Leviticus 11:44a
“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:”

Is right and wrong really a matter of doing what you think is best? What does morality have to do with origins?

Parchment of the 10 Commandments at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue, 1768We often hear today that right and wrong is really a matter of doing what you think is right and wrong in any given situation. This idea that right and wrong depends on what you think comes from the view that humans are nothing more than evolved animals. According to this idea, we have no one to be responsible to but ourselves. We must explore and discover for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.

But according to the Bible’s teaching about creation, we were created by an all wise and powerful God. He designed and made us, and He knows which activities are destructive to us and which are good for us. Beyond that, being our Creator, He owns us – lock, stock and barrel! He has all rights over us, including the right to hold us to account for our decisions and actions. His commandments and rules for living are given to us for another reason; He knows that the activities and attitudes they encourage are healthy for us, while breaking His laws hurts us. He doesn’t want to see us hurt.

So God’s commandments are absolutes that we are responsible to keep. Unfortunately, we have all broken these. Fortunately, He knows our condition and still loved us enough to send His only Son to rescue us from our sin. Creation shows us what our sin and our salvation are based upon and what they really mean to creatures of God.

Dear Father in heaven, although Your law reflects Your will for us so that we do not destroy ourselves, at the same time it accuses us as sinners, for none of us can keep Your law perfectly. For this reason I thank You that You have sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, so that through Him I am forgiven and restored to You. Amen.

Photo: Parchment of the 10 Commandments at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue, 1768.