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Featured If your deity asked you to kill your child, would you do it?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Taylor Seraphim, Feb 7, 2016.

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  1. Yes

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    16.7%
  2. No

    26 vote(s)
    54.2%
  3. I do not believe in a deity.

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    29.2%
  1. Taylor Seraphim

    Taylor Seraphim Angel of Reason

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    If your deity asked you to kill your child would you do it?
     
  2. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I really wanted to vote <no>, but option #3 seems more in the spirit of your poll.
    If I had a deity, I wouldn't obey an order to kill a child.
     
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  3. Terese

    Terese Mangalam Pundarikakshah
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    Narayana would do no such thing to me. i vote no.
     
  4. Taylor Seraphim

    Taylor Seraphim Angel of Reason

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    I did not ask if your deity would.

    I am asking what would you do if it did.

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
     
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    If I had a deity, I would disobey an order to kill my child partly on the grounds that I am still under a moral obligation to disobey immoral orders no matter what their source.
     
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  6. Terese

    Terese Mangalam Pundarikakshah
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    Nope. Precious life, and the fact that it is someone i am attached to.
     
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    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Same here.

    Deities are expected to behave.

    Well, not behave necessarily. But to have some modicum of common sense and ability to be reasonable, at least.

    Such an unworthy deity is just that - unworthy.
     
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  8. Taylor Seraphim

    Taylor Seraphim Angel of Reason

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    However does that mean that your morals come from you and not your deity?
     
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    +1 this
     
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    Even if the deity were worthy, if I received a command to kill a child, I'd first ask myself....
    "Am I hearing this right?"
    "Am I insane, & hearing evil voices?"
    "I'd prefer to risk eternal damnation in the Lake Of Fire than trust that it's really a deity telling me to do something so evil."
     
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    In the end, we are always moral agents. Even if we act according to the commands of a deity, we are in some sense asserting our own moral beliefs -- such as the belief that we should obey the commands of a deity.
     
  12. Maponos

    Maponos Kill V. Maim

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    Thankfully I won't be having children, but if I did, I'd have no choice but to do so. My loyalty to the gods trumps everything.
     
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    Ahura Mazda isn't that kind of God. He doesn't seek people out like Yahweh, and he wouldn't command death for anyone.

    That said, -IF HE DID- (and went against everything I know about him in the Gathas), I absolutely would not do as he commanded. Such Gods are petty, and aren't worthy of anyone's time...
     
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    Eh, what's a little blood between a man and his god?

    Toss a baby over a fire pit and apparently you are giving them to Molech so you might as well seal the deal, right? :D
     
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  15. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein I'm not deaf, I'm just a real bad listener
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    Respect for answering honestly. :)
     
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    That's good that you are not having children.
     
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    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    No, in non-dualist Hinduism (God and creation are not-two) God is the core in all of us and it tells me 'No'.
     
  18. Taylor Seraphim

    Taylor Seraphim Angel of Reason

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    So if you would follow the gods even if they asked you to do that, does that mean that you worship the gods just because they are more powerful than you?
     
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    Taylor Seraphim Angel of Reason

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    Please tell me you are being sarcastic.
     
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  20. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein I'm not deaf, I'm just a real bad listener
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    And non-dualists who perform blood sacrifices to God are still hearing that same God telling them to do it. Lol.
     
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