Does Morality Come From God?
A lot of theists assert that morality comes directly from a god and without his divine law in our hearts we would be incredibly immoral and kill, rape, and pillage the world to sunder. Atheists will often counter with the fact that there are many atheists who are moral and behave very well without the stewardship of a god. (theists: in this instance I’m referring specifically to Christians, I’m in the Midwest of the U.S.A. and I’ve never had a Hindu threaten my life, after I deconvert all the Christers I’ll take aim elsewhere..) Then theists will break out this:
“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”
What that means in layman terms is that God has written his law in every man’s heart and you know what’s right or wrong no matter what. In other words, God’s sense of morality has been inserted into you. Now, logically, if God’s morality is the same as your own then you should agree 100% with what God says or does. AmIright?
1 Samuel 15:1-3
1Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
16Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
Now to me, infanticide is an immoral action. A baby is not at fault for what their parents do. I can’t think of any act that would justify genocide but right there in the bible, the supposed word of a god, it’s not only there but it’s being commanded to be done! Infanticide is clearly an action God would deem moral. I do not. I’m sure a lot of people who are reading this right now agree with me (Hi all two of you!).
If you do not agree with every action of your god then your morality does not come from that god. But how can that be? It clearly states in Romans that your morality is his. Either the bible is right or wrong. Either the bible is the unerring word of God or not. How could God get half right and half wrong? If the bible is wrong then the entire foundation upon which this god stands is nonexistent and that god is not real.
Question: What’s your take on this? Do I make sense? Am I crazy? Do kiwis taste like several fruit at once?!