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The “Good” Atheist

Every once in a while you meet a person who says that they are a “good atheist” and they reason that they are a good moral person without God.  Further, they claim that the world would be a better place without God or religion.  They reason that most people are good by nature and in reality, it is very few people who are truly evil.  This, of course, runs contrary to Christianity which teaches that humanity is sinful and bent toward wickedness.  Romans 1:18 says that people suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  In other words, people despise God and refuse to submit to Him because they love their sins.  It is not about evidence.  It is about sinfulness and the desire to do what we want, to be our own gods, to set our own destiny.  The idea that we must stand before God when we die is unthinkable (Hebrews 9:27).  It does not fit the atheists worldview nor their lifestyle.

The “good atheist” is the atheist who believes they should be moral and good for the simple reason that we should be moral and good.  If pressed further, there is not eternal reason for being good and moral and no basis for the goodness nor the morality.  In the end, the good atheist is good and moral only because they deem it right to be so.  They have no authority, no reasons.  It just is.  If a person on the other hand chooses to do evil and to kill people or to rape women or to molest children, the good atheist cannot attack the wicked atheist for their evil.  They have no basis to do so.  They can say that the wicked atheist should not have done that but why?  Who cares?  Who decides what is good and what is evil?  If we look to society to deem what is good and what is evil, we are left with various cultures saying this is good and this is evil.  The Nazis would say that killing Jews was not evil because Jews are not humans and thus Nazis are doing what evolution has taught them to do, to destroy the weak.  Yet the good atheist can question the Nazi and their worldview but they have no basis to tell them they are wrong.

The problem with the “good” atheist is that they borrow from the Christian worldview while trying to ignore the God whom the Christian worships and adores.  Goodness and morality come from one source: God.  He alone is good and moral.  God alone, because of His perfection, can tell us what is good and what is evil.  We can’t.  We are not good.  We are wicked sinners.  The Bible says that our hearts are wicked before a holy God (Jeremiah 17:9).  Jesus said that it was out of the wicked heart that sin comes forth (Matthew 15:18-20).  Our hearts are corrupt.  There is not one person on the face of earth that is good.  Only God is good and His Word alone is our standard for goodness and morality.

Yet the atheist would argue then that they don’t believe the Bible and we cannot quote the Bible.  The atheist wants the Christian to deny their worldview while the atheist is allowed to embrace their worldview.  The “good” atheist borrows then from the Christian worldview of morality and goodness to establish what is moral and what is good.   The “good” atheist will then denounce pedophiles while using the Christian worldview to do so but when the Christian denounces the pedophiles because it violates the Word of God, the atheist cries “foul.”  The “good” atheist will borrow from the Christian worldview to denounce other “sins” as well including murder, rape, racism, greed, etc.  This is insanity.

In the end, the consistent atheist is one who sees humanity as nothing but cells thrown together by mere chance.  The basis for morality is in fact not real.  The atheist is free (in their worldview) to live as they want to live or die as they want to die and they can impose that on all others as well since all of us are nothing more than cells thrown together by chance and our lives are not worth more than the ant that is crushed under our tires on the highway.  Anything and everything should be allowed since we have no foundation to judge and we will not be accountable to God.

Of course, this is ridiculous and the atheist knows this.  The “good” atheist has a sense of morality and goodness because they are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).  They know this.  They know God exists but refuse to submit to Him because of their love of self (Romans 1:18-19).  The “good” atheist borrows from the Christian worldview without submission to the Lord Jesus Christ because of their love of sin.  We all will stand before Jesus someday and answer for our lives.  In that day, the atheist will have no excuses for their sins and their “goodness” will be seen for what it is (Isaiah 64:6).

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/10/2014 at 1:13 PM

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