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ArcanaKnight

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Is what is moral commanded by god because it is moral, or is it moral because it is commanded by God.

If morality/goodness is good because god commands it, then good, evil, etc. become meaningless because it is all arbitrary.  If god had created a world where murder and rape were virtues and mercy was a vice, then they would have been.  Also, it makes calling god good pointless, or at best just that he is not a hypocrite.  On the other hand if that which is moral is commanded by god because it is moral, then it implies that morality is independent from god and that god is just a passer-on of moral knowledge, so there is no need for him.
 


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Zoetherat

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Lets take it a step further.

If a powerful being claimed to be all powerful and called itself God, how would you know that it actually is all powerful as opposed to just being very powerful? How would you distinguish an all powerful being from a very powerful being?

And if this powerful being claimed that everything he commands to be moral automatically becomes moral because he commanded it, how would you know he wasn't lying?

(Edited by Zoetherat 6/20/2010 at 9:35 PM).
 


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