The authority is God's law, and religious social pressures. Without these, which enforce consequences, such as excommunication and hell, I really wouldn't be surprised if I saw more christians and other religious people eating their babies, murdering people, and raping their women.
Take a look back in the bible, which is given the OK by your authority (GOD) to murder people and rape women.
Originally Posted by Deuteronomy 20:10-14Originally Posted by Exodus 21:7-11 New Living TestamentOriginally Posted by Leviticus 20:13Originally Posted by 2 Chronicles 15:12-13Originally Posted by Judges 11:29-40 NLT
Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Ad Nausium.
The laws of god are no better than the laws of man. And humans, regardless of religion, are capable of horrible acts, except that if yeu have a religion, yeu can claim yeu were told to do so by 'god'.
I hate quoting myself, but I feel the need to stress this point.
Those who are religious, are still human. Nothing more, nothing less. They have the capacity for great good, and great evil. They will do BOTH in the name of whotever law they hold, whotever nation they were born to, whotever god they worship. These things do not matter; people will do horrific stuff.Originally Posted by Katsuni
Hitler did onto the jews *BECAUSE* he was christian, some of the worst rapes/murders have been because of 'god's plan', there are people picketing marriages based on their religious beliefs, arson, murder, rape, etc.
These will happen anyway, regardless of religion, my point isn't to say religion's evil or anything, it's to point out that humans are just inherantly capable of these things anyways. If yeu tell them to listen to the word of god, they'll say it was god's word that told them to do it. There is no 'moral high ground', and there is no 'we are more pure because we have religion'. Everyone falls prey to the same things, regardless.
The second that yeur law lets yeu commit horrible acts, there will be the few who will take it to heart. Most won't, but there'll always be some who will. It doesn't matter if it's man's law, or god's law though. The second yeu say it's alright, they still do the same thing. Having 'faith', does not change this. As much as we'd like to think it does.