Today, we live in a culture and society where anything can be debatable. A society with crumbling fundamental principles and standards. It is hard for an average Joe to keep up with all the ever changing ethics. What was standard yesterday is no longer standard today. It’s a world of unpredictability with less clear lasting set standards. Whether in the Political arena, the public community, or religious circles. Progressive pundits say we’re living in a progressive world, a world where you can do whatever you want as long as you can justify it.
This has led to Ideological wars between progressives and conservatives in areas like sexuality, race, economy, gender, rights. oh guess what! Even on what bathrooms to use. Each group is fighting for what they consider to be the ‘supposed’ acceptable norms. Gone are the days of fundamental ethical standards.
If people can’t agree on simple things like who uses what bathrooms, can they really agree on bigger issues like Ethics, Morality, What is right and wrong, good and evil?
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
A question we need to ask ourselves is, Is truth, right and wrong, good and evil absolute or relative?
Our worldviews, Character traits, and behavioral patterns are all molded by our understanding of two important things. Good and Evil. What is good (What is acceptable) or What is evil (What is not acceptable). Does good exist? Does wrong exist?
Do we look to politicians, or the government to define for us what is acceptable and what not? Is it the constitution, or the supreme court? Whose rules are we to follow anyway? Who even makes these rules in the first place to define right and wrong? What measuring rod do we use to determine which is which?
‘The God Effect’
Really, Is there a supreme being a.k.a “The Creator” God?
I do not believe things just happen randomly. I believe in order for something to happen there must be a cause. A car must have a manufacturer so do all things made. Things don’t just design themselves and appear randomly from nowhere.
The first thing is to be aware and to know that there is a Root Cause, a Being whose existence is absolute, complete, pure, perfect and from Him alone all things come from. He(God) alone and only He is Independent. His existence has no cause. There is nothing that supports Him. There is nothing that maintains Him.
There is nothing through which He came into being. In contrast, everything else that exists is dependent and subject upon His existence. Nothing else exists in and of itself and independent of Him. Everything else exists only because He wills it’s existence. He gives everything else its existence and He maintains everything.
The question we must now address is why this seemingly obscure, difficult, complex, perplexing and abstract point, an affirmation of God’s absolute existence and creation’s absolute dependency, should determine one’s ability to understand the subject of right and wrong(evil).
If the Creator is not absolute but dependent upon something else, He could not claim absolute Truth. Instead, only truth based upon the Creator’s source could exist as absolute.
Truth depends upon it being a derivative of the Unchanging Creator.
If one is unaware of the Creator’s absoluteness, then a world with absolute values cannot exist for such a person, and cannot bind them. Instead, a world with concepts relative to one’s situation would exist.
If derived from unpredictable and random source, they will be seen relative and parallel to the situation through the individual’s immediate, subjective perception.
What is Relativism?
Relativism is the concept that all points of view have no absolute truth or validity within themselves, but rather only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration. Or the belief that all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems, all art forms, all political movements, etc., are truths that are relative to the individual and exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
Relativism, perspectives are categorized. some are:
Cognitive relativism (truth) — It affirms that all truth is relative. This would mean that no system of truth is more valid than another one, and that there is no objective standard of truth. It would, naturally, deny that there is a God of absolute truth.
Moral/ethical relativism — All morals are relative to the social group within which they are constructed.
Situational relativism — Ethics (right and wrong) are dependent upon the situation.
Dangers of Relativism.
Ethical relativism holds that morality is relative to the norms of one’s culture. That is, whether an action is right or wrong depends on the moral norms of the society in which it is practiced. The same action may be morally right in one society but be morally wrong in another.
With this line of thinking, there are no universal moral standards — standards that can be universally applied to all peoples at all times. The only moral standards against which a society’s practices can be judged are its own.
Relativism is a Cancer. It eats societies alive and slowly brings destruction under a false pretense of Freedom.
If relativism mindset is correct, then, there can be no common structure for resolving moral disputes or for reaching agreement on social, moral and behavioral matters among members of different societies.
Relativism creates an opportunity in which one does what he feels like doing and then creates the justification for it.
If one wants to kill unborn children, they may use the justification that the quality of life is more important than life itself. Or the Mother’s feelings and desires are more important than the unborn fetus. Thus, murder becomes an act of loving-kindness, in which the murderer is viewed as a sensitive individual who wants to relieve a poor sufferer of a life without quality. They may first rationalize that it isn’t yet alive in order to rationalize the acceptability of abortion.
In today’s society, those who are concerned with being moral are forced to embrace humanism [Humanism: is an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.] and relative morality.
They begin searching for the words to justify what they would like to do. The process is not that difficult; the right words or expression can always be found. People like Hitler who killed millions of people could justify their actions. This perfectly demonstrates that there is no action which a human being cannot justify, to himself and even to others.
Are All Moral Views equally Valid?
If all moral views are equally valid, then do we have the right to punish anyone for anything? Can we ever say that something is wrong? In order to say that something is wrong, we must first have a standard by which we weigh right and wrong in order to make a judgment. If that standard of right and wrong is based on relativism, then it is not a standard at all. Since society changes, the norms would change and so would right and wrong. If right and wrong change, then how can anyone be rightly judged for something he did wrong if that wrong might become right in the future?
The Big Idea
The possibility of right and wrong, good and evil, depends upon the existence of an Unchanging truth. But truth can be unchanging only if the Creator(God) is Unchanging, since that which He creates and that which is derived from Him can only then reflect the absolute truth of His Being. All the world, all morality, and all ethics are dependent upon this principle of God’s Unchangingness.