Atheist Christopher Hitchens is morally outraged with the Christian belief that God created us and put us under Him without our consent. (This is typical of atheists– they have moral objections to God while they have no objective grounds by which to make moral objections unless God exists.) But as John Piper points out, even if God does not exist, we are still here without our consent:
The fact that we had no say in our creation is what creation means. It’s also what birth means. Neither God nor Mother Nature gives anyone the choice to be created or born. There is a lesson in that. We are dependent. That’s not debatable. It’s just the way it is. But if you embrace the reality of dependence and follow it all the way to the free gift of salvation through Christ, it is not condemnation but liberation. It does not feel disempowering to be called a “fellow-heir of God” (Romans 8:17). (For Piper’s complete post, click here .)
Atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris assert that belief in God is our greatest problem. If we could only do away with belief in God we would be liberated. But exactly the opposite is true. Liberation comes from putting our trust in Christ. In other words, we can all overcome the hand we’ve been dealt– each of us can choose to become children of God (John 1:12) and be liberated from this bondage to decay and death. Through Christ we have some control. Through atheism we have none– atheism leaves no way out.
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