What is Life
Recently I've been discussing religious issues with some atheist. I know, you are asking why. Not sure I know myself but, i enjoy it, I think I'm good at it and it reinforces my faith. Besides God says in First Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
Here is something I've always wanted to discuss with an atheist or evolutionist. I just haven't had the chance yet.
Assuming evolution is true, we are all products of life that began somehow from the primordial soup of the ocean eons past.
Life began somehow. Although, science has not been able to replicate life from amino acids and an electrical charge yet. What's that part of science evidence that requires repeatable experiments?
So, with that assumption we continue that all life began from that point forward both plants and animals.
If that is so, do humans have any more value than snails or an ear of corn? We all evolved randomly we just happen to have brains and corn doesn't. If I can chop down a corn stalk why cant I murder? We all have the same value. Who is anyone else to say what has worth and what doesn't? If I want your car, why can't I kill you to get it? Survival of the fittest, no?
But "No" they will say. "We have a society and society sets rules. You can't murder and steal." Why not? I ask. What gives human society the right to make rules any more than a society of bees? You are no more or less valuable than me, your ideas and rules aren't more valid than mine? You are here as a fluke, you will die and return to dust. It doesn't matter if you live or die.
We are on a tiny speck we call Earth in a far corner of a limitless universe. What does it matter in the grand scheme of time and space that I kill you to take your car? That action is infinitesimally small compared to the vastness of the universe created by your big bang theory. You don't have feelings nor feel pain. Those are just electrical and chemical reaction in the universe. There is no soul. Thoughts are fleeting. Emotions are just chemicals flowing through your brain. What's one more dead life form? If a loved one of yours dies, why feel sad? They were only here by random chance anyway, no more special than a cockroach. Your feelings aren't real, its just chemistry. What a depressing worldview that is.
If on the other hand, you were created with purpose by a living God in order for you to have a fulfilling and meaningful life. If your soul is an eternal part of the universe that will live forever, what a difference that makes.
If the Creator of the entire universe made you in His own image. How valuable does that make you? How valuable does that make life? The earth was created for your enjoyment, your feelings are real, your soul is real, life is not random but wonderfully made. Your future is meant to be spent with the creator forever. That makes life all worth living. What a wonderful world view that is.