In response to David Diskin's guest column published Dec. 29: Mr. Diskin says we are dropping "outdated religious law" and making decisions based on our "empathy, love and mutual respect" since people, including Christians, are making their own moral decisions apart from God's laws.
But where does this empathy, love and mutual respect come from? Certainly not atheism. Atheism teaches that we evolved from animals. Animals have no morals, and frequently eat each other for breakfast.
If we evolved from animals, we would have no morals, and the law of nature is "survival of the fittest" — kill or be killed. This happened during the 20th century, when a number of atheists put this philosophy into practice. Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot killed millions of human beings, eliminating the "weak and inferior," citing evolutionary theory to justify their actions.
I'm sure most atheists are as horrified as I am by what these men did, but this is where atheism leads when followed to its logical conclusion. Feelings and emotions are a poor source of guidance. We rely on our "conscience" to guide us to what is right and wrong, but where does it come from?
We are taught what is right and wrong; otherwise we will always act in our own self-interest, just like the animals. Without God to give us direction, everyone decides for himself what is right and wrong, and each will always decide based on his own self-interest. This is called human nature.
Jesus boiled God's law into two commands — love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
This is not some "outdated religious law." If people followed these two commands, it is not hard to see that the world would be a much different place. By discarding Christian philosophy, one loses the solid and unchanging foundation for one's life and exchanges it for an everchanging set of morals which people discard when they become inconvenient.
You can either build on the rock or on quicksand.
The choice is yours.