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Do People Need God to Have Morals?

Updated on June 18, 2013

Morals are defined as the rules of right conduct.

Morality and Philosophy

All living beings have a soul. This is a living thing that is within the body. This Soul is our guide, our consciousness to help us distinguish between right and wrong. This consciousness usually directs and chaperones us in the daily hustle bustle of life while we face the many challenges, pitfalls and talks to us when emotionally down. Consciousness is our awareness that we think about, and experience it on a daily basis.

Consciousness is a vast field, which encircles around a wide range of possibilities that get thrown at us it is also a field of creativity that allows us to come up with solutions when surrounded by problems; it is a set of intuitions that make us take decisions accordingly. Our intentions are also surrounded by our consciousness. Consciousness is about love, peace, imagination, compassion, kindness, and peace of mind.

Consciousness is our blue print. How we act, react, and think can bring changes in our body and our life.

Our Morals strongly govern our life, and the life we lead solely depends on our actions, reactions and thoughts.

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
Mark Twain

“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”
Laurence Sterne

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

“Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Who is God?

God is understood to be a superficial force above us that is supreme and is an object of faith.

Many modern and medieval philosophers have argued existence of God.

Those that believe in this supreme force address him by the name of the religion they follow.

Today Christianity, Hinduism, and Muslims are the most followed and popular religions in the world.

Some noted examples are Allah for Muslims, Jesus for Christians, and Krishna for Hindus

God and Philosophy

For those who believe in God, have a fear factor within them and that makes them perform good deeds or go on a path that is full of morals. God is their anchor, and that helps them shape their path towards a righteous one. This honest route helps them shape a conscientious life for themselves by the decisions they make and perform.

Does God Exist

For those who do not believe in the existence of the supreme, but have consciousness continue to perform their duties and walk on the path of virtue, which in turn helps them shape a bright destiny for themselves.

Morality today

Morality is gradually becoming extinct. We are living in a world of “Me-Myself-Mine”. With the rise of social media, we are becoming like a robot. Constantly hooked to the Internet where feelings and authenticity go missing.

The result: Dust covers our consciousness thus, making the living of a man a sham.

Do People need God to have Morals

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My question:

Does man follow the set of rules because he believes in God?


Is he intelligent enough to trod upon this path, and is able to distinguish between right and wrong?


Today man is surrounded by inflation, and corruption. These chew the body out of a poor man as a result, he is bitter and digs his soul deep into the ground so that it never tries to communicate with his mind.

Under such conditions/circumstances we want a superior force that keeps reminding us of our sheer existence and the reason we are on this planet. Thus, making the statement stand tall and strong, " We need God to have morals".


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      mahdi jafarian 

      3 years ago from newcastle

      God is like a balancing power. What goes around comes around always work. We may dont see it as we usually dont see many things. The simple idea of God watching us exists in every human mind. This is simply enough for me to believe He himself has left the idea in everyone's mind.

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      Dil Vil 

      6 years ago from India

      This is good, i like this hub. Voted UP

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A rather interesting topic Do People Need God to Have Morals?, It depends on a believer or not a believer however this is a topic of debate I agree with midget38

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      If we are speaking in terms of being believers in faiths, no, I don't think people need them to know how to uphold moral standards. There are many who do not subscribe to religious views but still believe strongly in being the best people they can...and sadly, many with God in their lives,however they address him, who do not behave morally. So I don't think it's God we can attribute wholly for is human choice and free will too.Awesome, Ruchira.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Crisp, Rose, Suzette.

      I agree that man is not yet a strong being to take care of himself and his people around. We need a guiding force to keep us thinking...

      Have a good weekend!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Hi fcmosher,

      Crime is increasing by every second. Man is making bad calls over minute issues and then rationalizing over it. I think we need to either sit and think over our deeds or need a guide to force us to think upon our acts.

      The proof is right in front of us, my friend. I am not making any house of straws.

      Have a good weekend!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and enlightening article, Ruchira. Thanks for sharing your opinions on this topic with us.

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      rose-the planner 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I admire you for raising this topic and allowing us to share in your valuable opinions and thoughts! This is what I think, whether you believe in God, whether you are an atheist or whether you are an agnostic, it doesn't matter. At the end of the day, we are all human beings trying to coexist on this tiny planet. I don't believe that anyone is perfect and everyone's morals could use some fine tuning from time to time. First and foremost, we need to respect and appreciate our differences regardless of our own personal perspectives. Thank you so much for sharing your worthwhile insight with all of us! (Voted Up)


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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very interesting! Very intriguing and you said it so well here. I'm not the type to argue but I like your ending statement: " We need God to have morals".

      Up, interesting and sharing. Goodnight Ruchira.

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      6 years ago from near the Equator

      "Morality is gradually becoming extinct."

      How can you make this claim? Ask yourself: "Is this how I feel, or is this a statement that can be supported with observable facts and research?"

      It means nothing to set up a straw dog and then knock it down.

      But you are way more thoughtful than most writers here.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Nell, I agree with your thoughts.

      We need that power above us to show us the way cause there are moments we all get lost and take a wrong turn.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States


      Interesting thoughts. I respect your opinion.

      Unfortunately, man is not yet so powerful and grounded to keep himself focussed on the path of righteousness thus, every now and then to have someone hold his hand/head does not harm.

      Have a great week!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Rajan and Nithya.

      I also need to rely on the supreme power every now and then!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Martie,

      I agree with your concepts, my friend.

