Tuesday, October 13, 2015

God Never Said that...

Ever thought this?
When we make a decision based on our inherent goodness and reason, it must be correct.

Yeah, that's not Biblical at all, and it certainly doesn't align with my personal experiences over the last six decades.

We're immersed in a society that teaches us our INTELLECT will guide us correctly, especially when it is paired with our EMOTIONS. The news services and the government seem to concur with the thought that repetition makes something true - so our WILL can govern our actions.

In Grad school classes I interacted with a lot of smart people - and I liked them. Still, one of the basic arguments we had in every class was whether morality was absolute or relative. Most of the others argued for a relative morality. I always took (and still take) the stance that morality is, and should be, absolute.

I will never forget the one comment after I said "For instance, we can all agree that murder is wrong."
Another student said "Well, I think murder is wrong, but if a Father feels it is right to kill his infant daughter because of his society, who am I to say he's wrong?"

I had no response.

The point is, there is an absolute morality. I believe that morality is defined by the Word of God as given to us in the Bible, where God's character is defined for us. Does the Bible confuse me? Sure it does, but some things in it do not.

Do not lie. Do not cheat. Do not steal. Do not murder. Do not condone these actions in others.

As the Pastor of the new church I visited said "The Word of God is Powerful, Perpetual and Permanent." (They do like alliteration.)

God's Word is the ultimate authority in my life. It isn't my personal thoughts, feelings or decisions,

That premise simply makes me a better person than I was.

PS - Nope, I'm not always successful at doing what I should, but I keep trying.


  1. I think that morality is definitely absolute, under most conditions . I refuse to believe, however, that intellect plays no role in the understanding of morality or questioning it. Intellect deepens all dilemmas, including this one, and I feel that the very same Earthly capabilities that would strengthen our resolve in morality should also be the ones to free us from bias, and maintain an open mind - we are small, and all we can do is obey what we believe that "absolute right" to be. As soon as we blindly accept, we are cheapening the value of our God's will - it must be questioned, so that we may triumph over it and gain favor and proximity with Him.

  2. Need I say that Absolute morality with conditions isn't absolute?
    Thanks for reading and commenting, though.