Just love these silly questions: This time from Christian Answers.
As always, my:
Answers will be in block quotes.
“If all of life is meaningless, and ultimately absurd , why bother to march straight forward, why stand in the queue as though life as a whole makes sense?” —Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There
What other choice do we have but to move forward and try to enjoy this one, precious life that we have. I think non believers actually value life and humanity more, since we have to make sure this life counts. I want to love and be loved and pass on my genes, I have to move forward.
If everyone completely passes out of existence when they die, what ultimate meaning has life? Even if a man’s life is important because of his influence on others or by his effect on the course of history, of what ultimate significance is that if there is no immortality and all other lives, events, and even history itself is ultimately meaningless?
This is really the same question, asked in a slightly different way. Why do believers do this? See my previous answer. Yes, life is ultimately meaningless, who cares? Something is precious because it does not last.
Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart form God, what ultimate difference would that make?
None at all. Your point?
In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?
We are different because we are human. We are intelligent primates who can decide on morals, but other species have morals as well, like elephants, dolphins, and our fellow apes. We make our own morals. What is wrong with that?
What viable basis exists for justice or law if man is nothing but a sophisticated, programmed machine?
I am perfectly alright with accepting we are nothing more than highly evolved meat computers. Does not bother me at all, in fact, I think the fact chemical processes can make laws and justice is just amazing.
Why does research, discovery, diplomacy, art, music, sacrifice, compassion, feelings of love, or affectionate and caring relationships mean anything if it all ultimately comes to naught anyway?
See the answers to the previous questions. Same damn question asked over and over and over.
Without absolute morals, what ultimate difference is there between Saddam Hussein and Billy Graham?
There is none. Both are apes, both followed relative morality.
If there is no immortality, why shouldn’t all things be permitted?(Dostoyevsky)
For some reason believers can not separate morality with objective morality. We make morals. Without humans, there are no human morals. Objective morality is not a thing.
If morality is only a relative social construct, on what basis could or should anyone ever move to interfere with cultures that practice apartheid, female circumcision, cannibalism, or ethnic cleansing?
We interfere because most normal humans have empathy and want to reduce suffering. I want to reduce suffering, don’t you? Or are you like Mother Theresa and enjoy suffering?
If there is no God, on what basis is there any meaning or hope for fairness, comfort, or better times?
Empathy and humanism. We succeed when we work together and realize we have to do it all ourselves. The magic sky daddy is not real.
Without a personal Creator-God, how are you anything other than the coincidental, purposeless miscarriage of nature, spinning round and round on a lonely planet in the blackness of space for just a little while before you and all memory of your futile, pointless, meaningless life finally blinks out forever in the endless darkness?
That how the universe works. Sorry if it makes you feel bad. The truth is not always happy. I would rather accept an unhappy truth than a comfortable lie, like you do. Suck it up and be an adult and embrace the ultimate pointlessness of it all and just enjoy this one, amazing, remarkable, against all odds life together.