Compassion

Discussion in 'All Other Discussions' started by Crabtownboy, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    16,606
    Likes Received:
    152
    “Compassion is the basis of morality.”


    Arthur Schopenhauer
     
  2. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    38,268
    Likes Received:
    776
    Sorry, the basis of morality is a Holy and righteous God
     
  3. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    16,606
    Likes Received:
    152
    What about your personal morality?

    Have you ever read Schopenhauer? Maybe you should.
     
  4. Don

    Don
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2000
    Messages:
    10,535
    Likes Received:
    206
    If your personal morality doesn't stem from being a Christian--and therefore, from a holy and righteous God--then your personal morality is man-made.
     
  5. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    16,606
    Likes Received:
    152
    Of course if we are Christian our personal morality should be based on that which God expects. Where does compassion come into your personality morality and how you conduct your life?
     
  6. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    38,268
    Likes Received:
    776
    Since his value system apparently does not come from God I have no interest.
     
  7. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,065
    Likes Received:
    214
    Are there people - say atheists - who are very moral?
     
  8. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O.
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2002
    Messages:
    9,831
    Likes Received:
    114
    The root of one's personal moral nature can come from many prompts. As Rev said, the Christians choice of following a moral nature should come from obedience to the holy God we serve.

    But even Christians and nonChristians alike can fail and "behave" out of duty, wanting to score "points" with God/authority of man, avoiding punishment, or even wanting to impress others.

    And there are moral codes that have nothing to do with compassion.

    If I make a moral choice not to sleep with a man who is not my husband, I don't make that choice out of compassion, but of obedience to God. The same with making the moral choice not to steal monies from petty cash at work. My motivation there, other than God's command not to steal, is not to lose my job, because getting caught is inevitable.

    Compassion can drive a few moral choices, but compassion is not a blanket or universal motivator.
     
  9. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    38,268
    Likes Received:
    776
    All moral standards outside of God are subjective and therefore dependent on the individual. Such moral codes cannot, nor should, be imposed on someone else for the individual has not moral authority of another. However, God and God alone has all authority and is the only moral code that could and should be imposed on all people.

    Therefore, there is no moral code expect God's.
     
    #9 Revmitchell, Jan 13, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
  10. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,065
    Likes Received:
    214
    Or more appropriately - Gods moral law is the best as it is perfect.
     
  11. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    16,606
    Likes Received:
    152
    Does God show compassion?
     
  12. Alcott

    Alcott
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2002
    Messages:
    7,452
    Likes Received:
    93
    Not by YOUR standards, boy. You push communist health care, for instance, and say it's compassionate. But God could heal every disease and rid the world of every one.. but he doesn't. So you tell me, snip- does God show compassion?
     
    #12 Alcott, Jan 16, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 16, 2016

Share This Page

Loading...