      We all need a guiding force every now and then to ground ourselves and help us make the right decision.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Sadly I believe that people have to believe in a God to have morals. I don't think we have progressed far enough in our evolution to give Good and God up and still be nice people. On the other hand maybe if we all believed the same thing, or nothing at all it may stop the fighting around the world, great question, but I am not sure what the answer is, great hub, and voted up!

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      6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      An interesting hub, Ruchira. While I disagree with your conclusion, you seem to be sincere and open to discussion. So I'll make one observation that may give you (and others) food for thought. (In the interest of full disclosure, I'll begin by stating that I am an atheist).

      I propose that it is not belief in God or obedience to the dictates presented in the Bible and other religious texts that provides moral guidance. Rather, the opposite is true. It is our own understanding of morality -- both instinctive and learned -- that guides us through those texts and shapes our belief.

      For example, we're all familiar with God's commands like "thou shalt not kill," and we readily accept them as sensible and positive moral teachings. But there are other commands, like "thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" and "...he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death," which we obviously choose to ignore.

      All these commandments are dictates directly from God, given to the Israelites at the same time with equal emphasis and possessing equal authority. Yet we accept some as moral dictates and ignore or forget the others.

      What makes the difference is the way WE examine each command in light of our OWN secular morality, empathy and understanding. We accept "thou shalt not kill" and "thou shalt not steal" as moral dictates because they reaffirm what we ALREADY KNOW to be morally true.

      Conversely, there have been -- and continue to be -- endless examples of people who consider themselves subject to the will of God, even acting on his behalf, who live lives most would consider grotesquely immoral (for example, the Inquisitioners who followed the earlier commandment regarding witches).

      One could rationalize that these lost souls are simply "misinterpreting" God's moral authority or "defying" it despite what they believe. But if that is so, who's to say that people who live "good" lives aren't also "misinterpreting" or "defying" God's commands?

      The only way we can presume to know the difference between those "bad" and "good" lives is because, again, we apply our own secular moral understanding to them.

      Genuine morality comes from human empathy and understanding, not from arbitrary divine authority.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting and thought provoking, for me God is my pillar of support. It is different for some others. Some do not believe in God but still are the best people in this world. Great write.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting and wise words. I sure need God and look up to him each day, more often than not!

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting hub, Ruchira! I do believe that most people are intelligent enough to distinguish between right and wrong and good and evil. People need metaphors to understand a concept/idea, and symbols in order to visualize their believes. So God, the Devil, Angels, Evil Spirits, Heaven and Hell, etc. are names for indisputable concepts and not (according to my perspective) living creatures like stars, suns, moons, plants, animals and humans.

      I like seeing humans as representatives of 'God' or the 'Devil'. Either God (good) or Devil (evil) is the 'power/strength' in the core of our soul. (Like the drivers in our computers. Without the required driver no computer program would function.)

      Unfortunately too many people take delight in choosing the wrong and doing evil. Maybe because they don't have any experience of the true joy we experience when doing right instead of wrong. Maybe because they don't have an idea/concept of good (God) versus evil (Devil), or heaven versus hell (on earth, never mind beyond the grave).

      Noticed the resemblance between good (God) and evil (Devil)?

      This is but only my personal perspective...

      Voted up and interesting :)

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Ruby, Tonette, Vicki.

      Yes, as long as we stick to our morals we should be able to make a fine world :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You raise an interesting question, Ruchira. Very interesting. I know people with morals who don't believe in God, and people who believe in God who don't have many morals. LOL! I think that believing in God can be a factor, but I think that people can be moral without believing in God. This question would make for an interesting debate. Great hub!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Great hub, Ruchira. Using the gifts of wisdom in us will lead us to do what is right. A beautiful world of love we will create.

      Hugs from the city of generals:=)-Tonette

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If we all would treat our fellow man with respect and remember the golden rule this would be a beautiful world. Thank you Ruchira...

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Well said Frank.

      As long as we stay conscious of our actions...we don't need any superior force on this planet to keep reminding us ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      what an interesting.. could be dilemma for most.. I just keep saying do as you would like done unto you..right? A great hub Ruch.. keeps me on my toes

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Points well taken Gabgirl12.

      Technically, we all have consciousness and that is good enough to keep us focussed on a righteous path. It is just the daily grind that man has to face, makes him forget his ideals in life. Thus, a reminder sometimes does not hurt to keep man focussed on his main focus of life.

      Happy Thursday :)

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      6 years ago

      No, we don't need a god to have morals. But those who have god attempt to convince us we do. Religion continuously and unabashedly points out every human flaw as if those who don't believe in god were amoralist. We're human beings, just like you we just don't believe in a god. That doesn't mean we don't know how to behave. For a time it seemed that religion was necessary. It isn't, people grow up and grow out of religion. It's there like the boogeyman, Santa Claus, and any number of fairy tale stories. All of them have a 'moral' to the story. Had this not been so, they wouldn't have been told, and all 'stories' out there would have been exclusively about 'god'. But if humanity has the capability to love its own children and tell them stories to keep them entertained and meditating on their own behavior, why do we need to follow a religious story to keep us controlled without discovering our own potential, and in essence like Peter Pan...we just never grow up?

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Bill.

      I had a tough time writing this topic :) However, am open to comments.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An interesting debate, Ruchira, and one I'm not sure how I feel about. Thanks for your viewpoint and I'm sure there will be some forceful comments about this one. :)

      Have a great Thursday!



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