According to a recent Pew survey 85% of percent of those living in France do not believe that it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and good. While I certainly believe in common grace and common wisdom (that God’s goodness and insight about life are not reserved to people who believe in Him), the question of “morality” is shifting sand if there is no fixed standard. If morality is relative, then who’s to say that one person or cultures moral frame work is better or more valid than someone else’s? Someone might say, “it’s up to the majority of a society to determine”. If you agree with this logic, by what basis do you condemn a culture that the majority has a set of standards that stand in opposition to your own? Or on what basis would you have the foundation to judge historical periods that have a different set of values than those that you presently hold. Likewise by what right would future generations of evolving morality have the foundation to judge ours?
Standards that exist outside of ourselves is how we come to an agreement to make judgements that say the works of: Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, Hitler and social injustices like slavery are immoral. Now you may not attribute moral standards to God, but surely they must exist outside of yourself. If you believe that you or popular culture determine moral standards then they become your “God”, only by another name.
I’m not picking on France. What was more shocking than France was Israel! 59% of Israel’s said that you don’t need God to be good either! Not surprising was the division between Northern Hemisphere Countries and those in the Southern Hemisphere and the divide between Western Cultures and others.
Here is the Pew Survey.
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