The reason I pity those who don't believe in God or at least the possibility of a higher power and a next level is those people believe they have free rein to commit any moral wrong they like while they are here with no consequences when they die.
Those who believe there is a price to pay, perhaps for eternity, will naturally be better people on average unless they have a significant mental illness such as being a sociopath or psychopath with no conscience or built-in filter.
Exactly the opposite...
How many times have you heard, "I'm not perfect, just forgiven"?
In mainstream Christianity, you get to heaven by grace, not deeds. No matter what crimes you commit, you can just accept Jesus as your savior and go to heaven. All is forgiven. You have NO PRICE TO PAY for your crimes.
If a person is only 'good' because they want a an eternal reward or fear an eternal punishment then they are really not 'good' at all.
There is ZERO correlation between religiosity and crime. In my 58 years on this rock it seems to me that those who claim the moral high ground are the ones who carry the most baggage of hatred and bigotry. Evangelical types have a higher divorce rate, higher rate of teen pregnancy, a higher rate of pedophilia, and a higher rate of abortion too, despite claims to the contrary.
How many preachers have bilked little old ladies out of their life savings? Look at Kent Hovind being caught doing drugs with a male prostitute, the scandals of the Bakers, Swaggart's scandal, priests raping little boys, etc. These are the people who claim to be the most "Godly". The US is a very religious country, but look at the crime rate. Statistically, the least religious countries have the lowest crime rates.
I have raped and murdered all the people I wanted to... and that number is zero. I would be the last person to steal from you, lie to you, harm you, or hit on your wife, not because of a belief in a higher power, but because I have no desire to do those things.
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