Why Spiritually Based Moral Codes Work Better Than Secular Ones, Revisited


Why Spiritually Based Moral Codes Work Better Than Secular Ones: Revisited

The painful and damaging outcomes for both non-believing individuals and non-believing sociocultures that engage in immoral behavior (and enjoy the more powerful immediate environmental reinforcers) are often so delayed that the individuals and socioculures are unaware of them. This makes the exercise of what we commonly call “self-control” impossible. Over time the accruing delayed negative results can become calamitous. Sadly, for individuals and cultures, the accruing tragic delayed consequences are undetected until it is too late to avoid or escape them.

If you watch the behaviors of individuals and our government in America, you should be able to see many examples of what I am discussing.

Without the God (the“Eye In The Sky”) and His whopping spiritual consequences for individuals, it will be very difficult to teach them, or the governments and sociocultures they comprise, to give-up personal pleasures so that the world will remain unpolluted, animal creatures will survive, or that future children will inherit healthy environmental and economic conditions.   Without God and His Moral Code, it will be very difficult (perhaps impossible) to teach masses of humans to sacrifice their own immediate conveniences and pleasures so their contemporaries, and future generations, can have better lives.

This is not to say that science, if it will only do its work in the field of moral behavior, cannot identify important principles to support or supplement historically successful religiously based values for human morality.  But for the present, there appears to be no way out of this moral dilemma:

Either a socioculture is to some extent built upon commonly accepted, religiously based precepts, or is likely to fail under the weight of its own behavioral chaos; much as America and the West doing is now.

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   1/24/12

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