If God is not, then there is no accountability in our universe, no ultimate day of justice. The atheistic regimes who have done unimaginable things to other human beings in an attempt to create a secular (without God) utopia will never be brought to justice. If God is not, genocide is permissable. There is not, nor will there ever be cosmic justice.
If God is not, then you are not important. One person may do to another person as they wish. There is no sense of innate, moral value, no ascribed value. If God is not, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are permissable. If God is not, life is not sacred. If God is not, there are no ultimate moral values to guide how I treat someone else.
If God is not, suffering is never resolved. While many create an “atheistic rendition of God” in order to show how cruel his nature is and to bring Him down to our level, the Bible continuously asserts the goodness of God and the final resolution of all things dis-eased. If God is not, I may create more suffering rather than work to resolve it.
If God is not, there is no explanation of our human moral center that prompts us to do things contrary to our “Darwinian” universe. If my child is being beaten by a stranger outside, and I hear it, I am compelled to act, despite the harm I may personally encounter by doing so. Something in me compels me to respond. “Survival of the fittest” simply does not explain this scenario. If God is not, I keep reading the paper and do nothing.
If God is not, then history must be retold, because God has been embedded in human history from the very beginning. One may rewrite history, but it can be rewritten, not as truth, but as my interpretation of what happened, so as to demonstrate that there is no authority or control being asserted over those who read the reinterpretation. If God is not, then we lose history to endless revisions.
If God is not, there is no meta-narrative or narrative identity; no larger story going on. We must then create our own story, improvise our own narrative arc. If God is not, we merely live for several smaller stories, lesser stories, that will end when life terminates. If God is not, I make up my own meaning for being here and devise my own script, ascribing my own meaning to things I don’t understand.
If God is not, I am not. Of all the things that can be said about what we think God is like (cruel, mean, unjust), He has given us life itself. And that life is endowed with emotional, rational, social, and spiritual capabilities that allow me to understand, feel, relate, and experience life itself. If God is not, there simply is no explanation for such a life.
If God is, then there is a larger story, preserved in history, by image-bearing human beings, who reflect the image of the One who created, and who seek to alleviate suffering and disease, guided by an internal sense of conscience and justice, that eventually finds ultimate satisfaction when all things are set right and the world is as it should be.