Selfishness vs. Altruism

Evolutionists cite our basic selfishness as the primary reason we exist.  The more selfish one is the more likely one will survive.  Our acts of charity toward the poor are rational selfishness.  Hungry people are dangerous people.  The French Revolution is a prime example of the selfish starving the masses to revolt and thus the rich taken to the guillotine.  Rational thought leads us to the knowledge that we need to keep the poor fed if we are to maintain our well-being.  Therefore, to give is intelligent self-survival.

However, the evolutionists have a difficult time explaining altruism.  The medic who in the midst of heavy fire continues to move about the battle field administering comfort to the wounded, the child who donates a kidney thinking he will die as a result of his gift, the Ebola doctors and nurses are samples of a continuous stream of altruism that threads its way through human history.  Altruism is perhaps the most unique human characteristic that indicates we are the product of a loving creator who said, “Let us make man in our image.”

Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than to lay down one’s life for a friend.”  In Romans 5:10 Paul tells us that Jesus died for us while we were His enemies.  We exist not because of selfishness but because of love.  Selfishness ultimately destroys. It is selfishness that gives birth to genocide.  It is selfishness that says my faith is better than yours; therefore, you must die. It is selfishness that makes Lucifer hate the saved.  If he can’t have it no one must have it.  Yet it was Jesus who said I have it and I will give it to you at any cost to myself.  He died. We live.

Written by Roger Bothwell on January 12, 2015

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