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God and Morals, Part 1

Posted by Matt Postiff June 6, 2014 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology 

Consider the following Twitter conversation:

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Several atheists mocked me for the question I asked. Another person wrote, "You are confused. Sin and morals aren't related in any way."

Then I mentioned this subject to some folks at the church on Wednesday night and was surprised at the interest and conversation it generated. Evidently I must write some on the subject. So, here are some thoughts.

Which God?

The first objection is that I did not identify which God, and even worse, I must reject a great many gods so I'm guilty of the same immorality I questioned. Since all "gods" (lowercase) are about the same to @ALAtheist, everyone who claims one god over another is immoral.

The answer to the objection is straightforward, though most certainly dissatisfying to the objector. Yes, there are many so-called gods, but the context of the conversation shows that we are talking about the Christian God. He is the one true and living God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, eternally existent in three persons united in their sharing of a single divine essence. This God is the God who created everything that exists, even the atheist who rejects him.

There are no other true gods. There are figments of people's imaginations. And there are demons who masquerade as gods, gathering a following. But they are not God.

More to come...

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