Recently I have listened to several people say that they deny the Christian faith because it unreasonably emphasizes morality and rules. These same people often tell me that we should love others and worry less about rules. I wonder if these people have really thought through the relationship between morality and love. How do we love and not at the same time avoid doing things that harm the one we are loving. If I love some one I shouldn’t steal from them, lie to them, murder them, curse them, take their wife, or cheat them. So what is the relationship between love and morality? Christianity is not about morality for the sake of morality. It is not about rules for the sake of rules. Christianity is about honoring rules and living morally for the sake of love. Because we love, we understand that we should not murder, lie, steal, lust, etc. Morality is only onerous to the extent love is onerous. They go hand in hand.
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When I ask an atheist a question I usually get an angry, arrogant, diatribe because I am violating his/her first “assumption”. For example, not a perfect example, If I asked an atheist “what is in this bottle?” And let’s say it was water. The atheist may assume its vodka. He then would tell me it is clear, it is liquid, it is in a bottle, the culture of that time was known to put vodka in bottles, etc. He could then go into great detail using science to prove it was indeed liquid, or build a solid case that the culture of that day bottled their vodka and so on. If at any point I tested the contents of the bottle and said I think it is water, I am ridiculed as stupid and dishonest by the atheist. An honest atheist will have to admit dating methodologies, the theory of evolution, and the Big Bang Theory are built upon “significant” assumptions and that these assumptions have not been validated to this date. This should allow for continued questioning.
If we still have chimpanzees after the evolutionary process brought us to the modern human, why are all the other species between he chimpanzee and the human extinct and without any fossil remains? Even if we find some questionable fossils, where are the living intermediary species? The chimps did not die off. Why would every single intermediary species die off and on top of that not leave a single conclusive fossil to support the evolutionary theory?
In listening to atheist, its clear that they are putting their faith in an eternal universe where everything we see was and is “generated” randomly. As Christians, our faith is placed in an eternal God who created all that we see. He Himself was not created but has no beginning. Both thoughts are hard to grasp. Both assume something came from nothing. Or do they? If God always existed then He just is and always was and always will be. He did not come from something. Atheist could say the same about the universe. But hold on. It gets tricky at this point. If the universe is truly eternal and random, how did such a universe become so orderly? Atheist often belittle Christians as having no evidence of a Creator and mock faith. Yet they have no evidence of randomness generating order or more importantly life. Now that’s a faith that is blind. Romans chapter one makes it clear that God is known through His creation. Yet today the Atheist through the scientific community have led many away into a blind faith in an eternal universe without a creator.
Does the statement “God is love” mean that God is not a God of justice? Many think that being a good person will allow God to accept them into Heaven. In realty none are good let alone perfect. This being the case would God be permissive and let us into Heaven because He is a God of love and not justice? Or can He be a God of love and justice through the work of Christ on the cross? How do you think God will judge a good person who has not put their faith in Christ and repented of their sins?