Morality and Religion

“A few years ago A man here in B.C. was convicted for beating his
wife with a wooden rod. He had also beaten his stepsons almost daily
for varied biblical infractions and his defense was that he was simply
obeying his Bible. He said he is a good Christian. And he is. He
accepts the Bible at face value and as the word of his deity. He is a
good Christian.

In contrast, it has been the emerging secular society, enlightened by
science, that has over the last century or so focused its attention on
those aspects of the bible that could best promote nurturing and
cooperation. Religious leaders, under pressure from the secular world,
have had to modify their interpretations of the bible to suit – – an
ongoing process, witness the Pope’s recent rejection of a physical
hell. Christ has become a kind father figure, compassionate and just
chuck full of love for everybody

Compare this with the Christ who says , in St. Matthew:
10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I am come
not to send peace but a sword.
10:35 “For I am come to set a man at variance with his
father,and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law.”
10:36 “And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Here we see a vain, divisive personality willing to tear asunder a
loving family rather than lose his follower’s allegiance Hardly a
good image for our youth and our secular society has assiduously
avoided focusing on such passages. We read the bible selectively
and with good reason

The point is that it is our secular society that has promoted those
aspects of morality that encourage self respect instead of self
abnegation, free expression instead of blind obedience. The myth that
religion has fostered modern man’s caring attitude is just that, a
myth. It has been our secular society, prodded by science and
universal education, that has been the keeper of
our moral standards.
Andy Mulcahy

About Monist

Hi, my name is Andy Mulcahy . I consider myself a monist and I am retired from steam engineering lo,these many years ago, and the Portland Cement industry. I have evolved into a Humanist-am a member of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and The Humanist Association of Canada.
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