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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Morals and Religion

Morals and Religion (H3) 
Religion and being morally sound have always seemed to go hand in hand in the minds of people, but I don't find that to be the most accurate statement. For my entire life religion has been an integral piece to the puzzle of myself and I have seen both some of the best and worst people inside the confines of a church. When the question of if you have to be religious in order to be morally sound came up it sparked my interest. I don't at all think you have to be religious to be a morally good person, in fact I think the exact opposite can be the case.  
Religion does not create a morally good human being, religion gives a good basis for people to have good morals but it is all up to the individual. Some people who claim to be devout Christians are some of the most bigoted, spiteful people I have come across and some people who claim to be atheists are the most kind hearted people I have ever come across. I'm not saying that you do or don't have to have a religion in order to be morally sound, I think it all relies upon yourself and the decisions each individual makes for themselves. My faith has been a great standard for my morals but it ultimately comes down to the choices I make for myself and I believe that applies to every person. So in conclusion, you don’t need a religion to be a morally good person. 

4 comments:

  1. (H3) I agree with you. I think this idea that Religious=moral comes from the idea that good people go to heaven. You assume if good people go to heaven, and only Christians go to heaven, than only Christians are good people. From their you can proxy and say "well people who are X and Y aren't christian but they are still religious so I guess they can be good or almost good." This is likely the roots of this conception.

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  2. I completely agree with you. I am not religious at all, but I do believe myself to be a moral person, at least i try to be. So in my opinion, morality and religion have no direct connection.

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  3. I agree with you, Megan. Religion is apart of culture, which is learned. The idea to treat one with disrespect because they do not share the same belief is also taught.

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  4. I agree with you wholeheartedly! In some cases, I feel that religion is almost the cause of some bad morals in the minds of the religious. For example, those who belive that conversion therapy is a sound thing to do because, in their mind, pushing someone to go through that is better and more morally right than being gay. Wars and genocides have occurred all in the name of a certain religion. While religion provides something good for a large number of people, I believe it also has the potential to wreck havoc.

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