Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No God = No Freedom

The preamble to America's Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” From these words America was born. But, does the average person know what it means that our Rights are unalienable? Do you know what that means? The word unalienable is defined as simply “not alienable.” That means that these rights can never be made alien to any person. Nor can any person be made alien to these rights. The two can never be logically separated from each other. There are no circumstances on this earth whereby these rights can be logically treated as not innate to you. The dictionary defines unalienable as “not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated.” “Unalienable” in this sense means those rights which cannot be destroyed or taken away. They are so much a part of the human identity that no person, even the king of England, has the authority to abridge them. Unalienable means entirely objective and inseparable from the person due to their nature being human (“created equal” or “endowed”). The concept of “unalienable Rights” is essential to the whole argument in favor of freedom.

But, if there is no God, no “Creator,” or Giver of these rights, how can such a claim of such “Rights” being unalienable be true or even supported? Is freedom possible without God in America? Is freedom possible without God anywhere? John Adams made a similar claim: “Liberty must at all hazards be supported.” Adams declared this because all people had a right to freedom, derived from our “Maker.” In fact, it was the freedom that God gives all mankind that inspired our Founders to pen these words to the beginning of the Declaration of Independence, especially Thomas Jefferson. It is because of Judeo-Christian influence that we have freedom of religion, speech, etc. enshrined in our Constitution. And, without such influence, the opposite would be true as it is in almost every nation that rejects Judeo-Christian influence and the God it represents. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

To really make this point clear, all we need to do is ask a few very simple questions. If we remove the recognition of God, who will we credit with the giving of rights that we recognize? If there is no God standing with authority above government, then isn’t government the supreme authority? Are rights granted by God or granted by government? Does government recognize rights or do they give rights? Upon what grounds may a person stand before a king, Congress, or the president and say, “You have no right to take away my freedoms”? If government is the giver rights, then they can certainly take them away. If you see where this reasoning is headed you have grave reasons to be very concerned since this is where our culture is forcing us.

Militant atheists respond with one of two responses (or both). (1) Freedom ought to be granted because there is some sort of inherent, natural right to it granted to all creatures, or (2) people ought to be free because freedom is a more efficient and effective system for society. Both responses are entirely inadequate, not authoritative and lacking in providing any form of comfort. Allow me to explain. With regards to the first response, who is to say that humans should have more freedom than other “creatures,” likes cows for example? Also, since other creatures freely kill each other even over trivial reasons, who is to say which freedoms should exist naturally or not? By what authority can atheists make such a claim? This first atheistic response breaks down even in the common daily practice of living by every atheist.

With regards to the second atheistic response, we agree that freedom is clearly the most efficient and effective system for society. But, that by no means is an authoritative reason to demand and call such freedom unalienable. Do the names Hitler and Caesar ring a bell? After all, the American Revolution was a revolution against King George of England who begged to differ, and effectively so – at least until we defeated him. Tyrants don’t necessarily respect efficiency over their lust for power at all cost.

In conclusion, at the risk of sounding trite, no God results in no freedom. In fact, to know God, is to know freedom. Christianity is worth defending because with God, all people can know freedom as an unalienable right. Without God, there is no such claim.

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