“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.”
Those who truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God consider its moral instruction as being God’s absolutes. Others think it is a book of ancient myths, while a third group thinks its teachings are generally good but not absolute.
A Gallup poll shows that most Americans say that religion is very important in their lives. The poll also shows that just half of Americans consider the Bible to be the Word of God. Only 16 percent said that they thought that the Bible was only ancient myths. However, two thirds of U.S. adults told pollsters that they think there are few, if any, moral absolutes. Right and wrong depend on the situation.
Those who have promoted evolution with the most enthusiasm have admitted that their goal has been to convince people that there are no moral absolutes. They have said that if people could be shown that everything could be explained without God, then people would stop thinking about moral accountability. Looking around us today, it could very well be concluded that the promoters of evolution are winning the battle for men’s minds. Moral relativism is here and destroying lives and families, but history shows that this has happened many times before. Each time, Christians have turned the situation back again to moral absolutes, and that can be done again.
Dear Lord, I admit and confess that there have been times when I gave in to the temptation to think of my sin as “not as bad” as the sins of others. Forgive me, cover me with Your holiness, won for me on the cross, and fill me with a greater desire to do Your will, to Your glory. Amen.
“For Many, ‘Situation Ethics’ Are Replacing Moral Absolutes.” Washington Times, Apr. 4, 1992. Photo: Registered trademark of Gallup, Inc.