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If there is no religion, how do we know what is wrong, and what is right?

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  • 1 month ago

    People like you terrify me.  If you need superstitions to know how to behave, please keep believing your superstitions.

    Some people are just psychopaths.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes.

    Without Religion how would we know that Slavery, Rape and Child Sexual Abuse is acceptable to Chrisitians because their Bible says it is.

  • 2 months ago

    God created humans in His likeness, distinguishing humanity from animals which were NOT created in His image. All people are born with a God-given conscience, without any need of any religion to give them moral awareness. This is shown by a scientist who wrote this account, which he personally witnessed. "A family were standing in the large kitchen of their home talking to friends while their 3 year old daughter pushed her doll’s pram to and fro with some vigour. In doing so, she ran the pram into her father’s leg, inflicting (as I remember) a degree of pain. The child’s older sister immediately issued a stern rebuke: ‘Alison, say sorry to daddy!’ The younger child continued her perambulations without response but we could see her mind was working overtime. ‘Say sorry to daddy!’ came the repeated command. No reply. A further interval elapsed and the older sister’s voice rang out again: ‘Say sorry!’ There was a prolonged pause and then the worried frown on the toddler’s face was suddenly replaced by a seraphic smile: ‘Me can’t talk,’ she said.

    The adults dissolved in laughter but I have never forgotten the incident because its implications are really quite profound, illuminating the whole question of human morality. Clearly, Alison knew she had done ‘wrong’ in hurting her father. Her stubborn refusal to admit guilt is evidence enough of that. If she had no sense of right and wrong she would have experienced no moral dilemma.

    We would, of course, explain the episode away. It wasn’t that the child had some innate moral awareness, we might say, but that her sense of guilt was a conditioned reflex. She recognized her sister’s tone of voice and knew from past experience that it meant trouble. No doubt, children do have conditioned reflexes, but the appropriate reflex in my story would have been one of two things – either a simple denial of responsibility (‘it wasn’t me, it was my doll’) or a quick apology (knowing that an apology defuses such situations). It was the devious guilt-reaction that revealed the toddler’s moral awareness – her silent inward struggle spoke volumes. She knew she was guilty and should apologize, but exercised considerable ingenuity to bypass conscience and evade moral responsibility. And you can’t evade what you don’t have.

    Such behaviour is typically and uniquely human. We can only experience such problems if we have a genuine moral sense in the first place. If, at that moment, the family’s pet dog had walked into the kitchen leaving muddy paw-prints, it too might have been scolded. It might have cringed and put its tail between its legs, recognizing disapproval in its master’s voice. But this would be a genuine conditioned reflex, a response to an external signal. There would be no corresponding inner awareness of wrongdoing – otherwise, next  time, it would have wiped its feet on the doormat.”

    Who Made God? - Searching for a theory of everything - Edgar Andrews - pages 263-6 (EP books 2009)

  • 2 months ago

    Prior to any  religions being formed, Genesis 3:22 states that "...man has now become as one of us, to know good and evil..." This is the basis of a moral code being imbued to every person born after Adam & Eve, regardless of religion, or the lack of religion.

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  • Phil M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The human brain has the capacity to learn simple concepts like that. Just as easily as learning to count to ten.

  • 2 months ago

    Hopefully, we have learned a few things via ethics and values which respect all human beings. Religion can certainly help in this area, and hopefully will, but it is not the only voice at the table. 

  • 2 months ago

    Metaethical theories or the conscience.

  • 2 months ago

    If one can think, and understand language, and knows that you can be ticketed for running a stop sign or a red light, then knowing right from wrong comes easily.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    On the other hand, if there are hundreds of conflicting religions, how do we know what is wrong and what is right? Which is why God Himself came to Earth 2,000 years ago, founded one Church, said it was to remain one, and promised that one Church "The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth", and "Whatsoever you bind upon Earth is bound in Heaven", and "He who hears you hears Me".

  • 2 months ago

    Using our brains. Christians who don't believe morality exists without God are like people who only abstain from murder because they don't want to go to jail. You should not have to be threatened with eternal damnation or jailtime to refrain from immoral actions. You should be able to use your Big Adult Brain to figure out that killing, raping, stealing, lying, is wrong regardless.

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