Originally posted by Al Davison
what are morals? is there one set of morals that are absolute and applicable to everyone?
To answer your first question, morals are nominally defined by the terms of "good" & "evil", but very few actually try to define what those
terms mean...Preferring to make it seem "obvious" to the "sheep" that they need their "shepard" to "guide" them. Overall, in a nutshell, the
difference between good & evil is analogous to the difference between "selfless" & "selfish"...The selfless work to benefit humankind as a whole,
while the selfish work only towards their own benefit. Ergo, organized religion itself can be called "evil" as some of the people within the church
seek to manipulate the "flock" with dogma while the "shepard" himself grows fat & wealthy. If judged by the same terms, career-politicians are
just as "evil".
For your second question, the answer is "yes"...Whether you ascribe to them or not, the only words attributed to being written by the Hand of God
Himself were literally scribed on stone; The Ten Commandments. Everything else has been wrought by the hands of Men...Divinely inspired or not, those
men have been & are just as fallable as any other man born in this world.
Even so, one of the tenants of the "modern christian" religion holds that those same Commandments do
apply to all, whether or not a person
may believe in God or not; These Laws mean absolutely nothing
if not applied to everyone equally...But "paradise on Earth" may actually be
fulfilled if they are
applied equally to all.
Organized religion is and always has been infested with the conspiratoral-minded. Just as thoroughly & for as long as politics has been, organized
religion has always been subject to the plots & plans of those who are fond of manipulating others for their own benefit. My own studies on human
history have already been summed up here
So if, for example, when God commands you not to kill, that means "Don't Kill--Period!". If your church tells you that God says this "heathen
unbeliever" must die, or the politicos say that war is justified by God, then they are lying to you
Before you get the wrong idea about me, I think I need to clarify something on a personal level; I do believe in the existence of God & have a deep
Faith in Him...I just have no
faith at all in human-run organizations, even if they happen to use His name to do their dirty work.