I confess that when I look at the Worldnutdaily site and see a headline like “Why do liberals hate God,” I get kind of excited about it. I tingle with anticipation of just how inane the claims and arguments are going to be. Joseph Farah does not disappoint.
That’s a provocative headline, I know.
But the premise is accurate. Liberals really do hate God. It’s a generalization, of course. Not all liberals hate God. But overwhelmingly they reject His authority, His reality, His Truth.
No we don’t. We just don’t think any such thing exists. At least I don’t. And that’s what he really means, atheists.
To this, the writer, Hrafnkell Haraldsson (don’t ask me how that’s pronounced), retorts: “Never mind that countless civilizations have gotten along just fine without the Ten Commandments. The Romans had an empire for centuries – twice as long as the United States – and they didn’t finally fall until AFTER they got the Ten Commandments.”
Yes, the fall of the Roman Empire is worth nothing. Rome was introduced to the Ten Commandments when it invaded Israel more than 2,000 years ago. Rome rejected the Ten Commandments and committed genocide against the Jewish people – and indeed it fell, hard.
And, yes, even Israel fell – and Judah – as the Bible explains because the nations rejected God and His commandments.
A perfect non-answer. What Haraldsson was referring to was the fact that the Roman empire didn’t collapse until after it became officially Christian. It went on for centuries after it took over the holy land, expanding and becoming more powerful. It was only after the conversion to Christianity that they got things like the Justinian Code, which believed in the Bible so much that it prescribed the death penalty for homosexuality on the grounds that it caused earthquakes.
Then we learn from Politics USA, which describes itself as “real liberal politics,” that the Ten Commandments didn’t come from God on Mount Horeb but were plagiarized from Israel’s pagan neighbors – the Hittites, for whom the writer seems to foster some fondness.
The trouble with that is that for centuries, liberals denied the Hittites even existed. They cited this “fact” as reason not to believe the historicity of the Bible. Then, lo and behold, archaeologists discovered this lost empire mentioned frequently in the Bible actually did exist. Now liberals tell us it was the Hittites, about whom little is actually known, who actually wrote the law given to the Hebrews.
Don’t you love how he takes something said by one person and then claims that all liberals going back centuries believed this? Who were those alleged liberals who denied the existence of the Hittites?
“Nah, America doesn’t need the Ten Commandments; neither do I,” the writer concludes. “I have my Nine Noble Virtues, and I’ll put them up against your Ten Commandments any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. This is America. Contrary to your expectations, Mr. Farah, we all get to choose what to believe.”
In other words, liberals prefer to believe in a god of their own invention rather than one who holds individuals – and nations – accountable for their actions.
Wrong. All gods are invented, so this is a clash between two entirely invented systems of morality. My system is far better than the Bible’s morality, which is utterly barbaric. But both are manmade. Just because you claim that yours comes from God doesn’t make it so.