Man is the Cosmic Orphan. He is the only creature in the universe who asks, “Why?” “Why am I here? Where am I going?
Since the Enlightenment man has tried to answer these questions without reference to God. But the answers that came back were not exhilarating, but dark and terrible. “You are the accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for existence. All you face is death.”
Modern man thought that when he had rid himself of God that he had freed himself from all that repressed him. Instead, he discovered that in killing God, he had also killed himself. For if there is no God, man’s life becomes absurd. For if God does not exist, both man and the universe is inevitably doomed to death. With no hope of immortality, man’s life leads only to the grave. His life is but a spark in the infinite blackness, a spark that flickers and then dies.
Without God there can be no objective standards of right and wrong. Moral values become just expressions of personal taste or the by-products of socio-biological evolution and conditioning. Without God who is to say which values are right and which are wrong?
It becomes impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil, or brotherhood, equality and love as good. The concept of moral obligation is unintelligible; the words may remain, but their meaning is gone.
Without God man must look to himself. Without God man crawls from hovel or mansion at the break of day to search after power by which he hopes to improve his lot and dominate nature and other men. He rejoices that the powerless are subject to his whims and pitilessly exploits others for his own benefit. He plays the role of a god made in his own image. But the time will come when his power corrupts him, when infirmity overtakes him, when younger and more vigorous aspirants challenge what he can no longer protect.
Secularists put stock in their own conclusion that there is no God. But, in order to prove the assertion that God does not exist, one would need to have comprehensive knowledge or simply stated, be omniscience. However, if one were omniscient, one would, by definition, already be a god. So, based on empirical methodology, the only one capable of disproving the existence of God would be God himself! You cannot prove logic exists unless you first presuppose a God in whom reason and meaning are transcendentally rooted; otherwise, these categories are mere philosophical prejudices.
With God there is hope. Without God we must build our lives as Bertrand Russell wrote upon “the firm foundation of unyielding despair.” There is no reason to be human, no restraint from the depths of evil that dwells in mankind.