Many, many people, in the face of tragedy have broken away from the religious creed of their childhood, rejected the God of the Bible and set a course for what they believe to be freedom.
One atheist titled his post a while back, “NO FUCKING MASTERS!!”
Lesser men, like the one just mentioned, when confronted by unexplainable and unwelcoming challenges in life conclude that they couldn’t do any worse on their own, and proclaim that every man is a law unto himself, i.e., his own inner consciousness is a sufficient law. Of course drawing a line from suffering to the perceived sabotaging nature of an objective moral code is a broken line at best. Nevertheless, our desires seek only for opportunity and suffering presents as good an excuse as any for those looking to seize control of their lives.
The passion to strive for something greater or to become someone greater is noble. Even those who want no masters look for someone upon whom to base or mimic their direction or goal. As so often happens, those people who sail without a rudder completely miss the point. The authority to be worthy of being followed or imitated arises out of the nature of a superior moral integrity. It’s no advantage to follow just anyone who happens to be higher up in the scale of power or popularity than ourselves.
Atheists will be happy, I think, to hear me say that it’s no different for the religious. Many Christians say that because God has said a thing, therefore it is authoritative. Most have heard of the annoying bumper sticker: “God said it, I believe it, That’s the end of it.” I’m sorry to anyone whose been confronted with such ignorance.
On the other hand, those who are in an intentional relationship with God are there because they wanted to know what kind of God it was who said this or that. Is He a Being whose character does not contradict the moral basis of life? Atheists conclude that, Yes He is. Many of us have reached a different conclusion. Authority, must be of a moral, not a superstitious character. For some it’s good enough to say, “Because God has said so that’s good enough for me.” Or, “Because the creed of my Church has said so therefore it must be blindly followed” To their credit, atheists have rebelled at such nonsense.
As Napoleon said of Jesus, “Other men exercised authority by coercive means. Jesus Christ never did. His authority was worthy. He proved himself worthy not only in the domain of God, which we do not know, but in the domain of man, which we do know; He is worthy there, consequently He prevails . . .”
The authority of Jesus is not the authority of autocracy or coercion, but the authority of worth, to which all that is worthy in man bows down. It is only the unworthy in a man that does not bow down to worthy authority.