Sunday Funny #9

This cartoon, apparently depicts how some religious folks conceive of what they call “morality.” I’ve always wondered, if someone is “good” (i.e. obedient) only because they are afraid of eternal turmoil and torture, are they really good? I mean, would religious people start killing indiscriminately if they found out there was no God? Why the hell would they do that?

4 Responses

  1. Curious. Wonder if “they” expect this pictorial to convince anyone of anything? Also, wonder if it actually does?

  2. “I’ve always wondered, if someone is “good” (i.e. obedient) only because they are afraid of eternal turmoil and torture, are they really good?”

    To be fair though, most people have both their own fairly selfish reasons for being ‘good’ and a sort of vague feeling that it’s just … doesn’t feel right doing bad things. For example, I would say that I try to be ‘good’ as my duty to the rest of society, which of course rases the question of if there was just me in the world and I was allowed to do what I liked would I do crazy bad things? Probably not. In the same way that if religion were conclusively abolished I do not believe that there would be a sudden wave of ‘bad’ activity.

  3. You asked, ““I’ve always wondered, if someone is “good” (i.e. obedient) only because they are afraid of eternal turmoil and torture, are they really good?”

    ____________

    If someone is responding out of fear, then their motive is incorrect…or they have a severe lack of knowledge. Having worked as a Humanitarian Aid Relief Coordinator and Educator for First Responders for 30 years (and across four continents)…I had to have people around me that knew how to “temper” their message and way of doing things to their audience (those that we were sent to help). I could NOT have anyone that was divisive or with a “superior attitude”.

    My career had very specific guidelines…my Christian faith is who I am, it did not define my ability to help those in need…although, it provided inner strength that I don’t have the words to express. The main thing I kept upper most within my heart is…”He’s not willing that ANY should perish”.

    ANY…means just that…ANY! There were several times, I had to dismiss a travel team member or two for causing division and strife.

    During my time outside the USA…many time I worked side by side with those of many faiths (Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist, etc….”Red Cresent”, etc) I, personally, had no difficulty at all. When people have a common goal, petty squabbles are diminished. If anyone desires to “muddy the waters” of friendship…they need to be cut-loose.

    Michelle

  4. Selfish reasons aren’t always bad reasons. I do kind things for strangers and friends because I like the way it makes me feel. I, selfishly, want to feel good and so I act accordingly. Killing my brother because he’s an idiot, well it’s not going to make me warm and cozy and I might end up with guilt or bad dreams forever and so, I doubt I’ll kill him because I, selfishly, want to enjoy my sleep.

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