New Atheist Banner: If There is No God There are No Sins (or Crimes)
Atheists love to proclaim how rational and logical they are. Here’s the latest display of their powers of reasoning:
“An atheist group upset at a Concerned Women for America Easter display that includes a Christian cross and various anti-abortion materials has now countered with an addition of their own: A sign that labels Jesus Christ as nothing more than a myth.
The message from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that’s now mounted at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison reads: “Nobody died for our ‘sins,’ Jesus Christ is a myth.”
It’s curious to me how this group and others like it spend so much time protesting and raising money for something they say does not exist.
But let’s get back to the claim that “nobody died for our ‘sins.’”
By the use of quotation marks around “sins,” the people at the Freedom from Religion Foundation don’t believe there are any sins. They don’t commit any sins. No one is committing any sins.
If there is no God, then there is not an evaluator of any action than anybody does. So what makes anything really right or wrong in terms of eternal consequences? Nothing. The man who shot and killed three people at two Jewish centers did not sin. The two brothers who blew up people at the Boston Marathon last year did not sin.
Adolf Hitler did not sin. Nobody has ever sinned. Nobody is sinning now. No one will sin tomorrow.
So what are people doing when they murder, steal, rape, and pillage? In fact, we need to get rid of these types of words since they are religious in origin. Animals don’t murder, steal, rape, and pillage. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation folks, we are nothing but evolved animals.
Why is it right for any of these evolved entities to tell other evolved entities that they can or can’t do something? Given atheist assumptions about our nature and the nature of the world we live in, why can’t one evolved bag of meat and bones made mobile by nothing more than electricity stop that electricity from operating?
There’s no god saying it’s morally wrong. There are no eternal consequences for what takes place this side of the grave. To borrow a phrase from the Declaration of Independence, there is no “Supreme Judge of the world” on anything we do, on this side of the grave or on the other side.
While it’s hard to see, but printed on the banner is the Eighth Commandment: “P.S. your god says ‘Thou shalt not steal.'” Why did they add this religious moral prohibition to their banner? Because these atheists know that if there is no god, it’s not morally wrong to “steal” their banner or anything else. They can’t be consistent with their operating assumptions. They know consistent atheism leads to moral anarchy, and it can’t be called moral anarchy since there is no such thing as morality in an atheist world.
Voltaire (1694-1778) is reported to have said to his mistress, Marguerite, “Whatever you do, don’t tell the servants there is no God or they’ll steal the silver.”
When somebody from the Freedom From Religion Foundation dies, he or she will meet the same end as Adolf Hitler. Hitler won’t have to answer for anything he did in life. If the “truth” of this gets out to enough people, we could have moral anarchy.
Any argument for doing “good” and not doing “evil” will be smashed with the logic of consistent atheism. “I’m not sinning. There is no God to judge me. You bother me.” Whack!
In 2009, London buses were outfitted with the following banner ads:
“There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Life.”
Some atheists were upset with the word “probably.” Since there is no god, enjoy life. There are no boundaries on what it means to enjoy life. So then, what do atheists have to say about “two brothers previously jailed for cannibalism” who “have been arrested again after police discovered a child’s severed head at their home in a remote village in northwest Pakistan”?
They were just enjoying life. Apparently they enjoyed eating dead babies. But what if they enjoyed eating live babies? Ultimately, they could not be accused of doing anything morally wrong.
They may have broken some social convention, but in terms of any eternal retribution, like Hitler and other mass murderers, there is no one judging their actions.
This is the logic of atheism.