The Eternal Moral Standard

It is an important fact that there is an objective standard of right and wrong. Some things really are right while other things really are wrong. This is not merely a matter of opinion, or the consensus of the majority of human beings within a particular social group. It is objective. Right is right and wrong is wrong.

 

If this were not the case then there would be no absolute reason to avoid the torture of the innocent or the murder of babies. A moral judgement would merely be a matter of personal taste. One might dislike the carnage of the Holocaust, but one would not be able to say that it was really wrong. Only if there is a standard against which right and wrong can be judged is it rational to state that some action is wrong.

 

Moral values cannot be discovered by science; no amount of scientific experiment or theory can tell one what is right or wrong. Science can tell us that if we give someone a dose of cyanide it will kill them, but it can’t tell us that it is wrong to do this. Right and wrong must be determined by someone outside the creation who has the power to ensure that moral principles exist inside the creation and are known by people within the creation. Such a being can only be God.

 

The moral standard is God’s moral standard.

The simplest statement of God’s moral standard is in the New Testament:

"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."        (Matthew 7:12)  "And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."             (Luke 6:31)

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This principle is often known as the Golden Rule - it involves the idea that one should seek the welfare of others in the same way that one would seek one’s own welfare.

 

This principle is accepted by almost everyone. We know that there is a standard of right and wrong and we share the same picture of right and wrong with people from other cultures and even from other ages.

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