“Why Believe In God?” Atheist Marketing Strategy Hits D.C.

As members of Free Market Foundation’s staff were in Washington, D.C., to fight for veterans memorials, another group was nearby, pushing its own atheist agenda.  The Humanist Society, an organization that argues that humans do not need a god and have a knowledge of good that is a result of evolution, was in our nation’s capital to publicize their new Christmas marketing campaign, which includes signs and posters in Washington’s Metro (subway) stations that say, “Why believe in a god?  Be good for goodness’ sake.”  However, when asked by Free Market’s Hiram Sasser in their press conference about what constitutes good, they were unable to answer.

What do you think about the humanist marketing strategy?  What is good?

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17 Responses to “Why Believe In God?” Atheist Marketing Strategy Hits D.C.

  1. Dennis Tucker says:

    My question to the “humanist movement” is this: Why are you trying to remove God from society? Be honest and ask yourself, why? Why does the presence of those that believe in God and hold dearly the ways of God, threaten you so? True Christians have a heart for all humanity and dilegently pray for the well being of all humanity. Why do you have such a strong objection to people that care for you? If you were in trouble, a true Christian would be there to walk thru that trouble with you, if you were sick and bed ridden, a true Christian would be at the bed side with you, if you were hurting and didn’t know what to do, a true Christian would be there to comfort you and pray with if you so desired. Do you have a reasonable explanation why you want to rid our society of the very people that are focused on being what you say you want everyone to be? If the only difference is their belief in God, then why do you hate the idea of a God so much that you want to remove him from our existance? Again, for the well being of you, me and our society, why does my belief in something bigger than myself bother you to this degree? Be honest, think about it and do not answer quickly. I do not wish to take away your right to listen to whatever music you enjoy, or take away your right to enjoy the holiday of haloween, even though it stands for something entirely opposite of what I believe in. Why do you feel that you have to take something away from someone else to be able to be what you desire to be. All I am asking is that you honestly consider the motive of your actions. Remember, whenever it becomes ok to tell someone else what they can do and what they can not do (or believe in) then it becomes a “free for all”. The next person that comes along with a different idea or belief than you, may end up on a mission to take away something that you hold dear. Where is the good in that? If my belief in God and my desire to serve him leads me in the direction of supporting a moral lifestyle and helping better society as a whole, isn’t that unity and not division? We are all mankind, we need to look at each other as our own brother or sister and care about them. Love and caring is the only force that brings people together with any degree of permanacy. Any thing else will eventually divide, createing anger, hatred, division, and ultimately lead all involved in the opposite direction of the way we all want to go. Again, I ask you to examine your motives and your goals and ask yourself, “is this really what we are trying to accomplish, and if it is, do we really want to go down this road”? My closing statement is this, the presence of God in our lives is what holds society together. Look at all the nations that do not reverence God, look at the condition of there society. Just because you don’t believe in God, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exsist. Christopher Columbus, with a hand full of sailors believed that the world was round, everyone else thought he was crazy, just because they just couldn’t understand how that would be possible. I challenge you to study the Word of God (the Bible) for yourself and come to an informed conclusion. If you are right, you have lost nothing except a little time, if I am right and you don’t ever see the reality of the intention of the Word of God, you have lost everything.

  2. Jeff says:

    Could you publish what the Humanist Society actually said when you asked them to define what is good? Did they literally reply, “We cannot answer that question.”?

    Here’s my definition: “Good” is the state of being that is in accord with the original intended function inherent in the design of the ultimate Creator. If there is no ultimate supreme Creator, then there is no ultimate design, and indeed, each individual can define “good” according to their own personal intent. Thus, there is either one ultimate standard of “good” as designed by The Creator, or there are as many legitimate definitions of good as there are individual human and animal creators.

  3. Carol says:

    This is terrible. We can never be good within ourselves. We need God to help us day in and day out to be who he wants us to be. No matter how many chip away at our belief that we need God, may we who know Jesus as Lord stand firm.

  4. gab says:

    Our nation was founded on belief in God. Religious freedom was the very foundation upon which our nation was built. God is in our state and federal government laws, our government buildings and faith in God has brought America through many trials. However, people have a choice. Those who choose not to believe in God, should consider finding a nation that does not believe in God. We do not need them here. America is a Christian nation, traditionally. Good without God is nothing.

  5. Rob Grant says:

    Secular humanists are all about the blurring the lines of separation put in place by God. Whether it is the separation of man and God, man and animals, male and female, good and evil, they want there to be no right or wrong. So in their view, good is what the person wants it to be. I am confident that Hitler thought of himself as good. In fact as a humanist, he was doing his best to improve the human race.

    When you convince yourself that there is no God, it helps to quiet the angst in your heart that is there because you are living against His design. It is impossible to believe in Him and continue in sin without feeling that you are wrong. So humanists say He does not exist and they think that frees them. But in reality, they are slaves to their sin. It is not freedom, but bondage and they are not even aware of it.

