Monday, April 28, 2008

The Nature of God

Why do you feel a stab of conscience when you lie to your spouse, parent, child or boss? Because deceit and distrust erode relationships, while honesty and truthfulness bond people together with trust. You feel good about telling the truth and uncomfortable about lying, because truth reflects the nature of God, after whose nature the rules for right are patterned. Truthfulness is loving because it protects you from the pain of damaged relationships that results from duplicity and distrust.

Morality defines the properly functioning person and keeps him or her from clashing with neighbors, thus enabling relationships to flourish. God desires that we live not in lonely isolation but in joyful, satisfying relationships. Morality flows to us from God’s own nature as our guide to maintaining and nurturing these relationships.

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