In life, bad stuff happens. Sometimes, even really bad stuff happens. And from time to time, outright evil strikes our lives. It leaves us asking “Why?” in a desperate search for answers. But we must be leery of some of the answers we’re offered.
Like this one from atheist, Richard Dawkins.
Dr. Richard Dawkins, a world-renowned professor who taught at Oxford, is a leading voice for today’s atheists. He’s written books such as The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion, both of which try to refute the existence of God. But since Dawkins chooses to believe in a Godless universe, he has the towering task of explaining our everyday confrontation with evil. His attempt at an answer is as calloused as it is insulting. Here’s how he explained our troubling experiences in Out of Eden:
In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no other good. Nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.
In essence, he says, “Evil doesn’t exist. Life is merely a series of random events that shouldn’t be categorized. Everything can be chalked up to our DNA.”
But Ravi Zacharias, a Christian writer, wonders if the guards at Auschwitz were just “dancing to their DNA” when six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Zacharias also asked himself if a rapist was merely “dancing to his DNA” when he took advantage of women. And the cannibal? The sex trafficker? The suicide bomber? Are they just “dancing to their DNA,” as well?
Fortunately, God does exist, along with a massive distinction between right and wrong. Unlike Dr. Dawkins, we don’t have to lie to ourselves about what is so plain in life: good is good and evil is evil. We can’t let ourselves off the hook by saying, “My DNA made me do it.”
Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000, Pages 113-114.
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