“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
– Isaiah 1:18
So, this is sort of a follow-up post to my first “Even if God isn’t real” post. It’s interesting to write on this topic… maybe I’ll keep at it.
My first one was on thankfulness (go here to read it).
This one is on our guilt. (I really like to focus on the emotional evidence for God, don’t I?)
We’ve all done bad things. A non-Christian can admit that. They might not call it “sin,” but we have ALL done things even we ourselves do not approve of — we’re all hypocrites, we get mad at others for doing things we ourselves have done. So there’s gotta be bad things. Things we’re guilty of. Things we feel guilty of.
Guilt — that annoying feeling you get about doing something wrong, like a pebble in your shoe, or a splinter in your finger. Guilt is the feeling that this tiny thing you’ve done is slowly rotting away your being.
Sometimes guilt isn’t a mere splinter. Sometimes it engulfs your mind. It can make you hate yourself, make you avoid others, remind you of your sin everywhere you look. You can’t escape it.
If God isn’t real, where does this guilt come from?
Someone once told me that your conscience (guilt) isn’t something you’re just born with. It’s something that’s developed by your parents’ teaching. Your parents taught you right from wrong, because wrong actions, bad actions, sinful actions, hurt others. When you do bad things, you feel guilty for going against your parents’ will.
Okay, I can see that. I understand that viewpoint.
But if you merely leave it at that, your guilt remains.
If God doesn’t exist, so what? God takes away my guilt, cleans my slate so I can start again.
I don’t want to live a guilt-absorbed life.
Even if God didn’t exist, I would still believe, rather than feel guilty forever.
After all, with an atheist view, this life’s all I’ve got — I don’t want to spend it all alone.
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