Why do you need to believe in all powerful super being for morals? Why cant you teach kids ‘hey, don’t kill innocent people..dont steal from others..dont lie and manipulate people for your gain, don’t cheat on your wife/gf” without god?
Religion may teach morals, but does so with an unhealthy (in my opinion) use of guilt tactics. The ‘when you masturbate baby Jesus cries’ type teachings.
I feel, an atheist is MORE moral than a Christian. Lets take a Christian and an athiest..both are good people, in action.
However, the atheist has no afterlife beleifs..no fear of punishment from god for doing wrong. When no one is looking, he doesn’t steal money from the cash register because he feels it is wrong. His motives are pure.
He does good even when no one is looking even though he does not believe god will reward him with heaven. He does good for the sake of doing good.
The Christian on the other hand, has hell /fear of punishment from god. So anytime he does good, his motives aren’t as pure. He doesn’t want to be punished by god. Or he wants the reward..eternal life in heaven. Either way..his motives are suspect considering his belief in reward / punishment.
The truly moral person is the person who does right even when all forms of enforcement for transgressing the law /moral code are not present.