Hypothetically speaking, if you were given a choice to make what would ensure your financial independence but went against your personal convictions would you still do it? If your mother/father told you that they could not grant an inheritance to anyone who didn't believe in god and jebus, and that conversion would be necessary to ensure your eligibility, what would be your response? Let's say half a million dollars is at stake in this decision. Would you stand your ground and remain adamant about your atheism or would you acquiesce and go get baptized? Would playing a charade to ensure a fat bank account cause you mental anguish? Or would the peace of mind in remaining true to oneself outweigh the allure of potential financial gain?
And I realize there is the option of being able to contest a family will/inheritance. But that outcome is not a certainty.
To thine own self be true.
" ...then it follows, as the night the day, that thou can'st not be false to any man."
From "Hamlet" - Pelonius' advice to his son, Laertes, upon sending him to the university, where he will likely participate in beer bashes, bong parties and panty raids.
That would be wrong.
Clearly, you didn't go to the same school I did --
It would be very tempting if you were, say, in severe debt due to a medical condition and didn't have insurance at the time. But the ability to live with yourself as you live out a lie would make it a very bitter solution.
I don't think it would actually be immoral to lie for the money. I define right and wrong by whether an action hurts someone. This would hurt no one and it would benefit me. I see no problem here. I'd be all "Praise Jesus!" :)
It's interesting that you don't view your decision to lie and play the charade as being untrue to yourself. I suppose if you had the necessary outlook on life you could be at peace with your deception. I am sure it would eventually lead to regret for me.
The perpetuation of religion is in and of itself an evil act.
Therefore, if the inheritance not going to me would mean that it would go to a pro-religion entity, then the evil of the inheritance going to religion far outweighs the evil of lying about one's belief.
If the inheritance was going to the government or me, same rule applies.
If the inheritance would go to a positive charity or another individual who is deserving, and would likely not support religion with the money, then I would grudgingly pass on the inheritance.
I do have a real problem with being punished (or not rewarded) due to being honest and thinking. That also comes into play, but mostly "where does the money go if I don't get it?"
"The perpetuation of religion is in and of itself an evil act."
That is a very clever angle of observation.
I've always liked this dictum: "Character is what you have when the lights go out."
"In this case I believe that suggestion applies. Therefore it would not be immoral to me since the immoral situation was created by the family member and not me."
But you're participation in the immoral situation might qualify for "two wrongs don't make a right." The allure of a lot of money makes it tempting and that placing religious conditions on your eligibility might make one vengeful to the point of playing the role. Nonetheless it is still a deception and you have ask yourself about the content of your character.
I'm with Galen. Sure I would, for a chunk of cash. I'd be acting, for money. Substitute Santa for gob and jesus, and it all seems relatively clear. If someone wants me to perform a little pantomime to get paid a lot of cash... pass the facepaint..