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Can one have a sense of morality without the existence of God?



Is it necessary to know God in order to distinguish good from evil? Can we exclude God and expect human beings to automatically have common sense? Is it logical for an atheist to talk about morality without referring to God?


According to the atheist worldview, humans are primarily a sliver of subatomic particles of protons, neutrons, and electrons who over billions of years randomly evolved into microorganisms, fish, monkeys, etc., to finally become this complex creature we now see. They believe that the human being is a very advanced animal who reached this level by learning to adapt and survive in a fiercely competitive world where wolves devour each other. He got rid of weaker species and, in the process, learned to take advantage of animals that had neither the intelligence nor tool-making abilities.

Atheists also argue that our sense of morality is either a typical human reaction, inherent from our parents, an evolutionary trait, or comes from our legal systems. However, if our judicial laws are made by humans, then where did their sense of morality originated from?

Atheist argue that it's human society that determines morality. If that's the case, then it would be impossible to justify the need for morality, because according to their own worldview and on the basis of their own assumptions, doing harm to others for one's own benefit is essential to human survival. It would then be contradictory, illogical and irrational for an atheist to condemn wars and injustice, or a person who engages in wrongdoing against another, because through these acts human beings are just doing what subatomic molecules would do for their own survival in a universe that is not governed by God. 

  • Romans 1:20-23 "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

The bible declares that ELOHIM was aware of himself before the creation of the world and he created man in his image so that man would think like him and make the moral evaluation as he does. This would indicate that morality does not come from us, because there is a higher standard that transcends us. Atheists should then consider that their worldview may be wrong. 

  • Matthhew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."


The Bible teaches that Righteousness which is the basis of His throne and His everlasting love are the main constituents of His law.

  • Psalm 89:14 "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving devotion and faithfulness go before You."


The Law of ELOHIM which advocates equity and love was not only dictated to Moses, it is also imprinted in our hearts so that every human being is automatically and naturally equipped with a conscience and a sense of morality. 

  • Romans 2:14-15 "Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. So they show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them"


It is this imprint that causes in our human relationships this desire to be loved and this constant need for justice. Here's a basic example: A person you love with all your heart (husband, wife, children, parents, friends, etc.) causes you harm, despite the love you have for that individual, you would still prefer that the harm he or she has done to you not go unpunished. This punishment can have various aspects: refusal to speak to the person temporarily, reprimand, legal proceedings, etc. This need for justice embedded in love, testifies that the foundation of our sense of morality comes from God. We are just like Him.

ELOHIM has revealed Himself in Creation. One cannot have knowledge of ELOHIM without acquiring knowledge of good and evil, and simultaneously one cannot have knowledge of good and evil without evoking His Law and His Commandments. He is the source of objective moral standards and the necessary precondition for our sense of morality.

  • Romans 7:7 "What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed, I would not have been mindful of sin if not for the law. For I would not have been aware of coveting if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”

When a person no longer can differentiate right from wrong, it's an indication that he has lost his common sense. In most cases this is caused by the presence of a spirit or spirits other than that of ELOHIM that have erupted and reside in that person.

  • Luc 8:27-35 "When Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothing or lived in a house, but he stayed in the tombs. When the man saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before Him, shouting in a loud voice, “What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You not to torture me! For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was bound with chains and shackles, he had broken the chains and been driven by the demon into solitary places... Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned... So the people went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man whom the demons had left, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid."

May the Holy Spirit guide you in the understanding of this message.


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