Altruism is the doctrine that you should do all you can for others but not for your own sake and do all you can to avoid taking any pleasure in what you do. That is the only way to be sure altruism really is altruism. Christianity advocates altruism towards God alone. The Church has the habit of advocating altruism towards others but that is a popular use of the word. Technically, altruism in the true and accurate sense is to be directed towards God alone.
Jesus when he was asked what the greatest commandment of morality was replied as follows.
“The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and will all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31, King James Bible).
Jesus said that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (which is commanded by the depraved prophet Moses in Deuteronomy 6). That is, God is to be loved wholly. We do not love him most and give the rest of our love to others. We must love him alone and love others for his sake.
Jesus said then that we must love our neighbour as ourselves. If we serve the needs of our neighbour for the sake of God and to please him then just as when you do good for others to benefit yourselves it is not loving them at all so it is when you do it for the Lord God. It is deceiving them, it is manipulating them.
Altruism is the doctrine that we must do good and not care if we get a benefit from it or not. Others matter and I don't. This doctrine is called good even though it is strange to say that treating yourself as a means to serve others is good. The doctrine is both good and evil at best. It is good in that others get helped but bad in the way it degrades you. But in terms of motivation it is totally bad. If altruism is good, then you should help others in the hope that they will become altruists too. So as you help people you really want them to degrade themselves with the doctrine. So your help is not help.
Morality is said to be dependent on God's authority. Religion often says there is no right and wrong unless there is a God to sanction it. However, God must be opposed to right and wrong when the evil doctrine of altruism is true if there is a God. God implies altruism for he says all I do should be done for his sake only.
If I should not put myself first then it does not matter if God commands altruism or not. Altruism is still true.

When religion tells you that God loves you it means that God wants you to be self-sacrificing for love is not looking for happiness but is sacrifice. Jesus said nobody should be praised for loving those who love them meaning that real goodness is sacrifice. It is said that you value a person more if you give up happiness for them and religion says that persons are more valuable than happiness. So God’s love is frightening.
Religionists want people to be obligated to love God and the less religious of them want people obligated to love others. This shows that their ultimate motive is to use religion to achieve power.
According to God, who said it through Moses and Jesus in the Bible, you must love your neighbour as yourself. Since love is sacrifice, then loving your neighbour as yourself means you encourage your neighbour to sacrifice for God as much as you do not that you seek pleasure and happiness for your neighbour as yourself. That is why Jesus said the great commandment to love God alone was like the one to love the neighbour as oneself and John in the First Epistle of John in God’s word, the Bible, said that both loves go together and you cannot have one without the other. It is a terrible sacrifice to transfer all your natural feelings to God so that you can love him and to put him before yourself and be willing to suffer horribly if it is his will so loving your neighbour cannot be pleasant either. The two are alike in their horrific demands.
It is a sin to help your neighbour when you could be encouraging him to do selfless good instead. To be happy when your Christian wife is kind to you is foolish for she is only doing it to please God and not you for she believes in Jesus’ commandment to love God with all our being and that God is owed all that love. If she really cares for you even a bit then she regards caring as sin and she believes that she cannot love you or God with sin in her heart so she cannot win unless she becomes an Atheist. If God’s will was that she should not do good for her husband she would not be doing it so she does not care for him at all. She loves him in the sense that she treats him as God wants him to be treated which is not loving him at all. The Christian law of love is so horrible that it would make you anti-social.

The Bible never says that I must love myself in the sense that it clearly approves of this love. We always love ourselves in some way though it is distorted in the case of the person with low self-esteem. Jesus may have the thought in mind: “It is not a sin to love yourself because you cannot help it. But if the nearest you can get to getting rid of this love is by distorting it then do so.”
Jesus had a different meaning for love than we generally have there is no reason to believe that he tolerated self-love even when he said we must love our neighbour as ourselves. Love, in his book, meant doing the will of God be it bad or good for you and trusting him even to the extreme of being willing to die for his revelation even if death was the end or the gateway to Hell for having the wrong beliefs. There is nothing reasonable or pleasant in this “love”. To love God means doing God’s will without reserve and without hesitation and to love your neighbour means, “Do what God wants you to do to them” and is not about affection towards them for themselves.

When God made us, he made us to choose between self and him and consequently hopes that we will choose to do what is painful and reject the self. Naturally, God will make a truck load of moral rules just for the sake of testing us to make sure everybody is faced with the struggle all the time for real right and wrong will not be enough. Rejecting the self would be a 24/7 struggle so inventing the rules would help us. This idea ensures that religion will be divisive and refuse to listen to reason. It would be dangerous to suffer for a test when it could be that the religion is wrong and God does not want you to do that test at all. Some God cults order women to let men they find repellent ravish them.

A doctrine about how we should behave is worthless without a reason why we should do what it says. Doing anything because you just suppose it is right is evil for you are just guessing and need not be. You are doing it because you suppose it is right and not because you think it is right. Ignorance is no excuse for there are plenty of books and teachers to guide you.

If we should be selfless as a moral duty, there is no reason why we should be unless there is a God. We need the God theory to be able to give an excuse for believing in selflessness and declaring it an obligation. We cannot consider selflessness good because it makes us happy indirectly for that would make it to be really hidden self-centredness. Selflessness is good because it does not help us. We cannot consider it to be good because it helps others.  If it is good to help others then why is it bad to be a taker but good to be a giver as the philosophy replies? Others need to give.  Selflessness implies you must help others for it is about sacrificing yourself. It is the sacrifice not the helping that it is about. And we are forbidden to help others for it pleases ourselves by making us feel good. St Paul said that Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive.


If God appeared to you and asked you to suffer excruciatingly forever just to save two strangers from this torment, would you do it? You certainly would not though it is easy to kid yourself that you would when you know there is no chance that God will appear with such an offer. Yet you know one person suffering this torment is better than two suffering it and you won’t do what altruism says is the right thing. It follows then that the good you do is done more because it suits you than for any real concern for good. In other words, you are an egoist.  This shows what is really in the gut instinct of the believer.  They put themselves before any god.  Altruism with a limit is not altruism.  To be able to do 100 good deeds and limit them to 99 shows you want good to be what you want it to be and that is more important to you than what good actually is.  Same principle.


A thought, if a priest gives his life for a layman to live he is an altruistic saint. But is he really when he refused to live to bring people to God?


Belief in God says that if you think you love God and others only if you love yourself first then you turn God and others into afterthoughts and props for your self love.  So it says that you must start not with self-love or even collective self-love. Self-love as in a group loving itself happens too. It demands that you start with loving God for God is infinitely perfect and deserving of all love. Belief in God is harmful and there is no point in worrying about God if you cannot do that. Jesus said we must start with loving God with all our powers. This error proved he was not the infallible prophet he said he was and it plainly sanctions altruism and opposes egoism and egotism.

Making a law of altruism presupposes that there is a God of absolute perfection and goodness and holiness who must come first for he would do infinite good for you. Altruism that puts people first is fake for it can only be concerned and directed towards God. 


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