Wednesday 2 January 2013

The New Atheism Promotes a New Morality

"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life" Galatians 6:7-8.

Every vacuum has to be filled with something and so it is with the moral, ethical and religious decline that is happening before our eyes in the United Kingdom. This country has had a rich Christian heritage but the corrosive influence of secularism, the new atheism, evolutionary science and media propaganda forms and creates a new worldview for many people. A worldview that is often simply uncritically accepted and it produces a new moral code. An unwritten code but one which is not allowed to be challenged in the name of "freedom".

This unwritten code of ethics enforces its view on the false premise that God does not exist, God does not see anything and there will be no final day of accountability. This makes a sense of "right and wrong" extremely relative and it fosters rebellion. Why should we be surprised then when bankers act in fraudulent ways, when MP"s wilfully abuse the expenses system or that people riot and loot in London?

The New Atheism carries a very clear message if you listen to people like Richard Dawkins. They say: "This life is all there is to existence, therefore get out of it as much as you can, live for the now!". This is the maxim of a Darwinian approach taken to its logical conclusion. Anything that is inconvenient to getting all you want to get from this earthly life can be disposed with. People may disagree with me, but in my view this new atheism produces a new moral code that is selfish, materialistic, greedy and driven by the lust of personal pleasure.

While we may lament the growth of this atheistic and materialistic worldview growing in the UK, what about the growth of China's economic, political and ethical influence? China is the world's largest atheistic nation with 1.3 Billion people which will simply promote materialism as the height of human existence.

However, there is a God in heaven who is unchanging, a God in heaven who will judge all mankind for their breaking of God's own law's and God has provided his Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ for deliverance from sin for those who call upon his name for forgiveness of sins.

Here are three of God's laws from the Ten Commandments.

Commandment Number 1: "You shall have no other gods before me" (this commandment forbids atheism).

Commandment Number 7: “You shall not commit adultery".

Commandment Number 8: "You shall not steal".

As an ordained Christian minister of the gospel it is part of my duty to warn people of the coming judgment that all mankind will face.

God's moral code is completely opposite to the moral code of new Atheism. Peter the apostle warns us all that "And he [God] commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he [the Lord Jesus Christ] is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead". But Peter also extends the mercy of God as he preached: "To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:42-43).

May 2013 be a year that people turn away from godless atheism and joyfully embrace the commands of God and God's Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins.

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