• Religions Main Idea Are Morals

    It does not matter if God wrote the Bible or if the dog down the street did, the question is if it contains Morals. Of course it does, I would argue that every single religion on earth was founded to bring morals to people as to what is right or wrong. Lets see...
    You shall have no other gods before Me.
    You shall not make idols.
    You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Honor your father and your mother.
    You shall not murder.
    You shall not commit adultery.
    You shall not steal.
    You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    You shall not covet.
    3 of those are crimes in just about every country and 1 highly inappropriate according to society.. Tell me again how the Bibles morals are not relevant today.

    Posted by: WAM
  • How could anyone say no?

    Of course the bible provides morals. Morals: "of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical." To say the bible does not provide these things is silly. In fact, here are a small sample -->http://www.Openbible.Info/topics/morality

    One may not agree with a lot of the morals teachings in the bible (I definitely don't), but to say none exist seems silly.

  • The book has moral value

    There's really no denying that Proverbs exists. I mean that's all there really is to it; one can fight the matter tooth and nail but it's silly and wasteful. The Bible is filled with really great advice for living and that's about it insofar as wisdom and morality goes. Proverbs.

  • What happens if the Christian doesn’t turn to the Bible as his or her source for morality?

    There are many ways to answer this question, but the bottom line is we all tend to trust our conscience, whether implicitly or explicitly. The human conscience can be likened to an alarm system; it warns us when we transgress our moral standard. The catch is our conscience is only as good as the moral standard that informs it. If it’s not the Bible, then we inevitably inform our conscience by various other means.

    The current reigning “competitor” to biblical morality in our society is social consensus. In other words, our morality is shaped and changed by the culture around us. It should be easy to see that if social consensus is our moral compass, then we have built our morality on a foundation of shifting sand. Social consensus is just that—a consensus. It’s a picture of the general social mores of the day. A generation or two ago, homosexuality, divorce and adultery were still not accepted, even considered sinful. Nowadays, both homosexuality and divorce are normal and adultery isn’t as stigmatized as it once was. Basically, what we have with social consensus is what happened to the Israelites a couple generations after conquering the Promised Land: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). The people abandoned God, and within two generations they were doing what was evil in the sight of God.

  • Why should the Bible be our source for morality?

    If the Bible isn’t the Christian’s source for morality, then the question needs to be asked, “What should be?” The Christian worldview is based on two foundational axioms: 1) God exists, and 2) God has spoken to us in the Bible. If these two presuppositions aren’t the starting point in a Christian worldview, then we’re just like everyone else, trying to find objectivity in a sea of subjectivity.

    According to the Bible, man was created in God’s image. Part of that image makes man a moral being. We are moral agents who make moral choices and are able to differentiate between right and wrong. The basis upon which we differentiate between right and wrong is our knowledge of God’s law, and that knowledge comes from two sources—revelation and conscience. Revelation is self-explanatory. God gave a commandment to Adam and Eve in the Garden. He gave Ten Commandments to the Israelites after the exodus in Sinai, and Jesus boiled those Ten Commandments down to two essential commandments—love God and love your neighbor. All of these represent God’s revelation of His law, which is simply a reflection of His moral character to His people.

    The Bible also says that God wrote His law on our hearts (Romans 2:15). This is conscience. In other words, even without God’s revelation in the commandments, we intuitively know God’s law based on the fact that we were created in His image. However, due to the fall (Genesis 3), that image is marred and disfigured, including our conscience. So even though we know God’s law through our conscience, we tend to distort it to our advantage. That is why we need revelation.

    The Bible, which contains God’s revealed moral will in His law and commandments, is His revelation to His people. As such, the Bible becomes our source of morality because the Bible is the very Word of God in written form (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). If the Christian wants to know God’s will, he turns to the Bible. If the Christian wants to discern right from wrong, he turns to the Bible.

    So why should the Bible be our source for morality? Because without it, we are like ships adrift at sea. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord said these words: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built His house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). The Word of God, the Bible, is the only rock upon which to build morality.

  • External sources cannot 'provide' morals.

    It can talk about or present morals, sure. However, it's not possible for an external source to *provide* morals. Morals come from inside our hearts; they develop from the principles of benevolence, righteousness, propriety and wisdom, which have been conferred upon us by Nature. No book or scripture can provide us with these morals as they are deeply embedded in the DNA. With that said, books *can* provide ethics and talk about morality - but still, not provide morals.

  • God did not write the Bible

    The Bible was written by numerous human authors over a period of thousands of years. Biblical narratives about what is right and what is wrong are not relevant in today's society, they reflect the social and moral views of people who lived in the ancient Near East thousands of years ago.

  • Religion and morality are not synonymous. Morality does not depend upon religion although this is "an almost automatic assumption."

    Morality and religion is the relationship between religious views and morals. Many religions have value frameworks regarding personal behavior meant to guide adherents in determining between right and wrong. These include the Triple Jems of Jainism, Judaism's Halacha, Islam's Sharia, Catholicism's Canon Law, Buddhism's Eightfold Path, and Zoroastrianism's "good thoughts, good words, and good deeds" concept, among others. These frameworks are outlined and interpreted by various sources such as holy books, oral and written traditions, and religious leaders. Many of these share tenets with secular value frameworks such as consequentialism, freethought, and utilitarianism.

    Religion and morality are not synonymous. Morality does not depend upon religion although this is "an almost automatic assumption." According to The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics, religion and morality "are to be defined differently and have no definitional connections with each other. Conceptually and in principle, morality and a religious value system are two distinct kinds of value systems or action guides." Morality is an active process which is, "at the very least, the effort to guide one's conduct by reason, that is, doing what there are the best reasons for doing, while giving equal consideration to the interests of all those affected by what one does."

    Value judgments can vary greatly between religions, past and present. People in various religious traditions, such as Christianity, may derive ideas of right and wrong by the rules and laws set forth in their respective authoritative guides and by their religious leaders. Equating morality to adherence to authoritative commands in a holy book is the Divine Command Theory. Polytheistic religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism generally draw from a broader canon of work. There has been interest in the relationship between religion and crime and other behavior that does not adhere to contemporary laws and social norms in various countries. Studies conducted in recent years have explored these relationships, but the results have been mixed and sometimes contradictory. The ability of religious faiths to provide value frameworks that are seen as useful is a debated matter. Religious commentators have asserted that a moral life cannot be led without an absolute lawgiver as a guide. Other observers assert that moral behavior does not rely on religious tenets, and secular commentators point to ethical challenges within various religions that conflict with contemporary social norms.

  • A more complex no.

    Technically, I would state that the bible does provide morals, but I chose to vote no, as the "morals" presented within the bible are neither what one would define as moral (in the sense of being a good moral), nor are they relevant today. Of the 613 commandments found in the Old Testament, only 10 are still followed by the majority of Christians, and of them, many don't actually adhere to them. Of these ten also, only three (although arguably four) of the ten deal with moral issues. The other six to seven are laws to enforce thought control and indoctrination, not morals.

    So while the bible does provide what technically fall under the definition of morals, being principles of conduct, they certainly do not fit the definition of morals in the sense of good conduct, for which the term originates in Latin (meaning proper behaviour). For that reason, I vote no.

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