Personally I think the difference is what one does when no one is looking. In other words, when you have virtually no chance of being caught. Without God, it doesn't matter what you do then. No one's the wiser even if it is wrong. If you believe in God then it does matter.
If you find someone's wallet with lots of money a rational thinker knows there's no way for the person to know you have it and therefore can keep the money without fear - Finders keepers, losers weepers... They made a mistake and you benefit. All very reasonable.
With God, it is wrong to keep what is not yours unless there is no effective way of returning it to it's rightful owner. It is a moral call based on your actions that know one else can ever know about if you choose.
And even though no one knows why something happened the way it did other peoples lives are still affected by your actions.
posted on 03/13/2005 2:08:14 PM PST
"If you believe in God then it does matter."
The thing is, DB, I think it matters whether you believe in God or not.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you implying that we godless heathens are going to make the immoral choice when confronted with moral dilemmas? If we make the moral choice, are you saying that we make it for selfish reasons?
You, and others on this thread, seem to equate atheism or agnosticism with immorality. Label it anyway you choose and go to bed each night thinking you have the moral high ground if that makes you feel secure. I will continue trying to do as much good and as little harm as I can.
I'm agnostic and so I'm open to the concept of divinity but I do not feel that I need to believe to be a good man.
posted on 03/13/2005 3:08:34 PM PST
(No surrender,no retreat. Well, maybe retreat's ok)
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