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Author Topic:   Morality without God is impossible
GDR
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Message 288 of 306 (874710)
04-08-2020 1:50 PM
Reply to: Message 287 by Tangle
04-08-2020 1:09 PM


Re: Morality and Empathy
Tangle writes:

But I have to put up with that crap too, plus I get the religious crap!

Probably some atheists are more offended that some Christians. The point is though that the crap I was talking about is ubiquitous and in your face. The fact that there is a church in every town and you feel obliged to go to the occasional baptism just doesn't seem like much in comparison.

Tangle writes:

What makes you think atheists aren't offended by that all stuff too?

I'm not saying that they aren't, but I haven't heard you complaining about it.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
Joined: 05-22-2005


Message 290 of 306 (874714)
04-08-2020 2:19 PM
Reply to: Message 289 by Tangle
04-08-2020 2:04 PM


Re: Morality and Empathy
Tangle writes:

“The point is though” that I have to put up with the same in-your-face crap as you do PLUS all this religious bollox.

How do you get out of bed in the morning.

Tangle writes:

Or do you think that us atheists are immune to it because we're sociopathic, heretical, immoral, pop star adoring trivial-minded beasts? Or something like that?

That's a bit low. I have never said anything that could remotely give you the idea that I would think that. As a matter of fact I have a lot of respect for those who are atheistic because of the degree of suffering in the world. MY POV as we have gone over that we are called by a loving God to do something about it.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
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Message 292 of 306 (874739)
04-08-2020 4:56 PM
Reply to: Message 291 by Tangle
04-08-2020 4:16 PM


Re: Morality and Empathy
At least when an atheist anonymously feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, houses the homeless etc we know that he/she is doing it for the right reasons.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
Joined: 05-22-2005


Message 294 of 306 (874775)
04-09-2020 2:29 PM
Reply to: Message 293 by Tangle
04-09-2020 3:42 AM


Re: Morality and Empathy
Tangle writes:

But I still feel that you're fluffing the real time intervention issue. You now seem to want to push the intervention back into wh at you call memes - cultural influences. That's fine, we all accept that they exist, though science calls them normative social behaviours and they too are perfectly natural.

So I'm really struggling to understand what it is you're thinking/believing about it. We have to make moral decision almost every moment of every day and they're rarely of the running into burning buildings type. Deciding to choose the slightly smaller slice of cake so that you partner can the bigger one is a moral choice, is god intervening there?


I’ll try and answer this in a roundabout way.

I am a Christian theist. As a Christian I believe that God resurrected Jesus and so I can understand God’s nature by what we have in the Gospels even though they are humanly constructed compilations of the Jesus story. They all agree that Jesus was resurrected and IMHO there is no motivation to make it up, as a matter of fact, the whole thing was detrimental to their lives.

Also, as a theist I believe that there is an intelligent origin to our lives and that this intelligence remains involved and we can to one degree or another understand things about this deity. Also, as a Theist it only makes sense to believe that there is a purpose, beyond living and reproducing, for our existence.

The following is something I posted to Faith on another thread.

GDR writes:

We have a line in one of our prayers that says, “so complex so simple, so clear so mysterious”. As you say it is all mysterious. The clear and simple part is what matters.
If we focus our Christian faith on this verse where Jesus sums up the whole of the Sermon on the Mount, we don’t need anything more.

Matthew 7:12 writes:

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


I suggest that it is fine to do our best to understand everything else, (it is really interesting IMHO),but it isn’t what we hang our hat on. We have had incredible Christian scholars over centuries and none of them agree on everything. However they all agree on Matthew 7:12.

Tangle writes:

It seems unlikely to me that you have god directly influencing all moral choices -whispering in our ears with this poetical 'still small voice', but you're settling more on god influencing normative behaviours somehow? Is this correct?

The bottom line is that I am simply trying in my own mind to come to a conclusion of how I think this all works, based on what I know, what I believe from the Bible, and from personal life experiences. It isn’t knowledge but if you like it is my best guess as to how God works in our lives.

My best guess is this. God created a world that would ultimately create sentient moral creatures that would have a sense of right and wrong, and with the free will to make moral choices.

However, the Bible tells me that in addition there the Holy Spirit of God, that “still small voice” or God meme that speaks, (not audibly, at least to me), to our hearts and minds and draws us to decisions that are moral and right for this world.

So, finally, in answer to that question I’d say OK, that works for me. It is basically trying to put in my basic simple human understanding what is going on and so it is a bit like me reading Brian Greene to understand science. I can maybe get a small understanding of scientific concepts,but that’s about it. As to the technicalities of how God works in this world I’m in about the same position there as well.


He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
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Message 296 of 306 (874781)
04-09-2020 3:44 PM
Reply to: Message 295 by Tangle
04-09-2020 3:03 PM


Re: Morality and Empathy
I get all that. I realize it makes no sense to you, in the same way that the idea that we have simply evolved as a result of a myriad of mindless chemical and biological processes is just a far fetched to me as my beliefs are to you.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
Joined: 05-22-2005


Message 298 of 306 (874802)
04-10-2020 11:27 AM
Reply to: Message 297 by Tangle
04-09-2020 4:24 PM


Re: Morality and Empathy
At least my mess makes sense to me. If you run into Vera say hi for me.
Cheers

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
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Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
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Message 300 of 306 (874969)
04-12-2020 11:03 AM
Reply to: Message 299 by Sarah Bellum
04-12-2020 10:47 AM


Sarah Bellum writes:

The question is really the reverse: Wouldn't humans behave more morally if religion never had been invented?
Face it: good people may behave well and bad people may behave badly, but to persuade both good people and bad people to commit really heinous deeds it requires religious belief (or some other odious ideology like that of Mao or Hitler) and true believers to tell them to do these deeds.

True, but everybody has an ideology, and more wars can be attributed to nationalism than anything else.

If religion had never been invented it would have no bearing on whether God existed or not, and whether or not there is a universal morality that flows from God. I'd also add that in the case of Christianity Jesus is clear that the basic law that we are to follow is based on love of neighbour as spelled out in the Golden Rule. Also in the Sermon on the Mount where we are told that that the peacemakers are blessed. That hasn't stopped evil being done by nations and Christians as people are still people.


He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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GDR
Member (Idle past 274 days)
Posts: 5410
From: Sidney, BC, Canada
Joined: 05-22-2005


Message 302 of 306 (875000)
04-12-2020 7:15 PM
Reply to: Message 301 by Sarah Bellum
04-12-2020 5:48 PM


I've gone around that with Tangle so if you like you can read what I have posted there.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


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