I met with a pastor the other day. It was in response to a critique I sent him of his sermon. I'm sure he's probably never received such a thing:) He was civil and polite though and replied by saying "Thanks for the feedback!" My concern was him preaching that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. Now, I know it is a lot of things and people are real sensitive to it, but the truth is that there are errors, as I have learned from the wonderful evangelical Christian turned atheist, Dr. Bart D. Ehrman about this very thing. The Bible is filled with errors: additions, deletions, variants, contradictions, etc. Well, I let the pastor know this, and I told him that I know that they learned this in seminary school because Dr. Ehrman let the cat out the bag, so to speak. Pastor Sean did admit that there are errors as far as copy errors, but that's as far as he was willing to go. Anyhow, I agreed that it can be the "inspired" word of God. But what is inspired mean? The New Testament is written in Greek, and Jesus spoke Aramaic.
So we played around with these ideas some. But then he told me that you can't have morals without the Bible, morals without religion that is. I simply told him that that is not true, you can. I am an example of it. My parents are without religion, but have plenty of integrity. My Mom's mom, my Grandma Pat is a Christian. But my Dad's mom and dad were not religious, though. My family never really talked about religion growing up. My younger brother became Pentecostal and my older brother, I think he's agnostic, but he's never told me so.But the point is, all of my nuclear family was without religion and the Bible for all of my childhood and we turned out to have good morals. I don't think it is right to discriminate against us atheists, saying we don't have morals. That's the way I took it anyhow. I think we can all get along though. But I will continue to correct the evangelical Christian when I get the chance. I just wish I knew more about ethics. I took an ethics course in college. But I mean know about how people like Plato and Aristotle shaped our ethics, and the lesser known philosophers. So any recommended readings y'all have I'm up for them. In general though, I can say as a layman that there are moral people without religion and the Bible. I know right from wrong. Now my mental illness has caused me to do the wrong thing in the past, thinking it was right. But that is a different story. That's called insanity. But i have regained my sanity fortunately. Thanks to all y'all atheist:)