Morality is about consequences, not rules

Let’s cut to the main moral question: is it ever right to kill someone? Most people, perhaps surprisingly, would say yes and it’s easy to cite examples.

Killing a terrorist before he throws a bomb into a crowd of people is a moral act because it prevents the death and suffering of innocent people.

Similarly, killing an armed burglar would be moral if he was about to kill your family.

Assisted suicide can also be moral. If you doubt that, ask yourself, is forcing a terminally ill person who wishes to die to live in pain for selfish reasons ever moral?

Morality is about making conscious decisions and thinking about the probable consequences.

If the consequences of your actions lead to a reduction in suffering and an increase in well-being, it can generally be considered moral.

Religionists like to pretend that they have a monopoly on morality. But is obediently following commands merely with the intention of gaining a future reward for which there is no evidence really ‘moral’ behaviour?


Moral behaviour summed up in 7 words

Conscious actions that have life-enhancing consequences.

OK, that’s that sorted. Next question?

The idea of God doesn’t make sense

10 questions every religionist must answer…

  • If God designed humans and other animals, why are there so many unnecessary and harmful features of the various types of life that inhabit the earth?
  • If God is almighty, why has He failed to fix the problems of the world?
  • If God created the universe specifically for life, why is so much of it very hostile to and totally devoid of life?
  • If God dictated or inspired the various holy books of the world, why are they so self-contradictory and nonsensical?
  • If God is the source of morality, why are many of his laws so cruel?
  • If God created the Universe, then who or what created God?
  • If a God really exists, why is there so many different concepts of God?
  • If God is all powerful, could He create a being more powerful than Himself?
  • If God is omniscient, can He change His mind?
  • If God knows the future, how could He have given us free will?