Science and the Moral Code
So atheists had a contest to “find” – scientifically if you ask them – (and offering a whopping $10,000 as a reward) – a new list of morals for mankind – seeing they feel the old 10 Commandments are moot – they have opted for “non-commandments” to follow – a list that will, according to them – evolve.
As you read them, when you get to “non-commandment” number 5 – you will have to refer back to “non-commandment’ number 1 to find out if you can believe “non-commandment” number 5 or not. The good thing is that in the 10 being “non-commandments” I presume that by definition they are also “non-binding.” Convenient morals to be sure, but done for money?! – that is what the old commandment would call suborned .
Here are the “Ten Non-Commandments” chosen as the winners:
1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
4. Every person has the right to control of their body.
5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
9. There is no one right way to live.
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
And “non-commandment” number 6! Consequences and responsibilities are for sissies. Real evolutionaries know that there are no such things. If you don’t believe that, please refer to “non-commandment” number 9.
It would seem that if Science was involved in the observation of a moral code and attempting to establish that code through group synthesis
that Science would have noticed that this has been attempted – at least once.
the fledgling government of the United States might be a good example of an attempt to establish a pluralistic moral code
Science – however, if it is to be true science – must – if it is possible for Science to do so – observe and establish something greater than the guesswork of the new “10 non-commandments” of atheists.
in this case, Science’s only mandate is to observe and establish moral law – not moral relativism or morality on a continuum -
it is, in fact – to observe and establish right and wrong.
they might want to consider how “unscientific” it is to include the Golden Rule while they ignore the warnings of “narrow ways” that lead to life, and “broad and wide paths” that lead to destruction.
Or that the same source stated succinctly a moral code that is difficult to surmount.
“Love god with all your heart,soul and mind – and your neighbor as yourself.”
“On these two commandments” – and there they are again – commandments – laws – “hang all the law and all the prophets.”
In reading this you might conclude that I am supporting the 10 Commandments of the Torah as the basis for morality in the 21st Century. That is not the case.
Believe it or not, and I do believe it – the Ancient Texts themselves conclude that the 10 Commandments have failed as a moral code – simply because they are impossible to keep.
However, it would be the height of foolishness to adopt the Atheist’s “non-commandment” number 9 – “9. There is no one right way to live;” in place of the original 9th Commandment – “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor;” – or the 6th Commandment – “you shall not murder.” In fact, looking at the world around me I might take Commandment number 6, “you shall not murder” above just about all of the Atheist’s “non-commandments.”
All you really need to do to see if you believe, – remember “non-commandment number 1!” – that establishing rules will result in the creation of a force that will transform the human race into what “we should be” and not “what we are” is to look at all the attempts so far – from the great Empires to the rebel and guerilla armies enforcing doctrine and law – all have failed and are destined to fail for the same simple reason that the 10 Commandments ultimately fail – and don’t forget, in the society that adhered to the Mosaic law the penalty for transgressing any of the 10 Commandments was death – the rules fail simply because they cannot be enforced or kept by mankind in his present fallen state. Failed States you might say.
The only way to establish peace on earth is to establish it in ourselves – and the only way to transform ourselves to excel to our aspirations is to harness energies and forces beyond ourselves. My prayer is that you find that path – as it is expected in the 6th Commandment – in truth.
And finally – from the Ancient Texts,
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – The Preacher of Jerusalem and Builder of the Holy Temple