But then we have the scriptures which are very visible and purportedly written or dictated by the invisible God(s). Agreed. The Judeo-Christian and Islamic scriptures contain many passages that teach noble ideals, which the human race has done well to adopt as norms of behavior and, where appropriate, to codify into law. Agreed.
But without exception these principles developed in earlier cultures and history indicates that they were adopted by, rather than learned from, religion. While it is fine that religions preach moral precepts, they have no basis to claim that these precepts were authored by their particular deity, or, indeed, any deity at all.
Perhaps the primary principle upon which to live a moral life is the Golden Rule: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
In the Christian-dominated society in the West, most people wrongly assume that this was an original teaching of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. For some reason, their preachers, who surely know better, perpetuate this falsehood. The Golden Rule is not the exclusive property of a small desert tribe with a high opinion of itself. Here are some other, independent sources I discovered in my research, showing that the Golden Rule was already a widespread teaching well before Jesus:
- In The Doctrine of the Mean 13, written about 500 BCE, Confucius says, "What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others."
- Isocrates (c. 375 BCE) said, "Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others."
- The Hindu Mahabharata, written around 150 BCE, teaches, "This is the sum of all true righteousness: deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by."
So obviously Jesus, the human or whoever invented the gospels plagiarized & pirated those words of wisdom from elsewhere. It couldn't have been Jesus, the son of God. Such omniscient beings do not have to copy and flaunt it as their original insights. They could easily invent some mind boggling philosophy on their own.
As with the Bible, the Qur'an/Koran contains many sentiments that most of us would classify as commendable. It tells Muslims to be kind to their parents, not to steal from orphans, not to lend money at excess interest, to help the needy, and not to kill their children ...... unless it is necessary.
Aha ! ......unless it is necessary ?! But then when is it necessary ? The mullahs say when your daughter is raped, kill her. That will be a lesson for all the daughters of other households. The onus falls on the girl to protect her own chastity & maidenhood. But then pray what is the responsibility of the father & brothers ? Are they expected to keep sharpening their butcher-knives anticipating a possible transgression ?
Height of lunacy.
Which confirms to me that all these scriptures couldn't have been written or dictated by God(s) who are supposed to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent. They were written by some crazy old human bandicoots. Moreover these omni-prefixes apply only when those god(s) exist and that is very doubtful.
To my simple spiritually challenged mind, the invisible & the non-existent look very much alike.