard which was set for us by our Founding Fathers. They did not fight for freedom and spill their blood in the hope that we would lose our freedoms to the tyranny of addictions. They did not establish our Constitution in the hope that we would set it aside for popular yet false ideologies.

Rather, our Founding Fathers sacrificed everything they had and were so that we could be free from all forms of tyranny. Their vision of freedom for all God-loving Americans can be extended to people of all the nations of the earth; for we still "hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The time has come for all believers in God to gently but firmly push back against the swelling tide of atheism and all it entails. "United we stand, divided we fall!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Samuel Skinner
Atheism isn't concerned with morality any more than chemistry, it is a statement about the nature of morality.

Christianity, like other religions is about God. It isn't about morality, but when they intersect it goes with command morality. For us students of the twentieth century, that is bad.

It is also obvious people don't get morality from religion. I mean God commits genocide repeatedly- enough so we have to make excuses, as well as a host of other immoral actions.