What system of morality denies that there is any such thing as intrinsic moral value? A: nihilism
What moral grounding dilemma did Plato’s Socrates make famous where he asked, “Is it correct because it is chosen by God, or is it chosen by God because it is correct?” A: Euthyphro
Here's the link to Plato's Euthyphro if you would like to read it.
I'm always fascinated by theists' interpretations of the Bible--millions claiming private knowledge about what it says, what God wants them to do, and more interestingly, what God told them that other people should be doing. What's more amazing is that what God wants and and what they want are usually the same thing.
Every theist has, to some degree, a different interpretation of the Bible and a different idea about the nature of God. Need support for slavery? It's in the Bible. Need to condemn slavery? It's in the Bible. Hate gays? It's in the Bible. Want to condemn homophobia and bigotry? It's in the Bible--and so on.
A 2011 Gallop poll indicates that 30% of Americans read the Bible literally.
So, just as there's no consensus on the creation myth in Genesis, one can only imagine what happens when theists interpret the Book of Revelation, where Jesus and some horsemen come riding into town and start killing off humanity--in thirds, for some unknown reason.
But how much damage can four or five people do riding through town on horseback a whoopin-and-a-whompin with a divinely sharp sword. Sure, they may have pestilence, fire, and boiling water on your side, but still...
But that's a silly interpretation, right? Surely no one in their right mind--at least no one you would hand a sharp object or someone in charge of anything important--would interpret the Bible like that.
Well, think again. Retired Lieutenant General and Family Research Council's Executive Vice President William (Jerry) Boykin begs to differ. Boykin has predicted the Son of God will be packing an AR-15 assault rifle during the Second Coming. He announced this to a crowd during a Pro-Family Legislators Conference in Dallas. "The sword today is an AR-15. If you don't have one, go get one. You're supposed to have one. It's biblical," he said.
Here's the link to the article in New York Daily News.
So does Jesus pack an AR-15 because it's good, or is the AR-15 good because Jesus packs it?