LOL. Reason #5464126546131646131 to wish time machines existed. :)
Rick Santorum is a Roman Catholic, and seeing as how he is an American he most likely read the King James Edition or an English translation of the Latin Vulgate (such as the Douay-Rheims Bible).
Either way, what you should be asking yourself is if you want to leave morality up to a god that orders genocide. For example:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys." - Samuel 15:2-3 King James Version.
As for your question on morality stemming from god or man, I would argue that god(s) cannot exist without man. If every Hindu fell off the face of the Earth tomorrow, Vishnu would cease to exist. If the Christian nation ceased to exist, the Bible would be in the fiction section of Barnes and Noble.
The only difference between religion and mythology is the absence of living followers.
Will this help?
(King James Version)
(As in "Thou shalt not"...???)
The biblical god personally kills a total of 371,186 people, not counting his slaughter of every living thing in Genesis 7. The biblical god also orders the killing of a total of 1,862,265.
Gen 22:2 - God accepts human sacrifices (including that of Jesus, later).
Ex 12:29 - God kills all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.
Ex 15:3 - God is a god of war.
Ex 21:15, 17 - Anyone who strikes or curses a parent must be killed.
Ex 22:18 - Every witch must be killed.
Ex 22:19, 20 - You must kill anyone who "lieth with a beast," or who worships any god other than Yahweh.
Ex 31:15 - Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be killed.
Lev 20:10, 13, 27 - You must kill adulterers, homosexuals, wizards and spirit mediums.
Lev 21:9 - Any priest's daughter who fornicates must be burned alive.
Lev 24:16 - Blasphemers must be killed.
Num 16:27-33 - God caused the whole tribe of Korah -- men, women, and children -- to be buried alive.
Num 21:3 - God caused the destruction of all the Canaanites.
Num 31:7-35 - God orders Moses to kill the Midianites, making sure to slaughter not only the men but also the boys and females, except for the 32,000 virgin girls.
Deut 3:4 - God is pleased that his warriors destroyed 60 cities.
Deut 7:16 - You must kill all the people God delivers into your hands, and "thine eye shall have no pity upon them."
Deut 13:5 - Any prophet or "dreamer of dreams," who serves another god, must be killed.
Deut 13:6-9 - If your brother, son, daughter, wife, or friend tempts you to worship other gods, "thou shalt surely kill him."
Deut 13:13-15 - If the people of any city worship other gods, you must slaughter them all, including their cattle.
Deut 17:5 - Any man or woman who worships other deities of sun, moon or stars must be stoned to death.
Deut 18:20 - False prophets must be killed.
Deut 20:16-17 - God commands complete destruction of all Hittites, Amorites,
Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, and "thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth."
Deut 22:21 - A bride found not to be a virgin must be stoned to death.
Deut 22:22 - Adulterers must be killed.
Deut 22:23-24 - A girl who is raped within city limits, and fails to cry out, must be killed.
Deut 28:22-28 - If you don't obey God's commandments, he will punish you with consumption, fever, extreme burning, blasting, mildew, hemorrhoids, the scab, the itch, the botch of Egypt, etc., as well as "madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart."
Josh 6:21 - God's warriors destroyed Jericho and killed every man, woman, child, and domestic animal.
Josh 8:25 - God's warriors killed 12,000 people in the city of Ai.
Josh 19:47 - The children of Dan wanted more room, so they destroyed the whole population of Leshen and took their territory.
Judges 1:17-18 - Judah and Simeon utterly destroyed the populations of Zephath, Gaza, Askelon and Ekron.
Judges 11:39 - In accord with God's law, Jephthah was forced to burn his virgin daughter to death as a sacrifice.
Judges 15:15 - God enables Samson to kill 1,000 men with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 20:46 - At Gibeah, Benjamin's men killed 25,000 people and burned every town.
1 Sam 6:19 - God kills 50,070 people for trying to peek into the Ark.
1 Sam 15:3 - God commands the destruction of Amalek: "Slay both men and women, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
2 Sam 6:7 - God kills Uzzah for touching the Ark, even though he was trying to save it from falling off its oxcart.
1 Kings 18:40 - God commands the slaughter of "prophets of Baal".
1 Kings 20:36 - Because a man didn't "obey the voice of the Lord," a lion was sent to kill him.
2 Kings 2:24 - God sent bears to tear apart 42 children for making fun of Elisha's bald head.
2 Kings 10:25 - God commands the killing of a multitude in the temple of Baal.
2 Kings 19:35 - God's angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in a single night.
1 Chron 21:14 - God kills 70,000 Israelites with a pestilence.
2 Chron 15:13 - Any man or woman who refuses to "seek the Lord God of Israel" must be killed.
Job 1:15-19 - God arranges the killing of Job's children, servants and animals.
Isa 13:16 - God promises that all the Babylonians' children will be "dashed to pieces before their eyes;" their wives will be raped.
Isa 45:7 - God says "I create evil."
Jer 48:10 - Killing for God is mandatory; God curses anyone who "keepeth back his sword from blood."
Jer 50:21 - God commands that the people of Merathaim and Pekod be "utterly destroyed."
Ezek 9:5-7 - God calls for purging in Jerusalem: "let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women... fill the courts with the slain."
