Wednesday, June 27, 2007

God, Morality and International Law

Is God moral ?
Does God stand above morality, defining for us what is moral and what is immoral in accordance with His will? If so, whatever God does is moral. If God is bound by moral rules, then He is not omnipotent as certain immoral actions would be beyond him.

I believe it is morally wrong to physically impose one's will upon other life. Taking this point to its extreme, it is morally wrong to slaughter life.

God imposes 'right' and 'wrong' on all humanity, and does not bother with other forms of life ( 'giving man dominion over all other life to do as he pleases'). God in the Bible routinely slaughters, encourages incest, rape cannibalism , sacrifices and revels in eternal torture.

Is God really satan ?
Satan in contrast, gives the fruit of knowledge to Eve. God does not want this to happen, as He insists on blind obedience. So He punishes not only Eve, but the rest of humanity, forever. Satan does not commit any act even remotely approaching the cruelty of God.

If Hitler had won the war, we no doubt would have deified him and have treated him at par with Mae zedong or Stalin, who committed equally henious crimes.  So did satan really win the war and suceed in becoming God, convincing us to accept the real God as Satan ?

Morality and Natural selection
Morality is a product of human evolution. Almost anything that lets our race flourish is considered moral and those that do not are immoral.

The emphasis is on 'our'. For centuries 'our' race was defined as those sharing our beliefs, food, customs, Gods and way of life.

It now has to include all of humanity and later all life- possibly even non-life, as I believe morality is about how an action makes you feel in addition to what good or harm it causes .

The tamil poet Vallalar's immortal lines " vadiya payirai kanda podhallam ulam vadinen" ( I wilted when I saw wilted plants)- is closer to my idea of morality than the ten commandments or other such restrictions.

God and the Principles of International Law
 ( Source : Charter of the Nüremberg Tribunal - shorn of legalese and edited)

    Principle I - A person committing a crime as defined by the International Law is liable to be punished.

    Principle II - If this law does not specify a punishment, that does not mean that the corresponding crime can be committed.

    Principle III - No one is exempt from this law, be it kings or heads of state. ( or God ?)

    Principle IV - Even those 'merely following orders' are not exempt from this law.

    Principle V - All those charged have a right to fair trial.

    Principle VI - Punishable crimes are Crimes against peace, War crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Principle VII - Just complying with the above crimes itself is a crime.

According to these Principles, God, Church and most religious leaders do not stand a chance !


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