Living in the Bible Belt, what I’m about to say could be considered heresy. But did you know you don’t have to be a Christian to be a good person?
This a lesson that many adult people have yet to learn. You don’t have to be a Christian to be a good person.
Seriously. You don’t.
Most people don’t steal or commit murder. They also don’t have affairs, and they don’t curse. They respect their elders, and they don’t lie.
People turn the other cheek, love their neighbors, and speak up for those that can’t speak up for themselves. They welcome home the protocol son and have the patience of Jude.
And they do it all without ever learning about the Ten Commandments, going to church, or reading the Bible.
Yes. It is possible to lead an ethical, moral, good life even if you are an atheist or agnostic.
You Don’t Have to Be a Christian to Be a Good Person
Even among world religions, Christians haven’t cornered the market on living a good life.
Judaism, Buddhism, and yes even Islam all teach the benefit of leading a good life and the impact of your decisions on the people around you.
So, please. Next time you are a judging a person to determine if they are ethical, moral, kind, and a good influence, take their religion (or lack of) out of the equation.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.