God help us (figure of speech) if we had to rely on the teachings of religion (in particular the 'holy books') for our moral or ethical behaviour. As we know only too well, people will interpret religious writings and sermons to further their own ends....quite unpleasantly so in some cases.Robbo70 wrote:Yes my mother is a practicing Christian and she taught me right from wrong. I do wonder though, do we need a book to tell us stealing is wrong, murdering is wrong and having it away with the neighbours wife is wrong, or should we kind of know that anyway. Had there been no religion to teach this, would the world be one big looting riot or would the good people of the world still figured out right from wrong?Scottishtourist wrote:Yes.Roman Catholic.
Asking questions and taking an interest in other religions can never be wrong.Can it?
It's all too easy to talk about humanity,good and bad,right and wrong.
But..these notes and guidance must come from somewhere!
Even if you don't believe in anything now..someone in your past must've done,and those teachings have come down to you.
I have taken a great interest in many of the other religions, and was lucky to go to a school where RE lessons involved regular visits from the local Rabbi, the local Imam, Catholic, Methodist, C of E vicars etc. Having listened to them all, I was happy with my choice of none of the above. I would never criticise anyone for their beliefs though. Each to their own.
There are sound evolutionary reasons which govern our behaviour...including so-called morals & ethics