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Why do religious people often insist that religion is what creates moral behavior?


As an agnostic/atheist who works hard to do the right thing every day I find this insulting and ridiculous. After all, if prayer and religious beliefs equaled morals there would be no controversy with priests molesting children for example. The fact of the matter is there are good atheists and evil religious folks. No one has a monopoly on either side. I get tired of hearing that atheism contributes to a lack of morality - in my experience it's been the opposite many times. We are all human and by NATURE have both good and bad inclinations. How does religion make one morally superior?

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree that what we put forth is returned to us ultimately and yes I think sometimes religion does take away from simple personal accountability for ones actions.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    thank you, what a great and honest answer from the perspective of a religious person. I can respect this answer, and I like the example you gave of Jesus and hostile encounters from authority figures. I often viewed him as a gentle natured rebel :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I appreciate and respect your answer. I don't think that all religious people are narrow minded, in fact I know a great deal who are not but there is a tendency to blame secularism/atheism for societies ills and I was curious why that is?


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I like your answer - and I agree with your example with killing and abortion doctor for instance..It does pose interesting questions.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree the institution has its frustrations for sure. I don't really have a problem with the religions, but some of the followers I certainly beg to differ with. Many religions teach great things, if only people actually emulated them lol.


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    feenix 4 years ago

    Excellent response, Miles. Absolutely excellent.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree, but surely religion is not the solution obviously. As for Christian morals being the basis of society - society has always had crime and bad people. No matter what - bad and good will exist with or without religion.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I'm happy that path speaks to you and that you gave an honest answer and I agree with you. Too many people justify wrong actions or hide behind their beliefs etc. good answer thank you.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Very interesting points you made - thanks for a thoughtful answer.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I totally agree that and sometimes good people do terrible things and vice versa sometimes people who are pretty rotten will surprise and do something incredibly kind - it is indeed a mystery :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree that sometimes people justify bad behavior by saying well "God will forgive me" and it's a way to hide from facing oneself with true honesty. I personally find it harder to look in a mirror when I've done wrong. Good points.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I can see your point and I agree that fear is sometimes the motivator, but I also tend to believe people overall as a whole are naturally more "good" than "bad". Good answer thank you :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I meant it the way I wrote it actually, there can be good atheists and evil religious people - and certainly vice versa :) No one has full claim to either lol. My point was just atheists/agnostics tend to be blamed 4 it more. thanks for commenting

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree. I think hypocrisy is a human condition that all tend to engage in. My big thing right now is how people are using religion as a means to justify discrimination against gay people. I don't get it.

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