In the movie Expelled, atheist Richard Dawkins enthusiastically declares the freedom he experiences as an unbeliever. To Dawkins, not believing in God is liberating. No doubt, every unbeliever feels the same way – free from accountability to any Higher power.
This freedom is deceptive. Paul declares in Romans 6:16, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” We have only two choices: be a slave of sin or a slave of righteousness (see previous entry “Whose Slave are You?”/ 8/8/08). While mankind typically equates slavery with a lack of freedom and happiness, God has a better formula.
Those who are slaves of God are liberated from the consequences of sin – eternal separation from God. Those who choose not to serve God cannot be liberated from the worst entrapment man can find himself in – sin and the spiritual consequences that result. If Dawkins wants to be truly “liberated,” he’s going to have to become “enslaved” to our Creator. Unfortunately for Dawkins, his understanding of freedom is myopic. By erroneously deciding that God does not exist, he declares himself free from accountability. Thus, Dawkins forfeits spiritual freedom in exchange for an eternal prison.