“You don’t need a religion to be moral” or irrational.

Posted: January 10, 2014 in Science & Reality, The Bible

“You don’t need a religion to be moral.”

In an increasingly secular society, this premise seems valid. But is it rational? What is the difference between a rational person and an irrational one? Dr Jason Lisle states: “A rational person has a good reason for his or her beliefs. An irrational person does not.” Living in a scientific age, the modern mind is rightfully suspicious of anything “supernatural”.

Presumably, those who adhere to this philosophy do not hold a belief in God. But it begs the question, upon whose authority do they base their moral code? In a random chance universe, in which there is no “higher authority”, man becomes the measure of all things and morality becomes subjective (and essentially arbitrary).

To make the argument: “Everybody should know right from wrong” is begging the question and shows a lack of epistemological self-consciousness. I have seen the following memes circulating the internet and I find them quite irritating:

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This is an arbitrary statement. Empathy is purely subjective. If there is no God, morality is subjective and the difference between say, Hitler and Mother Teresa, or apples and oranges, would just be a matter of opinion. If the universe is the result of random and unguided events, how do we justify morality, the laws of logic and the uniformity in nature (the preconditions of intelligibility[i])?

Atheists, such as Richard Dawkin, often make emotional pleas and moral objections against religion. Of course, nobody is saying that an atheist cannot be moral but rather, they demonstrate the existence of a universal moral code when making a moral objection (and contradict their own worldview in the process). Logically speaking, the Bible validates every aspect of our existence. God promised to uphold the universe in a consistent manor and He can account for the preconditions of intelligibility – a random chance universe in which man evolved from pond-scum has no rational basis when attempting to account for these preconditions.
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Dr Jason Lisle states: “Morality is about what should be, not what is.  In a chance universe, who decides what should be?  One person thinks that a particular behavior is commendable.  But another person disagrees.  Who is right?  Morality can only be subjective in a secular worldview; it is relative to the individual.  And of course, this isn’t truly morality at all – merely personal preferences.  In a secular universe there can be no such thing as an objective ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.”
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This article was composed by: Benjamin Nehemiah, author of Quantum PropheciesBabylon Resurrected 


[i] Jason Lisle, The Ultimate Proof of Creation (Master Books, 2009), 42.

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