Can we be good without believing there is a God

Can we be good without believing there is a God? This is the argument of this paper. If people can be good without God, where is it coming from? What is the basis of their decency? Can people who don’t believe in God still be as “good” as those who do? Although it is positive to know that there is good coming from those who don’t believe in God, this paper will try to find why they are good people. To the Christian World, everything good comes from God. There is a basis in the goodness because it is written in the Bible, so it is these acts from the scriptures that Christians follow and believe to be good behavior or good attitude. Now there is also that if you believe in God, you will not do wrong things anymore because you’re supposed to know better, which is not always the case. Let us explore and try to find the source of goodness for people who don’t believe in God. And then at the end, let us find out that say if a man rejects God, does that mean rejecting morality as well? A person who denies God must be, if not actively evil, at least indifferent to considerations of right and wrong…

People who have read the Bible believe that everything that is good in this world came from God. The knowledge on what is good or not comes from the Scriptures, the examples of the prophets’ lives and also from home. I think that for religious people, morality comes from what you believe in as you religious views or what you God tells you to. Otherwise, i think that morality comes from your parents and the people who raise you. The family serves as your first teacher on what is right or wrong. If you did something wrong, like you destroyed your brother’s favorite toy, then it is the duty of your parents to correct you or even ground you that it will make you remember that it is right to respect the feelings of others or even family. So therefore you can be good without God because you were taught to be good when you were young. A person who is an atheist can still have a moral duty to help those who are in need but, why? Is it because it feels good to help others? Is it because you are morally obligated to do so or is it because you have something to share or help that person. Take for example Stephen Hawking, he has made many significant contributions about the cosmos and universe, he gave those contributions maybe because he wants to be famous, or is it because maybe he wanted to reshape the world. Whatever the reason is, definitely it did not come because he believed in all “Supreme” being. Now why would he share all his knowledge to the world is the question only he can precisely answer. He said “We should seek the greatest value of our action. I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” This is perhaps his mantra in life. He felt there is more to know in life and the universe, and that everybody is entitled to know about it. His logic and reasoning, even as an atheist, can be considered that of a Christian because he is not selfish enough to think about mankind and the goodness in them. So for a person who does not believe in God, it does not mean his moral compass goes south but his experiences or upbringing can cause a man to do good as well.
God’s moral nature is expressed in relation to us in the form of divine commands which constitute our moral duties or obligations. The whole moral duty of man can be summed up in the two great commandments: First, you shall love the Lord your God with all your strength and with all your soul and with all your heart and your entire mind, and, second, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On this foundation we can affirm the objective goodness and rightness of love, generosity, self-sacrifice, and equality, and condemn as objectively evil and wrong selfishness, hatred, abuse, discrimination, and oppression. These govern the Christian world in their moral judgment and agency, to do what is right or good. Now it also pertinent that Christians know the repercussions of not being good, that when you did something wrong, there are repercussions that can be far more significant if you have an eternal perspective in mind. Atheists don’t believe in life after death or even heaven or hell. There is no punishment if you did something wrong against anybody. There is no moral accountability. So it begs the question, if that’s the case, why would you still do a good thing? You can do anything you want with however you want it. This is an amazing irony that can be a consolation for those who always believe in doing the right thing. One can question his motives but at end, it is the result that counts the most. There is nothing so likely to strengthen the moral life as the beliefs that one will be held accountable for one’s actions and that one’s choices do make a difference in bringing about the good. Traditionally, our moral obligations were thought to be laid upon us by God’s moral commands. This is a solid claim that can bind us together as a people. But if we deny God’s existence, then it is difficult to make sense of moral duty or right and wrong.