Flaw in the judg­ment

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Re­cently, I wit­nessed a de­bate be­tween a min­is­ter and a free­thinker. The min­is­ter made one of the most asi­nine state­ments I have heard in a while. He said, “athe­ists and ag­nos­tics could know noth­ing of morals or ethics, be­cause good and evil are in­de­pen­dent of hu­man opin­ion. In other words, God is the stan­dard of what is good, and good­ness has no mean­ing apart from its ex­is­tence in God.”

I have yet to hear an eth­i­cal state­ment or wit­ness a moral act made or ac­com­plished by a per­son of faith that could not have been made or per­formed by an athe­ist, ag­nos­tic or skep­tic. And fur­ther­more, just be­cause a per­son of faith be­haves well be­cause they fear hell­fire is not proof that they are per­son­ally moral or eth­i­cal.

If I find cer­tain re­li­gious be­liefs morally in­ad­e­quate, a gen­er­ous quan­tity of be­liev­ers will in­sist we can­not judge God, be­cause our moral judg­ment is flawed and we must rely on God as our moral guide. If we can­not rely on our faulty judg­ment in judg­ing God to be less than moral, then it should be ap­par­ent we are un­fit to judge him good. One is as judg­men­tal as the other.

If there is a God, at the present we can­not com­pre­hend such an en­tity. In all his­tory of re­li­gion, man’s deities have been cruel, bar­baric gods. All were gods of a small world, and were ig­no­rant of even that world, much less the uni­verse.

Maybe our judg­ment is flawed af­ter all. AL CASE Onia

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