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Morality

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 1 - Issue 4)

Is there such thing as good and evil? Right and wrong? What is morality? The secular world acknowledges right and wrong, though from a corrupted perspective. Some naturalist views say that there cannot be good and evil, yet they practice them both. Morality is something that no human being can escape. It doesn’t mean we always do good, but we are aware. If we were not aware of good, why do we try so often to hide the bad (affairs, lies, crimes, etc.)?

As Christians, we know there is good and evil and our conscience confirms it. Unbelievers even have this built in radar called a conscience. We all choose to take heed or ignore its warnings. “Right” is basically obeying God, and “wrong” is disobeying God. Our mind often becomes so cluttered and dulled by the world that we have to be careful to not be overtaken by evil. We’re not fighting the opposition alone, though. The Apostle Paul pointed out that believers also have a Helper for their conscience, aka the Holy Ghost (Romans 9:1).

Romans 2:12-16 speaks of the knowledge of good woven into every society and man. “12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

The Jewish people had the law, but even the Gentiles obeyed the law by naturally doing the things written in their hearts. Not having the law is no excuse for doing evil. Sin will equal punishment with or without the law. All societies and cultures share this built in morality, though they are all corrupted in some way. Even within the most evil governments, some justice, love, and compassion can still be found.

Arguments are often brought forward stating that we cannot legalize morality. In America, we heard the cry about trying to legalize morality with Prohibition in the early 1900s. We hear the same excuse with the Country’s attempt to redefine marriage. The thing most people miss is that morality has been and will continue to be legalized! What are laws about murder, stealing, adultery, rape, age of consent, incest, drinking age, and intoxicated driving all about? There’s no way around it. They are legalized forms of morality.

As mentioned, governments (just like humans) are all corrupted in some way. The evils that are legalized are just immoral decisions made with “moral arguments.” It is the world’s ever evolving form of morality that pushes these issues. Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

We face those calling evil good. It can be seen in laws and personal convictions. The world brags about many evils and supports things like: abortion, euthanasia, racism, sexual sins, gay marriage, lying to get ahead, alcohol, etc. What about people calling good evil? The hatred and continuing persecution of the Christian faith is a good example.

Many state that they have “rights,” but what are these rights based on? There is no argument for right and wrong without God. Where do statements such as “that’s unfair” or “you owe me” come from? There’s a sense of entitlement. Somebody must be right and somebody must be wrong. That’s not based on some measurable laboratory experiment, either. Science cannot prove morality, but it most definitely exists.

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