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Can man live ethically and morally without the guidance of religion?

  • because "god" is a myth going back milleniums

    The whole idea of a bewhiskered old patriarch "somewhere overhead" creating the earth, etc etc., is so completely illogical that THINKING must be suppressed in order to believe such nonsense. Its mostly a habit, and most pious people haven't even read the bible.
    I think it was Mark Twain who said, "A cure for religion is to read the bible." Especially that verbal tedious torture called THE BOOK OF JOB.

  • Man can most certainly live ethically and morally without religion because every living thing knows right from wrong.

    Every sane person on the planet knows right from wrong without needing a religion to tell them. It's a natural instinct of all animals and probably the only remaining animal instinct in humans that is beneficial. In many cases religion only alters and blurs what is right and wrong. Killing is wrong, but killing in the name of god seems to be okay. History and present day prove that to be true. Many religions enforce these altered ideas of right and wrong with blind faith and self-righteous attitudes, which in turn, creates more problems pertaining to ethics and morals. I firmly believe the most ethical and moral human beings are the ones who know right from wrong and also have no affiliation to any religion.

    Posted by: BrianDj
  • I am a Christian, and I believe that religion plays a major and necessary role for mankind.

    When God created the universe, he gave man guidelines, which are the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17). The first four relate to our relationship with God, and the rest our relationships with each other. In these, are the moral laws: thou shalt not steal, commit adultery, bear false witness, or covet thy neighbor's wife. Men have been keeping most of these laws, whether intentionally or habitually, throughout the ages, and our civil laws are based on these moral laws. Therefore, it is impossible for man to live morally or ethically without the guidance of religion.

    Posted by: ChaIChoose
  • Religion is not necessary for the development of morals.

    Take a poll of criminals in prison and you'll find that most of them believe in God. Belief in God or belonging to an organized religion is not necessary for knowing right from wrong, or for being a good person. Normal people have a conscience, whether they are religious or not. If religion was the basis of morals, then atheists would be criminals, which isn't true.

    Posted by: N Schroeder 60
  • I believe man can live ethically and morally without needing religion.

    Thousands of people everyday live morally and ethically in the world and are not practicing or a part of any religion. Just think of all the injustice being done by priests of peoples religions. 90% of the crime in the world is committed by people who are part of a religion.

    Posted by: 5h4tAnkI
  • A man can live ethically and morally without the guidance of religion because of the upbringing of his parents

    Not everyone needs religion to do good for their fellow man. With the decline of church worship, past generations have been bought up with a value system of doing right by their fellow man by example. Going to church does not mean that a person will live ethically or morally.

    Posted by: SusanS
  • Religion is not necessary at all in determining basic right from wrong.

    Right and wrong do not need to be determined by religions. Religion often makes natural and harmless behaviors such as dancing and singing into something sinful, while at the same time endorsing killing in wars. Many atheists are much more truly moral in their thinking and behavior than people who claim to be religious.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • I agree that man can live morally and ethically without religion.

    I agree that people can have good values without religion but I also think that religion is a wonderful foundation for teaching these values. I know people who say they are religious and who are terrible people, and I also know people who are morally good and say they aren't religious.

    Posted by: EantDirty
  • Yes, it is man's personality and upbringing which dictates his ethics and morals, and not religion.

    Religions of all types set forth standards by which men should live their lives. Despite these ethical and moral outlines, history does not lack men who head Churches and Temples and act in outright immoral and unethical ways.
    Rather than religion, it is the individual's personality and upbringing which will lead a man to live an ethically and morally "correct" life, and not religion. If a person grows up with a basic understanding of what is "good" and what is "bad," the threat of damnation or the carrot of eternal life or reincarnation will not matter to such an extent.
    Religion works well for giving some strength in difficult times, and provides moral guidance for some, who may otherwise feel lost as to how one should act, but it is not a prerequisite for leading an ethical and moral life.

    Posted by: MaxweEIite
  • It's apparent from sociological data that yes, people can and do.

    This is obvious and reflected in statistical trends for highly religious vs. nonreligious areas of the world. It could even be argued that nonreligious people have a stronger tendency toward moral behavior than religious people do, because for the nonreligious it is rooted in acceptance of responsibility, high conscience, humanism, and an overarching desire for societal health. For the religious, it is commonly rooted in nothing but fear and ignorance associated with an all-powerful all-judging authoritative figure.

  • Gandhi

    In the bible, it says "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"
    Gandhi, a non-spiritual leader later on said "an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind," meaning revenge solves nothing and creates more problems.

  • No man can't.

    Without religion no one would know what right or wrong was. Without religion to tell us right from wrong anyone with power (money?), could easy say that having sex with little children is "Right". They could easy say that its "ok" to marry animals.

    People who say that they are atheist AND can have morals, are not really atheist, they are just children in big bodies. Remember in order to learn the knowledge of something it has to be TAUGHT. God is the only one who has this Knowledge, and he passed it on to us through the Commandments and scriptures.

