Regardless of Faith .. Can a person sense what is right and what is wrong?

United States
May 2, 2007 1:29am CST
My daughters and I were talking tonight about animals and what makes us different... We were talking about animals who kill people and that animals can have no remorse...not even a lovable dog. Our dog may know he has done something wrong by our reaction but his sense of wrong is conditioned. We wondered if a person born in the US today could honestly not know right from wrong... I realize that faith may play a role in values but what if there is no faith or religious background... can a baby grow and "figure out" right and wrong on their own... what do you think?
2 responses
• United States
4 May 07
First of all, animals don't have souls. They survive solely on instinct and therefore do not realize the value of right and wrong. On the other hand, humans have souls and a conscience which provide us with being able to distunguish right from wrong. I believe this is something God has given us, but whether you believe in God or not, you cannot deny that humans know right from wrong. Yes, there are people out there who do some horrible things, but even they know what they are doing is wrong, they just don't care or convince themselves otherwise.
• United States
2 May 07
I think that God has impressed upon everyone a sense of right and wrong. There would be no morals apart from God. A secular humans may think think they should be good because it is the "right thing to do," but what is the basis for that? Why should anyone choose right over wrong? God has instilled morals in us and while the atheist may disagree, there is no reason to be "good" if it wasn't for God and the values he has given us.