The World We've Lost...
It's difficult at times to navigate through the day in which we live. Much of the culture operates within the framework of skepticism. Nothing can be trusted. There is no truth. There are no moral absolutes. No one can ever really "know" what is right or wrong. A secular world without boundaries. This is the environment in which we operate, not just in the world of academia but also within our daily lives -- on the job; in the classroom; in our homes.
GK Chesterton said it best:
“…But the new rebel is a Skeptic, and will not entirely trust anything. He has no loyalty; therefore he can never really be a revolutionist. And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it.
Thus he writes one book complaining that imperial oppression insults the purity of women, and then he writes another book (about the sex problem) in which he insults it himself.
He curses the Sultan because Christian girls lose their virginity, and then curses Mrs. Grundy because they keep it. As a politician, he will cry out that war is a waste of life, and then, as a philosopher, that all life is waste of time.
A Russian pessimist will denounce a policeman for killing a peasant, and then prove by the highest philosophical principles that the peasant ought to have killed himself.
A man denounces marriage as a lie, and then denounces aristocratic profligates for treating it as a lie.
He calls a flag a bauble, and then blames the oppressors of Poland or Ireland because they take away that bauble.
The man of this school goes first to a political meeting, where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts; then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes on to a scientific meeting, where he proves that they practically are beasts.
In short, the modern revolutionist, being an infinite skeptic, is always engaged in undermining his own mines. In his book on politics he attacks men for trampling on morality; in his book on ethics he attacks morality for trampling on men.
Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt.
By rebelling against everything he has lost his right to rebel against anything…”
That is a very apt description of the world in which we live today. On the one hand we denounce the genocide in the Sudan while in the same breath declaring the "rights" of women to murder countless unborn in the West.
On the one hand we'll convince university students that their future is bright; they can achieve anything they set their minds to; the world is their canvas, but then at the same time we'll teach them that they are an accident; a collocation of random atoms; DNA that came about by a process of random chance.
On the one hand we'll denounce God and His absolute moral law, while on the other we'll smuggle that same absolute moral law into our justifications to live immoral lives.
We have become a schizophrenic culture held together by the bands of contradiction.
The United States of America was founded by rational men who knew their place in the order of things. They had seen what governments can do when given absolute power -- tyranny ensues.
They knew that there was a God from whom all liberty, life and happiness descended and they knew that no government had the right to arbitrarily impose itself upon free men. They knew that government existed as a protector and representative of the people it governed. The government was subject to the same and not the other way around.
The Declaration of Independence was probably the most powerful document men have ever conceived. It expresses very clearly that the individual has intrinsic value given to him by someone greater than men. His value was granted by God. They recognized that each person had valueand that each person had been granted liberty not because men will it but because God had willed it.
And His Word stands.
Secularists today like to downplay our Christian heritage. They must if they are to impose their agenda. They de-emphasize the Declaration, the role of the Church in American history, and the historical significance of those Convention members not named Adams, Franklin, and Jefferson. (Secularists would have you believe that these three alone single-handedly birthed our nation).
But there were 55 delegates in the Pennsylvania State House that day, not just three, and many of them were religiously motivated and vocal in their quest for a new independent nation.
"Samuel Adams and Charles Carroll cited religious freedom as the reason they became involved in the American Revolution. And significantly, even though Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin (two of the least religious signers) are typically the only signers studied today, almost half of the signers of the Declaration (24 of 55) held what today would be considered seminary or Bible school degrees. Clearly, for many Founders, religious issues were an important motivation behind their separation from Great Britain; but that motivation is largely ignored today." -- David Barton
But the modern secularist cannot even defend morality without first smuggling in Christianity's moral absolutes. To the secularist, human beings are nothing more than a collocation of random atoms brought about by chance over billions of years.
But if blind chance and matter is all that we are, then how can they even defend something like moral absolutes? Nothing can be absolute in a universe "governed" by chance.
But we see the opposite all around us don't we?
The universe is governed by laws, not randomness. Science is built upon the very premise that the universe operates according to certain universal laws.
Personally too, we have moral standards that we intuitively know are right or wrong -- no one has to tell us when something is morally right or morally wrong, we just know it instinctively -- murder is wrong, rape is wrong, lying is wrong.
But how do we know this? Did the government tell us murder was wrong so therefore we just accepted it? Or is there something else hidden deep within us?
And what of the laws of logic? How do these play into the picture? Where do they come from? How can unchanging "laws" exist in a world "governed" by "blind chance"?
