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Paul Chaveriat Without a religious foundation how can we obtain adequate morals Religion has always presented me with an interesting personal conflict I have been raised as a Lutheran I attended Church almost every Sunday until I was a senior in High School I even attended a Lutheran school from kindergarten until graduation Now I am confident that even without all of this training I would still uphold the same strict morals by which I lead my life However I also believe that my strong Christian influence has helped me by surrounding me with others who share the same morals This is where religion proves its usefulness by providing a unifying life-theory for people to share I know many people with no religious affiliation what so ever even people who consider themselves atheist who live by the utmost moral standards In my life I do not think about Jesus before I so something good I do not stay away from evil because I am scared of the Devil On an individual level I believe morals have very little to do with religion Religion on the other hand does have a lot to do with morals From one religion to the next there is no reason for anyone to believe any more than another It comes down to whatever suits you best whatever fits best with your morals I believe that people are inherently good it is no coincidence that most major religions have so much in common People have formed these beliefs because all over the world people have a desire to be good and to share that goodness with others Religion is a result of their desires it enables an entire society to have in common the way in which they want to lead their lives This is a very powerful thing Even if everyone had good morals individually these would not be established morals These morals would
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