    People (atheists?) simply choose to follow SOME commandments but not ALL, even I do this (I am Christian). But the difference between a Christian and an atheist doing this same thing is that a Christian will pray, ask for forgiveness, and repent, while an atheist will give the child like answer of 'there is no God, so I wont be punished.'

    I cant slap a lion on the nose, then close my eyes and say 'since I don't "see" the lion, he will not attack me'. I will be attacked regardless if my eyes are open or closed.

  • Religion teaches you true Morals.

    I believe that there are some people who may have some goodness to them, they have a certain code of morals and values that they live by, and this keeps them "grounded". But are those people living a life that is pleasing to God? Those people live solely off what they deem to be right or wrong. Just as those who believe its Ok to kill group of innocent bystanders, or kill a bunch of children in the name of religion. Religion is not the problem, the people who misinterpret religion is the problem. To be completely morally correct one must follow the laws of God. He has commanded us a way of living that we cannot bypass. One can live a moral life to the best of their abilities, but without giving God his due rights and living in the way that HE has prescribed, one has not lived in the way he was created to. What is morally correct to one may not be morally correct to another. We live in a time where everything is permissible. Most do not live by Gods laws, many live by their own laws! You have some people who deny the existence of God altogether but they would consider themselves good, upright, and moral people. Why? Because they give to the poor, do not drink except "socially" and they feed the animals? You have Christians who do not follow the laws that Jesus(peace be upon him)himself came with. Just as you have Muslims and Jews who do the opposite of what was commanded. God/Allah did not create us to dwell on this earth without giving us exact instructions on how to live on earth. Throughout time God has told Man again and again worship me alone, and do not set up partners with me. One may not believe this to be the truth and go on to be the best person that they are able to be on this earth, but that does not negate any of what God has commanded us to do or to stay away from. Nor does it mean that we can worship whoever and how we please. There is no real moral life without proper knowledge of the creator and following his commandments.

  • Morality and ethics are a standard. Where does the standard come from?

    We live in a society where our common values have been handed down to us from generations who considered religion to be the driving force to social change. We have freedoms today because of the guidance/ influence of religion on past human thinking. It is impossible to live today without the influence ( no matter how small) of religion on our moral and ethical choices.

  • Who holds you Accountable?

    God has been pushed out of schools as well as other public establishments as of the 1960's. Within the last Decade Atheists and Liberals have been making a stronger push for more acceptance of people & freedoms of expression, but less acceptance of Religion, which in itself is an oxymoron. Present statistics, prove that divorce rate has sky rocketed, boost in acts of internal terrorism, the acceptance of Abortions, legalization of drugs, Declining school academic performance, and individualism. Yes, we are seeing great results with no god. Take a look around the next time you're in a public setting and see how many people around you are on their cell phones vs. Conversing with one another. Yes we can survive without religion, but I believe as we evolve over time we will become more and more accepting of evils, immorality and lack of accountability for your actions. God did indeed create this green earth & the air we breathe, not the government. Government does not determine right and wrong. Lack of god happens over time, and the repercussions will slowly follow. You may not have your statistics yet, but you will in the future. I'll praise my god, even if your new "accepting society" doesn't accept that. And I will do it freely & publicly for as long as possible. Jesus is our saviour, our path to salvation & ever lasting life. Not your local law makers.

  • May the "ALMIGHTY GOD" shower you more KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM" who says YES....

    RELIGION IN ANY FORM = BELIEF derived from "LAWS OF ALMIGHTY GOD".

    To those who says "YES" its your belief...But remind you people we "DO NOT" know nothing inside the womb or after we are born...

    Where you born instant that knows Ethics and Morals ? And how it supposed to be feels inside our heart??? "YES" a man can live w/o religion but what extent do this human will do to others if he/she do not have beliefs??? I am so" AFRAID " what humanity will be?????? =(

    Did you already cloned human? And knows what exactly will it behave??? I do not know what to think of you people who says "YES" but I/WE "RESPECT you"...

    I am human...I remember my mind opened when I was 3 years old, little by little what is right and wrong my parents taught me, and then as I grew the society in general taught me things how to react to others.... I am not HOLY or SAINT.....

    But for me RELIGION is the boundary that separates HUMANS from ANIMALS from their wildest or should I say Worst side....May "GOD" the divine and almighty have mercy on us...

  • A man can live, but he/she will not have any peace at heart without religion, despite all of the wealth he/she may have.

