mostly written a couple of months ago, mostly… hope it’s not a re-post..
clearly all the hub-bub about atheists having no morals is merely a way to distract everyone from looking at the crappy corrupt morals of religion! if being paranoid and insulting and judgemental of everyone around me, is what being a “moral” person is, then feel free to keep your fucked up religious ideals to yourself…
Do I have morals?
I *personally* believe in “what goes around, comes around”, however some ppl simply call this “karma”, and some might think of it as being something more like “you reap what you sow”, some may even think of it passively as “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”, so that’s what I believe in, if I had to answer the question, of do I have morals.
What’s that you say? Jesus said “Do unto others…”, it’s from the bible? Does that make me a realllllly bad christian, seeing how I cherry picked one ideal out of the bible and ignored the rest? I wonder how many ppl call themselves christian when all they have lifted from the bible is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” .. In fact it doesn’t even literally say that..
Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.”,
Leviticus 19:34 “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God”
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
but this ideal is not limited to christianity…
“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
— Confucius, Analects XV.24 (tr. David Hinton)
“One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.”
— Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)
“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.”
— Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon
and quite frankly … it’s common sense, as it’s a learned behaviour eg. if you’re mean to ppl, they won’t be wanting to associate with you, if you’re nice to ppl, you would tend to have more human interactions.
So it’s little surprise that many cultures have come up with the idea of “do unto others”, so why do christians have it so wrong? I guess some people need to be told to grow up?