“The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe. When a man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil, there is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil which is in man. The communist torturers often said, ‘There is no God, no hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.’ I heard one torturer say, ‘I thank God, in whom I do not believe, that I lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.’ He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflicted on prisoners.”
“The existentialists… thinks it very distressing that God does not exist, because all possibility of finding values in a heaven of ideas disappears along with Him; there can no longer be an a priori Good, since there is not infinite and perfect consciousness to think it. Nowhere is it written that the Good exists, what we must be honest, that we must not lie; because the fact is we are on a plane where there are only men.”
If we fail to acknowledge God then the moral laws that flow from His character are gone as well, and we are left with blind skepticism and relativism; every person doing whatever is right in their own eyes. As we consider this we should never forget that, as Martin Luther King Jr. exhorted, “everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal.’”
So, is there a basis for human rights? Many must say, “No.” Sartre must say, “No.” William Provine says, “No.” Nietzsche emphatically said, “No!” Richard Dawkins, if consistent, would say, “No.”
I say, “Yes.” An Emphatic “YES!” There is a basis for human rights!
I believe, as Jean-Paul Sartre communicates, that God’s existence and His revelation are necessary conditions for meaningful human rights. Thankfully, I believe God does exist, has spoken, and has amazingly shown His love for us in Jesus. So, Christianity gives a firm foundation for human rights.
God says, I love you and you ought to love one another.