I have found that secular humanists, especially online, are very quick to judge and ridicule Christianity and Creationism, however I hear very little of them speaking about how a life without God is better than one with God. The impression I get from Atheist friends of mine is that they can simply make up their own choices about what is right or wrong, but their morality may not remain constant throughout their lifetime. To them a Morality may seem a more fluid thing rather than a universal constant set in stone. I call this an ‘Ideo-Morality’, they do not base their moral decisions on anything more than what they’d like to see be right or wrong. They often justify their decisions by quoting the moral decisions made by other famous Atheists, although I would still say (even if they don’t realise it) the Atheist morality is still thoroughly rooted in the commandments of the Bible, especially in this country (Great Britain (and probably USA too)). But of course we cannot get our full view of an Atheist lifestyle from the average Joe Blogs in the internet (no pun intended). Of course the more well known Atheists have come up with a morality they think should be universal, even if they don’t appear to uphold it themselves. (Then again us Christians never were particularly perfect either.) My particular example of this is Richard Dawkin’s alternative version of the 10 Commandments:
- Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you. (a.k.a. “Love your neighbor as yourself” – [Lev 19:9, Lev 19:18, Matt 5:43, Matt 19:19, Matt 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Rom 13:9, Gal 5:14, Jam 2:8, etc.])
- In all things, strive to cause no harm. (Many Atheists have done this in the past.)
- Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect. (even Religious people?)
- Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
- Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
- Always seek to be learning something new. (like Intelligent Design?)
- Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
- Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
- Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others. (like Richard Dawkins?)
- Question everything. (like Darwinism?)
I could continue to add comments to these all I want and have a lot of fun doing it. But this is not important or effective. All I’m trying to do with my comments is show that when your morality is an Ideo-morality then you are far less likely to up keep what you’ve stated and the ideal way of living becomes a fluid thing rather than black and white, right from wrong. I’d also like to point out that what Dawkin’s here calls Commandments aren’t very commanding. I think they should be re-named ‘Richard Dawkin’s 10 Suggestions for a healthy life’. It turns out he was confronted in person about this. Someone stated that they weren’t very commanding and his reply was words to the effect of “I don’t care”. To me this really does go to show that some Atheists really don’t care if their morality is Black and White – Right and Wrong – but it’s a far more vast grey area of interpretation, also allowing room for Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao’s moral choices. I don’t mean to relate every Atheist to these viscous Humanist Dictators but I’d like to point out how warped peoples decisions can become when they don’t have a solid set of historically affirmed rules to live by, for eventually Natures only rule (“Survival of the fittest”) can be used to justify anything.
For me there is more proof that having a life with God allows for a a longer and more enjoyable life. To me it seems Dawkin’s has to meet these standards by “commanding” people to “live life with a sense of joy and wonder”. I have not yet seen convincing evidence that the Humanist morality is anywhere near as established and effective as the Christian morality. Maybe that is why Humanists themselves appear to avoid this topic. So I continue to ask Atheists for a better way of life than what Christ taught us. But until then I hope I have provoked thought on this topic and I hope to write many more blogs after this.