The topic of so-called objective morality is currently the flavour of the moment on several blogs and as mentioned in the previous post on this topic is one of the more nonsensical aspects of Christianity.
And yet, it is always worth looking at.
For the Christian , Yahweh is the source of human morality. Meaning that, no matter whether you are for the argument of Creationism or the evidence of Evolution, to the theist Yahweh is in the mix somewhere.
John Zande mentioned in one comment that, for an ISIS member to be chosen as a suicide bomber this is considered a high honour. Based on the video evidence of emotion this seems to be the case.
To the Muslim, Allah is the source of all morality. Though the above example is hardly one the average Christian would call moral.
History is replete with factual examples of Christians slaughtering each other in the name of Yahweh, and only the minority would have considered their actions anything other than moral. If the Church declared such and such a sect heretical, it was often open season on its members who were, all too frequently persecuted unto virtual extinction. The Cathars always comes to mind. So, with a metaphorical bible in one hand and a very real sword, axe or butcher’s knife in the other, millions of Christians were dispatched to meet their maker who would, presumably, make short shrift judging them and condemn them to Hell.
And what of the moral standard of this god?
In the bible there are numerous examples of Yahweh commanding this one or that to engage in slaughter.
Such examples have been challenged by certain Christians as not being the Word of God (sic) at all, but merely humans being … well …. humans, I suppose.
So Yahweh commanding Moses or Joshua to enact genocide is simply poor interpretation on the part of the biblical writers (Moses or not Moses depending on your interpretation) and the account of Yahweh killing every living thing on the face of the planet bar one soon-to-be-incestuous family is moral as Yahweh is perfect. Notwithstanding the fact that evidence tells us the entire episode is absolute nonsense, of course.
According to Christians, although Yahweh sent his son, Jesus to save humankind, and for this he had to die, humans are ultimately responsible for this death. His blood is on our hands, even though we are told His (sic) death was preordained and necessary. Sounds a bit like entrapment to me.
As murder is generally recognised as wrong and as Yahweh is claimed to be omnipotent why did he send his son knowing full well he would be murdered, thus damning humanity – His own creation, to boot ?
But if he rose from the dead did he really die? Yes, I know. But it’s all right, it makes no sense to me either.
Is this an example of other-centered selfless love or the most heinous case of immorality imaginable?
Even if it could be shown that some deity from a book of palpable nonsense was responsible for our morals, that he was the ultimate source, based on his actions wouldn’t you be filled with utter contempt and revulsion?
All we can say is thank god …. whichever one you like ( Personally, I prefer Evolution) … that – as I was always told as a kid – you make your bed you lie on it.