If you’ve read this blog at all, you know that the writer (that’s me!) is an Atheist. Personally I find the idea of a supernatural power, especially an interventionist supernatural creator, to be somewhat intellectually offensive and logically absurd.
One of the more … interesting claims made in relation to religion is that it is the basis of all morality. Which, if you look at the evidence, is rather a silly claim but one which for whatever reason endures.
Regardless, here is a simple piece of evidence to refute such claims. I recently drove a long distance, right across the state where I reside. Near to 1,000 kilometres all up, in the one day. As you might imagine, I was feeling somewhat tired on the way home as it was at the end of the day.
On the side of the highway, next to a car with hazard lights flashing, was a woman holding an empty petrol can with two small children in the car. It was obvious she had run out of petrol and needed help getting to the nearest service station. I, quite simply, pulled over and provided transport to the nearest one.
Now if the above claim about religion/god being the basis of all morality is true then I would have driven on; It would certainly have saved me considerable time on my already long journey. God, to me, is a fairy tale or odd imaginary friend that some people grasp onto and nothing els – so it’s fair to say I’ve rejected him pretty solidly.
And here’s the kicker. The car that was in front of me (which failed to stop to help) before I pulled over to help had a bumper sticker on the back of it.
“I love Jesus.”