I've recently given up my faith because of a few comments people gave made to me here...Thanks! Now that I know for Sure there isn't a God, how do I decide what is right morally. Should I just base it on evolution?
Are you saying you don't know Right from Wrong because you no longer believe in Divine Punishment and Reward? Bullshit. You either know Right from Wrong, or you are a psychopath. In either case, do unto others as you would have done to you is one of the only things religion got right. Base your decisions on that, if you can't figure it out for yourself.
"recently given up my faith because of a few comments people gave made to me here" <-- Which one of the 5 posts you have commented on helped you become sure there isn't a god?
If you don't know the difference between right and wrong without god, maybe you should go back to religion.
I go with the coin toss method of choosing morality. If i am faced with a moral conundrum or just a everyday hum drum conundrum, and I can't seem to find a moral choice in my heart I flip a coin.
This morning I had a meeting at the bank. I was feeling really excited and nervous about the meeting. I was hoping after this meeting all my debts could be paid, and I might have some extra funds to spend on my bucket list. I was so excited and nervous I couldn't decide on what color ski mask to wear with my outfit. I tossed a coin, and it decided basic black, as I have heard it goes with almost anything. I wanted to look good cause i knew my meeting would be televised!
What would a deity in the sky have to do with you knowing the difference between right and wrong? Afraid of hell maybe I see. Do you see religious people acting 100% morally? Of course not. I have found atheists to be way more selfless and kind in life. Why? Because they know it’s what is right. They do not need to tow the line out of fear.
i don't understand what evolution has to do with morality. evolution is not a moral code. have you picked up a science book in your life? meanwhile, do you NOT know what is wrong or right? are you wondering whether to start robbing banks and raping infants? i think most folks know the difference between wrong and right without relying on a big ol' book with a gazillion conflicting translations. you can decide for yourself whether to eat fish on friday but i think you know not to trip the little old lady trying to cross the street.
p.s. did you ever figure out that lying is kind of a bad thing? how the hell can you be an atheist, an agnostic, a secularist and religious all at once? i gave you the benefit of an honest answer before looking at your profile because, well, i DO that. now all i am doing is thinking what a creep you must be.
Morality is largely based on the availability of resources and the stability of a given culture. When the chips are down as it were during times of chaos, anarchy, war, natural disaster morality is a much harder concept. For you I would ask why do you find value in morality as a real world choice? God or no the same reasons apply as to why people choose to be moral; threat of punishment, wanting to be treated well, social acceptance, cultural norms. Really all you need to do is decide for yourself what constitutes moral action and follow that. Evolution has no room or care for morality accept as a abstract supporting action that maximizes survival and success which general means ensuring your genes continue into the next generation.
I don't believe there is a god...but how do you know for sure there isn't one? Also, how did you decide what was right or wrong before you stopped believing in a god? Are you saying all of your moral decisions were somehow based on what some holy text said?
It makes you wonder how cultures and communities survived b4 exposure to christian/islam/judiasm I mean, how did they know how to nurture their young, care for their elderly or cooperate with each other communally? Weird, its almost like we evolved naturally to favor behaviors that are condusive to our individual and collective survival. :tldr yes. base it on evolution.
I recently watched "After life" by Ricky Gervias on Netflix and this very question was answered.
"So if theres no god, whats to stop you murdering, raping and stealing as much as you want?"
"What do you mean?"
"I do. I murder, rape and steal as much as I want to"
"But you dont"
"Yes I do"
"You don't murder and rape people"
"Thats because I don't want to. Not because some book tells me not to and I was the type of person that wanted to murder and rape? I doubt if some book would stop me anyway"