Does No Eternal Life Equal Greater Accountability Now?

Does No Eternal Life Equal Greater Accountability Now?

Does No Eternal Life Equal Greater Accountability Now?

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Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question, “Atheists claim that no eternal life and forgiveness actually leads to more accountability here on earth. How do you respond?”

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6 thoughts on “Does No Eternal Life Equal Greater Accountability Now?

  1. strattgatt

    The idea from an atheistic perspective is something like this. You only go through life once. So it is more important. For instance, Jesus would not have let himself die on the cross if there were no after life. He would have came and ruled as the Jews expected. So an example from today would be. The news comes that Russia is going to invade the U.S. and win. The Christian says "well all in the will of the Lord." which is reasonable by most brands of Christianity (not George Bush brand) and the Atheist says "we must fight cause this is our only chance to live and we only have 40 years left." Something along those lines. Or lets take care of the earth. "why when God is going to make a new one soon anyways?" ETC.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply
  2. Yesica1993

    1) Why is it uncharitable to say you're speechless?
    2) Believing in ultimate accountability and using the usual legal/police systems are not in conflict.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply
  3. robtbo

    The notion of there being some objective inescapable accountability isn't something that most atheists would suggest.
    I think you're misunderstanding the idea that if one is granted an eternal life, life would be taken for granted and that the brevity of a finite life gives each and every instant a discrete value for those who care about living.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply
  4. linuxisbetter0


    (4) Koukl likes to talk about "ultimate" accountability . What does"ultimate" accountability mean, when rapists, murderers, child molesters, can all go to Heaven if they manage to find the saving power of Jesus in time?

    Where does this notion of "ultimate" accountability go?

    So to answer the original question: That's how.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply
  5. linuxisbetter0


    (3) If Koukl's worry is: atheism can't provide a rival theory of "ultimate" accountability. Which I take it has to do with judgment, and perhaps who goes to Heaven and Hell–but lets leave that aside for now. But, that's NOT what we are talking about. The video is about "accountability here on earth," NOT about "ultimate" accountability which Theism can provide.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply
  6. linuxisbetter0


    (1) One thing is to disagree, another is be uncharitable about views other than your own. "Speechless," really?

    (2) If there is no "ultimate" justice, how does this provide more accountability now?

    I think Koukl answered the question himself. Given no "ultimate" justice or accountability, that motivates us to provide secular tools for such now. Things like police, the legal system etc… So the answer seems pretty straight forward.

    April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm Reply

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