What makes many people to always associate ethics, goodness, morality, & spirituality
with religion? What makes those same people strongly contend that atheists, agnostics, and other non-religionists cannot be ethical, good, moral, & even spiritual because the latter do not believe in a religion?
Because we are using our minds and not our Hearts. We do not start from the root, which is within, but look outside of ourselves for answers. He did this to me; she did this to me; what's wrong with them? Always looking out.
Ethics, morals, religion ... are all laws written by us. Why do you wish to be good? Not because of the book or books, but because of something inherent that you feel. Some call this Conscience, and Conscience is nothing other than the voice of Spirit.
All begins within or inside, and when we change our angle of vision, so too, life changes for the better. The pursuit of harmony is an inner journey, not an outer one. The kingdom of Heaven is within. When we begin to change or transform our own nature, then lo, everything else around us, will begin to change. Other people are God's children, not ours.
Fear of divine punishment keeps bad people in line. It doesn't make them good people, but it keeps them under control and that's an improvement.
Hope of an eternal reward motivates good people to have the courage of their convictions. An atheist can be a very good person so long as there's not much personal risk involved.
Then again, if it's the wrong religion, it can bring out the worst in people... especially if we expand our definition of religion to include ideologies and philosophies.
Religion doesn't change an individual's real nature, but it does amplify some aspects and suppress others.
If we wanted to call it a "problem with religion", it could be about its normative and critical nature. On one hand they talk about "God's unconditional love", and then it somehow means norms, norms, norms, which simply doesn't mean love, love, love.
We can't love someone without accepting that person and allowing him to be himself. The moment we start imposing our rules, our truth, our norms, we are invading his mind's space, we are intruding, we are permitting-and-forbidding - which means LIMITING that person by erecting boundaries to his freedoms to be, think, feel, and expand, which is the basic and dignified right of every human being.
I never question a person "why he chose a certain religion", because it's simply none of my business. But such a person WILL feel called upon to question MY beliefs. What makes him so "divine", he is just another dude who can cite some passages from a book. I have met many of them on my 70 year long path, and when they didn't talk about their religion, they were gossiping, complaining, cursing, playing victims, with a full blast of a dark neurotic passion. Where was that faith, that love, that harmony, that forgiveness that they were preaching about? Whom are they really kidding?
I simply don't feel like sharing my sense of divine with someone who compensates their insecurities by hiding behind something big. Like they automatically become qualified to explain divinity by reading about it. And again, I don't mind their believing whatever they choose; as long as they don't try to impose it on me and question my beliefs.
by Yves 2 years ago
Is morality undervalued? Are ethics replacing morality?Though similar, there are distinctions between morality and ethics. Which school of thought do you live by? Are you moral or ethical?
by Debra Allen 5 years ago
Do you think that Christianity is the only group that teaches morals and ethics?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
This word oftentimes create quite a visceral reaction. There are many proponents who maintain that in order to be a moral person, one must be religious. They strongly contend that there is NO morality without religion. They are of the consensus that religion and religious belief...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
Do YOU believe that goodness/kindness/morality is an inherent and innatebehavior regardless of whether one is religious or non-religious?
by Paul Cronin 11 months ago
As long as you are a good person, does it matter what religion you believe in?
by Michael Routson 5 years ago
Does morality exist independant of Holy books?In holy books such as the Bible and the Koran, a sense of external morality is needed to clarify which sections are to be viewed as virtuous and which are to be condemmed as teaching behaviour that is harmful to oneself or others and should not be...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|