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Morals are the more serious aspects of how we behave and how we treat others This means that failure to follow the more important morals will result in a much harsher reaction from others Examples of this would include racial discrimination physical abuse and stealing Many strict fundamentalists believe that there will be serious consequences from a higher being as well Therefore these people follow the moral law very strictly sometimes in fear In their opinion without a divine lawgiver there can be no universal moral law The view that God creates the moral law is called the Divine Command Theory of Ethics According to this view what makes an action right depends on what God says is right There is an ongoing debate on whether the world can have morality without Gods word or if it would be in complete chaos if left solely up to us Fundamentalists defend the Bible by claiming that the Bible is necessary for people to know how to live moral lives They come to this conclusion through several different assumptions Their first assumption is that God exists Another assumption is that morality is derived from the nature of God Then they assume that God revealed absolute morality to mankind Therefore people must rely on the Bible to know what is moral and immoral They imagine life without the Bible as a moral chaos resembling that of ancient Israel before the time of its kings Yet another assumption is that man is incapable of making moral decisions without some kind of divine guidance In other words man must have Gods help or else he just cant determine exactly what is right and what is wrong It is often nice to think that we will live in another world after we die in this one and so these kinds of thinkers spend their lives believing in religions that offer them the hope of gods and saviors who promise them
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