Ditching God and getting “free”

Jurgen Schulz'12 copyHow exhilarating to throw off the yoke of belief in God! No one to answer to, no one to impose rules on you, no one to cramp your style. You are free! Nobody is going to stand in your way. You can do what you want. What a great way to live!

Or is it?

If you attempted to play a piano with that idea of freedom, the resulting noise would be horrendous. It you approached flying an airplane with that mindset, be prepared to meet your Maker. If you drove a car in such a manner, your driving days will be short-lived.

Freedom on a piano involves subjection to the laws of music. Freedom in flying requires applying the principles of aerodynamics. Freedom in driving necessitates respect for the rules of the road. Freedom flourishes inside of boundaries. It self destructs without them.

To live life with the notion of absolute freedom is absolute folly. One quickly becomes a slave of his own self-centeredness, winds up in jail, or ends up dead.

We need something higher than ourselves to steer our life by. We need boundaries to be free. We need God.

Even the atheist who rejects God finds himself forced to hang on to some smattering of Christian morality,

If he didn’t—nobody would put up with him. Nor could he live with himself.

He would be absolutely free.

And absolutely obnoxious.

–Jurgen Schulz