If matter is all that there is, and natural selection is the rule of nature, then it only follows that I must do all that I can within my power, while I am still here, to claw my way to the top of the food chain. I must grab power and fortune while I can. After all, this is my only shot before I return to the ground from whence I came.
I should not worry about love, politics, the earth, future generations, art, family, preserving life -- all of these are irrelevant and only act as distractions along my journey to get all that I can in this short span of time.
If matter is all that there is, then there is no need for moral accountably either, or laws, or governments. To each his own. We must all do what is best for us. No one else matters. It's all about me.
Is this not how other animals do it after all? Eat or be eaten?
We shouldn't waste our time on superfluous distractions like charity and self-sacrifice. What's the point? Those to whom we show charity will only die as we will and the evolutionary cycle will continue. Those who are weak are weak because they are "naturally selected" to be weak. They will die so that the strong may live and pass on their superior genes. There's only room for supermen. There is no room for the weak and emaciated.
It was Adolf Hitler whose desire to create the perfect superman said this:
“I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality…. We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence—imperious, relentless and cruel.”
This all sounds rather bleak doesn't it? But that's what secular atheism grants you – nothing but blind, hopeless chance.
That's not to say that atheists can't be moral. They can be; and many are. But they cannot defend morality within their worldview without first smuggling moral absolutes into the equation.
But if secularists are right, and the universe is random, and morals are relative, then how can we say for sure whose morals are the right ones and whose are not? How can we objectively call anything wrong at all?
Who’s to say that Hitler murdering 6 million Jews was wrong? One may say it was wrong while another may say it was justified. What qualifies a person to make an absolute moral distinction in a relative world?
According to the Laws of Logic, they both can't be right. The Laws of Noncontradiction deem this impossible. Either Hitler was a murderer or he was just a patriot. Who's qualified to say?
Some will posit that governments are the highest denominator and therefore they are the ones most qualified to levy judgments of a moral nature. But that doesn't solve the problem either. This only shifts the problem to a "body of people" that has to answer the same question. Who gives them the moral authority in a relativistic culture to judge moral issues?
Are we to believe that an election is all that is necessary to give someone absolute moral superiority? Are we to be led to believe that a politician is more apt to uphold moral values than anyone else simply because the majority elected him?
WOW! That truly DOES require faith! Especially since I think we're all familiar with the moral proclivities of most politicians.
If government is the moral standard bearer then Hitler cannot be called a murderer. He was only doing what he thought morally fit for his country. He was not a madman but a noble statesman.
As you can see this irrational nonsense is what we've been left with since God was evicted from our culture. Everyone is doing that which is right in his own eyes. We, ourselves are the masters of our own destiny; each having his own moral code by which he governs his own life. And no code is ever the same.
This has lead to nothing but moral chaos.
We try to operate according to the very moral absolutes we declare do not exist. Our culture is full of those who are walking contradictions drifting in a world of aimless possibilities.
But with God there is hope. Love. purpose. value. moral absolutes. His moral law is perfect and righteous because it extends from His very nature which is holy and perfectly just.
I know I have value, not because man wrote a law and granted it to me, I have value because God gives me value. I am "endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS."
I think it would be fitting to end this with this incredible quote by famed British Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge:
"I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian (Hitler) announce to the world the establishment of a Reich that would last a thousand years. I have seen an Italian clown (Mussolini) say he was going to stop and restart the calendar with his own ascension to power. I’ve heard a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin (Stalin), acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the world as being wiser than Solomon, more humane than Marcus Aurelius, more enlightened than Ashoka.
I have seen America wealthier and, in terms of military weaponry, more powerful than the rest of the world put together–so that had the American people so desired, they could have outdone a Caesar, or an Alexander in the range and scale of their conquests.
All in one lifetime, all in one lifetime, all gone. Gone with the wind."
England, now part of a tiny island off the coast of Europe, threatened with dismemberment and even bankruptcy. Hitler and Mussolini dead, remembered only in infamy. Stalin a forbidden name in the regime he helped found and dominate for some three decades. America haunted by fears of running out of those precious fluids that keeps their motorways roaring, and the smog settling, with troubled memories of a disastrous campaign in Vietnam, and the victories of the Don Quixotes of the media as they charged the windmills of Watergate.
All in one lifetime, all in one lifetime, all gone. Gone with the wind.
Behind the debris of these solemn supermen, and self-styled imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one, because of whom, by whom, in whom and through whom alone, mankind may still have peace: the person of Jesus Christ.
I present him as the way, the truth, and the life."