A silly title but you’ll see where I’m going with this…
As I get older and observe more of human society, I realize just how clueless I was as a teenager, on all sorts of things. At the same time, since I became a born-again Christian and attend weekly church services in that tradition, I am learning that the “Christian worldview” actually solves the problems that would have throttled my younger (atheist) self. I’ll give you three quick examples, which are fresh in my mind because of the wretched hive of scum and villainy of my Facebook News Feed.
==> I have a few Facebook Friends who are over-the-top misogynist pigs, and actually have developed a comprehensive philosophy to this effect. They will make intentionally outrageous posts and then will bat away the objections of both women and men who find their views reprehensible. However, the funny thing is, I actually think they are usually right in what they are saying, it’s just that their conclusions would lead to immoral behavior. Yet the people who try to beat them on secular grounds, basically arguing that when it comes to dating, girls and guys are exactly the same blah blah blah, are simply fools. They get crushed in the debate, and everybody deep down knows it.
Yet the Bible-believing Christian wouldn’t be ruffled by this at all. He (or she!) can say, “Yes, the Bible establishes the man as the head of the household, and in that sense I agree that a family will be stable if the wife submits to her husband. However, this doesn’t give him license to do whatever he pleases, the way you clowns live your life. The husband must love his wife as Christ loved the church (i.e. be willing to die for her), and must view himself as a servant, nay a slave, to Christ.”
==> People are simply terrible. It is astonishing how much betrayal and cruelty occurs, and I’m not talking about genocide, I’m talking about people you know who are dating/married and then cheat etc. I totally understand how many great comedians–who really get people and that’s why they’re so funny–can move toward utter misanthropy during their careers. I can’t even imagine how cynical and disgusted with humanity I would be by the time I’m 70, except for the fact that there was one Man who was so good that He made up for the rest of us. Not only that, but He told us we were worthy of His love, and that we should likewise bestow it on each other. So even though I am prepared to throw in the towel on humanity, I defer to the superior wisdom of Jesus. If He could continue trying to help us even as we murdered Him, I can suck it up when I get a comment on Facebook from a “fan” that makes me bristle.
==> Finally, I’ve seen a lot of debates among libertarian types on Facebook about the existence of natural rights. Lots of the “tough guys” boast about “might makes right” and how rights don’t exist, etc. “Hey, unless I go get me a gun and shoot those NATO soldiers, I don’t own my house!” That type of stuff. The thing is, the atheist libertarians who try to reason with them, don’t have much of a leg to stand on. If you’re faced with someone who actually sees no difference between the law of the jungle and human society, and who is demanding that you “rationally” explain why he should refrain from exploiting a weaker person if it benefits him, then there’s nothing you can quote from Ayn Rand that will prove him wrong. In this context, then, it would certainly be worth bringing up the possibility that there exists an omnipotent Being who has serious issues about immorality, and who spelled out quite specifically what He thought the rules are.
In closing, one (futile) plea: If you are an atheist/agnostic reading this, please do NOT say to me, “Oh I get it, Bob believes in his magic man in the sky because it helps him deal with his emotional weakness. I don’t need that kind of crutch.” This is NOT what I’m saying. The case for the existence of God obviously doesn’t depend on whether it would be convenient in these other disputes. All I’m saying is, since I came to believe in the God of the Christian Bible for other reasons, as a happy offshoot I can easily dispose of the problems above–problems that are quite thorny for the atheist libertarian who believes in rights and thinks girls should be placed on a pedestal.