Posts Tagged ‘morality’

Who is my Boss?

February 24, 2016

“We must obey God rather than men”  Acts 5:29

When should I ever disobey the laws of my government?  We are seeing, for the first time in the United States, civil laws which require obedience that violates the  conscience of some people.  For the first 200 years or so of this nation, laws were based, more or less on the Judeo-Christian tradition.  That was discarded by progressivism in favor of law based on majority rule.  Right and Wrong in a progressive democracy is decided by majority rule, and so is free to follow changing cultural mores, changing technology, changing ideas about science and changing ideas of what it means to be human.  The democratic majority is assumed to always get it right.

Speaking with a progressive, someone with traditional values is amazed at the utter lack of understanding about conscience.  Some progressives seem to feel that obeying the laws is always the right thing to do no matter what, and there is simply no higher authority to give anyone qualms about it.  Therefore some can be totally comfortable with the horrendous practices of late term abortions, if the law allows it.  Their mantra is:  your beliefs may be true for you, but not for me, and you can’t force your beliefs on the majority.  In other words, there is no absolute truth and no absolute morality.

Following such logic, it was totally correct for the Nazi officers to run the death camps.  The law was the law, and the Nazi party was democratically elected and authorized to make the laws of the land.  Individual conscience did not trump the law, and the party recognized no authority above their own.  Yet, when the allies conducted the Nuremberg war crimes trials, they did not recognize following legally justified  government orders as an excuse for what was done.  Why?

Agnostics and Honesty

April 21, 2009

Is there a God?  Lots of people who don’t want to commit themselves to either belief or atheism, will just say “I don’t know.”  Is this honest?  An interesting way to approach this question would be to ask “Do you live your life as if there is a God, or do you live your life as if there is not a God.”  An honest agnostic, who truly does not feel they know, at the present, whether God exists, would surely want to err on the side of what is right.  If indeed God exists, they would want to please Him, and would study nature, philosophy, and world religions trying to discover what God is like.  So, to avoid displeasing the possible God, they will seek out goodness and morality as far as their conscience reveals it to them, and keep searching for an answer to their question.  If indeed the person is not honest, and  is in fact a practical atheist, they will live their life for their own self-interest with never a concern for the existence of God, and they will not seek an answer to the question of God’s existence.