I have a good friend who is an atheist. He is an atheist for what he thinks are rational reasons, but in truth are not reasonable at all. We have discussed this matter for some length of time. It can be read at www.rv85.net. This good friend is not one I have seen for quite some time, but our personalities have hit it off exceptionally well. At one time he was preaching for the Lord in His church. It goes to show, because he is doing so no longer, that what he thought was depth at the time was nothing of the sort.
2 Corinthians 13:5 is always a good passage to reflect on.
Recently, this friend of mine posted some thoughts relative to God. He has done so many times before, but I could not give any attention to them; I can only give but a little bit of attention to it now.
To him, the issue of morality is a troubling matter; he won’t agree to this so much, but that he writes on it often is indicative of the fact that it is. For instance, he recently said that “moral codes are so subjective” and then sets out to undermine the foundations of those who ascribe to a moral code that is objective (or transcendent) in nature. He does this by arguing that the moral code of a community is based on that particular community’s acceptance of what is accepted from a previous generation (or generations). This, by the very nature of the case, is a subjective acceptance. He then buttresses his argument by illustrating it with what Muslims accept: the Qur’an. That particular community is compelled to accept that standard, and they even argue that it is an objective code of morality for all people at all times.
If morality is subjective, as my friend argues, then there is no rational reason to judge a particular perspective wrong – but this is exactly what he does with the pejorative term “homophobic” in a sentiment expressed by him:
Case in point, the homophobic tendencies of both Fundamentalist Christians and the Muslim communities are based upon the subjective standards which were written by homophobic peoples of the past. Those homophobic writings then have come to be regarded as objective standards for people who even more than two millenniums later still consider such writings as sacred truths.
The term “homophobic” is clearly used in a judgmental, pejorative way. It is a term that “situation ethicists” use to dismiss something they can’t overcome in argument. It is a term used in current debate to dismiss those who stand opposed to homosexual behavior as something that is immoral (and also unnatural).
As he brings his subjective perspective to a close he speaks of generations past who have misused an objective standard of right and wrong to abuse others in the community. Whatever is to be said about these abuses…might warrant just criticism, but that in no way undermines, in rational debate, the valid nature of morality based upon a source higher than man.