A lot of Atheists are, frankly, unintelligent. They simply don’t understand what atheism means nor its implications. Some Atheists are a bit smarter, and understand some kind of logical argument for their beliefs.
I challenge all Atheists to think critically about the problem of morality: What, exactly, is good, and what, exactly, is wrong?
We certainly are programmed to think of some behavior as good and others as bad. We look at murder and universally condemn it, and we condemn other actions in specific circumstances. Certainly it is wrong to intentionally deceive someone to their harm. Certainly it is wrong to withhold your substance from the poor. Certainly it is wrong to sexually abuse children!
But why? What makes those things wrong? If we can understand that, then we can start to live our lives to maximize good. But what is good? A natural definition is “that which is not wrong.” But isn’t wrong “that which is not good?” We have a problem.
We need some way to determine whether behavior is good or bad, so we can make a moral decision to choose the good and avoid the bad.
Philosophers have struggled with this problem throughout history. All, without exception, have failed to build a foundation for morality from nothing.
Modern Atheists think, in their ignorance, they know what is right and wrong. They condemn war, or condemn child molestation, and they think they are doing good. Are they?
If they define morality in a way that allows the preference of the individual to influence it, they have defined no morality at all. Certainly, the murderer thinks it is a good thing to murder at the time, and a child rapist thinks it is a good thing to rape the child at the time. We cannot allow human preference or emotion to enter into the equation at all.
That means we must have a universal definition of morality, a morality that applies to all sentient beings, everywhere, at all times, without change.
When I say “Atheists have no morality”, or “Atheism is amoral”, this is what I mean. They have no basis for morality, since they do not admit to anything but human reason and logic.
All religions carry in them an assumption of what is right and wrong. Judeo-Christian traditions define morality based solely on God’s preference. God is good, good is God. Whatever God wants, that is good. Whatever he doesn’t want, that is evil.
The problem then becomes: How can we obtain the will of God in our day-to-day lives? My Christian religion, the LDS religion teaches that all people, when they are born, are given a conscience, the “Light of Christ.” They are told, in no uncertain terms, what is right and wrong with emotional promptings before they embark upon a decision.
We are also taught that ignoring these promptings weaken their influence. The first lie is hard; the hundredth is not even considered. The first murder is difficult; the hundredth not even a thought is given. That’s why we strongly encourage people to not commit sin at all. Those people who violate the grosser sins lose their moral compass, almost completely. Adulterers and fornicators (hetero or homosexual) are among those who have the most badly damaged moral compasses. They are so damaged that when they are faced with spiritual impressions, they demand an outward, physical sign to confirm it.
We may also temporarily or permanently injure our moral compass in the way we treat our bodies. Alcohol and other substances leave their stain in our consciences. Hard drugs may even irreparably damage them. Members of the LDS church abstain from coffee, tea and tobacco for this reason. We simply don’t want to risk it.
Those who pay attention to their moral compass are inevitably lead, when they are prepared, to face the Holy Ghost, which will demand positive action such as prayer, scripture study, and baptism into the church. Those who have made a conscience decision to heed these promptings will inevitably end up within the church.
You can see how the belief that there is no God, or even that God’s will is not known among mankind, present us with a moral system without any morality. You can see also how a just God would ensure that every person be told what is right and wrong so that they can make their own choices.
If you’re the type of person that rejects the good promptings in their heart, the promptings that say to speak kindly, to serve one another, to avoid behaviors that hurt yourself and others, then I would not be surprised if you turn to Atheism. It’s the only hope for your shattered conscience to have any consistency at all.
However, if you try to justify your morality, or rather, the lack of morality, as the superior one, just know how stupid you sound.