I understand the problem people have with religion. I see similarities in all religions yet only hold too one as the true religion. I could try to be intellectually honest and say that it is the similarities that are what are true so that is what should be held to. Peace, love, compassion, etc.
With this, you either arrive at the universalist stance that all are saved once we revert back to our true selves or come more into alignment of the agnostic and atheist who say we do not need a god as we are basically all the same but holding to whatever beliefs as a security blanket.
Here is my problem with the first position. Universalism says that all people will be saved, but there is no justice in that logic. We as people live by rules and order for the society. Justice is programmed into us and this position rejects everything that is natural to human nature.
My problem with the second position is that saying we are all the same rejects human nature as well. Yes, we all live and will die and something may or may not happen when we are dead. That used to be my line of thought, but where did morals come from? Not from religion as religions have different standards as to what is morally correct, but it is not part of the nature of animals, which if being scientifically honest, that is what a person really is. You see bits of altruism in the wild nature, but it is more of a rarity than a regularity. It is not natural of animals, yet we want to claim that is or should be a natural part of humanity. Why? How do we explain the moral position that humanity claims which thus leads back in to that whole pesky justice thing? What animal will seek justice when it’s young is killed? What animal will seek justice when someone they care about is harmed? This is not a natural emotion of animals.
Since we all know evolution is true, at least on a micro level, would it stand to reason, if we are being scientifically honest, that other animals’ species would have developed these same traits? Maybe not to the same degree as humans, since we have thumbs and we all know that thumbs make us morally superior, but shouldn’t we see more similarities in animal societies compared to human societies in order to really see how we are just another form of animal?
But we do not so we must reason, with scientific honesty, as to where did this whole moral sense come from.