I saw a fascinating story from FoxNews.com. Apparently a humanist group is running an ad campaign in Washington D.C. for the Christmas season with the line, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake”. This is so contradictory I burst out laughing. According to the article the group’s spokesman states their purpose in part:
Edwords said the purpose isn’t to argue that God doesn’t exist or change minds about a deity, although “we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.”
Let’s try a little rational thought and critical thinking on the campaign slogan. Did you happen to notice the apostrophe at the end of goodness in the ad? This implies a personality/possesion of goodness in the statement. What could that personality possibly be? In other words, whose goodness’ sake is being talked about here? I would wager in the context of the original song that God’s goodness is in view since God is commonly considered good. His goodness could be considered in this manner. So look at the ad copy again and let’s reword it with that understanding plainly visible.
“Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’(God’s) sake”
I am not surprised at the oversight, but I am definitely laughing. Their definition of humanism is equally funny, “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.” Since many others have amply demonstrated the parasitical behavior of the atheist/humanist value system, I won’t bother with it here. The Bible already knows these folks for who they are when it says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22)