Placing No Value on Objective Moral Values
It is pretty hard to defend absolutist morals on ground other than religious ones (Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion).
If you love Me, keep My commandments (Jesus: John 14:15).
The denial of objective moral values is a self-diminishing effort because the denial of objective moral values presupposes a moral view: it is morally permissible to absolutely deny absolute moral values. So in a sense, the attempt to deny absolute moral values affirms that they exist. To deny fixed moral values is self-deflating; the denial, in the end, leads to the removal of a standard that obligates others to communicate the denial absolutely. If you ask them if they absolutely believe that there are no absolutes; they may say, “no.” Then you just ask them if they absolutely believe their answer of no. At some point they must stand on an absolute or they fall into idiocy.
Additionally, if one tries to fall back on the canard that “all things are meaningless,” one commits philosophical suicide. If all things are meaningless, then that would include the statement itself (all things are meaningless). Therefore it is impossible for all things to be meaningless.
God Law is Essential
It is a divine doctrine which teaches what is right and pleasing unto God and reproves everything that is sin and contrary to God’s will (The Book of Concord).
Fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7, NET).The law of God requires a new kind of respect and awe (Alasdair MacIntyre).
The consistent basis for ethics is God’s Word, the Bible. The Ten Commandments are the foundation for just laws and righteous ethical codes. Other systems are inconsistent and allow evil to intermingle in culture. Muslim societies prohibit freedom and decree the execution of those who disagree with Islam. Hinduism, for over two thousand years, legalized the burning of widows in the funeral pyre of their deceased husbands. Charles Spurgeon recounted the story of a Hindu woman that told a missionary: “Surely your Bible was written by a woman.” The missionary asked her: “Why do you assert that?” She responded: “Because it says so many kind things about women. Our religion never refers to women except in reproach.”
A man should always learn from the mind of his Maker. Behold the Holy One, blessed be He, ignored mountains and hills and caused His Shechinah to alight Mount Sinai (Talmud).
The Bible, thousands of years before Western science discovered the problem of microbes and the need to wash and sterilize, commanded people to observe strict sanitary guidelines. In contrast, the Hindu’s consider the Ganges River to be sacred and are commanded to bathe, drink, and swim in its polluted waters. An Associated Press release recounted how the faithful Hindu immerses himself into the Ganges. The result, of this polluted bath, is many of them get skin, intestinal, and stomach ailments from the “holy river.” A river that is filled with rotting corpses, ashes of the dead, sewage, and other waste. Many devout Hindus die from the religious rituals of the Ganges that are theologically imposed on the faithful.1 Clearly all religions are not basically the same. All moral codes (whether religious or non-religious) are not the same. Values, morals, and laws that are good come from the Bible.
Good moral values and obligations come from, or are derived from, the general equity of biblical principles within the Decalogue and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
1. Prajnan Bhattacharya, Hindu’s Risk Health for Holiness (Las Vegas, NV: Review Journal, May 14, 2002, Associated Press), p. 7B.
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