If this then that.
It is the IF that brings about the Then. It all begins with a presupposition, an idea that if this, then that. If there is a God, then he must have created everything. Or conversely if we evolved then what was the origin? But always there is the presupposition that begins the theory, the hypothesis, and therefore impacts the answer.
Richard Dawkins states “Christianity was founded by Paul of Tarsus”, this is the if. If this is the founding, the beginning then the rest is laughable. It is not based upon the reality of Christ. Christianity then becomes a what should be, not a what is. But if instead Christianity was founded by Jesus of Nazareth, what is the then? Now it’s a truth system based upon factual accounts, grounded not in a way things ought to be but, on the way things are.
So what are the proofs, facts, and truths, that Christianity is based upon? Mr. Dawkins would have us believe that it is based upon not the teachings of the Christ, but of Paul. While it is true that much of the New Testament was written by Paul, not all of the New Testament, his were not the first writings, nor the last.
If Paul was the founder of the Christian faith then we Christians are to be pitied more than any others for we are not only following a religion that can not do what it claims, but leaves no hope for those that would trust in it. One of the foundational truths, in fact I would say the foundational truth is the claim by Jesus “I am the way the truth and the light, no man comes to the Father but by me.” How can Paul make such a claim for the Christ?
Or if ? then?
If, on the other hand, man is the result of matter+time+chance then there is no right or wrong. Can one be moral without a Creator? Not if we are the result of evolution. If we are evolved then morality is whatever society says it is, but society can only declare what it must declare. Gone is free-will, instead is instinct. And morality determined by each society is anchored in nothing. After all as Ravi Zacharias points out “some societies love their neighbors, others eat them. Do you have a preference?”
On the other hand if there is a creator, then even the atheist can be moral.
For only with a moral law giver then there can be a moral law.