Are you more valuable than the chair on which you sit or the desk at which you work? If you are an atheist, how do you come to a conclusion?
Some people who make the claim that God does not exist or that they aren’t convinced that God exists do not understand that materialism is their default position. Materialism, being the claim that all that exists is material (matter), is a big problem for the atheist because, if no God exists, all material things, in the objective sense, can only be equal to all other material things. There lacks an objective way to determine value. So, ultimately, you could not reason that you are more valuable than furniture.
I think they (materialists) think that by escaping the dominion of a Good Good Father, they may continue on their own merry way without repercussion. When by denying God in favor of materialism, they have actually injected themselves into a universe without meaning, objective mortality, and laws of logic, since these things are all immaterial. They also find themselves without the faculties to discover truth.
Of course, nobody who claims the non-existence of God acts like the default position of materialism is true. They actually behave more consistently with those who believe in God. They work and learn and create in ways that exhibit meaningful lives. They follow an objectively moral path that condemns violence against the helpless and condemns lying and cheating. And they champion their intellect as a way to solve problems and, ironically, as a way to reason that the very God that gave them the ability to do so does not exist.
Speaking of intellect, why would you trust anything that you know if your intelligence is not the product of greater intelligence, a Great Mind? Why believe anything you think is true? Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, John Lennox explains:
“There are not many options — essentially, just two. Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second.”
So when materialists disagree with this article, they have already defeated themselves because their own worldview turns the very action of reasoning into a mere series of predetermined physical causes that can only result in a conclusion based on the collision of material in one’s brain, instead of a process by which one can determine truth, wherever the evidence may lead, based on observation and logic. How do you find truth on a world where predetermined bodily physics determines what we think, how we feel, and how we act? Answer is, you don’t.
The fact is that we defeat materialistic claims every moment of our lives. To illustrate, facebook friend Paul Ross poetically writes:
“I transcend matter everytime I have a thought, because matter (Impersonal mindless purposeless undirected processes) are not conscious. Everytime I make a decision, because matter has no will.
Everytime I move in faith, because matter has no beliefs. Everytime I care, because matter could not care less.
Everytime I reason, because matter is devoid of reasoning. Everytime I intend something, because matter has no intentions.
Everytime I purpose something, because matter has no purpose, and everytime I pray, because matter has no requests.”
Again, the doctrine of Materialism maintains that you are only a product of the material of which you are composed. Nothing more. I say doctrine because this is a system of belief just like any of religion. The difference here is that those of theism actually describe reality completely.
Accepting materialism as reality puts you in conflict with common sense as well as God. He says you are more. You are valuable. You are a moral creation. You are a conscious being. Whether theist or atheist, you already understand this to be true. How do I know this? Because Romans 1: 19-20 proclaims it. But also because you profess this every day with the way you live your life.