Many atheists and agnostics say that there is no such thing as absolute morals. I tend to disagree, as do most Christians. Here is how the argument typically goes:
CHRISTIAN: We know what we are supposed to do because God set forth moral law in the Bible. That means that morals are clearly defined in God's word and we are to abide by what has been set forth.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with the non-believer's argument that, if you consider the following points, will show that it is more believable that moral law comes from God and is absolute rather than a societal relative moral law.
MORALITY ISN'T RELATIVE UNLESS YOU'RE WILLING TO ADMIT THAT SOCIETALLY-DEFINED BAD ACTIONS ARE JUST AS MORAL AS SOCIETALLY-DEFINED GOOD ACTIONS.
OUTLIERS OF RELATIVE MORALS
As mentioned before, the non-believer will typically argue that morals must be relative because people in different societies and those who lived in different time periods thought it was perfectly find to do what they were doing.
That was actually an argument given at the Nuremberg Trials where Nazis were held accountable for killing millions of Jews and other non-arians. One of the defense lawyers said that those involved said they were doing what they were told to do and that no one had the right to tell Nazis that they couldn't do what they did.
But one things many forget are the outliers in these situations. For example, think of the several non-Jewish residents who helped Jewish people they had employed or who had employed them. There are so many stories involving those who knew that what was happening was wrong, and they chose to risk their lives to help.
The same with slavery and segregation. So many people who were largely unaffected by slavery, mainly whites who could have gone on letting it happen, took a stand to say "this person, even though he has darker skin than mine, is worth just as much as I am. I will fight for them."
These outliers go to show there are two sides to this coin. There are people who say society formed their morals and people who know that there is some higher moral law that they answer to.
Can you really live it out?
So many people claim that morals are relative, but they can't live it out. If you talk to a non-believer, odds are they are very kind and intelligent people with a goal in life to help others or leave a positive mark on the world. You of course don't need God to have morals, but you can't explain morals without God.
Think of it this way: You come up to a grandmother with a walker who is trying to cross the street. You have a couple of options. You can help her across, you can ignore her, or you can do something terrible like steal from her or knock her over in the middle of the street and leave her there.
Most everyone, aside from perhaps a sociopath or psychopath would either let her cross on her own or help her. But, by saying that morals are relative, you are saying that no matter what someone choses to do, you can't really argue with it because there is no certainty of morally right or wrong actions. You get to decide what is moral. If someone knocks the granny over and steals her rent money, that is equally as moral as helping her across the street.
Can you really live that out?
Morals in the Bible
Moral law is found everywhere in the Bible. One of the greatest examples of moral law are the 10 Commandments which cover the basics.
Basically, don't kill, don't have affairs, don't steal, don't disrespect or hurt your parents. I and most others, including non-believers, would say that refraining from stealing and killing and so on is morally right. Biblical stories like Cane and Abel cover murder and others like Achen who stole from Jericho.
Other moral issues in the Bible include disrespecting your parents, adultery, incest, and so on.
Most non-believers claim it is morally right because they wouldn't want it done to them.
But so what? Just because you don't do it doesn't mean someone else won't. When someone steals from you or kills your relative, would you say "I wouldn't want it done to me so that was wrong?" No, you would want justice because you place innate value on human life, which is another issue I will cover in a future blog.
Just as much so, you would never have someone steal something or kill your loved one and say "well, it's OK because morality is relative. Most people wouldn't do that, so you can't say that morality is relative if you aren't living like it is. That's intellectual dishonesty.
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HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
There is a common misconception that there are several ways to get to Heaven when you die. This isn't true. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.
God is a perfect being who designed each and every one of us. He is sinless, good, and perfect. However, after Eve ate that apple, sin was released into the world and, as a result, everyone was born into sin and everyone does wrong. Only those without sin can enter into Heaven. But don't worry, Jesus came down to Earth and paid your sin debt do you could go to Heaven. Jesus is our salvation and offers us a way to Heaven. A way to live with Him forever. Here is what you have to do: