Like Forgiveness, Morality is another concept that religions have commandeered.
We are taught in our houses of worship that moral rules come from the ‘Scriptures’
(that word just means ‘writings’):
Christians claim that God handed down ‘commandments’ on ‘tablets’ to Moses on Mount
Sinai. And that Jesus also set out some rules in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’.
Islam, being an Abrahamic religion, accepts the Old Testament of the Bible but does
not consider it to be the word of god. Various moral principles are presented throughout
the Qu’ran, some voiced by the Prophet Muhammad and some by Allah himself.
Jews have 613 ‘mitzvot’ (commandments) listed in The Old Testament of the Bible and
Hinduism is all about ‘finding peace’ and it has Yamas and Niyamas which have a rough
equivalence to the Christian Commandments.
Buddhism has ‘Ten Courses of Unwholesome Action’ including: Eat temperately and not
at all in the afternoons. Do not watch dancing, nor listen to singing or plays! Wear
no garlands, perfumes or any adornments. Sleep not in luxurious beds. Accept no gold
You might think that, without these instructions on how to behave, we humans would
be a barbaric lot! That, of course, is what the priests want you to think. They want
to be able to prey on your conscience and threaten ‘retribution’ (godly punishment)
unless you do as they say - attend their church (and make donations), make a confession
(and a donation) and submit to their control. They don’t want to lose you from their
‘flock’; where would their next meal come from?
The truth is very different. We are social animals and all social animals have evolved
co-operative behaviours. See:
Do you think that the apes, monkeys and elephants in that video have read the Bible
or the Koran to get their morals?
If you do read the Bible, you will find some horrifying morality. It condones war,
misogyny, homophobia, slavery, gruesome punishments, forcing daughters to marry their
rapists and stoning disobedient children to death!
Do you really want to make it your moral compass?
Christians will claim that these verses are ‘taken out of context’ or should be read
as appropriate for the historic times in which the texts were set. Does that sound
like excuses to you? Are they cherry picking just the bits of the Bible they like?
Especially as, in the next breath, they will claim the Bible is God’s word and should
be taken literally!
Anyone who thinks that empathy, love, compassion, devotion, sympathy, co-operation
and loyalty are exclusively human traits cannot have had a dog! A dog knows when
we are sick and mourns with us when we grieve. My brother-in-law tells how they had
two dogs, one got killed on the road and the other one cried all night. Can you tell
a story of your dog showing its feelings?
These characteristics are the necessary precursors to a moral society. That’s why
dogs are man’s best friend, but all social animals have rules to live by - that’s
how they keep their society calm and stable.Moral behaviour has evolved. It doesn’t
come from ancient religious books so it doesn’t belong to priests. We can do without
In order to trick us into thinking we need the Bible to be good, Christians have
invented the concept of ‘Original Sin’. This claims that, thanks to Eve eating the
apple shown to her by the talking snake in the Garden of Eden, all babies are born
with sin already implanted in their bodies!