Ezek 35:8 - God promises to fill the mountains, hills, valleys and rivers with slain men.
Hosea 13:16 - God promises to have Samaritan infants dashed to pieces, and pregnant women will have their bellies slashed open.
Nahum 1:2 - God is jealous, full of vengeance and wrath.
Zeph 1:3 - God threatens to destroy everything, man and beast, birds and fishes.
Zeph 1:18 - "The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy."
Zeph 3:6 - God brags that he has destroyed many nations.
Zech 13:3 - A false prophet must be killed by his father and mother.
Ex 21:7-8 - A father may sell his daughter to be a "maidservant" (or sex slave) who must "please her master."
Num 31:7, 18 - God orders his warriors to kill every living thing in a captured city, except the virgin girls, who are to be raped and turned into sex slaves.
Deut 21:11-12 - If a warrior likes the look of a female war captive, he can take her to be one of his "wives."
Deut 22:28-29 - A man who rapes a virgin may take her for a wife if he pays her father 50 shekels of silver. (Yet, a bride found not to be a virgin must be stoned to death - Deut 22:20-21).
Judges 5:30 - The spoils of war include "a damsel or two" for every man.
Judges 21:12-23 - God's warriors killed all the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead except for 400 virgin girls, who were taken as slaves. If there are not enough girls to go around, God's warriors may raid neighboring towns for more to rape.
Gen 9:25 - God cursed Ham, son of Noah, with perpetual slavery for the crime of seeing his father naked. (Ham was formerly considered the ancestor of all "blacks.")
Ex 21:4 - A male slave may marry and have children, and may go free after six years; but his family remains the property (or hostages?) of his master.
Ex 21:7 - A man may sell his daughter as a sex slave.
Ex 21:20-21 - A man may be punished for beating a male or female slave to death, but if the victim survives the beating for a few days, then there is no penalty.
Lev 19:20 - When a man has sex with a female slave (or "bondmaid"), SHE must be scourged.
Eph 6:5 - Paul says slaves must obey their masters "with fear and trembling."
Titus 2:9 - Paul says slaves must obey and please their masters.
1 Tim 6:1 - Paul says slaves must "count their masters worthy of all honor."
I would ask your friend.. If God is good then how can they (God) condone slavery, killing, and rape?
When it's said that God doesn't condone those things, I'd then use archaeopteryx's post to site passages in the Bible as evidence.
You need to understand that if God exists, it is impudence for Man to judge him, for we would be his chattels. What archaeopteryx cites as evidence that God isn't good would then be entirely beside the point.
There's no point in arguing that God is bad for that argument more or less accepts His existence.
More productive is the evidence that He doesn't exist.
Which then leaves us with ethical problems. They are sticky problems, but unavoidable.
RE: "What archaeopteryx cites as evidence that God isn't good"
First of all, I didn't cite that as evidence "that god isn't good," I cited it as evidence that the Bible said this is what god did, and left it to the reader to decide how "good," or otherwise, it was.
Since I contend, as my website implies, that Man created god in His own image, the items I cited are those that the Religious Right who created the Bible believed their god wanted, or imagined in some delusion that that's what their god ordered, of which Abraham, taking his son Issac to a mountaintop to murder him, is a prime example.
None of the items I cited were an indictment against god, simply because it's impossible to indict that which does not exist, but rather against those who created god, those who perpetrate the myth, and those who manipulate the population by claiming to know what god wants them to do.
Nelson is right - what is good is only good because God says it is - then what was in god's mind when he drowned millions of people - to save eight people, of which one was a drunk! I have never heard a xian successfully justify this, because they had never thought about what they actually read. Where is gods ethics and morals in this one.
Do some research, look at archaeopteryx reply, pick some out, and print them out, and ask the xian, where are the morals and ethics that he is talking about. Inundate him with information :D
I would recommend looking up the "Morality" series by Qualiasoup (you can see the first one here, they are quite long but very entertaining as well as informative), but one point from the series that can directly address their point is to ask them that, assuming there is a god, if that god chose to cease existing tomorrow, would rape and murder become acceptable?
How is it that people who never read the bible still know good from bad? Because understanding the difference between good and bad behavior is innate in us. I can't believe this isn't obvious to theists.
Hmm. If knowing good from bad is so innate, why do people do bad?
The terms, "good" and "bad" are far too subjective to be worthy of discussion. Shakespeare once wrote, "Nothing ever is right nor wrong, but thinking makes it so."
I prefer to think of behavior more in terms of whether or not it's harmful to myself or others, which is also subjective, but far less abstract..
For a more complete understanding of why we think and behave as we do, why some reach out to others, while some simply take from others, I suggest you do a comprehensive study of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. That is, if your question is more than purely hypothetical --
"The terms, 'good' and 'bad' are far too subjective to be worthy of discussion."
Having attended many a philosophy class either devoted to ethics or where ethical considerations were central to the discussion, I can tell you that whether ethics is subjective or not is indeed a matter thought worthy of discussion.
"I prefer to think of behavior more in terms of whether or not it's harmful to myself or others, which is also subjective, but far less abstract."
Well, but you can't escape a discussion of The Good with that dodge because it begs the question of why you should avoid doing harm, and buried within that is the question of "What is The Good and why should I do it?"