    This is clearly addressed in the Bible. Romans 1:20-25 says:

    “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

    Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

  6. Red says:

    The Bible teaches in Judges Chapters 17, 18, 19, and 21 about a time in Israel when there “was no king in Israel and every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Some of the things that were done demonstrate how degenerate individuals can become when everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Jeffery Dahmer said of himself, “I am a fundamentally good person.” No one believes themselves to be bad as long as they are the judge of what is good and bad. Alexis DeToqueville when writing “Democracy in America” stated that the reason the American Revolution did not result in the same excesses of violence and degradation as the French Revolution was because Americans believed they answered to a higher power than mankind. He wrote that Democracy would only work well in Christian Nations and warned that materialism was a dangerous malady of the mind wherein the gratification of physical pleasures would lead mankind into a dangerous spiral downward into ever increasing degrees of moral depravity that would make them unfit to cooperate with, and maintain any kind of civilization. Neitzchean materialistic philosophy teaches that there is no lower limit to the degradation into which natural mankind can fall. The Bible calls such men, “brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed.” The plain truth is that we are seeing the results of four to five generations of Americans schooled in the materialistic philosophies that deny our Creator, and we are now reaping what we have sown,

  7. notreallyalice says:

    I doubt that a Humanist could not answer the question, “What is good?” Humanism is a moral philosophy that primarily concerns itself with how to behave ethically. So perhaps, by asking a humanist what “good” is, you were asking the wrong question.

    I am humanist so I will answer the question.

    Good people care about the health and well-being and freedom of others.

    Good people do not harm others.

    Good people work to create a world where there is no suffering.

    If you want to say Jesus or Allah or Yahweh makes YOU good, you may certainly say so. Anyone can be a good person. But only a humanist can be good for goodness’ sake. Religious people, for the most part, obey commandments and try to achieve Heaven or salvation as defined by their religion. Humanists, on the other hand, live their lives trying to do no harm, preventing harm from being done by others, and following the golden rule. Philosophers have expressed these moral guidelines since there has been philosophy.

    Also, America is not a Christian nation. Check the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” We certainly have a Christian heritage, but the government doesn’t promote that… or I should say it shouldn’t, not if it wants to be in compliance with the First Amendment.

    Besides, what does that have to do with Humanism?

  8. Sarah says:

    All the above except the last one, and i’d say that Humanists should investigate further.
    Lucifer thought he didn’t need God either. He is now doomed, Thanks to Jesus.

  9. Mark says:

    My opinion is that no religion has a monopoly on morality (though it seems that some think they do). Morality does not stem from religion, as it can exist independent of it.

  10. d Cannon says:

    Of course their question begs the question, but why be good ? As Christians, we love because Christ first loved us. But why should a humanist encourage anyone to be anything besides who they want to be? There is a new wave of people who are relsionphobics. They believe that all of the world’s problems are a result of religion. And to a certain extend they are right. It ibecause there is a spiritual battle of good and evil in the heavenly realms. It’s like drugs, they want somone to believe like they do to affirm their beliefs and not be afraid that we may actually know the Truth

  11. d Cannon says:

    Mark-
    Jehovah God has the monopoloy on morality. He is truth, He is righteousness. “There is no one righteous, not even one” it says in His word. Morality can exist indpendently from “religion”, but not from God.

  12. d Cannon says:

    Dear NotRealy Alice
    You are a humanist, yet you refer to the Golden Rule–what rule would that be and from where does it come? Who decides in the realm of humanism what is deemed “good” and what is ‘not good” –who has that authority? If there is some universal morality from where does it come if we all evolved from pond scum? And how does something like morality evolve? If humanists want to “live and let live” why not keep their opinion on God to themselves? If they are all about finding joy in life why diss the One in whom many find indescribable joy?

  13. d Cannon says:

    I went to the website of the Washington transit authority and noticed that their marketing elites are Jewish. They obviously don’t think twice about putting a damper on Christians joy at this holiday time. They have the prerogative to refuse any type of advertising that they might be found offensive to others. I think it was irresponsible for a PUBLIC company to accept such advertising. If it was a poster that dissed the belief of ALLAH heads would roll.

  14. Chris says:

    Mark,

    If you are open to reading the article at the link below it will show you the problem with your opinion. Take care

    http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5344

  15. Marsha Lock says:

    I like the bumper sticker that says, “Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.” I am forgiven because I believe that Jesus Christ died for me on the cross. The only good that I have in me is based on His Spirit that lives in me. In Romans 7 Paul talks about how the law convicts me of sin because no matter how much I try to obey the law I can’t because of the flesh. Romans 7:18-19 says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil I do not want.”

    I want to do good, but in and of myself I cannot, no matter how I try because of the sin that dwells in my flesh since the fall of man in the Garden. I can however ” Do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When I trust Him in me, even my flesh does the right thing.

    I would like to interject here the opinion that what is good is defined by God and He gives all kinds of examples in His Holy Bible for believers and unbelievers. I would also like to say that I admit to being a judgmental Christian at times concerning those who do not believe the way I do, and while I am not to judge, I am to love them as Christ loves me. Does that mean I am to accept what they believe? No, but it does mean that I am to love them and pray for them and treat them with compassion, Godly wisdom, and kindness. God says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” I pray He help me to be more loving and not judge.

    The truth is that Jesus Christ loves all people so much that He gives them the choice and does not make them do anything or force them to believe in Him. He was willing to die, once for all people, even the ones who reject Him.

  16. notreallyalice says:

    The Golden Rule is not unique to Christianity… Greek philosophers were publishing this idea 500 years before Jesus.

  17. Jonathan Saenz says:

    Atheists and liberals are winning at getting their message out because the are willing to focus their time, money, conversations and efforts to a message they repeat over and over. They aren’t afraid to “offend” anyone. To push back such efforts, we have to be willing to do the same.

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