This is an old theme with Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Hambo’s new post is Do Secularists Have a Foundation for Morality? His co-author is Avery Foley, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
For the atheist or secular humanist, there is no foundation for morality besides his or her own subjective opinion. … In their worldview, what makes anything immoral or wrong? Really it boils down to nothing more than their opinion. They believe that something is wrong, and therefore it must be. But who is to say that their opinion is the right one? After all, there are many different opinions on what is right and wrong. Who decides which one is right and which one is wrong?
We’ve seen this from Hambo before — for example, Ken Ham: The Sole Source of Morality. Only Hambo’s view of things can bring order out of chaos. It’s based on ancient writings about Yahweh, the planet-killer. Noah’s Ark is a powerful reminder of Yahweh’s morality.
Hambo then lists a few arguments his drooling followers may hear from secularists, and he warns in advance that they don’t provide a foundation for morality. If secularists say that society decides morality, that doesn’t work, because society often changes its opinion. He says:
One clear example of this is in regards to gay “marriage.” What was considered morally wrong by most of society is now legal, applauded, and celebrated by some groups. In this view, homosexual behavior went from being morally wrong to being morally acceptable.
Egad — according to the bible, that stuff should get the death penalty! We’re told:
Also if society determines morality, how can one society tell another society what is right or wrong? Most people would agree that the abhorrent actions of the Nazi death camps were morally wrong. But why? Nazi Germany decided as a society that these actions were morally acceptable. What right does our society have to judge their society if morality is simply a societal preference?
Or what about certain radical Muslim groups? Few would agree that blowing up innocent civilians, slaughtering hundreds of people from other religious groups, kidnapping and enslaving young women, or using children as suicide bombers is morally acceptable. Yet if morality is simply a societal preference, what right does our society have to tell their society that their actions are wrong and must be stopped?
We’re confused. Didn’t the Nazis base their actions on religion? See Religious aspects of Nazism. Surely the Muslims are religious. Ah well, let’s read on:
Evolutionists, by necessity, believe that morality (along with everything else) is simply the result of evolution. Somehow after billions of years of death, struggle, atrocities, disease, and suffering, man realized that we should strive to do the opposite! Man should oppose survival of the fittest and try to be moral. In their worldview, we are nothing more than highly evolved animals, and our brains are nothing more than chemical reactions. We are simply the product of our DNA.
Gasp — he’s right! That explains why scientists — especially biologists — are running around raping, plundering, murdering, and committing all kinds of atrocities. Hambo continues:
When faced with their worldview’s inability to provide a foundation for morality, many atheists respond by claiming that you don’t have to be religious to be moral. It’s true that plenty of atheists are moral citizens. But those who argue this way have missed the point.
Hambo tells us the point that atheists always miss:
Atheists certainly can be moral. Actually, starting with a biblical worldview, this is to be expected. God has put His law in all our hearts so even atheists, who claim that they don’t believe in the Creator God, can adhere to this law and be moral. But the point is that they have no foundation for this morality in their own worldview. They have no basis for saying something is right or wrong, moral or immoral.
Ah, that explains it. Here’s more:
According to God’s Word, humans were specially created in the image of God. We are not animals, nor are our brains simply chemical reactions. As He has from the very beginning, our Creator holds us accountable for our actions and expects us to choose and distinguish between right and wrong. As Creator, only God has the authority to tell us what is right and what is wrong. And this standard is not arbitrary. It is based on the unchanging character of the righteous, holy, and perfect Judge of the universe.
Okay — that’s not arbitrary. Moving along:
The first two people, Adam and Eve, were created morally perfect, but they chose to rebel against their Creator. No longer were they morally perfect; now they had a sin nature, which they passed on to each of their children. All of their descendants — every person on earth — is now a slave to sin and in rebellion against God.
No matter how hard we try, we can never live up to God’s perfect moral standard. We certainly are in a dire position, deserving nothing but condemnation and death.
Adam & Eve were created innocent. They had no experience. Suddenly the greatest deceiver in the universe, Satan himself, shows up and lies to them. They fell for it. Now we’re all doomed to the Lake of Fire. Nothing arbitrary about any of that! Then we get the gospel message:
But because of His great love for us and according to His mercy, the Creator came to earth as the God-man, a descendant of Adam just like us. … He then chose to become sin for us, taking the sins of the whole world upon Himself when He died on the Cross.
It’s a beautiful story. Now we come to the end:
Only the Bible provides a consistent foundation for morality that applies to all people everywhere.
So there you are, dear reader. If you want to be moral, listen to Hambo. He’s got all the answers.
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