Religious rules that have nothing to do with morality

Sniff test

Sniff test

Let’s put religious rules under the microscope.  It occurred to me today that many rules imposed by religions have absolutely nothing to do with morality. Surely the whole point of a religion is to provide us with guidelines on how to behave towards our fellow man. These guidelines should be designed to help us to be better people. The  kind of people who treat others how we would like to be treated.  If a religion has a rule that has nothing to do with becoming a better person or treating other people well then it doesn’t pass my sniff test.

Let’s start with the Christian ten commandments ( their code of conduct ) and apply my sniff test to each rule.

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I am the LORD thy God thou shalt have no other gods.

No graven images or likenesses

Not take the LORD‘s name in vain

Remember the sabbath day

None of these rules help make us a better person or tell us how to treat others. They have nothing to do with morality. They are more like membership rules for an exclusive club.

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Honour thy father and thy mother

Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not commit adultery

Thou shalt not steal

Thou shalt not bear false witness

Thou shalt not covet

These rules all are related to how we treat others. It is all about treating others as we would like to be treated. The rules are clearly telling us what behaviour towards others is right and what is wrong.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits ingesting blood and that Christians should not accept blood transfusions or donate or store their own blood for transfusion. The belief is based on an interpretation of scripture that differs from that of other Christian denominations.

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This rule does not help make the world a better place, nor does it help others. In fact, following this rule will cost many followers their lives. I do not think it is moral to let someone die  because of a rule that has no logical or justifiable reason behind it apart from” it was in a book  and I think it means this.” The rule is not designed to protect or help others. How can a person follow a rule that will ensure a loved one dies when they could have easily been saved? How can that rule ever be considered morally justified? What is the gain for following such a rule? Entry to heaven?

Now lets examine the Five Pillars of Islam and apply the same sniff test.

The Five Pillars of Islam are the framework of the Muslim life.

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1) The Testimony of Faith: saying with conviction,  “There is no true god (deity) but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”

2) Prayer:Muslims perform five prayers a day.

3) Fasting the Month of Ramadan:Every year in the month of Ramadan,4 all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.

5) The Pilgrimage to Makkah:The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.

None of these rules help make us a better person or tell us how to treat others. They have nothing to do with morality. They are more like membership rules for an exclusive club.

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5) Giving Zakat (Support of the Needy)

Of the five pillars, this is the only one that is telling us how to treat others. It is all about treating others as we would like to be treated.

Many religions have an oversupply of rules to govern your daily life that has little to do with morality such as rules on how to go to the bathroom, wipe your bottom etc. When I find rules within a religion that have no moral purpose I see them as controlling rather than a genuine attempt to help someone become a better person.

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The Catholic church says that contraception is a sin but preventing conception hurts no one.

The Catholic church also says that Abortion is a sin and that is clearly a moral rule as the life of a human being is at stake. If we had all been aborted by our mothers we would not now exist so clearly this is a rule telling us what behaviour towards others is right and what is wrong.

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How many other religious rules can you think of that fail my sniff test?

 

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