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A Jew might do this; a Muslim might do this; a Christian might do this; an atheist might do this.
2) Or take the belief that it is wrong to steal from another that which they have worked hard to create or that which they have acquired by trade for something else into which they have put much labor.Is that a Christian value just because it might be a value in the Christian religion? It may be a purely philosophical or secular value, just as it might be a value important in any number of religions.1) Normally, when one puts on the brakes and swerves while driving in order to avoid hitting a child that has run out into the street, one does so in order to save the child's life because one thinks life, particularly the life of an innocent child, is important.One does not apply the brakes in order to please God, though God may be pleased.But it is a mistake to think so, if by "spiritual" one means "religious" in some aspect.
It is a mistake because it causes unnecessary suspicions about the moral values, moral character, and moral behavior of other people along religious or denominational lines; and it is a mistake because it unnecessarily keeps moral education out of secular schools where it is mistakenly thought to be an intrusion of religion into those schools.
What they really often want is for others to believe as they do because they believe they are right.
And they don't want to have to consider arguments or discussions that point to the possibility, let alone the likelihood, that their views are mistaken.
I will discuss the real problems at the end of this essay.
I want to begin with the problems usually mistakenly put forward as being definitive and insurmountable. Ambiguity of the phrase "spiritual values": The phrase "spiritual values" may refer to at least three different kinds of things, described below.
It is a person whose life, or important aspects of it are, in some way, centered around God.