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Survival of the Fittest
Christianity says that if there were no God life would be about the survival of the fittest instead of kindness.

The fittest means the most adaptable.  A dinosaur being stronger than you is no good to it if you are the one who knows how to trap it.  It is survival of the strongest yes but not in the way you would think.

Survival of the fittest normally goes together with naturalism but it does not have to.

If there is no God or spirits or spirit forces then naturalism is true.  Naturalism is the belief that all things have natural causes. It assumes that there is no supernatural and even if there is we should not even consider it. It says if the natural will explain something then forget the supernatural. Naturalism says nothing non-natural ever happens.
Religionists hate naturalism.   They hate the idea that whatever happens is natural and there is nothing really unnatural for that makes murder natural. They fear the notion that all is run by blind forces. They are not telling the whole truth. It does not matter so much that nature is self-sufficient. It does not matter so much if there is or isn't a supernatural. The issue is, "Do blind forces run all things?" These forces could be supernatural or natural. If they are blind then it does not matter if they are supernatural or natural. Belief in the supernatural does not mean that the supernatural is intelligent or non-random. It can be even worse than the natural for being blind and aimless. If you don't want to see nature as being blind then don't hand somebody a key that opens the door to more blind laws - supernatural ones. Many laws force us so how do we know that spirits and gods are not forced as well so that if they have free will it is no good to them? The supernatural is totally anti-science for there is no way to test if it is blind or otherwise.

God is marketed to the gullible and the wishful thinkers as a vaccine against naturalism and reality.  The believers say that naturalism and darwinism as in survival of the fittest is bas which is why they say that belief in God and ingraining it into children is so important. This marks belief in the importance of God as an implicit attack on atheists. It says that if one is to become an atheist one should be a brute and it is luck and not the person if that doesn't happen. Even if the atheist were not as bad as that he or she stands for a position that will encourage others to be so the atheist is still doing great harm merely by being atheist.
Even if there were a God, survival of the fittest might still be the law. Christian believers in evolution say that the mutations necessary for evolution to happen did not happen by chance but this process was planned by God. So God was using the survival of the fittest method. He might need it like he supposedly needs human suffering. He might need it for one of his mysterious purposes. Plus most people do not want to live the survival of the fittest kind of life and even those that do don't live it a lot. People want to be kind.
Religion says that without God, we can drop moral beliefs altogether and just live by survival of the fittest. But even survival of the fittest is a kind of moral code itself. It seeks to make the strongest and the best win out. So it is clear that dropping God does not mean dropping beliefs about right and wrong. It does not mean dropping morality. The point is that even without belief in God we have some kind of moral code. I am not advocating any might is right philosophy.
Survival of the fittest is frequently claimed to be saying that it is the creatures who are best at adapting to change, not the strongest or the smartest, that will survive. But weak creatures exist? They exist for a while so survival of the fittest is about long-term survival. You can still say that survival of the fittest means the strong can survive the best for being adaptable to change is a strength.

Survival of the fittest as in the most adaptable is a fact of life.  You will not survive long if you don't treat others as those who will gain if you lose.  You are strategic even when you are nice.  You are strategic so much that you hardly notice it anymore.

Survival of the fittest or most adaptable is what makes us so dangerous.  When we are good it is because we are lucky and we are still thriving on the blood sweat and tears of those who came before us.  It not only makes us dangerous but it makes us manipulative and hypocritical.

Here are some conclusions.

Survival of the fittest is not a beautiful doctrine - its red in blood and claw and the good are not so much good as lucky which is why they seem good.

To pretend it does not apply in your life is putting yourself at its mercy.

Religion pretends it does not apply to it but it does and is the reason even a religion of peace is still responsible for any trouble that happens because of it. It is just responsible and as it is lying to itself that is another reason it cannot complain when abuses happen for when you lie you have to expect abuses.  You make them possible.