Can you Be Good Without Being a Christian – Answer #7

Here is a challenge every one must face at some time: “Can you be good, equally as good, without being a Christian?”

I remember how my atheist and humanist friends railed at the term “good Christian” 30 years ago. Then the culture still remembered that our version of good was based on Judeo/Christian ideas. The culture’s ideas are changing, however. So to address this question adequately, I suggest we start from definitions. We do need to define what “good” is.

I do not think that oppression is good. What about using sex to oppress. Is that good? But isn’t open sexual expression good? Isn’t more freedom good? The experienced and thoughtful person will see quickly how such a discussion may become very confusing — and very important for a young person.

I hope you enjoy the 7th installment of my Answers Series. They are not ordered, but just numbered. Be sure to get the entire set for your young person.

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