Behavior and morals are indicative of what we think. Behavior and morals are not accurate expressions of what we beleive.
If you are a Christian you have spent most of your life being told how you should act. The end of sermons, Sunday School class and even devotionals usually end with something like, “As Christians we should….”
There should certainly be a difference between Christians and non-Christians but that behavior only says so much.
Let me illustrate. Most confessing Christians don’t murder other people. There are some exceptions to this of course, but as a generality most Christians have not committed the murders that fill our news media.
However, it could also be said that for the most part confessing atheists don’t commit most of the murders that fill our news media. In fact, if you do a little digging around you will find that there are many atheists that argue that their morality is often times better than that of confessing Christians. (here is an example) Not just that but they will argue that a book, such as the Bible, isn’t something they need to inform them that committing murder is bad, or wrong.
My point is that moral behavior can be found among many groups that aren’t Christian and even in groups that oppose Christianity or any religion.
The name of this blog is “Becoming A Follower.” There is a reason for that. It is not about learning to behave better, or improving yourself. It is about struggling towards the life of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This blog is about faith in God (Father, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit). You don’t have to have faith to follow Jesus. However, you have to have faith to be a disciple. Disciples follow Jesus in faith that He is the Son of the Living God.
Our behavior and morals aren’t just a list of behaviors. Our behavior and morals are external expressions of our faith, but we don’t rely upon our external behaviors to define us. We are defined by who has called us and who is changing us.
I’m not the only one that thinks this way. I encourage you to search the term “moral therapeutic deism” for more insight and information.