If God is Dead, Why Are WE Still Alive?

United States
March 7, 2007 7:58pm CST
If there were no God, wouldn't there be no good only evil in the world? God represents good, and Satan represents evil, so it stands to reason... if there were no God there would be no good. We would have no war because there wouldn't be any reason to fight for good. If anything goes then why do even athiests have morals? Why would anyone care about hurting someone else's feelings or cry when a good friend dies? Since reasoning and being right is so important why do we care one way or the other? If there is no right and no wrong, there should be no reason for disagreement on any issue. There should be no differences of opinion. If there is no God, what are morals in the first place? What or who gives man the concept of moral character and why doesn't everyone kill everyone? What's holding people back from murdering everyone who does them wrong? There has to be a higher power at work who speaks to our minds and guides us to live right. Otherwise there would be nothing stopping us from letting our emotions and our hormones go out of control. I invite someone to answer this.
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@bkalafut (49)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I fail to see why the answer to a question of theology would have the effect of sending one's emotions and hormones out of control. For a good start on morality outside the framework of religion, read up on Kant's categorical imperative. Neither Kant nor categorical imperatives are the alpha and omega of moral philosophy, but they're as good a springboard as any. Aristotle's _Nicomachean Ethics_ is perhaps another beginning, but I tend to prefer moderns to ancients... To introduce yourself to the discussion of why humans are moral in the first place, check out a copy of Edmund O Wilson's _Sociobiology_ from your local library. Good luck!
@MadOvid (67)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
If there is no God, I would suspect that the Devil wouldn't either.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
8 Mar 07
What makes you think morals can't exist without their coming from some god? It's just common sense that life is more fun when you don't have to worry about being hurt just because someone felt like hurting someone else.
• United States
8 Mar 07
So you're saying that someone might not come out of the darkness and kill you? Do you lock your doors at night? There is evil in this world. Or haven't you noticed? By your not believing in evil or good does that make it not exist? By your not believing in God does that make him not exist? Friend, I don't believe in hurting anyone, or killing their dreams or their hopes, much less taking their life, but there are evil people in this world who have no concience and no fear of God or anything else. Do you think they aren't driven by some force? Or can you explain it away by saying it's just some sort of freak of nature? There are good and evil forces that we can't see. But just because we can't see them doesn't mean they don't exist. You can't see the wind, but you know it exists by the evidence of it's power. And there is evidence of the power of God as well. Even our eye cannot be duplicated by science or man. Medical science is still trying to work out duplication of the human hand. Do you believe that all that we see and hear and smell and sense came about by some accident of in outer space? We don't have the capacity to understand all the things God made. We haven't even touched the surface of this vast universe, and there are hundreds of other universes that we know nothing about. We are but tiny specks and our lives are only a brief moment in time compared to the eternity that our souls were designed to live in. You are not as smart as your little mind tells you that you are. We don't even use the full capacity of our minds. Most of us only use about ten percent! And you tell me that you believe that this was brought about by some accident? Speaking of common sense... Why is it so difficult to admit that you may not know everything?
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• Canada
8 Mar 07
Then where do morals come from? Is there a special morality organ that excretes morality into your blood system?
• United States
9 Mar 07
Ok, morals, anyone can have morals, even a murderer might have a certain amount of morals, like letting a person have a last request before they kill them. But where do our brains get this? Does it come from within or is it put there by a higher place than we are capable of? What or who can we thank for giving us this gift?
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• Romania
8 Mar 07
coincidence
• United States
9 Mar 07
What is coincidence? Define what you mean by this.
@MadOvid (67)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
We may have to come to the conclusion that there are no morals, no good (or evil for that matter), or God. The only thing that may be stopping us from killing each other is the belief in God and a social contract we all agree to (IE, I agree that it is in my best interest not to kill you if you make the similar promise.)