I don’t feel that one must have a religious faith to act in a kind way toward others

I don’t feel that one must have a religious faith to act in a kind way toward others

In my opinion, I don’t feel that one must have a religious faith to act in a kind way toward others. Though I am religious and believe in a higher being, it is not the sole driving factor that drives me to act with integrity and kindness. For me, I seek to do the right thing simply because I want to be a good person and I find satisfaction in helping others. I think people are their own drivers and are influenced by many things not just their religious beliefs.

“Many people receive their first moral/ethical exposure from the religion or religions in which they have been reared. The further conduit of those values is often their families. In many cultures around the Globe, the secular and religious worlds remain inextricably intertwined,” (University of Maryland University College, 2018).

For those that don’t have religious beliefs; I agree that people develop their own values based on how they’re raised, how others have treated them in the past and how they want to be viewed and treated by others.

I feel that most people generally want to do the right thing. When they don’t most of the time it’s because they’ve become desperate, let their own desires get ahead of the feelings of other’s or become disgruntled with the world. Sometimes I think people act without integrity unintentionally because they thought it would be better for others or didn’t fully foresee how their actions would be interpreted by others. I think there is more to religion than just putting the fear of God in people. I see religion as a tool to guide people to do the right thing just as I see the law or guidance from a mentor. All are meant to guide people to choose right over wrong.

Additionally, sometimes we are required to lie for the betterment of society as the case with national security or sensitive military operations. If we are truthful all of the time it could cause undue harm to ourselves or others. Is it wrong to lie? Most of the time. Is it necessary, sometimes. Lying for one’s own personal gain at the expense of others despite religion is wrong. Will having a religion make us a better person and keep us from lying, maybe, maybe not. Does everyone lie…probably so? I will leave you with this. Do you tell your kids to be good or Santa won’t bring them any gifts for Christmas? Let’s face it, no magical fat man in a jolly red suit is ever going to bring our kids toys, yet we’ve been lying to them for centuries. Are we bad people?

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