Robert Jarvic, the inventor of the artificial heart and an atheist, wrote:

In reality there are no such things as human rights. They are conventions we agree to abide by.

All we know is we are part of nature and there is no scientific basis whatsoever for thinking we are better than all the rest of it.

That means, we have no more basic rights that viruses, other than those we have created for ourselves through our intellect.

He means, justice apart from God is just a fairy-tale.

Jesus’ death was necessary if God was going to take justice seriously and still love us. To be merciful, God must also be a judge.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

In the past, most people associated with other people in roughly the same income bracket. So they felt financially, “normal.” Things are different nowadays. Juliet Schor is a sociologist who studies modern consumerism and society. She wrote:

In our culture we are not longer divided as much by classes, instead we are divided into reference groups. For example, young poet waiters making $18,000 a year, English teachers making $40,000 a year, editors and publishers earning six figure incomes, and author celebrities making millions of dollars are all part of one urban literary referent group.

This referent group exerts pressure to drink the same brands of bottled water and wine, to wear the same urban literary clothing and fashions, to fill their apartments with the same urban literary furnishings. And yet, even those only making $100,000 a year could easily find themselves in an untenable position.

More than ever before, we are exposed to money differences, and it makes us more money-sick.

 

In in commentary on Mark, on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane:

The dreadful sorrow and anxiety, then, out of which the prayer for the passing of the cup springs, is not an expression of fear before a dark destiny, nor a shrinking from the prospect of physical suffering and death.

It is rather the horror of one who lives wholly for the Father. Jesus came to be with the Father for an interlude before his betrayal, but found hell rather than heaven opened before him, and he staggered.

We want to prove ourselves. That’s not what we need. We need to accept God’s plan. We need to ask ourselves:

  • What are you trying to prove?
  • Are you comparing yourself to others?
  • Are you content with money?
  • Are you content with success?
  • Are you content with the respect from others?
  • Are you feeling down?
  • Are you worried about performing well in anything you do?
  • Are you feeling overcome by sin/wrongdoing in your life?

The answer for every question is: Court is Adjourned.

In After the Fall, Arthur Miller’s character Quentin says:

For years I looked at life like a case at law, a series of arguments. When you’re young you prove how brave you are or smart you are. Then what a good lover you are, later what a good husband or father you are. Finally how wise, how powerful, or whatever.

But underlying it all, I now see there was an assumption, that person moves on a path toward, I don’t know, toward being justified, condemned; a verdict. Anyway.

My disaster happened when one day I looked up and realized the bench was empty. No God, no judge in sight. And all that remained was the endless argument with myself, the litigation of existence before an empty bench, which is another way of saying—of course—despair.

Note

  • He is saying every human being—whether believe in god or not, every human being is out there earning his or her salvation, the salvation of feeling good about ourselves.
  • We are all unsatisfied enough, or incomplete in some way, amassing a resume.
  • We are constantly arguing in a court room…that we are okay.