Christianity is not about morality. Christianity is about becoming like Jesus Christ in character. People make this mistake a lot, think Christianity is about morality.
Morality is important, but if you treat people right all of your life but do not become anything yourself, that is a waste. Life is about becoming who we desire to be in life — great mother, great father, great scientist, great soccer player etc.. Morality does not help us become, it merely ensures we have a good conscience on our way to becoming. It ensures we do not look over our shoulder wondering if someone we intentionally mistreated is out to get us. This is value of morality plain and simple. But even if someone is not out to get us, there remains the whole karma thing, which is “God is just” and gets people for mistreating others.
You see we can be perfectly moral, yet perfectly deficient in love. People can choose not to steal, murder, bear false witness, or covet what belongs to their neighbor not because they love their neighbor but because it is noble and right not to do such things. Love of self can induce a man or woman to be perfectly moral.
A moral man can be totally deficient in love.
A man who loves, however, is moral not because morality is noble and right but because of who He is and has chosen to be. It is this man’s nature to be moral. A man who loves does not think in “thou shall not”; rather he thinks in “what shall I do today as demonstration of the love I am in Jesus Christ.”
Love embeds morality. Love implies moral man. Moral man does not imply a person who believes in and practices love.
It is spirituality — theism, atheism, agnosticism, whatever — that enables us become, that shapes who we desire to be, how we plan to get to who we desire to be, and who we share our deepest joys with on the path to becoming. For Christians, becoming is well defined in John 1:12, which states (words in brackets mine):
But as many as did receive him to them he gave authority (right, power) to become sons of God — to those believing in his name (Young’s Literal Translation).
Since God is Love (1John 4:8), faith in Jesus Christ implies aspiration to become love. Aspiration for essence of who we are to be love.
For a true son of God, morality is the tip of the iceberg, not even worth discussing. Its like opening a PhD Class in Physics at MIT by discussing the basic formulation of Newton’s First Law of Motion. Morality? A true son of God is way past morality. He or she is thinking about, meditating about, asking questions about, and making efforts towards becoming like God, like Jesus Christ. He focuses his energies on figuring out what to be doing, not what not to be doing. You see you may know what not to do yet not know what exactly you ought to be doing. Ruling out 8 things you know you ought not to do does not necessarily improve your chances of figuring out 1 of 2 things you ought to be doing. But if you know what you ought to be doing, you automatically know the 9 things you ought not to be doing.
Christian faith is about being proactive in love and what is good or right not an exercise in moral avoidance.
There are many Christians in the world but few people who truly understand Christian faith.
Christian faith makes sense. But most of its practitioners do not understand it enough to make sense of it for those who have questions about what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ.
If you would engage me in more discussion, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have in event you would like to reexamine your choice of atheism. Again I encourage you to check out my posts domiciled here on the Medium Platform.
All the Best.