Is it truly possible for an atheist to be good and moral?
- 2 months ago
Being a nice person has nothing to do with religion. Some religions might have rules and commandments that compel the believers to be nice, but you still get the bad ones in there too. Some atheists are genuinely nice people, and they don't start arguments and start insulting people what they believe. It's just a shame all of the other d*ckheads have to pipe up and spoil it for them
- Roberta BLv 62 months ago
It is not possible for anyone to be good. "Nobody is good except one, God." said Jesus. Mark 10:18
In this way, we are all in the same standing before God. We cannot brag about ourselves about being good, like the Pharisee who prayed "Oh God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men." - and then he listed all of the "good" things that he has done.
Many atheists believe that they are the judge of what is good or bad for them. That is a dangerous attitude, because history has demonstrated that circumstantial morality is short-sighted, and, more often than not, leads to tragedy.
And the reason for this is that "all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God."
If we want to pursue goodness, we have to approach the living God in prayer and repentance through his Son Jesus Christ.
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- Annsan_In_HimLv 72 months ago
According to atheistic ideas as to what is "good and moral" - yes. Trouble is, there is no single "Atheistic standard". Each atheist has his or her own ideas as to what is good and what is moral. Most atheists, for example, would say that it is immoral to murder, but most wouldn't bat an eyelid at choosing to kill a living creature helplessly growing in a woman's womb. According to God's standards, nobody is good and we are all immoral.
Atheists won't consider that for a second, contemptuously denying there is any objective standard (which only our Creator could set forth). That is when their arrogance is displayed, their self-righteousness - which, in itself - is monumentally bad and immoral. Of course, lots of believers in God commit exactly the same sin, compounding it by being hypocrites. They will answer to God for such pride. As will all atheists. God has already warned His people that all their righteous acts are as filthy rags and their sin, like a crumpled leaf, sweeps them away (Isaiah 64:6.) His people who confess that add, "For you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins." (vs. 7) That's the only fitting view of how gross we are, compared with the high and holy God. Yet, in love, He will forgive us and cleanse us! Not so for the proud and the hypocrites, however.
- Smooth TLv 52 months ago
Many atrocities have been perpetrated by Christians. Nazis were Christians, and the Catholic Church put up with them and even endorsed them
So, in a word yes it is possible to be atheist and moral. Morals and goodness don't depend solely on a God, but a societal understanding of what is beneficial.
However, that doesn't always mean what is beneficial (real or perceived) for society is always good and moral
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- Ernest SLv 72 months ago
Your question prompts such a strong hateful reaction from Atheists it rather shows it is not truly possible, and that they are the most extreme in self righteousness.
- PubliusLv 72 months ago
Yes. We all start out with God-given conscience.
- RichardLv 62 months ago
- JeancommunicatesLv 72 months ago
It is written "none are good, no not one." Jesus Christ was the only sinless man to walk this earth and He was God in human flesh. Without Jesus, no man enters heaven.
- PaulLv 72 months ago
The the extent that what he/she believes to be moral actually is objectively moral.
- Chi girlLv 72 months ago
Of course it is. I have atheist friends who are outstanding human beings -- moral, ethical, and involved in charitable endeavors.
And recently an atheist complained about my saying that. Go figure.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian