Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Atheistic Morality (H3)
There seemed to be some confusion about the difference between the nature of sin and our sense of morality. While all immoral acts are sins, not all sins are immoral acts. Morality is relative, and as I have previously stated before, varies from person to person. By definition, sin is "an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law," while morals are "concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character." The preoccupation with sin only pertains to religious people, who's sacred texts create their morality. Different cultures have different sets of morals based on their spirituality. Without religion, they seem to have no sense as to where they get their morality from. However a rise in western atheism has created a conversation about morality and sin. Everyone is a sinner, but immoral acts are only considered sins by their varying religions. While I am personally religious and do have a set of morals derived from the sacred teachings that belong to it, I have many atheist friends who can still be considered people with good morals. Without religion, immoral acts can be derived from life experiences, family teachings, societal influences, philosophical teachings, and many other sources. While those influences may have been backed by religion, some immoral acts are not bad because a higher power said so, but because they would otherwise cause harm to another, and we as a society have deemed it bad.