[quote=ahs]They only have opinions which clash with other people’s opinions of what “justice” means, or when it applies. Empathy is completely subjective, and “justice” is meaningless without a “belief system”. Empathy doesn’t tell you right from wrong, it only gives you a “feel” for something. But someone else may not “feel” that [behaviour ‘x’] is wrong. So it means nothing as far as an objective moral standard.
I disagree with you. Most people share a common understanding of what they consider just treatment. By empathy, most people understand that other people feel a similar way. It’s not fair if someone steals my stuff, so it’s not fair if I steal someone else’s stuff. it’s not fair if someone injures or kills me, so it’s not fair if I injure or kill someone else. In this way shared moral standards are developed based on the common value of not doing unnecessary harm to anyone. These may not be ‘objective’ in the strictest sense, but there is a core of shared moral standards that are almost universal and do not rely upon any belief in a creator or divine being.
[quote=ahs]You can judge whether your belief system’s moral standards are good (or bad) by an objective truth…comparing them with the objective Truth of the One Who gave us a moral standard. He made it possible for us to know His Truth. All that remains is to decide whether there really is a God, or not.
Again I disagree with you. Throughout human history people have believed in various gods. Even today there are many religions. Assuming that a person believes in one or more of these god concepts, by what moral standards does the person decide that any god is good and worthy of worship? I cannot use the moral standards defined by the Christian God to decide if the Christian God is good. That is circular reasoning. I must use some sort of moral standards that are outside any belief system. The only alternative is to decide to follow a particular religion without concerning myself with whether or not that god is good. That would be morally unacceptable (to me) and I don’t think that this is what most religious people do.