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Morals originate from religion

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A common debate amongst theists and atheists is often centered around the issue of morality. Do we need God for morals, ethics, and being good? Or can we just be good for the sake of being good as some humanists argue.

Well if we take the humanist argument of being good for the sake of being good, that doesn’t really mean much, or it certainly doesn’t lead to the society we’re all thinking of, a society of good moral people with ethics. Being good for the sake of being good, without an objective basis, is both subjective and relative.

Let’s start with it being subject, well many people do bad things, but in their eyes, they’re not doing bad things but rather are doing good things. The classic example were the Nazis, they didn’t think that what they were doing both domestically, and abroad was anything wrong.

Throughout history and even in our present day, this is still an occurrence, of people doing bad things, which they deem to be good things. In essence it’s not even fair to say that they’re doing bad things because without an objective basis, we ourselves are subjective when we say they’re ‘bad’, in their eyes we might be ‘bad’ and they’re the ones doing good things.

Being good is also relative without an objective standard, because as we all know, what might be good today will not be good tomorrow. Many things that were deemed to have been good and morally acceptable in the past are now seen as bad and morally unacceptable and vice versa. The fact is, if an atheist humanist was alive 250-300 years ago, their causes and what they’d campaign for, would most likely be far more different to the things they campaign for now, and the things they deem to be worth fighting for.

So the fact is this, atheists going around saying you don’t need God or religion to be good, and you can simply be good for goodness sakes doesn’t really serve as a strong basis for morals or ethics.

The fact of the matter is that it’s religion and God that provide the solid objective standard for morals and ethics, and that’s the way it’s always been. Morals, ethics, and being good all originated from religion. Modern day atheists who are good and moral people, have simply borrowed and taken the ethics and morals brought by religion, and have detached those morals away from religion and have put those morals under a different banner now, some call it humanism, some call it secularism and so on.

Atheists will be sure to disagree, atheists will vehemently deny that morals-ethics originates from religion, but we have the proof. We have empirical evidence to prove it as well, and we all know atheists love the empirical evidence, the evidence they can see and touch.

The evidence we have is a document known as the code of Ur-Nammu, coming from the Sumerian people located in what was known as Mesopotamia, the land currently making up parts of Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

Now the Code of Ur-Nammu is the oldest text we have dealing with a legal code of morals, ethics, and laws. If anyone reads the text for themselves, they would see that in the preface, the author of the text talks of how he was inspired to write up the text by the gods of the Sumerian religion. Now even if the author of the text didn’t bother mentioning how he was inspired to write up the document by the Sumerian gods, it would still be a given anyway because anyone that bothers to do any studies on the Sumerian nation would see that they were a highly religious society that believed in gods and the supernatural, you could hardly call them a secular society.

So the oldest and living document we have dealing with issues of morals, ethics, and code of conduct in society comes not from a secular text, but from a religious text. Hence our argument that morals and ethics originated from religion is thus proven, if atheists want to argue otherwise, then they must provide the evidence that shows otherwise. Atheists would have to provide us evidence showing a secular document that predates the Code of Ur-Nammu that touches on morals, ethics, and laws for the society.

Practically all of our earliest texts that deal with issues of morals, and ethics, always come from religion. You have the Code of Ur-Nammu, the Code of Hammurabi, the 10 commandments of Moses, the moral guidelines set by Jesus and on it goes. The fact is, there is no major secular text on morals and laws that predate any of the religious texts that touch on these issues.

So the reality is that morals and ethics did originate from religion, and what atheists have done is taken these morals from religion, and have essentially secularized them and robbed them of their religious origin.

Now an atheist might argue back and say that we’re Muslims, so doesn’t the Code of Ur-Nammu conflict with our belief, after all the text claims that the gods inspired him to write the text, and Islam believes in one God only and condemns polytheism.

From an Islamic point there are no problems, we as Muslims believe that all nations, peoples, and tribes received the truth. That all nations, tribes, and peoples received messengers from God. The Sumerians would be no different, as Muslims we would believe that with absolute certainty that the Sumerians were conveyed the message of God, by a messenger or prophet that was sent to them. Now as we all know the Sumerians were polytheists, well as Muslims we also believe that nations and peoples would often err away from the absolute truth and message that God had given them. That these people would eventually start inventing their own idols and gods, and that this was a divergence from the truth they were given.

So what would happen is that many of these tribes and people would mix some of the truth they were given, with many falsehoods that they invented. In fact this is what the pagan Arabs did, and it what the Quran even teaches. And there are many examples given in the Quran, and hadiths of such incidents occurring with the people, getting the truth from God, but eventually down the line they begin to divert and start creating their own falsehoods and other superstitions.

So when it comes to the Sumerians, as Muslims this is what we would believe, that the Sumerians did have some truth from God, but that they mixed this truth with a lot of falsehood such as inventing new gods and idols etc. In fact if you study most ancient religions, Sumerians included, you would note that these religions always did have a head God, one God that stood above all others, and as Muslims we would say that that is where these ancient religions had the truth, but the problem was that they didn’t merely stick with this one all powerful God, but created other gods and idols as partners, or subservient gods and idols to the main all powerful God.

So in conclusion, the fact is this, our very first text that deals with a legalized code of ethics and morals in society, comes from a religious text, not a secular text, and thus our contention that morals and ethics originate from religion, is concisely proven. 

 

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