Did morality only come into being about 2000 years ago when Paul invented Christianity?
Were there no morals before that? If not, how did the human race survive and evolve?
- Anonymous10 years agoBest Answer
Sadly it was quite the reverse!!
Research shows that the reason humans struggle with emotion to find equitable solutions is pinpointed the region of the brain called the insular cortex, or insula, which is also the seat of emotional reactions.
The fact that the brain has such a robust response to unfairness shows that sensing unfairness is a basic evolved capacity.
The emotional response to unfairness pushes people from extreme inequity and drives them to be fair. This observation shows our basic impulse to be fair isn't a complicated thing that we learn.
It therefore fully illustrates that all humans have morals controlled by the brain and that Christians are entirely wrong to try and claim morals as their own!!!!
But Christians found a way round it!!
Government statistics show that christians are vastly over represented in prisons for sexual, violent and fraudulent crime!!
The Catholic church is paying millions in compensation for the sex/pedophile crimes of their priests alone!!
Christians are vastly over represented in the divorce courts!!
Christians invented the concept of sin and then the idea that you could sin, ask forgiveness, get pardoned and start with a clean sheet!!
So no surprise that they are so expert at it is it?!!!
Whilst many Americans claim that America is a shining Christian, moral nation blessed by God they could not be more wrong.
The higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion!!
The US is the world’s only prosperous democracy where murder rates are still high!!
Rates for gonorrhoea in adolescents in the US are 300 times higher than in less devout democratic countries. America also has uniquely high adolescent and adult syphilis rates, and adolescent abortions!!
All the lesser devout nations developed countries are the least dysfunctional!!!Source(s): California Institute of Technology Journal of Religion and Society
- 10 years ago
At last a breath of common sense in this category.Morality has been a matter of conscience since day one. The invention of Christianity by Saul is just a small hiccup on mans ascent. Christianity gives people the chance to revert to a state of immorality, like invading other tribes, killing other tribes, stealing nations wealth and poisoning other peoples air and water.
The human race will survive Christianity and other religions, it MUST do or perish !
- 10 years ago
Its usual for humans to be naturally empathetic towards each other. Which has been around incredibly longer than around 2,000 years ago. We can imagine ourselves in another persons place and reason that we wouldn't like a certain thing to happen to us if we were in their situation, if thats the case we should help them. This comes from us being social animals. I would even say we evolved having to get along and co-exist. So its possible this became a part of our genes eventually as well. Us working together has been our strength because it allowed us to develop the technology we have today.
You can find philosophers before 2,000 years ago talking about morality:
With Ethology (the scientific study of animal behavior) you can find morality in animals. They are less evolved forms of morality but its there:
- Brother JonathanLv 710 years ago
No, there had been principles of ethical conduct for long before Paul's time.
Don't forget that Israel had the 10 Commandments and other instructions. Quite a bit of morality is in these writings. Other cultures had not only conscience, but other laws or rules of conduct. Hammurabi's "Code" has references to selected topics of morality, by the way. Some of these were divorce, parental relationships, and so forth.
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- Anonymous10 years ago
No, oddly enough humanity got by quite happily for millions of years before their elitist laws come along. What sort of a moral law is no thieving, when you are starving to death in a sea of plenty. Specifically because the so called moral laws are all geared up in favor of the haves. The haves are the ones cornering the market on things, to create artificial shortages, to bump the prices up. It's a system guaranteed to insure quite a number of the worlds population starve for the benefit of a tiny minority.
What sort of god is too stupid to solve the social problems and need such a law.. I think we are far better off with out all that codswallop. ;)
Practicing Shaman... quantum physics rocks
- 4 years ago
Wow, sounds like mercy might be just what you need. Should a parent not punish a child for blatently going against them? God may be loving but He is also just and since He is holy, He cannot abide by sin. Is a parent evil for allowing a consequence that a child deserves? You are totally neglecting the fact that God allows the natural consequences for human decisions. Keep questioning and asking Him the truth and don't let anyone sway you from it. Study, try to prove Him wrong. Seek and you will find.
- IncognitoLv 710 years ago
Many religious people would have us believe that their god is the source of morality. Christians in particular want everybody to believe that they have an exclusive patent on morality. To either one of those claims I reply, "Hooey."
- Anonymous10 years ago
Don't think so.
Look in the real world.
Decode this lyrics " You'll see "
"The Great Commandments"
Not by Moses with "The Great Commandments"
With the "Thirty-nine steps"
2 Timothy 4.11
What do you think?Source(s): decoded from the missing x-files.
- JimboLv 710 years ago
Paul invented Christianity? Since when? Paul was an Apostle. Jesus Christ "invented" Christianity. You know, sometimes when you don't know what you're talking about maybe you should resort to an old saying. It goes as follows. It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
- 10 years ago
everybody has morals no matter what their religion ..in the end it comes to the person