Failure of Religion Is Not An Excuse For Evil

You may have read the story of a man named Wuor Arop, the lone survivor of a plane crash in South Sudan that killed all 37 aboard. Apparently the only other survivor is a 13-month old baby not related to Arop whom he cradled in his arms during the crash. Somehow, it makes sense to me that the baby survived because it is innocent but for the man there may have been some intervention – some karma involved. There is definitely some higher authority in this universe.

According to some atheists blogs I read (Makagatu & co), they claim that “no one is self sacrificing unless he is going to benefit from it.” So in this case, I want to ask the atheists what benefit was Arop thinking of when he cradled the baby. The truth is the act, before impact, of protecting the baby was an instinct. He had no intention of benefiting from anything whatsoever. He knew he was going to die but he put his self-preserving instinct on hold and thought to himself, “let me attempt to protect this baby” and they both survived. His friend who sat beside died also.

Of course he may not be a good man and we cannot say this god or that god saved him, but in those critical moments only our good deeds can save us. His momentary act of goodness has saved him for now. If there were no religions or all religions were corrupted there will still be moral men because morality is something innate. Failure of religion is not an excuse to lead an immoral lifestyle. Please Mr. Atheist don’t tell me you don’t have a religion so you don’t know what is good from bad. You’ve got to be kidding me! Faulty moral judgments don’t affect anything but us.

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22 thoughts on “Failure of Religion Is Not An Excuse For Evil

  1. Hey VP, hope you have been well.
    You seem to have a limited view of benefits that accrue from a deed. If you limit yourself to just financial benefits then you fail to see how one benefits from an action. To think because he saved a kid then a god is real must be the sloppiest way to reason even for you.

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    • My Nairobi friend! Long time no see. How are you faring in the war on God or gods? You might need more crusaders in this war. Because everyday new gods are introduced to children. Well, that’s just by the way.

      At no point in time did I mention that he was expecting financial benefits. Nobody can explain what motivated him to act the way he did. If you can explain how he planned to benefit whatsoever by risking his life, I will be glad to hear your view on it.

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      • I haven’t declared a war on the gods. I am a pacifist and don’t fight non existent entities.
        If I was him, which I am not, I could tell his motives but we could, if we have his email address ask him.

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        • How does his email address explain his accidental deed. You are not saying the whole plane crash was stagemanaged, are you? Because he suffered broken bones in about six places.

          My friend, it’s ok if you have come to a dead end in your argument. It sometimes happens to all of us so it’s normal.

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  2. I am shocked that you would write

    Failure of religion is not an excuse to lead an immoral lifestyle. Please Mr. Atheist don’t tell me you don’t have a religion so you don’t know what is good from bad. You’ve got to be kidding me! Faulty moral judgments don’t affect anything but us.

    But if I may ask, as Socrates as Euthyphro, what is good?

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