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RE: What is "morality"?
Botnst - 12/21/2005 4:34 PM
Another argument might be this: Those things which are not explicitly prohibited or reserved for God are reserved for the people. Kind of like the 9tha nd 10th Amendment.
The problem with a positive approach "Be kind" etc, is that being kind is not an exact thing. Wives, don't copulate with your deceased husband's brother (Leviticus, I think), is pretty darned hard to lawyer around. In comparison, "Don't do anything that might hurt somebody" is way too open-ended for a properly enforcable or teachable rule.
It is a completely different argument to opine that God has no business telling folks whom they should or should not copulate with. If there is an Abrahamic God as described by the People of the Book, then it's His universe, not yours, so He can take his football and play elsewhere.
But isn't that what morality is -- a code of ethics, so to speak? The 10 commandments lays down laws, and does not really address morality in the way that Eastern religion does, or the way that way that Jesus did. The OT basically limits its exploration to a quick "don't be a bunch of pig-f***ers", while the teachings of Jesus actually addresses morality. Sadly, much of his message is lost amid reams of BS and salesmanship. I guess my point is that I place much greater value on the 'do's of life than the 'don't's, and in that regard, Western religion pretty much misses the mark.
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