Again....the PEW study does NOT say a belief in G!d is required for morality.
The pew study simply asked the question.... and the majority of the people responding said they 'believe' a belief in G!d is necessary for morality.....big difference....heck if you ask Americans they think Budweiser is good beer too.
third strike rules....mandatory minimum sentencing....jailing nonviolent drug offenders....and 25% of them are marijuana offenses...
The only thing holding back presidents from changing the marijuana laws is the feared increase in unemployment rate when they have to let all these folks out... and the cost of reintegrating them in society.
But if they had broke them out individually we'd see those points on the graph that contradict their statement...and the line of the average would move.In 22 of the 40 countries surveyed, the majority says it is necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person. “This position] is highly prevalent, if not universal, in Africa and the Middle East,” says the report.
They didn't skip the Muslim countries. The belief is so universal in those areas that there was no need to break them out individually.
No conspiracy to skew results.
Just me, not that my intention is to deny your assertion that "true" Christians have a spiritual relationship with God but, throughout the Tanach, the Lord would not have a spiritual relationship with false prophets. Now, as the NT is concerned, Jesus made it very clear that the Lord does not have a spiritual relationship with those who do not live according to the Law and the Prophets. (Mat. 5:17-19) Also Isaiah says that those who do not speak according to the Law and the Prophets, it is because there is no truth in what they say. (Isa. 8:20) My question is: Do "true" Christians teach according to the Law and the Prophets? They can't because Paul the founder of Christianity used to preach against the Law and used his policy of Replacement Theology to teach against both, the Law and the Prophets.(Acts 21:21; Heb. 7:12,22)
My off-the-cuff reactions are
1. 1,000 people questioned per country? Not very representative.
2. Are the opinions of people who may never thought about the subject before being questioned worth the paper their written on?
There's rubbish, utter rubbish, and opinion polls.
Personally, I think there's a logical reason which anyway wouldn't exclude atheists, yet it's much easier to happen with a believer. The Bible says: Abraham believed and for that he was considered righteous. If we want to be able to love people, the first thing we have to do is delivering ourselves from fears. That happens when we understand that time does not exist and when we say to God: Thy will be done. When we accept God's will, whatever He wants for us, we cannot fear anything. For an atheist obviously this thing works in a different way, but, if a non-theist delivers himself or herself from any fear he loves as a believer does. So, I think that the belief in God is a great help, yet it's not required.
At least, that's my opinion.
Written laws are ease to break.
When the law is written in our hearts there is no temptation to break them.
No, one does not have to believe in God for morality.
Either one has to be a decent human being moral as a gift from God.and remain a doubting Thomas.
WHats a Father to do with a rebelious child,, only G od knows.