Those who deny the existence of God would have us believe that we are the result of a series of accidents or random events. The Big Bang, or the origin theory du jour, was random, the forces at work to form galaxies was random. Planetary formation was random. Earth being in the right solar orbit to support life was random. Life happening on earth itself was random. The mutations that allowed the first random single cell organism to evolve into multi-cellular life was a random accident. The mutations that took that life, over millions of years, and allowed it to mutate into all the various life forms we see today – bacteria and viruses, bugs, aquatic life, plant life, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals – were complete and total accidents. If all of that was completely random, then we are nothing but the product of cosmic, random, and highly improbable accidents. And if that is true, then all or our social constructs – morality, religion, governments, social order, are also just the product of accidental occurrences. That means that, if we are all here by accident, and everything is accidental, that there is no morality that is right, and none that is wrong. If we’re here by accident, while you can tell me I’m wrong, you have no right to do so. And vice versa – I have no authority to claim that anything I say is right either – if it’s all by accident. Since all is accidental, whatever we believe individually is as right as what anyone else believes. If the culture actually embraced the belief system of the atheist, it would be a recipe for anarchy. Society, a result of an accident, has no more moral authority than the individual, also an accident. The ends justify the means – what I want is all that matters. What will further my existence, or my DNA, is all that is important.
However, the fact that people are civilized is a simple defense of what the Declaration calls the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. If there was no natural or moral law defined by an absolute moral agent, we could never have progressed to where we are today in culture, technology, the arts, learning, or industry. Men would not be able to be restrained enough to coexist with one another to accomplish anything, because each could justify their own means to an end as the result of The Accident. If there was no foundational binding force at work, people would each go their own way without concern for the consequence. Why would anyone care about what society thought of them, if society itself is an accidental construct? If you wanted something and could get it by stealing (and get away with it), you would do it – unless you had some ingrained belief in the value of and respect for property. If someone was in your way or their existence simply annoyed you, what would you have to lose by killing them – if there was no foundational natural law that values life? If killing them made you happy, who cares what society says, because society’s disapproval was caused by an accident. Why would anyone care about leaving behind a legacy if all that matters is the here and now? Having children would be a hindrance to hedonism, unless you had a natural respect for family.
Philosophers would have us believe that these values, that allow society to succeed and flourish, are somehow ingrained into our collective DNA, passed on from generation to generation. That argument is an attempt to use physical terms to describe a supernatural force at work. These values are ingrained into our collective souls when we are created. This Natural Law is given by an absolute moral agent, the Supreme God, and cuts across cultures, religions, and economic and social status. Cicero, and others like him, came to the realization that there is a God, and that they were not Him. Grasping that reality, it is next important to understand what God expects and how He operates. Cicero believed that man was given the capacity for Reason for a reason – to seek out God and His Law. This is the essence of understanding the Law Giver and Natural Law. Even former atheist Antony Flew grasps this concept. When coming to grips with what modern science can tell us about our world, he stated that that science points to three dimensions of God. The first that he calls out is that nature obeys laws.