Monday, 19 May 2008

Non-Believers are Good Too. Are we Not?

Morality is possible without coercion. Non-believers are good too.

Well that’s what seems apparent to me anyway.

This argument is regarded with deep suspicion by people of strong faith, because religious people consider that irreligious people are, by definition, immoral.

The belief that there is no morality without a religious belief is a classic example of manipulation.

Of course you want to be moral, there are very few in the world who would dream of anything else.

The more you believe there can be no morality without religion, the stronger religion becomes in your life, effectively placing you in a straitjacket of moral panic.

Individual’s are giving away their power of moral choice, rooted in the essential goodness of human nature, something that is within everyone here on earth,

But faith makes it almost impossible for the believers to see what they are giving away to their faith. A lifetime of devotion to something that is no more provable than the Easter bunny. A scary thought indeed.

Riddled with the fear of death, entrapped in their own cultural, religious norms, they invest all in their faith and hide behind its veil of temporal security.

It doesn't have to be this way. Decisions can be made of our own doing. The answers to the big questions are contained within us all, but its having the strength to look inside that frightens us the most.

Why knee to the rules and regulations of organised religion when we are autonomous beings, capable of making our own moral decisions, without the constraint of religious authority breathing down our neck?

Too many people are filling the coffers for the first time, oblivious to what they are doing, blinded by the blinkers of cultural normality.

Religious frameworks equal coercion, and coercion, equals control plus manipulation.

Life is short. Think for yourself.


1 comment:

Gigi said...

You seem to suggest that we all have some innate knowledge of good and evil. Why, then do peoples morals vary to such degrees, even people, who would appear to be equally devout christians, or even people who are completly agnostic.?
It is surely not just religion that influences our values and attitudes/morals!
Society norms and values have as much an influence on our morality as religion does in my opinion.