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  • The idea of immoral atheists is based on books of dubious reliability and bad media coverage by biased outlets.

    Imagine this: you move to a new town which you know nothing about, and you make friends with someone. After getting to know them, you discover that they are respected by others, has a great job, a perfectly functioning family and regularly gives to charities. You surmise that they are a moral, well-principled person. Over the next few years, you discover that the town is safe and people leave their doors unlocked at night because everyone trusts one another.Then, you ask your friend why you have never seen them at church. The reply: they, along with most of the rest of the town, is secular. Does this change your opinion of your friend and the town? If so, why? How can someone who you believed to be a nice person suddenly turn 'evil' in the blink of an eye? The answer: they didn't. Your brain is playing with you. In response to the original question, yes, atheists have a reason not to sin. People have accumulated common decency over the many, many years of EVOLUTION. What theists have done is put the common decency into words and spread it around.

  • We don't need a stupid book.

    Just because we don't have some book that tells us right from wrong doesn't mean we can't do it ourselves! Besides creationists don't fallow the bible 100% anyway...I would have be stoned three times by now if they did. Not to mention that women would have like 0 rights. If anything it's creationists we should be worried about!

  • Atheists don't believe in sin.

    If you don't believe in God, you don't know what sin is. Just because you don't believe in God doesnt mean you are a "sinner." My nephew is an atheist surrounded by Catholics, but he is a good man and he would not hurt a fly or do anything wrong.

  • Yes, atheists have reasons not to sin.

    The ability to refrain from sin does not depend on a belief in God. An atheist can believe that people are intrinsically good and want to treat others as such. Atheists can also think that certain things are wrong, like stealing or lying or deliberately hurting others. One does not have to believe in God to want believe that all life is precious and should not be destroyed through killing or violence.

  • There's no such thing as sin.

    Sin is a made up concept, as a way to get int heaven. Since atheists don't believe in God, nor sin, they can't sin to begin with. There's no reason for an atheist to follow the "sin" rules, since their goal isn't heaven. That doesn't mean an atheist goes around killing and raping people.

  • Atheists have shown that they are perfectly capable of being moral and upstanding humans.

    Really? Sin? I know you probably mean morality, but sin implies an offense against God. Atheists don't believe in God. Anyway, atheists have shown that they are perfectly capable of being moral and upstanding humans. Furthermore, is there any evidence that suggests atheists are morally corrupt? No, there isn't, so forget this silly question.

  • Yes, most atheists have a moral code just like most religious people.

    Being an atheist doesn't mean you aren't or can't be a moral, upstanding citizen. It just means you don't get those values from a higher power. You might get them from fear of the law, but that can easily be said for religious people also. The vast majority of atheists do the right thing simply because it's the right thing.

  • Sin is defined as transgression of divine law.

    If you don't believe in the divine, the word sin is irrelevant.

    That being said, atheists can have excellent reasons to be good people. I would argue a more ethical approach to morals. "God says so" is a poor argument to do or not do something. It's intellectually lazy. If that is your credentials for choosing good and bad actions... A lot of truly evil things can be justified as good and "not sinful". Like slavery in the south.

    Thinking about why you should do something or not lets you scrutinize ideas and actions more effectively. Relying on sin laws is dare I say... Sinful!

  • I hate to use the word relative, being overwhelmed by a bunch of Atheists:)

    To stay on track with the question above, it depends on God being real or not. If no God, then no sin, no matter what anyone believes. If God, then sin, no matter what anyone believes.
    The real question everyone should be continually asking is God real? That will determine if sin is real.

  • I hate to use the word relative, being overwhelmed by a bunch of Atheists:)

    To stay on track with the question above, it depends on God being real or not. If no God, then no sin, no matter what anyone believes. If God, then sin, no matter what anyone believes.
    The real question everyone should be continually asking is God real? That will determine if sin is real.

  • Not in atheistic vocabulary.

    Seeing that, "sin", is a institution of the Bible, thus being religous, not atheistic in view, it would stand to reason that, they, seperate themselves from religous context. An so with no physical document claiming
    sin as a wrong, so as to seperate the two, there is nothing in the belief system that binds them to it. Therefore definition of sin is in the hands of the doer, for he determines the issue of the term. But seeing he is not religous, sin does not apply. Hello, this is mute. If we're talking about breaking of law of the land then we can go their. But as it goes, sin is not in their vocabulary.


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