posted on Jul, 29 2010 @ 10:13 AM
Well, fine, but the quote represents one Christian tradition's parochial view about the form of moral regulation, not just the basis of it.
A typical Muslim position is that you are judged by God on the net good or bad that you have done in this life, a standard which is sometimes called
"the scales." I could have sworn that I have heard some Christians say much the same, but I don't know of any Christian church where it is
Anyway, obviously, such a belief system asserts both "God exists" and "Anything is permitted," with the proviso that anything bad is offset by
other deeds, "good deeds."
Also, Dostoevsky was a Russian Orthodox Christian, whose ideas reflect that tradition, and not all of Christianity. Other Christians are very radical
about sola fide salvation, that really the one and only thing needed is faith in Jesus and his sacrifice.
Now, if you confront such a person, you will get an argument, of course. But, at then end of the day, everything is, al least is some sense,
"permitted" in that view, too. And you aren't even put to the trouble of offsetting good works (or, if you prefer, the "act" of faith is the good
thing that offsets whatever else).
So, I don't see that belief in God, as such, is a reliable indicator of what is demanded of the believer in the way of morality. I think it is much
more significant that many Abrahamics believe there is a "plan," into which anything anybody ever does "fits."
Not only is anything permitted, but everything ultimately serves some greater good.
Being terrified that the boss will fire you ( = God will smite you) provides little guidance about how to live, IMO. Obviously, he puts up with a lot
when it suits him, and smites everybody sooner or later anyway.
[edit on 29-7-2010 by eight bits]