Do Morals Stem From Religion?

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    I assert that not only do morals NOT stem from religion,
    but that those people who are only acting moral in order to avoid eternal damnation,
    are NOT moral at all, but rather selfish, and are only concerned with consequences.


    If consequences dictate a course of action
    It doesn't matter what's right, you're only wrong if you get caught
     
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    I agree that morals do not stem from religion. I'm not the least bit religious, but have plenty of morals.

    As for the rest of your statement, I have no opinion. :)
     
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    If morals do not stem from religion, where do they stem from?
     
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    Difficult question.

    Within (your conscience).
    Society.
     
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    Parents.
     
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    Mine must have stemmed from somewhere else - my parents have *nothing* to do with who I am today...but they have a lot to do with who I was as a child, and that ain't cute.
     
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    Not to get personal...but did your parents "behaviour" make you think, "I'm not going to be like them."?
     
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    If this is true, then are there ever any absolute morals?
     
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    Only one: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Yes, this golden rules can be found in the bible, but I understood this rule to be true before I'd ever heard it uttered. What makes more sense to a child than "How would you like that if it happened to you?"
     
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    If you want to twist it around that way, then yes, I suppose your right. Parents.
     

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