Who Determines Right and Wrong?

We have a tendency, in our highly sophisticated and technological culture, to look with distain upon primitive people groups who fashioned idol gods from wood, stone, or metal. After all, how can a thing be a god? How can an inanimate object have any consciousness at all, let alone supernatural powers? The apostle Paul, in the book of Romans, discusses this very point:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

(Romans 1:18-23 ESV)

The mindset that causes a person to fall into idolatry is not honoring the creator as God. In other words, when God’s natural order and revealed laws are rejected, something has to fill the vacuum. Those living in “primitive” cultures fashioned gods out of the materials at hand. Given today’s scientifically-informed and highly rational context we consider these people to be uninformed, naive, and downright silly.

But are things really any better today? It’s rare to find any people groups who still bow their knee to images of gods crafted from physical materials. Instead, ideas have become the “gods” worshiped by those who reject the God who is revealed in nature generally and in the Old and New Testaments specifically.

If an all powerful and supremely intelligent being did not create the cosmos, then it all just had to happen on its own, by accident, with no overriding purpose and no guiding reason. Atheistic evolutionists have crafted an intricate “god” and, though they deride religious faith as silly and based on fables, their imaginations run wild in extravagant efforts to explain everything through theories like multiple universes and “god particles.” They laugh at the idea of a God who created everything out of nothing as they promote the idea that absolutely nothing created everything out of nothing.

If nothing explains everything, and somehow evolution was the mechanism, then there is no basis whatsoever for the claim, by atheists, that anything is right or wrong in a moral sense. And a rereading of the verses from Romans quoted above reveals just that. The rejecting of God, whose divine attributes are evident in the created order and more fully revealed in scripture, results in a world of moral chaos where anything goes. If there is no guiding purpose or reason in the universe, and the “survival of the fittest” evolutionary model explains everything, then how can an atheist claim that anything is right or wrong? What is wrong with theft, rape, or incest? Didn’t those actions shape the world we see today? As I claimed in my previous blog, atheistic evolutionists should not be offended when I say that they should worship murder, theft, rape, and incest because they must believe those actions have brought us to the highly “evolved” status we see evidenced all around us.

So, if you are bold enough to comment on this blog I offer you this challenge. Please explain: if homosexuality is ok, why is incest not ok if it takes place between two consenting adults? And why adults? Why would sexual relations between an adult and a child be wrong?

Christians who speak out against abortion and against the legitimizing of gay marriage (because of a desire to honor God’s revealed truth) are branded as intolerant. I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that said “Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.” I retorted by asking the person who posted the quote “So is it ok to be intolerant of intolerance?” The folly of the idea that we should “tolerate” anything and everything should be evident. There is no human on the earth who does not have some set of rules and principles by which he or she lives. The question becomes “by what standard shall we live?” Any code of right and wrong not based on God’s revealed standards (ex: the 10 Commandments, Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount) will eventually implode in a meaningless mass of relativity.

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