Sunday, October 24, 2010

If God doesn't exist, does it matter?

Probably the biggest question out there is, "Does God exist?" Many have undertaken this question and come to different conclusions. But, what if God does not exist, does it really matter?

If God does not exist, then life is without meaning. People can have relative meaning without God, but if God does not exist, there is no ultimate meaning to life. Many atheists will try to give meaning to life, but in reality all a person does is total non-sense without the existence of God. As Jean-Paul Sarte has rightly stated, "Life has no meaning the moment you loose the illusion of being eternal." Again, the late atheist paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould said, "We may yearn for a higher answer - but none exists." If God does not exist, then everything a person does has no ultimate meaning, for we are all destined for the grave only to be forgotten as non-beings.

What about purpose without God? The same holds true, for without God everything a person does serves absolutely no ultimate purpose. Sure individuals can have temporary purpose while alive, but ultimately without God it is fanciful to think of life as having any real purpose. Evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins has stated, "Natural selection, the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process that Darwin discovered, has no purpose in mind." If Dawkins is correct in his thinking then a purposeless accident has produced a purposeless world. What is puzzling, is why Dawkins or anyone would offer explanations, if the world has no ultimate purpose or meaning.

One of the questions raised for a purposeless and meaningless life is how do morals count for anything? If life has no purpose and meaning, then why shouldn't individuals indulge themselves? For that matter, why should individuals talk of virtue or vice if God does not exist? It seems atheists have to live within a world as if God exists, while denying His existence at the same time.

Does it matter if God does not exist? It absolutely matters if God does not exist. Ultimate meaning and purpose cannot be found without the existence of God. Albert Camus has stated, "Without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful." Though Camus was an atheist, he rightly diagnosed life without the existence of God. For without God, man is a pathetic creature floating through the vastness of a dark and cold universe with no ultimate hope.


Marco said...

I do not believe in God, simply because there is no unequivocal evidence of its existence. So, I'm an atheist! And I can not stand when a Christian says "God exists because I have faith in him." This is ignorance, for the simple fact that I say one thing and not prove it, not just a joke!

Unknown said...

Life can have meaning without God. The meaning of life could simply be to help one another cope and get through this horrible hell hole of life.