A Problem for Atheists

Barb Wire

Okay: let’s say the fat-heads are right, and there is no God.

Who does that leave responsible for all the crimes and cruelty in the world, and with no Savior to set things right? At whose desk does the buck stop now?

There being no God, then there is no one but man–and his monster, the state–who can be blamed for 40 to 60 million Chinese done to death by their own government during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, just to name one of many hard-to-imagine crimes of recent history. Two world wars, a global epidemic of terrorism, man-made famines… the list goes on and on.

And the solution to this, according to our humanist friends, is to give the perpetrator, man, even more power! Gee, if Mao had had twice as much power, he could’ve murdered twice as many people.

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What kind of sense does that make? Our country’s founders, who were Christians, believed in human evil and in the need to restrain it: hence our system of checks and balances, our Bill of Rights, and the built-in inertia that ties the hands of those government officials who want to strangle us for our own good.  That the system seems to be breaking down after 200 years is only due to the ceaseless efforts of “progressives” to destroy it.

St. Paul taught us that if Christ is not raised from the dead, then we won’t be raised, either: our faith is in vain, we are still in our sins, and we will die in sin.  The good news, of course, is that He is raised.

Except to those who look to government, to the work of their own hands, for their salvation.

And they ain’t gonna find it. Not there. Not there.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com.

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