I like to think I have reasonably good “morals”. I try to be honest with people, not take more than my share, not harm others or their property and attempt to do things that will make it possible for others to follow me on this planet.
What would Jesus think of my morals? He would laugh at them. Good morals to Jesus were believing in him and the god. There were a few other things, but not much.
The point is, when someone says to an atheist, “Where do you get your morals from?” (meaning you have no source because you don’t believe the Bible is important) we are talking about apples and oranges. The kind of morals Jesus talked about was all about him and the benefits to followers.
All of this is very understandable because Jesus believed the end would happen during the lifetimes of those alive when he was alive. There was no future to be concerned about.
All of this is unfortunate because it means there really is no common understanding of the word, “morals”, between believers and nonbelievers. The good thing is most Christians practice the nonbeliever’s definition of morals instead of the spiritual one.
That is, most Christians don’t consider living in total disregard for others or for future generations. If they actually followed the Jesus definition we’d be far worse off than we are.
It’s fortunate we have nonbelievers to properly define morals.
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