the absolute morality judgement board


People recognize that *if* there is a right and wrong they want to live rightly. If there is a God who judges us then they want to know they acted rationally in light of what we know to face of that judgment.

This comment gives possibly the saddest reason I’ve ever heard to believe in the Christian god. It gives the most cringe-worthy excuse to believe that an omniscient, benevolent being left a book of barbaric rubbish to humans to help them understand him. Oh and he’s a male god, that’s why it’s ‘he’. Because if a god existed, it would be a man, right? He’d be a male god leaving stories about stupid men raping and killing women, and he’d pain himself as a jealous, illogical god who kills and tortures on a whim, but has a change of heart and kills himself so that he can accept humans again – the humans he lovingly created. That is why people want to do the right thing?

People recognise that there are consequences to their actions, and these consequences can hurt other people. So there is broadly a right and wrong, and we want to live rightly (not my grammar, excuse the quote) because we are co-operative animals, conditioned with empathy by our social and nurturing upbringings, by our friendly and touching interactions and relationships with other people. Most of us understand how other people feel, and we don’t want them to feel emotional or physical pain. It’s not a magic ‘moral’ stick, it’s common sense and it’s natural. Look at the dogs, look at apes, look at dolphins.

This idea that our actions only matter *just in case the god God or another angry deity exists has a list to run down when our soul floats out of our body* is disgusting. Our actions matter because we care about people round about us, and we know that every stranger in the world has the same feelings. If we fail at that hurdle due to a biological blip, logic easily tells us that if we don’t treat people nicely, they aren’t going to treat us nicely.  If you can’t relate to empathy, you can probably relate to experience – because we all know that people treated well are more likely to be nice right back at you.

So for anyone afraid to face to obvious elephant in the room – that the story of the Christian god is flawed to the core – please, don’t be afraid. It’s really easy not to be a genocidal maniac, especially when we know that when we die there is no superbeing with a clipboard reviewing our score on an absolute morality judgement board.