Morality means a million different things to a million different people. Unless there was one “true” irrefutable moral system, no one could assert that belief in God is essential to morality. However, if you hold to the Christian view of morality, then yes, belief in God is technically essential because of the whole regeneration and presence of the Holy Spirit discussion. But that’s just one slice of a very large, and opinionated pie. You would be hard pressed to find a non-Christian that asserted belief in a god that they didn’t acknowledge as being integral to being a moral person.
Personally, no I don’t believe you need to believe in God to agree that killing people is (situationally) wrong, that stealing is wrong, that lying is bad, and all those other token first-world notions of morality. However I adhere myself more to the Christian view of morality than just the standard “vanilla” version, so my personal expectations of myself are different than those for other people.
Eli Sowry was born and raised in Southwest Ohio and spent the first 18 years of his life there. Today he is a student at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biblical studies with a minor in psychology.