If God did not exist morality would be just a matter of opinion.


The issue of “Murder” can be used as a clear example about God’s morality!

Nearly everyone would say that murder is wrong or evil. But: How do we know this?
The answer is: we can’t know this without God because without God there are no moral facts.

Think about this:  We know that the earth is round because we can see that in photographs from outer space, or use measurable data. But the same cannot be done to prove that murder or any other evil (rape or theft) is wrong? There are no scientific facts to prove that murder is not good.

In a secular world, there can only be opinions (personal or societal) about morality. Even atheist philosophers acknowledge that if there is no God, there is no objective morality.

In other words, only if there is a God who says murder is wrong, is murder wrong. Otherwise, all morality is opinion. The entire Western Civilization – is based on this understanding.
The existence of God only ensures that good and evil objectively exist and are not merely opinions.

Without God, we, therefore, end up with what is known as moral relativism – meaning that morality is not absolute, but only relative to the individual or to the society.
Without God, the words “good” and “evil” are just another way of saying “I like” and “I don’t like.” If there is no God, the statement “Murder is evil” is the same as the statement “I don’t like murder.”

Now this doesn’t mean that if we don’t believe in God, we can’t be a good person. There are plenty of kind and moral individuals who don’t believe in God and Judeo-Christian values. There are also plenty of people who believed in God who are not good people – and have even committed evil in God’s name.
The existence of God doesn’t ensure people will do good – and the existence of good people has nothing to do with the question of whether good and evil really exist if there is no God.
But without a God, who is the source of morality, morality would just be a matter of opinion – and opinion that rejects moral absolute leads to a world of moral confusion.

Many will argue that you don’t need moral absolutes; people won’t murder because they don’t want to be murdered. But that argument is not a reality. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao didn’t want to be murdered, but that hardly stopped them from murdering about a hundred million innocent people.

 

Extracted from Dennis Prager’s original transcript: “If There Is No God, Murder Isn’t Wrong