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Do we need God to have morals?

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Do we need God to have morals? There are many different views on this subject and different people and different faiths may believe in their belief being the answer. Some religions may have the same response and say yes we do need god. Religionists insist that belief in God is essential for morality, however others - this being mainly non-religious people may give a negative reply and say we do not need a god to have morals because there is no god and it's up to the people on deciding what is right and what is wrong and as there seems to also be an increasing number of atheists this view is becoming very popular. Dostoyevsky, who was a Russian author of fictional writing and philosopher created a novel titled 'The Brothers Karamazov'. In this Dostoyevsky's Ivan Karamazov believes that 'If God did not exist then everything is permitted'. This is one way of saying that notions of good and evil lose their force when people cease to acknowledge God and implying everything would be right if there wasn't a God. ...read more.

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The Christians believe that as god written it in the bible he gave it to us and he wants us to follow those rules as basic morality. C.S. Lewis - a Christian writer - famously argued that morals need God, that one cannot have universal morals without a divine foundation for those morals. That is, apart from belief in God it is hard to maintain belief in morals. There are people of different faiths who also believe God is required to be moral. Muslims believe that we do have a God and we need him because he has created us and given us a path to follow and we must obey it. He has told us what is right and wrong and in order to have morals we must stay to it. There is also mention of this in the Quran which is the word of god and again meaning that God is the one who has given us morals and that we need him to guide us through the world and continue us with the rights and wrongs. ...read more.

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In conclusion, I believe that God is necessary in order to have morals. I think this because He is the one who created us and gave us a sense of what is morally right and wrong. As a theist I think that God as written words to lead us on the write path and to protect us from evil. However this does not mean that all religious people do right all the time and there might be exceptions. I don't wish to suggest that people who believe in God are morally perfect. Scripture tells us that isn't so (1 John 1:8-10). The demons are monotheists (James 2:19), but belief in the one God doesn't improve their morals. Although some may say that without god everything is permitted and he restrains us from doing what we what I think that that is a good thing because we can't always get what we want! However I can say that perhaps a moral sense is the foundation, not the result, of religious ethics and what sometimes it can depend on your environment or you upbringing in knowing what is right and what is wrong. ...read more.

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