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I don't think you need to be a religious person in order to do what's right. I don't believe in God and neither did my parents, but they taught me the difference between right and wrong, and how to get along with people. That's all that matters, in my opinion. What would you say to that?


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I’m sorry you’ve chosen to follow your parents in their unbelief, although I respect you for wanting to do what is right. In all honesty, however, this hasn’t always been the case; some of the worst crimes in history have been committed by tyrants who denied God’s existence and rejected His moral standards.

Instead of arguing or trying to convince you that God exists, however, let me instead ask you two questions. First, if God doesn’t exist, then how do we know what is right and what is wrong? Some things may seem more “right” than others — but how do we know they really are? The answer is — we don’t. The only reliable way to know what is right and wrong, and how we should treat others, is if God tells us — and He has done this in His Word, the Bible.

My second question is this: What about your children? Will they grow up with the same values you have — or will they do like so many atheists do, and simply make up their own moral standards? Tradition alone won’t give them a solid moral foundation.

My prayer is that you won’t close your mind and heart to God. He not only exists, but He loves you and wants to give you hope and purpose in life. We know this because of Jesus, who alone could say, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

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3 Comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    I cannot imagine what it would be like to put my hope in myself and my own righteousness. All have fallen short of the glory of God and it is through faith in Jesus alone that we are allowed into the presense of God upon our death. What amazes me is God's incredible love for us and that He sent His only Son to die so that we may live with Him forever. We do not deserve this incredible grace and mercy He has afforded us and I am forever grateful. There is nothing I can do morally to deserve God's love and therefore, I accept His great gift and try to live my life to please Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Many of the greatest Christians to ever live were once atheists and I pray that you come to a personal knowledge of God's love for you soon Mark.

  2. Mark says:

    I do not need a book to tell me that I should treat others as I would like to be treated, with respect and courtesy. The Bible also contains quite a few passages favoring acts which are clearly wrong, like rape. If the Bible did not say “Thou shalt not kill,” would you know it is immoral to kill? Of course — but is this “simply making up moral standards?” Believe what you like, but do not accuse atheists of being immoral. A great number of crimes have been exacted in the name of religion, often using religious texts to defend those acts.

  3. Michael says:

    I think the key word here is “religious”. Everyone who has been raised morally sound will tend to do the right thing. The relationship with God through the one who creation was made through… (John 1:3) is there for the asking. I say “Religion is man's concept of God, man is God's concept of himself” Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. It took 15 years for me to get my answer, but then I found out he was always there with me.