To object to God is to create morality from a Gallup Poll. In Gallup We Trust doesn't have the same authority.
Hitchens was a gifted writer, but who gave him the gift? Why was he not a gifted actor, surgeon or athlete? Why was he not talentless? Was it an evolutionary accident, which would mean his gift and his life were meaningless and merely a "chasing after the wind"? (See Ecclesiastes) Apparently he thought so.
An atheist will tell you he doesn't need God in order to be good, or perform good works. Maybe not, but the very notion of "good" must have both a definition and a definer. "Only God is good," said Jesus. (Mark 10:18)
Who is the author of evil? And if God is nonexistent, why do we call it evil? Is one person's evil another person's good? Does such a view lead to ethics that must inevitably be situational?
Scripture warns, "The fool has said in his heart 'there is no God.'" (Psalm 14:1)
In this season when many celebrate the object of their faith, there is no joy in the death of one who had faith that God does not exist. Hitchens now knows the truth and that can only be the worst possible news for him.
As for the atheists still with us, Christmas is a reminder there is still time to believe and receive the ultimate gift.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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