There is no god, why do good?


Why be moral if there are no gods? Because morality has nothing to do with gods and if what we have been told about gods i,e being infinite and so on, there is no way humans who are finite can offend an infinite being nor is there a point where our desires can meet.

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 If you believe there is no God, why not do whatever you want to whenever you want to? There really is no consequence if there is no judgment by God. If there was no God, I would use mind altering drugs, have as much sex as I wanted, hurt people who angered me, or whatever. Sure, people wouldn’t like me, but that is a temporary condition solved by death. As the Apostle Paul said, “If the dead are not raised, let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32) As an atheist, do you live this way? If not, why not?

This is a very loaded question and is often asked of atheists directly or in many variants. To deal with this questions, I would first want to take a detour to briefly demonstrate why claiming our doing good as being dependent on…

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

5 thoughts on “There is no god, why do good?

  1. aguywithoutboxers says:

    A very good and interesting thesis, my friend. I think people do good because they are kind and generous and identify with their fellow humans. A deity plays no part in the gesture. It provides an incentive for those who already believe and nothing more.

    As an example, I can offer the situation in the communist environment, where the society itself is deity-free. People perform good deeds out of kindness and not a sanctioned belief-system. Nice job! 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      I think to argue that without gods we can’t and have no reason to be good is to act like one is an alien citizen of our universe and just arrived for a short visit. Everywhere around us we are confronted with god believers raping, stealing and killing. The question we would then want to ask is if they are not afraid of the wrath of their supposed god?

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      • aguywithoutboxers says:

        Absolutely, my friend. And many commit rape, steal (loot) and kill in the name of their deity! Therefore, a belief system really isn’t necessary for persons to “do good.”

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  2. I’m sure that “being ‘good'” is a subjective trait, and that we would each have different definitions of what it consists. However, I would expect “compassion” to be on nearly everyone’s list of qualities, and it would seem we had that long before we had a recognizable religion:

    Neanderthals Had Feelings Too, Say Researchers

    Oct. 5, 2010 — Pioneering new research by archaeologists at the University of York suggests that Neanderthals belied their primitive reputation and had a deep seated sense of compassion.

    A team from the University’s Department of Archaeology took on the ‘unique challenge’ of charting the development of compassion in early humans.

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    • makagutu says:

      Thanks for the link. I agree with you doing good is a subjective trait that each of us would define differently. Compassion is likely on everyone’s list except the psychopath I guess.

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