I had a friend named Chris Roberts, a professed Christian who was a Southern Baptist pastor. In the past few years, he left the pastorate, left the church, and now claims to be an Atheist. I say I “had” a friend because he left me behind when he embraced Atheism. I’m not sure why; I wish we were still friends. He has written an article titled, “When God Allowed Sex Slaves.” In the next several weeks, I will interact with Chris’ deception and abuse of Scripture. What follows is Part 1 of my response.
In this post, I want to interact briefly with the absurdity of being lectured about morality by an Atheist. I asked Chris on Twitter how he determined the difference between right and wrong, and he appealed to society and individual experience while admitting that both can be wrong. Of course, if both can be wrong, then how do you know when one is wrong and one is right? The answer is that you cannot know. Yet, Chris–who has no objective authority on which to base his morality–wants to lecture Christians–who have an objective authority, the Bible–on morality.
Chris’ article is just atheist smoke and mirrors. His post is similar to the wizard in the Wizard of Oz hiding behind the curtain yelling, “Pay no attention to man behind the curtain. The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken!” What doesn’t Chris want you to see? He doesn’t want you to see that he has no basis for morality. Chris wants to point at the Bible, and argue that it justifies immorality instead of making a case for his own basis for morality. Chris cannot tell you why having sex slaves is wrong, and he doesn’t try to. He simply butchers the Bible so that he doesn’t have to prove why he believes sex-slavery is wrong. As long as he’s attacking the Bible and going after Christians, he doesn’t have to prove why he believes what he believes. The reality is that Chris has no objective basis for morality. He cannot tell you that sex slavery is always absolutely wrong. To Chris, human beings are mere matter-in-motion. He even argues that love is matter only, that is, one’s neurons firing. He can tell you that he believes sex slavery is wrong, but in the next breath, he’ll say that he could be wrong. After all, it may just be that the neurons in his brain do not fire for sex slavery, and the neurons in the the brains of others do. Thus, the natural result of his basis for morality–whatever makes your neurons fire and/or societies’ neurons fire–is relative morality.
I know why I’m against sex slavery and every other Christian I know is–the Bible! All human beings are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-28). All human beings are valuable, from conception onward. They receive their value from their Creator. He determines human value, and His value of humanity does not change. Also, sexual immorality is sin; adultery is sin (1 Cor. 6:9). Sex only glorifies God when it’s between a husband and wife in marriage (Mark 10:2-9).
In the next post, I will begin interacting with Chris’ abuse of Scripture.