Can we be good without God? Apologetics speaker and trainer Mikel Del Rosario takes a look at this question in the following guest post.
Do the Right Thing?
Guest post by Mikel Del Rosario
If God's not real, there's no moral law giver and no such things as moral commands. You could just say, "I'll do the right thing when it makes me feel good or gives me an advantage, and I'll do the wrong thing when it makes me feel good or gives me an advantage" or "I hereby declare from this day forward that it is always right to steal." Why even care about being moral? If there's no God and no objective moral standard, there's actually no moral difference between killing someone or taking care of them. But no one can really live like this. We all know by intuition that it's better to give a little girl a loving hug than to hurt her for no reason.
Imagine a 6-year-old asked you who wrote this blog post. It'd be silly to say "No one. And if you think I'm wrong, don't forget I can read better than you!" The existence of this post implies an author. And it really doesn't matter if you can read this post better than a kid. Similarly, moral commands imply a moral lawgiver and it doesn't matter if an atheist gave more than a theist to charity last year.
So maybe people really can't be good without God after all. I mean, if there is no God, there's no standard of goodness. And when we compare ourselves to God's standard, it turns out no one is good after all. Keep in mind that niceness isn't goodness---no one's lived up to the standard. So I guess the real answer to the question, "Are you good without God?" is "No. None of us are." That's why we need Jesus. Millions and millions do.
But how many of us in the church are ready and willing to dialogue with them? To fulfill the command in 1 Peter 3:15 to be prepared to respectfully give a reason to anyone who asks us about the hope that we have in Jesus? This is just one example of the kinds of things people might bring up in your family, at your work, at the soccer game or the coffee shop. If you'd like to help your brothers and sisters effectively talk to unbelievers about God, the Bible and Christianity, I'd like to give you a free apologetics lesson you can easily teach in your church or small group.
Download the free, 22-page lesson (PDF) here: http://apologeticsguy.com/lessons
To see my review of Mikel's Accessible Apologetics Curriculum, click here.