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Is the Bible an Immoral Book?

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There has been a wave of atheist YouTube videos attacking the morality of the Bible, arguing that not only is it not original in its good moral teachings, but that it also advocates some moral atrocities such as murder and slavery. First, it must be noted that the atheist has no logical ground for saying that anything is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, other than his own personal preferences. Evolution is based on the survival of the fittest at the expense of the ‘unfit’. How can any ethics be based on ‘nature, red in tooth and claw’? Even Richard Dawkins claims that he’s a passionate Darwinian when it comes to biology, but passionately anti-Darwinian when it comes to ethics.

If asked, the majority of people would say that they would rather live in places where people didn’t murder each other or steal from each other. When asked they often cite their preferences as Western countries such as those in Western Europe or American, Canada etc. These perceived more ‘moral’ countries have many principles that can be traced back to their Christian heritage that underpinned their governments and society in general. Of course, this is being eroded quickly.

But ‘Theft and murder are wrong’ doesn’t follow from a choice of preferences, any more than the preference ‘I like chocolate’ makes eating a consistent supply of Hershey’s into a human right or beneficial for someone. See more about the foundation for ethics at Bomb-building vs. the biblical foundation.

Furthermore, criticisms of the Bible’s morality assume that humans have correct moral reasoning. But this can be easily disproved. Many times in history, humans in various societies have assented to things which we know to be horrific. For instance, in Nazi Germany, most people either thought that Jews were non-persons, or assented to the idea through inaction. Millions of people were killed as a result, but the people involved were, by and large, no better or worse than the average person today. At about the same time, eugenics was widespread in America, with great support from the intellectual elites, resulting in 60,000 Americans sterilized against their will (see America’s evolutionists: Hitler’s inspiration?). Psychological experiments reveal that the majority of people are willing to subject another person to pain and even danger if a sufficient authority commands them to do so, or sometimes if a large enough reward is offered. (See this discussion on the Milgram experiment in The Basis of a Christian Worldview)….

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  • http://pantheory.com forrest noble

    I consider this interesting commentary.

    “First, it must be noted that the atheist has no logical ground for saying that anything is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, other than his own personal preferences.”

    This is true!

    “How can any ethics be based on ‘nature, red in tooth and claw’?”

    Nice prose. My experience is that very few atheists consider that nature is a moral system.

    As to Christian morality, different interpretations espouse somewhat different moralities. “An eye for an eye” of the old testament is considered amoral by many denominations, and to them it should not apply to our times.

    In the same way most Muslims propose very gentile morals, concerning interpretations of the Koran. While Christian Europe was burning witches and foreign religious books, Muslims were protecting women and religious freedom by law and preserving religious literature from all faiths.

    “Psychological experiments reveal that the majority of people are willing to subject another person to pain and even danger if a sufficient authority commands them to do so, or sometimes if a large enough reward is offered.”

    Of course this is true. If one claims to be a Christian of a particular faith or conscience, to be so one must live according to the written morals of the bible and one’s interpretation of them or be a hypocrite.

    Atheists would seem to have a similar decision which might be described as taking the high road or the low road. The high road for some communist societies has been to live for the benefit of the whole before yourself. The low road was to take advantage of others as mush as possible, but try not to get caught by the police.

  • Steve Baloga

    I have yet to meet a pro-life atheist. Until I see even one condemning the murder of 50 million innocent babies, atheists can take their hypocritical ramblings down the street and peddle it there. It is particularly their own world view that has brought on the greatest mass genocide of any culture the world has ever known. The blood of innocents is on their own hands. They are the true baby killers.

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