Hey guys I just wanted to get peoples thoughts on this topic…. There is a school of thought which holds that what makes an action right or wrong, is not the action itself but the motivation or reason for the action. For example…. Example A For example lets say a man gives €100 to charity because he cares about the charity and wants to do some good, it is the mans hope that his gift will improve the life of others. I hope it should be clear to everyone that this action is what we might term right/good. Example B This time a different man with similar financial means gives €100 to the exact same charity but does so not because he cares about the charity and wants to help other people, but because he wants to impress a woman who works at the charity because he wants to sleep with her. He does not love the woman he simply hopes to impress her with his 'generosity' and then fuck her. I hope it should be clear to all that even though the action, namely giving €100 to charity, is identical to the one in Example A the motivation for the actions means that the man in Example B has behaved in a wrong/bad way and done a wrong/bad thing. Christians Vs Atheists When an Atheist does something ‘good’ lets say for example giving their life to save the life an other person. They very often do so without the prospect of reward. Their motivation for the action is simply to help others. However a Christian (and people of many other religions) will very often do good things, like sacrifacing their lif to save others, as they believe by doing so they will secure a place in paradise in the after life and avoid eternal damnation. Very often their actins although 'good' and apparently sefless will be motivated on some level by selfish goals. So the question is... Does belief in God and in heaven/after life prevent you from becoming a good person???