Raising Kids without God

By Adam Davis

A large part of our society continues to put forth elegant and concerted efforts to convince the world that God is simply not necessary. In many respects, the “God is dead” argument has been put on the back burner in lieu of a more subtle argument in favor of “tolerance,” where those who believe in God are “tolerated” until they can be enlightened to adopting at least a secular world view.

One popular argument put forth by the secular world is: God is not necessary for human beings to live together in harmony with each other and nature. Countless studies and statistics are put forth showing, for instance, that non-religious households have advantages over those who are religious, from child development to personal happiness and that societies with low religious participation have better outcomes than those who are more religious. The conclusion is then asserted that people are fully capable of developing and living within a moral and ethical framework that maximizes the well-being of all and that God is best left out.

Before examining the nuances of the secular claims and their application, we are well-served to first examine the key issue at the heart of this discussion — that of morality itself.

No person in their right mind would agree that abducting or injuring a child for fun is permissible, or that not warning a person of an imminent danger to their life when it could have easily been done is acceptable. We can therefore establish things are either absolutely right or absolutely wrong at all times. And, if they are right or wrong at all times, then they must have always been right or always been wrong. For instance, we cannot say it was acceptable in the past for the Nazis to carry out the Holocaust. We can fairly say, then, that a moral law exists. There are certain rights and wrongs that are always and universally so.

Moreover, if we maintain the reality of a moral law, then there must be a moral law giver. Not only that, but for a law to be effective it must be adjudicated. There must be a judge and the judge must know all the facts. And, naturally, there must be consequences for not observing the moral law. Therefore, the moral law giver and the judge, by necessity, must be transcendent.

We can therefore conclude that God is the only possible option of a moral law giver and judge. If morality exists, then God must exist. For ethics to be effective, morality must be in effect to undergird it. Thus, while the secular world would like to believe that morality is independent of God and people can invent and live in their own ethical systems, the truth is that without God there is no morality

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