Can Man Be Good Without God

Atheists can be good, but people who believe in God are more likely to value being good, one study showed.

I can’t believe I just said that. Nor do I understand why anyone would do a survey to prove the obvious but sociologist and pollster Reginald Bibby of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, addressed the question “Do people need God to be good?”

Polling some 1,600 Canadians, the nationwide survey found that those who believe in God are consistently more likely than atheists to highly value such traits as courtesy, concern for others, forgiveness, generosity and patience. Believers are also more inclined to place high value on friendship, family life, and being loved.

The report states that while God and religion are not the only sources of such traits, the survey reported that they are among the most important sources. And without them, “it is not at all clear that comparable equivalents currently exist that could fill the void,” according to the report.

“To the extent that Canadians say good-bye to God, we may find that we pay a significant social price,” Bibby concluded in the study.

The reason for the this ridiculous debate on whether God is necessary to have good morals has  taken public stage between staunch atheists and Christians.

In 2007, Oxford University professor of historical theology Dr. Alister McGrath, a Christian, squared off with author Christopher Hitchens, who wrote God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, at Georgetown University in Washington. Rebutting Hitchens’ argument that knowing right from wrong is innate and doesn’t come from a higher being, McGrath, who said he is a former atheist, asked how one can have a viable moral system without some sort of transcendent basis of morality.

“There are some forms of religion that are pathological, that damage people. For every one of these atrocities which must cause all of us deep concern, there are 10,000 unreported acts of kindness, generosity, and so forth arising from religious commitment,” McGrath argued.

Now do I believe that man can be good without God, yes. Do I believe that man can be good without God’s influence, no.

The proper question might be can a person be righteous without God and I would say no again. People can be good by the world’s standards, some of us can be very ‘good’ people… but by God’s standards, we are all sinners and in that we require redemption, which only comes from God’s love.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

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