Moral behavior: divinely inspired or evolved?


BK-Cash find

This story was reported in my local rag this morning and immediately had me pondering a couple of things that frequently run through my brainial meats whenever I encounter stories of this sort.  For me, these stories immediately raise a number of questions that I’ve never been able to adequately resolve.

Perhaps I’ll find some help with this posting.  I particularly hope that readers who profess to believe in the supernatural could lend some insight into my ponderings.

The first observation I have is this: Janelle and her husband decided to do the “right” thing, not because she knew intuitively that it was the “right” thing to do, but because they believed that a) Jehovah was overseeing their drive-thru activity and b) they believed that they knew what choice Jehovah would have them make in this situation.  The question, of course, that immediately comes to mind as I make this observation is this: what does it say about a person’s internal moral development when they resolve their moral dilemmas solely on the basis on what they believe that their object of supernatural veneration would have them do?

The second question that immediately comes to mind is this: If Jehovah is an omniscient being who knows all things – past, present and future – why would he find it necessary to watch every nanosecond of your life, and believed to guide all of your daily decisions?     Unless my understanding of Jehovah is way off kilter, Jehovah was well aware of the decision Janelle and her husband would make eons before they were even born.  Why would Jehovah bother to watch a rerun of Janelle’s behavior, just to make sure he was right about what he knew eons before?

The third question I have is this: How does Janelle and her husband so easily come to the conclusion that Jehovah wanted Janelle to return the cash?  Couldn’t it be quite possible that Jehovah was guiding the manager’s hand when the cash was placed in the take-out bag instead of the spicy chicken sandwich?  Maybe Jehovah influenced the manager to give the cash to a person he felt was in real need of it or, as Janelle said, someone who really “could have used it.”  If this were the case, Janelle’s decision to return the cash is actually a violation of Jehovah’s will.

Now, the Jdubs who will read this post might normally be inclined to declare that my observations and questions show a distinctive and strong Satanic influence but I caution them against rushing to this conclusion.  After all, Jehovah knew long ago that I’d be asking these questions and I’m sure you’d insist that my asking is just part of Jehovah’s will.

Thanks in advance for all the insight you might offer.  I’m looking forward to receiving it. I’m ready to make a quantum leap in my knowledge and understanding of the unseen forces claimed to be guiding us mortals.

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6 Responses to Moral behavior: divinely inspired or evolved?

  1. Dan says:

    “For me, these stories immediately raise a number of questions that I’ve never been able to adequately resolve.” Your questions arise from trying to extract sense and logic from a fairy tale state of mind. Let it go, its a lost cause.

    If you haven’t seen it already, search “Hitchens eviscerates god” for a 10 min. excerpt from a debate with his brother. I can’t stop watching it. Hitch starts by stating that not even Aquinas could make the leap from a deist (very basic belief that a prime mover even exists) to a theist (belief that said prime move takes active role in our day to day lives – leading to your question of morality). So while jdubs (nice nickname BTW) certainly harvest substantial feel good vibes from adhering to their gifted moral compass, the deeper truth is that every one of them via their own unique sophomoric rationale(s), are content to lazily accept the theist stance and deactivate further inquisition. It is truly the most juvenile approach to faith. Unsurprisingly they can then empower themselves to boil the frog to develop the most preposterous of ideas, viz. offering up their liberty and integrity to the sky fairy, or in other faiths, justify murder under the cloak of blasphemy.

    • Oh, you’re spot-on correct in everything that you offer. We’re both workin’ on the same page. But I’d like to clarify something that I believe needs a little clarification: my “questions” are only rhetorical. The answer to those questions should be obvious to any thoroughly rational and critically thinking person which, yes, I know, Jdubs are typically not.

      My sole purpose is to parse an adhered-to piece of logic to its fundamental elements so as to make its inherent contradiction impossible to escape comprehension for any non-intellectually challenged person. When I ask how a preordained entity can possibly behave in any fashion other than that for which it was preordained, I fully expect that someday, in someone’s brainial cavity, a light will go off, a long-lost neuron will make a connection as a result of considering this observation. That one spark of cognitive dissonance could (I’m told!) cascade the thought process to a state of further questioning and critical analysis of the many other contradictions held in the minds of people who adhere to such mind-numbing illogic.

      Even Jdubs can’t escape acknowledgement of that obvious contradiction. Their only recourse is to:
      a) Discard reading anything I might offer (i.e. bury their heads deeper into the muck)
      b) Declare its Satanic influence and resort to action a above
      c) Change the subject entirely or introduce an unrelated argument with hopes of polluting and obfuscating the analysis I offer
      d) Grab their scriptural binky and again read more passages that they insist support their stubbornly-held illogic

      Sadly, the vast majority of them consistently choose one or more of these four choices. It’s as predictable as the daily sunrise.

      But alas, all one can do is try.

      • Dan says:

        In that Hitch clip “…it may not be said that there is no god; it may be said that there is no reason to think that there is one”. If all humanity were to give that sentiment an honest whack, well…for me, it was the spark you refer to. Lennon wrote a song about it.

        Thanks for the post

  2. “Free will” is a concept that Jdubs always like to affirm as real. But everytime I hear it expressed I wonder the same thing: if Jehovah knew what decision someone would make in any situation eons before that person was even conceived, how could one do anything except that which conformed to Jehovah’s knowledge of the future? If we are to accept the notion that Jehovah knows all, we must also conclude that we can do nothing more than what Jehovah already knows and this demands that we conclude “free will” to be nothing more than a delusion.

    “I took a short lunch today but didn’t put in for overtime – is that divinely inspired?” I doubt it. But neither is it a moral dilemma. Sorry, this analogy didn’t help clarify anything related to the moral issue.

    “Jehovah is not partial?” I don’t understand this one at all. According to the deepities promulgated by Jdub “scholars,” he’s already guaranteed 144,000 people a special place in his next 1000 year paradise. How much “deeper” into this religion must one dive in order better comprehend this “impartiality?”

    Inquiring minds need to know.

  3. April Hill says:

    This woman is a little left of center. No doubt if she gets over a cold she believed Jehovah cured her. Everyone had free will she simply practiced same. Further, I would like to know her rational on why some faithful witnesses pass away and others do not when they suffer from the same diagnosis – Jehovah is not partial. Her depth if knowledge of the religion may not be deep yet. I took a short lunch today but didn’t put in for overtime – is that divinely inspired?

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