The question, “Does God exist?” demands sober reflection. But this is more than an intellectual question; it is also a moral one. For this intellectual question has moral consequences about how we should live our lives—and these may well affect our intellectual decision, for, as the philosopher/psychologist William James taught, we believe what we think is useful and reject what is not.

This became clearer to me when I read Aldous Huxley’s Ends and Means. Huxley was a famous atheist and the author of Brave New World. I was stunned when I read his candid confession: “I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves. . . . For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.” (pp. 270 ff.)

Does belief in God make one incapable of objective thought about God’s existence? Is the atheist the only one who is completely objective?

Huxley reminds us that neither the believer nor unbeliever in God’s existence may be entirely objective, for this question has a way of changing into “how then shall I live?” We must be intellectually honest. But we must also be morally honest with ourselves. We must never let the fear of having to change our moral behavior affect our intellectual answer to the question “Does God exist?” So, what is your intellectual and moral answer? “Does God exist?” A “no” answer to this question will not require a change in your life; a “yes” answer will.

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