Can we can be good without God?
Both Humanists and atheists have tried to get the message across, so far with little success. that they can be good despite not believing in a deity. American voters continue to consider atheists the worst kind of people to give political power to. Attempts to convince them by example or convincing videos still fail to reach the masses. Even such a persuasive video containing arguments by the brilliant Dr.Buckman, produced by Pat O’Brian, Vancouver Humanist, have not convinced that many.
And I know why.
What we have to understand is that the believer has been brainwashed into thinking that we humans are vicious, destructive creatures who can only be controlled by the powerful threat of a supreme being, capable of hurling anyone who steps out of line into hell or worse.
Particularly In the Christian community, where it is believed that man is made in god’s image, it is humiliating, indeed mortifying to become aware that we are doing the same things that the goat and the pig do—thus flaunting ourselves before the pure God above who can see all things. But nature cannot give way so the only hope for us poor creatures is to seek salvation through the intercession of the priest in our behalf. So with both shame and guilt as his whip and guide , the priest reminds us of our failings and that “there is no health in us”
So it is easy to see why they think atheists can do no good—if they cannot be good without god then how can we?. What we need to do then is build up their self esteem, not denigrate them
When they can see that they can be good without the help of their God, they will see why we can too. This does not mean accepting their dogma in any way, but just pointing out to them that they are better people than they think.. My family on my father’s side are strong Catholic but any one of them would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it. They love their families and have done a great job of bringing up their children, The world is much better because of them, despite their beliefs. I am dead sure they would have done the same even if they did not believe in a deity.
What we need to do is show believers in any way we can that they can be good despite their deity, When they can see that they can be good without a god, they will see that we atheists can be good without a God.
Cheers Andy Mulcahy