The BIG Questions — #5 “Who Can Say What’s Right or Wrong?”
I heard of a cartoon that shows Satan greeting people at the entry to hell. He says to them, “You’ll find that there’s no right or wrong here – just what works for you.”
It’s common to hear people say, “To each his own.” This has been called the age of relativism, meaning that truth can be different for different people. It’s also been called the age of pragmatism, meaning whatever works for you is right for you. Mark Chan, a Christian philosopher from Singapore, states, “The modern mindset is allergic to universal and absolute truth.” (Christianity Today, Feb. 2010, p. 46)
This is not surprising when the existence of life is explained in a purely naturalistic, evolutionary process with no divine involvement. Dostoevsky stated, “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” If there is no ultimate lawgiver, there can be no ultimate law, no ultimate right or wrong. Our moral feet are then firmly planted on thin air! Without a belief in a holy God no one can say something is right and something else is wrong. It all becomes a matter of personal preference.
But, if God created all that exists then there is an outside standard, a transcendent standard by which we should live. Who can say what’s right or wrong? God can, and does, and we should be listening! With His gracious help we can live more and more as He would have us live. We can choose what’s right over what’s wrong.
“Hate evil, love good.” (Amos 5:15)