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Can You Imagine a World Without God?

Ladies, as Christians we often take for granted the advantages of having a God. And I’m not referring to our relationships with Him. We take Him for granted in our everyday lives when we deal with those around us, from family to friends and even strangers on the street. We often forget that God’s law extends much further than the lives of Christians. And even atheists, who reject God, would feel the impact of a Godless world.

A world without God is a scary one to comprehend. In fact, it’s just an impossible scenario.

Have you ever imagined a world without God? It would look something like this:

  1. There would be no moral law. God’s commandments determine right from wrong. That’s where right and wrong come from. Without a God, who would set the standards? Who would determine what is morally right from what is morally wrong? Look at the world we live in now. Some people choose to reject God’s law, and we see how it negatively affects society. We see this in unrest around the world. We see this in personal afflictions, sexual immorality, abusive relationships, lying, cheating, killing and so many other sinful deeds, big and small. And all while God’s law presides in our justice system. Now imagine how much worse it would be if it didn’t exist. God’s commandments are the foundation of society’s laws, so without them, there would be no universal standards to follow. People would establish their own standards, and since we are all so very different from each other, our standards would likely be very different, thus causing friction and eventually chaos. Who’s to judge right and wrong? Would right and wrong even exist in a world without God?
  2. No one would be held accountable. Without God’s moral law, no one would be held accountable to consistent laws. The inconsistent standards as mentioned in my first point would result in inconsistent accountability, and in some instances none at all. It would be a survival-of-the-fittest scenario that would take advantage of the weakest. While the weakest would be oppressed, the strongest would behave any way they wanted to, because without a God, who’s going to hold them accountable?
  3. There would be no meaning to our lives. What would the point of our lives be if there was no God? We could go on doing what we do, but for what? Working to what end? Loving, giving, sharing and helping—for whom, when in the end, we just die? God calls for us to follow His commandments, and in doing so, we will share joy in heaven with Him. But without the commandments, without having Jesus to emulate, without the Word, what is the meaning of our lives? If we’re not living to glorify Him in our words, actions and deeds, then what are we left to do? What are our successes for? Why would we care if we always failed? Nothing matters, we’re all going to die. Additionally, if there was no meaning and no commandments to follow, wouldn’t we just resort to self-fulfillment? People would live for themselves and would do anything and everything to get what they wanted, without regard for others. Imagine a world like that!
  4. There would be no hope. Without God, there would be no faith. There would be no prayer. There would be no miracles. And in moments of sadness, loss and darkness, we would be helpless. We would have no option to reach out to God, who heals the sick, strengthens the weak and provides a light in our darkest hours. There would be no one to call out to who could fix what is impossible for us to fix. Without prayer, faith and miracles, there is no hope for a bright future.
  5. There would be nothing to look forward to. What is the purpose of our existence if we just died at the end of our physical life? Our existence would be nothing more than that of an ant. If there was no God, then there would be no joy in heaven to look forward to, no eternal life. Just…nothing. Wow! I can’t even imagine that. And worse, if there isn’t anything to look forward to, would we all resort to searching for joy here on earth? And joy is subjective to human beings. Would we again focus on self-gratification?

“Without God all things are permitted.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, philosopher

 

When I think about a world without God, my heart sinks. What a dark and sad and uninspiring thought! Because a world without God is a pointless one. It holds no hope and is filled with selfishness.

But when I’m reminded of the Almighty, a light shines and joy fills my heart. He is here, He is my King…our King. He holds me accountable, keeps me moral, puts meaning into my life, gives me hope every day and gives me something to look forward to when I finally pass from this world into His.

 

Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12)

 

What do you imagine our world to be like without God? Can you picture it?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Modest George on August 9, 2015 at 07:27

    I’m a secular humanist so I can say for sure that the world without god would be just as beautiful and fascinating as it is now, with the same flaws and terrible things as well. Since god probably isn’t required for life to appear and evolution to work, the people and nature would look just as they do now. The world would look mysterious and dangerous to primitive people, that and the fear of death would lead to the invention of various myths that tell stories about what happens to people after they die. Since people are social animals and their well being depends on the well being of others, they would consider kind behaviour good and would condemn any intentional harm to others. That way the selfishness and evil would not reign the world. Unfortunately, since there’s no god to help people, throughout the history people would experience a lot of deadly deceases, terrible catastrophes and other sad events, the worst of which is war. People would fight with each other over different ideologies and different myths that they have created. No god would actually exist, so they would be fighting for no reason at all. People would also pray for their imagined gods when times are hard, but naturally no one would answer (although, as it happens, the bad things would go away sometimes and the imagined gods would undeservedly get full credits for that).
    Despite the tough times people would build amazing civilizations, create incredible art and umbelievable inventions that allow them to do far more than any other animal could. As time went on and people got over the differences between each other they would finally realise that the myths they have created are not only irrational and unnecessary but sometimes harmful too. From that point on I don’t yet know what would happen. Who knows, maybe they would be able to create high-tech spaceships that allow people to colonise other planets. It’s important because it’s the only way to escape the inevitable death of the sun 4 billion years later.
    I can assure you that a life without god isn’t depressing and doesn’t make you selfish. If anything it just gives you far more reasons to care about life and the world you live in, afterall it’s your last. I love the world very much and I love the humanity (as flawed as it is). Learning about the world and other people, being useful to society and helping others give me a reason to live, as well as many other things. I’m more than certain that moral code comes from society, not from god, so I know what is good and what is bad just as well as you do. And seeing how the world is changing for the best gives me hope that humanity will be far greater in the future than it is now. And I look forward to every day for as long as I’m alive because living is awesome. I think I covered all of your points. As you can tell I disagree with each one of them.
    I hope this gives you some insight into what atheists really think, because your previous understanding seriously worried me.

  2. Lexi7

    Posted by Lexi7 on December 14, 2014 at 19:08

    At my youth group this one time, we were asked to imagine a place which would be heaven, and then imagine all of our favorite people are there, all of our favorite foods, we could do all of the things we like to do, it’s just a really great place. And then we were asked to imagine that place, but Jesus isn’t there. When they said Jesus isn’t there, my heart sank. It makes me sad to think of any place without Jesus! I agree, without God, any place would be terrible. I’m so happy God is here. and we are all so blessed to know Him and to have this beautiful life that He gave us. 🙂

  3. Nina_Schroeder

    Posted by Nina_Schroeder on November 9, 2014 at 20:34

    The World with out the Lord would be absolute chaos. Everything about my day revolves around a wonderful thing God has created or given me.
    It isn’t possible to have a World Without God.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by GirlBelieve631 on November 9, 2014 at 14:47

    Without God , this is world would living nightmare where everyone would be totally helpless and lost in darkness if there weren’t any hope or faith to believe. I am so glad God exists.

  5. Leighanne

    Posted by Leighanne on November 4, 2014 at 19:04

    I cringed at this, not that it was bad, but just brought horrid thoughts to me.

  6. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on October 29, 2014 at 14:26

    I can say I can imagine a world without personally believing in God, as I have been an Atheist for a fraction of my life. I was in the deep abyss of depression, and I cannot honestly say if my lack of faith led to depression or if my depression led me to a lack of faith. But it’s scary.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on October 28, 2014 at 17:10

    It would be a nightmare . Thank goodness we have god . I never really thought about what the world would be like without god

  8. rAinbOw98

    Posted by rAinbOw98 on October 28, 2014 at 14:59

    God is awesome! I can’t even wrap my mind around the thought of a world without Him.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by bbgirl0226 on October 28, 2014 at 14:09

    No I can’t, there would not be one!