Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Moral Relativity

Today’s pseudo intellectuals have fortified themselves against Heaven, and one of their seeming strongest arguments is commonly called “moral relativity.” These folks insist that there are no moral absolutes (that there is no divine Law).

Here’s their argument. "What’s good for you may not be good for me, and what’s bad for you may not be bad for me." A true moral relativist can’t even be pinned down as to the morality of Nazi Germany. Ask him if what Hitler did was wrong and he will say, “I would never do something like that myself, but I can’t say it was wrong.” He can’t say that it was "wrong" because to him, nothing is absolutely right, and nothing is absolutely wrong. That has strong divine connotations.

So ask Mr. Relativist if pedophilia is wrong, and he will tell you that if it is against the law, it is simply wrong for that society. His framing of civil law is governed by whether or not people get "hurt," rather than by "right" or by "wrong." His argument will be that pedophilia hurts children. But if someone takes pictures of naked children and posts them on the Internet without their knowledge (so that it’s not hurting them), then it must be morally okay. So press him. Is pedophilia morally wrong? If he says that it’s not, ask for his name and address, because you need to inform his neighbors and the local police that he is okay with pedophilia. If he admits that it’s morally wrong even though a society says that it's right, then so was Hitler wrong, and there are therefore moral absolutes.

Be careful that you don't get mired in pseudo intellectualism. It can be a time-waster, and you and I are told to redeem the time. You will simply win an argument, when what you should be doing is showing him that he needs God's forgiveness.

The root problem with a moral relativist is that his conscience is seared, and with the help of God, you must awaken it. So, say to him, “Let’s just surmise that there is a Heaven for a moment. Do you think you would be good enough to go there?” He will almost certainly say that he is (see Proverbs 20:6), and so take him through "The Good Test." You are simply moving from the intellect (the place of argument), to the conscience (the place of the knowledge of right and wrong), so that it will do its God-given duty.