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I keep wondering about these family values and the idea that there was a time when families had more or better values than families have today There seems to be a consensus among the fundamentalists that if we could just get back to those values all of our problems would be solved I have heard that as a Christian nation we are in deep trouble because our families are missing certain critical values ie Christian values I wonder what these Christian values are and where I can acquire them I look at my family and see a lot of love and respect for each other I see compassion honesty trust and nurturing I think of my mother and how she cared for me when I was sick listened to me when I told her my problems and loved me even when I didnt clean my room All of those things seem to be show that we have good values but I am an atheist so I cannot possibly have Christian values If compassion love honesty trust respect and nurturing are not Christian values what are Christian values My first thought of course was to look in the Bible If we lack Christian values then the Bible would be the only true source for finding them After all the Bible has been used for thousands of years as a guide for better living Before the Christian sequel - The New Testament - there was the Old Testament Now some Christians will argue that you cannot use the Old Testament because Jesus said he came to replace the old laws however this is not true because the New Testament states that Jesus himself said he came to uphold the old laws In addition if Christians would like to ignore most of the Old Testament why do so many Christians insist that the Ten Commandments are better than the Bill of Rights No theres just
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