Do humans need God in order to be moral?
- sk8terboy1963Lv 48 months agoFavourite answer
No. If you try to use the bible for moral guidance, then you would be an outlaw in every country on the planet. Morality comes from empathy. An instinctive ability to try to do what is right in order to insure your chances for survival. For yourself as well as for the good of the community. If you have to share space with billions of other people on the planet it is in your best interest to behave and to be kind to others. The right to swing your arm ends at someone's nose. And you have no right at all to try and force your will upon someone else. Period. Actions that promote health, general well being and reduces harm are considered moral. Actions that degrade health, cause harm and reduce well being can be considered immoral. It is very simple. No deity is ever required for this. There is no need at all to insert something that never needs to be there in the first place.
- 8 months ago
yes to use religion as an excuse to start wars , kill people , rape women and kids
- Anonymous8 months ago
Yes and no because if God had never given moral instructions people wold not know what morals are. God left good moral instructions in the Bible and if you are smart you will listen to the word of God. Moral values are what saves the world. And as a minister it was my goal to go live among the Mormons and teach them conservation and why it is a good idea to not have too many kids.
- Roberta BLv 68 months ago
It is not that humans do not know what morality - the ability to determine what is right and wrong - is. Paul commented on the fact that they do:
12 For all those who sinned without law will also perish without law; but all those who sinned under law will be judged by law.
13 For the hearers of law are not the ones righteous before God, but the doers of law will be declared righteous.
14 For when people of the nations, who do not have law, do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves.
15 They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them, and by their own thoughts they are being accused or even excused.
So, although people know what morality is, they do not always practice it. When they don't, something inside of most of us, our conscience, can accuse or even excuse us, but we know that it is wrong. The problem is that humans have inherited sin from our foreparents. Sin is lawlessness, and falling short of the glory of God.---
12 That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.
The decision to choose right over wrong is a matter of choosing life over death.
So to directly answer your question, we can have the morality that leads to life, but we need help to do that. That help our God and Father has provided, through Jesus Christ.
Because of inherited sin, this choice can be difficult, but every person can make it, through faith in the ransom paid by Jesus Christ through his death, and through repentance, changing one's life, and living a new life through the power of the holy spirit.-
23 For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.
More about this subject, plus a free interactive online Bible study course with no obligation, can be found here: https://www.jw.org/en/Source(s): New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Study Edition
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- 8 months ago
Well, that is up to you and is contingent upon your definition of morality. There must be a criterion by which we measure morality. Now if God is a real entity and the bible is his word we may agree or not but the measure stands absolute and firm. We can use a level to test a plane and disagree with the reading but bubbles don't lie. Without God's word we could not come to an agreement on what's right or wrong.
- AlLv 68 months ago
Does God need humans to be God?
- Annsan_In_HimLv 78 months ago
The human default position is that we are created in the image and likeness of God. We have an inbuilt desire for justice, for order, for love, for peace, for knowledge of what is good, for searching out the unfathomable wisdom all around us - here long before humanity arrived on the planet and reaching out into the universe. We know what is right and what is wrong. Such God-given gifts are easily trampled on, however, and sensitive consciences are quickly trampled on by evil, selfish, greedy, lustful people who are immoral. It is a constant battle to maintain a sensitive, moral conscience. But God helps those who turn to Him for such aid, and the Holy Spirit is the most powerful guide, available to all who humble themselves under God's mighty hand. Those who don't, quickly develop their own fluid system of morality, to ease their consciences and to enable them to rationalize why they can go along with many things that God-fearing people find abhorrent.
- Anonymous8 months ago
Of course. We couldn't even exist without God.
- PaulLv 78 months ago
Two reasons. First, to inform us concerning what is objectively evil and what is not; and second, to give us His grace to empower us to reject evil and falsehood, and to accept goodness and truth.
- Huh?Lv 78 months ago
No. Secular morality is far superior to biblical morality, for example the bible explicitly condones slavery. God orders the Israelites to commit genocide and war crimes that in today's secular society we would arrest the perpetrators.