I came across a blog post yesterday with the title:
You Cannot Be A Good Person If You Do Not Believe In Heaven
Yet I also understand (and experience) the biblical view that humanity is broken, flawed, sinful. How do we balance that with imago dei — the idea that we are also created in the image of God?
The blog post went on to say: “The Bible teaches that you cannot live a good life if you do not believe in God’s promises.” Anyone care to support that?
A re-current theme at our Pub Theology gatherings is ethics: How do we know what the good is? How do we live good lives? What is the grounding for our morality? Is God the source of all good? Are things good because God commands them? Or does God command them because they are good?
Some would say you can be perfectly ‘good without God’. They’ve even written books about it. They would say that we can live good and moral lives without supernaturalism. Given the friends I have who eschew faith in a divine being, I’m inclined to agree.
Most people of faith would say that without God we have no grounding to say anything is good. We must have an ‘objective standard’ upon which to measure our ethics. This also makes a certain amount of sense.
Still others would say that even if there were such a standard, none of us has objective access to it.
Get all that?
What do you think? Can we be ‘good without God’?