GOD: The Necessary Fallacy

I recently stumbled across this story:

 

Exclusive: Atheist Movement‘s ’George Soros‘ Says Bible Has ’Moral’ & ‘Factual’ Flaws; Touts His Vision for Secularism

 

And it reminded me of these words by George Orwell:

 

“Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.”

 

In the story, Atheist, Todd Stiefel, says this about why he stopped believing in God:

 

“I was very religious at various points…especially in high school. The final nail in the coffin when I stopped believing forever was a course at Duke University on Old Testament history,” he explained. “Nothing like learning the Bible and the history of the Bible to get a person to stop believing [in it].”

 

But he makes these comments about what is the most proven book known to Man.  As many times as people have tried, the Bible’s account of what Stiefel might call “secular” history has never been refuted or proven to be wrong.  And, many times, it has proven to have been right when once thought wrong.  Yet, in a system known to be rife with activist professors more interested in propagating their ideological beliefs rather than actually educating their students, Stiefel took his professor’s word over actually reading the Bible.  Oh, Steifel says he has read it – more than he believes most believers have.  But then he casts this claim in great doubt by inferring the Bible is not about love when – in fact – it is the greatest love story ever told.

 

But setting this aside, Stiefel goes on to say this:

 

“There’s some who focus more on the critique of religion and there’s others who focus on other aspects of the movement,” Stiefel continued. “I try to focus more on the importance of defending the Constitution and separation of church and state — and ending discrimination against freethinkers.”

 

“That is where we start seeing our country’s Constitution being eroded and our freedoms being eroded,” he proclaimed. “That’s why I got active – to eliminate that discrimination and to help the world be less fundamentalist and to help religion be more oriented towards love…”

 

It is here that Stiefel runs into the reason he will never and can never achieve his stated purpose, and it is because he does not understand the nature of the constitution.  While many like to argue otherwise, the men who framed and ratified the constitution have clearly told us that our system of government was designed for a moral people:

 

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

–John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798

 

And that our constitution is founded upon the principles of Christianity:

 

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.

–John Adams

(Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Washington D. C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. XIII, p. 292-294. In a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813.)

 

“Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity”?

–John Quincy Adams, [–1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts.]

 

And that the key link to the morality necessary to maintain a free and self-governing people is religion:

 

“Indeed moral virtue is substantially and essentially enforced by the precepts of Christianity, and may be considered to be the basis of it.  But in addition to moral principles, the Christian doctrines inculcate a purity of heart and holiness of life which constitute its chief glory.  When we contemplate it in this light, we have a most striking evidence of its superiority over all the systems of pagan philosophy, which were promulgated by the wisest men of ancient times.”

— Zephaniah Swift, State Supreme Court Justice

 

Swift’s assertion is echoed by Jefferson:

 

“The precepts of philosophy, and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. {Jesus} pushed his scrutinizes into the heart of man, erecting his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head.”

 

And it is what Speaker of the House, Robert Winthrop was driving at when he said these words:

 

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

 

So it is difficult to understand how Stiefel believes he can defend our system of government while opposing the foundation upon which the founders tell us it was built.  Still, there are those – Stiefel among them, no doubt – who will tell you that it is possible to devise a system of morality without God.  But aside from the fact that this would leave Stiefel to rule by the bayonet, it simple is not true.

 

You see, Man can never design a universal moral code because it requires an authority above the all men to create a moral code that binds all men – even against their will.  It is a simple fact of logic, born out by the fact that it has never been achieved and never will be – not by man.  In order for a universal moral code to be established, it requires an authority to define that moral law.  But this is an appeal to authority, and a common logical fallacy.  Still, in this case, if there is no God, there can be no moral law binding all men.  But this has never stopped men like Stiefel from trying to take the place of God since time began, which brings us back to these words:

 

“Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.”

 

And yet, a universal moral code does exist, and its Creator signed His name to it by placing it into the heart of each and every one of us.  Our founders recognized it, but – apparently – Stiefel believes himself to be smarter than the man who so famously explained all this to the world:

 

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness –“

 

 

 

One thought on “GOD: The Necessary Fallacy

  1. It would be very prudent for your readers to read the link as well. It seems to me as if this Steifel fella believes religious people are actually causing the expansion of govt. When he speaks on entitlement programs, he points the finger at religion being the root of the problem. I think what he doesn’t understand is that it is an ideology and not religion that is at the root of the expansion of govt. He seems like a nice enough fella; I believe he is just misinterpreting….

    I’ll let him have the last word:

    “Christians and atheists have vastly more in common with their values than they realize…The audience of The Blaze probably has the vast majority of their values in line with what most atheists believe,” he said. “We believe in love. We believe in freedom. We believe in truth. We believe in integrity and living moral, ethical lives…in creating happiness and decreasing suffering.”
    .
    Just kidding. I always have to have the last word. It seems to me that this fella is like a dog who is unknowingly barking up the wrong tree….

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