Secular philosophers encourage us to avoid “godly fear,” because it may be psyche-damaging. Richard Dawkins said on Dec. 4, 2012, “a deeply held belief (in a place called Hell) might cause a child more long-lasting mental trauma than the temporary embarrassment of mild physical abuse.”
Does the fear of God’s wrath hurt or help a society? In other words, would the fear of God tend to prevent events like the one at Sandy Hook or encourage them?
Maybe the best way to answer this question is to look at what Richard Dawkins’ “no-god world view” offers our society.
Dawkins says life is by chance and has no real meaning.
So, if you believe the universe originated in an explosion by chance, what if that explosion never occurred? In his view, the universe is doomed to die anyway, so in the end it makes no difference whether the universe ever existed or not.
The same, of course, is true of the human race. The human race will eventually cease to exist, so it makes no ultimate difference whether it ever did exist. Mankind is no more significant than mosquitos. Why not kill whomever we want? In the end, it does not matter.
The activities in life also become meaningless. The long hours spent in school, our jobs and our interests, in the final analysis, are utterly meaningless. Who is going to know or even care if you came up with a cure for cancer, if the human race is not even here in a million years? Who will know that the universe was even there at all?
It seems to me that such a world view invites others into a life of hopelessness and despair with no reason to live or follow moral values. It seems to me that belief in God and His laws does matter.
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The Christian Resource Center