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Is something wrong because God says it's wrong or does God say it's wrong because it is?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:43 PM on Feb. 22, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Things that are wrong are wrong whether some god says so or not, so his word on the matter is rather irrelevant. If not, all those recently saved Christians (meaning those who weren't saved until adulthood) would've been out murdering people when they were teenagers.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:21 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • God doesn't say anything. People do all the talking.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • what the hell............

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I think we all only need look within our hearts to figure out what is right or wrong for ourselves and the world. IF there were a god, I'd say, he says it's wrong simply b/c it is wrong.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • So this is a "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" kind of a question.

    It's kind of hard for my mind to try to wrap beyond eternity to get this one exactly right.

    But thanks for asking the kind of question that makes my mind's fun to think about.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:58 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • Society's history says something is wrong. God doesn't come to anyone, I don't think, every time we're about to do something and tell us ok or no go.

    If it's hardly been done in society or almost always looked down on in society, then something is usually wrong to do and God would be most happy for the potential evil doer to not do x thing.

    Answer by lfl at 6:06 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • God says it's wrong because it is.
    For instance, the 10 Commandments are instructions for how to strengthen one's self-mastery and self-hood. In contrast, violating them works to deteriorate one's self.

    To understand this, one has to accede that there are spiritual laws, similar to physical laws. One might have a manual about handling electricity. We wouldn't say that this or that protocol was correct BECAUSE it was what the manual said. The manual contains procedures and warnings simply because that's how electricity IS.

    Similar with spiritual laws. The 10 Commandments was an initial table for helping the Jews refine their self-hood at a time when only the intitiated leaders were ego-awake. Following those guidelines, the Hebrews strengthened their sense of right & wrong, their sense for truth, & their ability to think for themselves.

    These principles are still valuable today for aiding soul-strengths.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:12 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • It is wrong because God says so. Someone has to create a standard of what is good and bad. It cant just create itself. Bad isn't a thing in itself it is just the absence of good. Just like dark is the absence of light or hunger is the absence of food. Since God is the original good and all good things come from God, Gods standards would obviously be what defines right vs. wrong. People like to think otherwise because it is inconvenient for them that anyone/ thing else be able to look critically at what they are doing.

    Answer by amber710 at 8:20 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • God doesn't say anything is wrong. People do.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 9:35 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • The 10 commandments include forbiddance of believing in any other god (which rather presumes they exist), and honouring parents (regardless of what they do?) and not owning graven images (like coins)... most adherents of the religions that relate to the 10 commandments quite knowingly ignore several of them without fear of any kind of retribution.

    Before answering whether or not what God says is right or wrong, you're going to have to be more specific: which God? Which part of the world? Which era in history?

    Answer by LindaClement at 10:20 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

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