Now before I start this article it is not to say that atheists can’t have their own subjective purposes with their own lives. This article is to show that without God all meaning, value, and purpose ultimately become subjective making life without value. Now what do I mean by meaning value and purpose?
Meaning has to do with significance why something matters at all.
Value has to do with good and evil, right and wrong.
Purpose has to do with goals or a reason for something.
No Ultimate Meaning
Without God humans have no significance because the Greatest possible being would not find any meaning in creation of Humans that he made in his image if he didn’t exist. On Atheism nobody or anything can show why anything has any meaning at all. It’s one opinion verses another on what has meaning and what doesn’t. There’ no ultimate meaning to life if there is no God. Why does our existence matter at all? It doesn’t on atheism because it shows that we ae just the result of time+matter from a cosmic accident. Are puny lives have just existed on this planet of dust for only a small about of time compared to the whole time of the cosmos. Why would the Universe have any meaning either if it is also just the result of a cosmic accident as well? As Lawrence Krauss once said: The universe doesn’t give a damn about us! What we do has no objective meaning because we are doomed to death in a short period of time. Of course what you do has your own subjective meaning in your life, but so did Hitler, Stalin, and everyone one else who is evil as well. Now immortality would also have to have meaning or otherwise that doesn’t matter all. For example, imagine you are in a box that is 9 by 10 feet and he can’t die in this box. Once you go in there you, can never come out. That would suck to have to live in there without anything but an empty space. If God exists and gives value plus immortality, then there really would be ultimate meaning in every human beings life because life would not end at the Grave.
No Ultimate Value
Without God there’s no ultimate value of whether something is Good/Bad and Wrong/Right. It doesn’t matter if we lived as Mother Teresa or Stalin. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: If there is no God then all things are permitted. If life ends at the grave and there is no ultimate justice, then everything is permitted. What we do now will not matter because we will die just like everything that has come before. If you can get away with it in this life, then you will get away with it forever. Of course I’m not saying that you should do things that Stalin and Hitler did, but without God that’s just my opinion. There’s no ultimate justice to decide what’s right and wrong to do which leads to subjective morality. I’m going to address morality just a little because I will do a video on The Moral Argument in a future video. Morality would be subjective because there’s no ultimate way we ought to live. It becomes subjective and relative which a lot of Atheists will admit. It would be Stalin vs Mother Teresa opinions on what’s right and wrong. Richard Dawkins gives his opinion on this by stating we are machines for propagating DNA, Morality is arbitrary likes how we evolved five fingers, and his famous quote of there being no ultimate meaning, purpose, and life without a designer or God. The first quote that we are only machines for propagating DNA makes me not want to propagate DNA. If we evolved morality just like our finger’s then we evolved reason, everything that you care about, all information is without foundation, and so on. It’s self-defeating because we can’t know anything if unguided evolution determines everything because we our only based on are DNA coding. We don’t have freewill and so on. There can be no ultimate value because evolution can’t decide what has ultimate value like the greatest possible being who is God. On this view it is impossible to condemn war oppression, or crime as evil because there is no objective good or evil outside of human opinion. Without God we determine what is right and wrong and history proves humans can’t determine any objectivity on morality, justice, or value.
No Ultimate Purpose
Without out God then there’s no ultimate purpose for life: No Ultimate Goal. The universe is doomed to death because it’s expansion will eventually be the end of it and will become a cold grave for everything it contains. Humans will be doomed eventually like every other species on this planet that has come to pass. Everything was from an accident that has no goal in mind, but except for our death’s. Randomness can have an ultimate goal, so without God humans will have to determine their own purposes. Of course through human history we can show that this cannot make any ultimate purpose at all. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase live life to the fullest. We will assume right now that Atheism could somehow give us free will to be able to make decisions in our lives to make this phrase even possible. Each individual interprets this phrase one may think of this as to help as many people as possible before they die and another may say let me see how many people can I kill before my life ends. Humanism fails when it comes to objective concepts such as objective morality and purpose because humans can barely agree on anything. Without God we have no ultimate purpose and can only live in our subjective illusions. Our objective goal becomes Death on the Naturalistic, Atheistic, Materialistic worldview.
Now of course none of this means there is a God, but if we want to live with objectivity then we should live as if there is God, which Pascal would wager. I would say that Christianity is the most plausible out of all the other religions, but that’s for a different video. Bertrand Russel himself said he lived in illusion because he wanted a way to condemn war, but he couldn’t on his worldview. Atheists cannot justify their happiness intellectually only in an emotional, subjective illusion. Biblical Christianity offers a solid foundation for objectivity in our lives though and I think it is the one worldview we should all live in. We have Ultimate value because we out made in God’s image who is the greatest possible being who is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and so on. We have ultimate value because he is the morally perfect being who determines right from wrong and what’s bad and good. We have an ultimate purpose to come to know God through his son Jesus of Nazareth that we may have eternal relationship with the greatest possible being. Why would a being like this care about specks of dust like everyone and I? Is it possible because God is also the most loving being too? With Biblical Christianity we can live an Objective life. If you want this objectivity in your life, then I encourage you to become a Christian.
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On Guard by William lane Craig Chapter 2: What difference does it make if God exists?