1:3 Has It Caused Good?
Good people will do good regardless of religion, just as bad people will do bad.
Christianity has never caused a person with bad intents to preform good or charitable acts. It does however cause people with good intents to preform immoral and atrocious acts by skewing their perception of reality, the basis of their decision making.
Charity Is Not Exclusive
All charitable contributions that have been associated with Christianity are not exclusive to Christianity. Charitable organizations such as Toys For Tots, The Nature Conservancy, Doctors Without Borders, American Red Cross, Kiva, Mama's Kitchen, and the American Cancer Society are all secular based with no religious affiliation. These organizations help simply for the sake of helping, and they demonstrate that we don't need Christianity to help others.
A Comparison of Societies
A simple way to see if Christianity, or simply belief in God, is beneficial is to compare religious societies to non-religious societies. Some of the top non-religious countries are also the most peaceful countries and have lower crime rates, better social services for the disadvantaged, and contribute more per capita to international aid than a primarily Christian country like USA. Even just in the USA the more religious states - including TN, AR, AL, and OK – have the highest divorce rates. Teen pregnancy, suicide, and alcohol related traffic fatalities are also higher in states with larger religious populations.
If societies lacking belief in God are commonly better off than those that do, obviously belief in God is not what fuels good in societies.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as of 1997 atheists make up only 0.209% of its prison population. That is a mere 156 out of 74,731 criminals who do not deriver their morals from religious beliefs while the rest do.
Global Peace Index
According to the 2011 Global Peace Index, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Finland, Czech Republic, and Vietnam are among the 30 most peaceful countries. The primarily Christian country, USA, ranks 82nd.
The ranking of how turbulent and warlike a country is is based on 23 criteria, including foreign wars, internal conflicts, respect for human rights, the number of murders, the number of people in jail, the arms trade, and degrees of democracy.http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi-data/#/2011/scor/
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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