@T_aquaticus[quote=“T_aquaticus, post:28, topic:36466”]
As an atheist, I feel I am accountable to my friends, family, and community.
That is OK if your peers are compassionate, but what if they are not. What if your peers are Nazis, as it appears are the friends of the young man who used his car to kill in Charlottesville, or Jihadis who also murder. or those who commit honor killings?
As I said the best motivation is love which motivates people to help others, not to harm them. People who love will seek to associate and motivate (and be motivated by) others who are like minded, which is why we have the Church. If the primary reason why atheists do not kill others is because they fear punishment from the law, or disapproval of their peers, or feelings of guilt, then their motivation is basically the same as fear of Hell, fear of punishment of one kind or another.
True Christians act out of love, even if it means to stand against those in their own community, who are wrong, as did Martin Luther, and Civil and Human Rights activists.