Another thing that grinds my gears happened again: Again a Christian claimed that without god there could not be any true morality. Sorry, but as much as I wish everyone to be happy with their choice of religion, I really can’t stand that nonsense. Warning: Some strong words follow that could shock Christians. You have been warned.
First of all: GOD IS NOT GOOD. Let’s accept for a moment that the the laws of the Old Testament are no longer binding for Christians, that Jesus was a real hippie-pacifist and told a message of pure, unconditional love for everyone and everything, which is, what most liberal Christians claim these days (or course, other, not so liberal Christians claim other things, but let’s ignore them as most people do anyway). Ok, so, Jesus was a nice guy and Christianity is really lovely. But… GOD IS STILL A MONSTER. Because nothing of this means that the Old Testament is not true – not longer valid law, ok, but still true. This means, all the atrocities god committed must be accepted as having really happened. It started when this God, after creating Adam and Eve, with all their flaws, not to forget their whole environment, education, etc. essentially lead them to this tree from which he knew that they would eat, just the punish them for how HE himself had made them. Honestly, who does something like that? Imagine someone getting a puppy, training it to become addicted to chocolate and then punishing it for eating the chocolate on the table. Would you say that the dog was punished because it was a bad dog? No, of course not, the bad person would be the owner, because it would be completely his fault. But of course god doesn’t punish only Adam and Eve, no, he punishes everyone until eternity – most of them to eternal torture. Wow. And it doesn’t end there. You have to think really hard to find a monstrosity „God“ did not commit. Every bad thing men could think of pales before the horrible things god did – according to his holy book. Don’t forget, according to Jesus – not quite the hippie-pacifist Christian want us to see him as – himself told us, that at this very moment, people are being tortured in hell, in some cases for things we wouldn’t even send someone to prison for. Not even Jesus is good, sorry. He’s only good if you’re on his side, otherwise…
Ok, after I got this out of my system, let’s try to be a little bit more constructive. First of all: Yes, there is no absolute morality – exactly as there is no absolute meaning of life. There isn’t any predetermined philosophy that’s 100% correct. But this doesn’t have to mean that we don’t have morality. We simply have to choose a suitable basis for this morality. Some things work good, others not so. To allow everyone to live happily and free seems to be a likely candidate for such a philosophy, as it is simply something we can all agree on, because it’s the best compromise – (almost) everyone wants it and the only thing everyone looses is that ability to make others miserably because they don’t agree with you. Self-Preservation seems a pretty good basis, as this prefers order over anarchy, law over chaos – simply because in anarchy, you could be killed any second.
There simply ARE philosophical thoughts that can be used to create a good moral system. But the really important fact is, that such a system will probably not be perfect. Sounds like a drawback? It isn’t, because we KNOW that. We can work on it. We can improve it, change it, remove it’s flaws. If you accept a religious truth on the other hand, changing it would mean that all the believers before you made a mistake and now rot in hell. I’m not a philosopher, so I am perhaps the wrong person to ask for such a moral system, but at least I am convinced that by understanding human nature in a scientific way, we can also create a system that allows people to live happy and free – which is not an absolute goal, forced upon us by some „God“, but – or perhaps therefore – pretty nifty. Let’s not forget, that the whole bible never mentions once the basic humans rights – it even contradicts them – and we needed the Age of Enlightenment to bring them to us, something that more than 1.500 years of Christianity didn’t succeed in.