Christian Apologetics: When your ox gets gored
by Hugh Glass
I’ve written before about the moral argument. To summarize, if God exists, then objective moral values exist. God is the source of these objective moral values. There is no other possible source.
So, do objective moral values exist? I believe in God, so I hold that they do. If you are an atheist, you may either:
1. Affirm that they exist, but have no basis for believing so.
2. Deny that they exist, yet live as if they do.
3. Deny that they exist, and live as if they don’t exist
Most atheists fall into the first two categories. They don’t realize that their worldview is intellectually inconsistent. That’s the thing about cognitive dissonance, when you have it, you can’t see it. I believe most atheists fall into the first category. Most atheists reject Christianity, yet they try to keep the parts of that moral system that they like, while rejecting those that they don’t like. Take sexual morality. They reject it. It is perhaps the largest stumbling block for atheists. They want to be promiscuous or perverse and to force others to accept it, thinking that will make them happy. It makes sense in theory, but not in practice. Christians actually have the best sex lives. Funny, when you conform to God’s design, things work out better on average. Sexual morality is firmly rejected, unfortunately by many Christians as well.
There are a few atheists that realize that they can’t admit that moral values exist. Richard Dawkins is one example. He falls into the second category, however, because he states that raising a child with a Christian worldview is wrong and is equivalent to child abuse. Imagine that, claiming there is no such thing as right or wrong and at the same time condemning religious education as child abuse…
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