Knowing Right from Wrong
Knowing Right from Wrong
by Dan Blankenship
We all know people who try and justify doing wrongful things. But we also know people who truly see no wrong in actions that others can clearly see as being unethical. We often have a hard time understanding how some people can not clearly see the difference between right and wrong.
Christians see our existence as the result of a divine Creator, a creator who designed the universe with absolutes. Absolutes concerning what pleases God and what truly angers God are clearly explained throughout the Bible. But, of course, not all people believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. Many see humankind as nothing more than the result of chance; put the right chemicals in the right location for just the right amount of time and unbelievable things can happen, including the automatic creation of a species that after only a few thousand years is traveling in space and splitting atoms.
I came across a few verses in Romans that I think accurately detail the chasm that exist between believers and non-believers. Romans 1:18-20 (NIV) says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
It is hard for believers in the gospel to understand how non-believers can reject what can “clearly be seen.” Intelligent design is evident from the smallest sea creature at the bottom of the ocean to the most current developing nebula in the far reaches of space. Believers in a benevolent God see His signature on everything good, and we reject the notion that we live in a universe without an architect. Along with that, believers reject the concept of living in a world without absolute right and wrongs.
But not all believers put their faith into practice, and indeed many of the people who “suppress the truth by their wickedness” wear the badge of a Christian but have not remained a light for others to follow. And I am not talking about people who occasionally fall away from what they know is the narrow path. I am talking about Christians who justify their actions day after day, knowing full well that they are clearly on the wrong path – a path shared by people who claim that there is no “clearly seen” deity running the show.
Now I am in no way trying to say that non-Christians are incapable of being good citizens. But I do believe people who embrace the theory of a world created by chance, and nothing more, have a much easier time excusing abhorrent behavior. After all, there is no right or wrong other than what man himself decides to regulate through legislation. If some of these laws can be broken without physical harm being done to another human, is it really that big of a deal?
One of my friends thinks it is funny whenever a cashier makes an error and gives him too much change when he makes a purchase at a store. When I told him that I always return the extra money when the same thing happens to me, he looked at me like I was from another planet. He was as confounded by my actions as I was by his.
Another friend of mine told me that he ignores stoplights if it is late at night and there are no other cars on the road. I responded by telling him that I use my turn signals even if the nearest car is miles away from me. His face became so contorted at my admission that I thought he was having a seizure!
Yes, there exist a giant gorge separating the people who believe right and wrong are clearly defined and those who believe “what can I get away with” is the golden rule. And that gap widens when more and more people who claim to believe in a purpose guiding God act as if they don’t believe. Remember that not only is God watching what you do. People who have not yet examined the scriptures may be observing your actions, and they may wonder why you do what’s right regardless of the circumstances involved.
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Powerful Excellent well written Inspirational article. How true we as Christian's need to continue to let the Love,Light and Truth of Christ radiate in our hearts and in our lives!!! In Christ,Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"