The Moral Compass

Saw this tonight on CNN.com. Apparantly an atheist has come to terms with one problem that humans cannot solve apart from a belief in God: the moral compass. Read the following Scripture and then the article excerpt below.

“When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God’s yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman.” Romans 2:14-15 (The Message translation)

Paul makes the point that there is more than written laws, or even religious systems, that convict people of rights and wrongs. It is something inner — a moral compass — that is inherent in every human being.  We know what is right and wrong because God has given us that knowledge, the apostle writes. And one thing atheists and agnostics alike have to reconcile is the common right-wrong awareness of every human being and where it comes from. Is it inherent, forced, manipulated, or something else? For example, if every human being makes a list of things that are right and things that are wrong and compares their lists, what would emerge? Random nonsense or a pattern? If a pattern, where did it come from?

 

Prominent atheist blogger converts to Catholicism

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – She went from atheist to Catholic in just over 1,000 words.

Leah Libresco, who’d been a prominent atheist blogger for the religion website Patheos, announced on her blog this week that after years of debating many “smart Christians,” she has decided to become one herself, and that she has begun the process of converting to Catholicism.

Libresco, who had long blogged under the banner “Unequally Yoked: A geeky atheist picks fights with her Catholic boyfriend,” said that at the heart of her decision were questions of morality and how one finds a moral compass.

“I had one thing that I was most certain of, which is that morality is something we have a duty to,” Libresco told CNN in an interview this week, a small cross dangling from her neck. “And it is external from us. And when push came to shove, that is the belief I wouldn’t let go of. And that is something I can’t prove.”

 

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