    The True religion provides humanity with laws that will lead them to the correct path. It pros them with the do's and don'ts of life, and it preaches mankind how to live a life filled with modesty. The True religion gives women their rights, treats the poor and the rich equally and takes it' followers to the right path. The True religion provides a man with his/her true identity and provides them with the reason why they are living in this world. Finally, when one follows the True religion and it's laws, they will have peace in their hearts. For all those who question this, and like to preach atheism, I would like to ask them what they think the purpose of life is and why they think that they are living in this world. I would like them to watch the birds chirping in the trees, the tall mountains in the Himalaya's and the clouds in the sky and ponder Who had made them. Unfortunately, those preaching atheism will not be able to answer such questions without the help of religion. Thus, a man can live without religion, but (s)he will not be able to understand the purpose of life, and how to live life.

  • Man cannot live without the moral code of God.

    Man was created by God and for His glory. Since man dd not create himself, he is incapable of governing himself. God gave the Ten Commandments and the Scriptures to man to live by and Jesus as man's personal Savior. Until man accepts God as his Creator, the Ten Commandments and the Scriptures as his guide in life, and Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, he will continue to live a life without happiness and fulfillment.

    Posted By: Shirley Martin

  • Why preach atheism if one person MIGHT become "bad" after leaving his theistic belief?

    In my opinion this is the destruction of Atheism with regards to their claim that morality without religion is better, that is ATHEISTIC/SECULAR MORALITY:
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    Though secularism might have a set of morals, but they cannot assure that the new atheist convert might be good "all the time".

    The big difference between atheism and theism is that in theistic belief, there is FEAR of the afterlife for possible punishment. Since that (fear) is removed in atheism then there might increase of evildoers when NO ONE IS WATCHING.
    Is it REASONABLE to be evil when no one is watching in Atheist world? YES. BIG YES. Because in Atheism, the motto is "enjoy life to the fullest".

    The only fear in Atheism is the fear of being imprisoned.
    Comparison:
    Theistic: Fear of being imprisonment + fear of afterlife punishment.
    Atheistic: Fear of being imprisoned.

    If you say, religion causes war then that is not true. It depends to that religion but does that religion really teaches it or is it because of unbelief why people go for war?
    I repeat:
    Truth --> Prophet --> Scripture --> Interpretation --> Religion --> Member

    An evil member does not necessarily mean under an evil religion.
    An evil religion does not necessarily mean in light of the right interpretation.
    And so on... going backwards of the arrow illustration.In my opinion this is the destruction of Atheism with regards to their claim that morality without religion is better, that is ATHEISTIC/SECULAR MORALITY:
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    Why preach atheism if one person might become "bad" after leaving his theistic belief?
    Some atheists answer, "There is a so called secular moral where one can know what is right and what is wrong without hearing religious dogma".

    That answer is actually wrong, though secularism might have a set of morals, but they cannot assure that the new atheist might be good "all the time".

    The big difference between atheism and theism is that in theistic belief, there is FEAR of the afterlife for possible punishment. Since that (fear) is removed in atheism then there might increase of evildoers when NO ONE IS WATCHING.
    Is it REASONABLE to be evil when no one is watching in Atheist world? YES. BIG YES. Because in Atheism, the motto is "enjoy life to the fullest".

    The only fear in Atheism is the fear of being imprisoned.
    Comparison:
    Theistic: Fear of being imprisonment + fear of afterlife punishment.
    Atheistic: Fear of being imprisoned.

    If you say, religion causes war then that is not true. It depends to that religion but does that religion really teaches it or is it because of unbelief why people go for war?
    I repeat:
    Truth --> Prophet --> Scripture --> Interpretation --> Religion --> Member

    An evil member does not necessarily mean under an evil religion.
    An evil religion does not necessarily mean in light of the right interpretation.
    And so on... going backwards of the arrow illustration.

  • Can the Puppet Move without his Maker. NO!

    How can you say that You can live perfectly fine without the covering and the guidance of the one that created you and place breathe in your body daily. Thats unthinkable its so absurd for you to even think that way.Yes our law has already given us guide lines but our religion is what give us intergriy that what give us the reason to stand for what we believe in.


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Anonymous says2013-06-20T01:27:18.073
It is in the heart of man to do evil all the time. It is when we find need of a savior that we no longer live for ourselves.

Lots of people live a 'decent' life and don't know GOD?

True. But where did they get the idea of decent? Who taught them decent? We cannot conceive the idea of 'good' on our own.

I give you for example our system(s) of government. Many all over the world try their hand at treating people decent? Where did they get the idea? A few thousand years ago the answer would have been the Hebrews. The contemporary answer: America. For until recently, America was the light of the world. Other governments tried to copy the American system of government (albeit at the same also trying to hold on to depotism).

When the idea of America was conceived the America's Founders knew they could not do it alone. In their own 'wisdom' they would have failed. They appealed to the author and originator of GOOD: GOD.

Without GOD, there is no good.
Isayl says2015-09-09T19:01:33.343
Christianity isn't a religion. And God created morality, the whole reason we have a concious is becuase of Jesus.

Here is my supporting statement:
https://answersingenesis.Org/morality/

The entire website couldn't fit between the margins so you can just click it yourself.