It astounds me how many people are walking around the earth, going about their everyday lives, thinking their existence has meaning, thinking that objective moral values exist while clinging onto the belief that human beings are ultimately worthless accidents.
This is the worldview of the average atheist: we are merely intelligent animals, the product of a random explosion billions of years ago that then gave birth to a random life-giving planet in which we are random products of a biological process known as evolution. Our lives end at the grave, and all humanity is doomed once the sun burns up and wipes out all life on earth – or, if we manage to escape via space travel, then we still have the matter of the universe expanding constantly until eventually space goes devastatingly cold and empty around us.
“But anyway, Christianity is evil. War, rape, and abuse are all evil. We have to strive to create utopia on earth!”
Whoa – hold up. You just explained to me that we humans are just accidents, and that rather than being transcendent, our morality is intertwined with biology – that morals are simply social conventions and the result of evolutionary processes to further the survival of our species which is anyway ultimately futile since humanity is doomed to destruction and all.
If atheism is true, there is no ultimate cosmic justice. There is no immortality of the soul, no reason for why we were even created. Heck, there isn’t even any love that isn’t just chemical reactions in your brain. It doesn’t matter if you live like Hitler or if you live like Jesus – all paths lead to the grave, anyway, so humans might as well live selfishly as long as they can, right?
But of course, no one can accept this fact. And this is where most atheists and even self-proclaimed nihilists detour from science into something that transcends all human beings. Atheists want to have their cake and eat it too – to believe in objective morality and the worth of humanity as something that transcends human rational while also clinging to the idea that both those things do not exist because there is no God. But to pretend that your life has worth while believing it doesn’t is to live in miserable cognitive dissonance, and living in make-believe is the opposite of living as a rational person.
Science never has and I believe it never will provide a strong case for the meaning of human life and morality without proving the existence of God and spirituality.
So one has to confront this fact: if you are an atheist, you can only believe in objective moral values if you accept that such values have a source beyond biology and the human consciousness. If you believe in moral values but do not believe in a Higher Authority from Whom such values come from, then I can safely call you an irrational person. You can no longer make any arguments for equality, the greater good, and love because you are making such arguments out of thin air from no tangible, empirical source, and you are arguing from outside the realm of science, the field which you hold dear.
So you can go ahead and hold onto your values and try to be a good person as an atheist – I don’t doubt you can do that, although you won’t do it perfectly (to be sure, no human can be perfectly moral). But you cannot reconcile your values with your worldview.
Me, whether this life ends at the grave or not, I choose to make the leap of faith to Theism and Christianity. I choose to believe in objective love from its rightful Source. I choose Jesus Christ, for He is the only Person to have given my life meaning and keep me fighting for good in this world, to keep me fulfilled with more love than I ever could have imagined without Him.
So I encourage you to make your choice as well: atheism which logically leads to nihilism, or the dive into spirituality and faith in a loving God.