Some Humanists launched a Why believe in a god? ad campaign on Washington, D.C. buses. The signs read:
Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.
Their goal is “to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.” This assumes we haven’t done that already, of course. Countless Christians have been asking tough questions and thinking carefully for millennia.
Here are some reasons to believe in God and why being “good for goodness’ sake” will ultimately fail you:
- God is real.
- His standard of goodness is not your standard of goodness. Even in your best moments you can’t win over God with your good behavior. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Jesus is that Savior, and Christmas celebrates his entry into his creation.
- Individual standards of goodness vary. Stalin thought he was good. Abortionists think they are good. You may think you are good. But how would you like have the content of every thought you’ve ever had communicated publicly? Me neither.
- If there is no God, then the concept of universal morality is just a fiction that our defective bags-o’-chemicals bodies created. Good will always just be what we want it to be, or what people vote it to be.
Also peruse the apologetics links on the right, such as this one.
Back to the article:
Best-selling books by authors such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have fueled interest in “the new atheism” — a more in-your-face argument against God’s existence.
Yet few Americans describe themselves as atheist or agnostic; a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll from earlier this year found 92 percent of Americans believe in God.
Even though 92% claim to believe in God, practically speaking many are functional Humanists themselves.
There was no debate at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority over whether to take the ad. Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency accepts ads that aren’t obscene or pornographic.
To be clear, I have no objection to the Humanists using their funds to put forth their views in the marketplace of ideas. Christians should be informed about what they believe and why they believe it and be able to engage the culture with the Good News of Jesus. Provocative ads like this can make good discussion starters for us.