Who do you think is more likely to be good at heart, an atheist or a hardcore religious person?
The answer is: it entirely DEPENDS.
There is no easy answer to this Q. So many factors come into play, including, what is your definition of "good at heart?"
My opinion toward "gods" is atheism, but do I think all or even most atheists are good at heart? No way I could answer that. There are atheists who have no morals and do horrible things, just like there are deeply religious people who do horrible things because they think their "god" is pleased by their actions. I've known many religious people who are so blind to their hatred, yet they talk about wanting to love others as "god" does.
Bottom line is this: it all depends on the individual. Atheism doesn't necessarily make someone bad and religion doesn't necessarily make someone good.
Based on just this as in based on the question itself? Well, ok.
So you think it depends on the person's morals rather than his religious or non religious inclination right?
Basically yes because there is different religions and different meanings of religious people and I know some who are atheist and religious and both can be kind hearted about certain things and what not!
I don't think it matters all that much.
If anyone witnessed an elderly person fall down they're likely to help them get up whether they believed in God or not.
Some of the most religious people are against using their tax dollars to help the most unfortunate living among us in the United States.
It's not unusual for someone to be pro-life but wants to eliminate welfare. A religious person may be in favor of cutting Social Security and Medicare or other benefits for seniors.
When it comes to religion most people "cherry pick" which scriptures they'll follow and which one's they will not follow. More wars have been fought in the name of God than one cares to remember even though most believers are taught: "Thy shall not kill."
(There are no "asterisks" or exceptions in the commandments).
So atheists is your answer right?
Don't be diplomatic.
Psst: I am an agnostic myself and no matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to make sense out of religion.
I wasn't being diplomatic but rather just saying it's human nature to help someone in trouble. The other stuff I stated illustrates how even religious people may not always live according to their own doctrine.
In terms of *liklihood*, a religious person ought to be more good at heart than an athiest, because a godly person is conscious of a reward from God for having a good heart. In the real world, people are people and both the godly and athiests are a mixed bunch whose condition of the heart is irregular as it is dependent on inconsistent moods and emotions.
When one does it for the 'reward', that isn't really kindness don't you think?
I agree with the inconsistent moods statement though. It's very true. People are more likely to help someone out when they in a jovial mood.
People are naturally selfish, and we do things for others in return for something. The reward for helping others could be a 'thank you' or a praise or even karma.
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