Image Bearers: Absurdity of Life Without God
by David Russell
In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the reasons why I believe in God, and more specifically, why I believe in Christianity. I want to begin with some apologists whom I have studied and admired over the years. Much of what I have learned is due to the ministry of William Lane Craig and his website, Reasonable Faith. His books and debates greatly influenced me to dive deeper into the intellectual side of my faith. I highly recommend his Defenders podcast (available free) to anyone wanting to go deeper in their walk. My first go at apologetics came with C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain, and soon after that I began listening to the Bible Answer Man with Hank Hanegraaff. This created a hunger in me which truly opened the flood gates. Since then it has been book after book and research upon research, to which I begin the overall point of this article; life is rather absurd with out God.
To show the point so that everyone can digest the information, I will break this up into segments starting with a point and its implication and then giving my thoughts on that particular point. These points can also be found in Dr. Craig’s book, On Guard.
My first point is this: If God does not exist then all human life will eventually be destroyed. This is a big deal and a hard nut to swallow. The implications of such a belief ultimately lead us to a conclusion of finality. With this in mind, we must highlight certain implications of this claim such as meaning, purpose, and value. These are important questions in every person’s life. Everyone I have ever met has asked the great questions, “What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose? Why is there evil in the world?” Because of these questions, we can safely say that the existence of God is probably the most important topic we could ever discuss. It directly deals with such issues as, meaning, purpose, and value. Let’s break them down one at a time.
Meaning has to do with significance. Meaning asks, “What is the significance of life?” According to our first point, there is none. If there is no God, there is no big picture. Our belief on meaning is merely “subjective illusions” as Dr. Craig puts it.
What is meant by subjective illusions? It means that ultimately our lives are meaningless, insignificant, and are products of our own minds. This is not to say that any one’s beliefs are wrong, but rather that there is no true significance in which our lives matter. Under this implication, as dictated by science our universe will simply die of heat death. All life will cease to be. Nothing will have truly mattered.
As for purpose, there is none. Without God there is no purpose to our existence. Our only destination is extinction. This is applied to the ultimate, since everything we observe in our universe is then reduced to random chance; a free lunch so to speak.
Finally, what is value at this point? There wouldn’t be any. If God did not exist, there would be no good or evil. Events such as the holocaust would simply be a period in our history; the morality of it inconsequential. What accountability would there be in any ultimate sense? According to this, things like justice are again, delusional. I want to make a simple observation; people live to the contrary to all three implications mentioned above. We live like we have meaning, purpose, and value. It is part of our nature. We can’t rightly take it out of our humanity. When we try, we end up living very inconsistent and contradictory lives. It can get so bad you have relativists making absolute claims about absolutes. Atheists claim that their lives have meaning. “How dare they say our lives have no real meaning” they say. In the meantime, they write books trying to disprove something they don’t even believe in. You get others claiming there is no good or evil, right and wrong yet, in the same breath they sum up religion as being an evil empire. The contradiction occurs when you realize that they have no frame work, or standard, to determine what is evil, and what is good. Going further we see them encouraging their readers to live the noble lie. The list goes on and on.
In conclusion, life is absurd with out God. There is no hope beyond the grave. In the atheist’s worldview, we see that their solution is to suck it up and accept it. Theism, on the other hand, challenges the atheist’s world view with good merit especially the Christian worldview. We say the opposite to all three implications. There is a meaning to life. It is God breathed and God makes us in his image. We are therefore attributed meaning, value and, purpose because we are reflections of Him. This is also a result of His will and plan. There is also life after death; hope beyond the grave. This is a good opening to a long, lengthy discussion; a starter per say. Chew on it and consider your own worldview. To the theist, this argument will help you understand the ultimate reality of your opponent’s position, and why you so firmly hold to yours. Put simply, it’s much more conducive to reality and human experience.