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This dilemma has always intrigued me when I was a theist along with other philosophical dilemmas.
The question is quite simple: "Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?"
On one hand it seems that good would be arbitrary if it were good simply because it is commanded by God, yet on the other hand if what is morally good is exclusive of God's commandment, then morality would exist without God's authority. For the sake of this discussion let's assume God exists. I could easily end the argument by stating morality is neurobiological in nature, but I wish to avoid the scientific reductive route and instead remain in the realm of philosophy.
I think what is morally good is good independent of any authority, be it God or other men.