In the previous two posts (here and here) we began looking at the so-called “non-commandments” that have been decided on by a contest and recently compiled in the book Atheist Mind Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments For the Twenty First Century by Le Bayer and John Figdor, as posted on the site addicting info. In this post, we are continuing our look at, critique of, and response to these items.
In this submission, by Carol Fly, we see,
7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
Why:If everyone did their best to carry this out as far as it can go, everyone would get along much better.
Ah, the golden rule. Why not do unto others before they do unto you? What is the basis for which this “non-dogmatic” “non-commandment” is put forward. Such statements as these are merely trite suggestions that simply do not make sense if the people putting these forward are materialists.
Michael Marr submitted this,
8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
Why: As human beings, we have great power. As Voltaire noted “With great power comes great responsibility.” To not consider others would be selfish and petty. We have demonstrated the ability to be magnanimous, are rapidly becoming more so, and will be even more so in the near future.
Why do we have responsibilty to others, including those “future generations“? Why not be “selfish and petty” if it gets my genes into that future generation? Simply because humans have the ability to be magnanimous does not necessarily follow that we should be so if it means that I can get my genes into the widest possible range. Still waiting on that consistent answer.
This submission by Eli Chilsolm proves many of the points that I have been making,
9. There is no one right way to live.
Why: If you look, even a little, you find many cultures living in moral societies that are fundamentally different, with only a few very basic principles being adhered to between them. Just because one group is different, does not mean they are wrong.
So, by that logic, the Nazis were right to murder Jews, Gypsies, the handicapped, and political disenters. If this is true, then there is nothing wrong with the serial rapist living his life to commit multiple rapes. In fact, by including this “non-commandment” Bayer and Figdor have just undone any of the “good” suggestions that have come before. I would submit that Eli would draw a sharp distinction between a group of Red Cross workers going into a village to provide healthcare to its population and a group of ISIS thugs going into a village to kill its population. It is the reluctance to make necessary distinctions that cause this one to fail.
Lastly, this one submitted by Maury McCoy,
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
Why: The Japanese concept of Kaizen teaches that small incremental improvements can have a profound effect over time. We should all strive to leave the world better than we found it be it through relieving the suffering of others, creating works of art, or passing along knowledge.
Why? If causing others to suffer gives me greater opportunity to get my genes into the next generation, isn’t that the greatest good? Again, the writer is assuming something without proving it, and is directly in contradiction to the point that came before it.
So, what have we seen? We have seen that these so called “better” commandments are, in fact, contradictory and are incoherent with the worldview from which they arise. Atheists necessarily must embrace absolute absurdity in their suppression of the knowledge of God and his demands placed upon his creatures in his law. God’s law, given on the mountain, flow logically and build consistently and coherently upon one another. Those whose God is the Lord, who love the LORD with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, can leave the world a better place, can consider others, can treat others respectfully, are mindful of consequences of their actions, can exercise control over their body, can properly understand the natural world, can understand what is true and believe it, because they realize that not all ways of living are right because their minds have been opened and their wills have been changed by the convicting and regenrating power of the Spirit of God.