Monday, December 8, 2008

Make-It-Up-As-You-Go Morality

A Christian who understands God’s system of values does not have to grope around to find right and wrong. God’s standards are unchanging. They apply to any society and to any person at any time in history. There is no guesswork. But those who do not accept the definitions of right and wrong as set forth in the Bible have to find some other way of determining their values. They have to approach a situation and set a course of action based on something. If they listen to the relativistic thinking of our society, they will look to themselves for answers. They will say, “The right thing to do in this situation is to do what makes me feel good or is to my advantage.”

This is situational ethics, a make-it-up-as-you-go morality that has no basis in anything. It allows a young person to justify premarital sex by saying, “It won’t hurt anyone,” when he really means, “I think I can get out of this without being hurt, so it must be all right.” Such ethics fly in the face of the righteous standards God has given us in his Word.

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