Morals, Values, Principles, Character And Integrity

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Morals, Values, Principles, Character And Integrity

Even An Atheist Can Live A Morale Life!

Character is a pattern of behavior, thoughts and feelings based on universal principles, moral strength, and integrity – plus the guts to live by those principles every day. Character is evidenced by your life’s virtues and the “line you never cross.” Character is the most valuable thing you have, and nobody can ever take it away.

Character in life is what makes people believe in you and is essential both for individual success and for our society to function successfully. Each individual must do his or her part every day by living a life of integrity.

Integrity is adhering to a moral code of honesty, values, courage, strength and truthfulness – being true to your word. When you don’t exhibit integrity, other people get hurt. But you hurt yourself even more. Integrity means having high standards of behavior and sticking to them, even when it is difficult, or inconveniences yourself, and even when it goes unnoticed or is perhaps unpopular.

When you cheat, your “success” is false. When you break a promise, you are showing that your word is meaningless. When you lie, you deceive others and lose their respect.

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards

Even as an atheist who does not believe in God, Your good character is the most important asset you have. It takes a lifetime to build but can be lost in an instant. Once lost, it is difficult to regain. Your true character is revealed when no one else is looking. Often, people decide to act based on short term gain, or an easy fix to a problem and end up doing the wrong thing. The old adage “you are what you do” is true. Failure to consider the long term consequences of your acts can be disastrous. By studying and focusing on the importance of character, you will be guided by principles, moral strength, and integrity to do the right thing. Nothing is more important for true success in your life.

The New Testament generally asserts that all morality flows from the Great Commandment, to love God with all one’s heart, mind, strength, and soul, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. In this, Jesus was reaffirming teachings of Deut 6:4-9 and Lev 19:18.

The Seven Social Sins are:

  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.


According to Paul Tillich

  • Goodness without knowledge is weak;
  • Knowledge without goodness is dangerous.
  • We have to build a better man before we can build a better society.
  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.
  • Our purpose is not to make a living but a life–a worthy, well-rounded, useful life.

Morality is not a subject; it is a life put to the test in dozens of moments.

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Johnnie O. Michael, Sr.

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