Reasons for Having Faith
Part 4 of 7
The Foundation of Morality
“That’s wrong!” “That’s unfair!” “You can’t do that!” “That’s unjust!” We often make pronouncements about what’s right or wrong. When we make such statements we aren’t just giving our opinion or expressing our personal preferences. We’re appealing to some higher standard. By what authority do we declare something to be right or wrong?
How can one hold to any kind of absolute standard of right or wrong unless there’s someone who gives that standard? If there are rules by which we should live, there must be a rule maker.
There can be only one logical source for Moral Law, an ultimate reference point for what is right and what is wrong, and that is God. If we’re going to hold to an ultimate ethic, belief in a holy, perfect, and good God is our only logical option. C. S. Lewis wrote, “The Being behind the universe is intensely interested in right conduct.” (Mere Christianity, p. 37)
Those who believe in God believe that God does not measure up to some standard of goodness, because then we’d be right back to where that standard of goodness came from. We’d be lacking any ultimate basis for good. No, God does not measure up to some ultimate standard of goodness; He is the ultimate standard of goodness!
Granted, most people who don’t believe in God are moral people, but their moral feet are planted firmly on thin air! They can give no good reason for being good!
Sometimes it’s argued that a right or wrong has been established to help guarantee the survival of human kind, but who is to say this is an ultimate value? If there is no God and no afterlife, why should we yield to society’s rules to be good, sometimes at a personal cost and sacrifice, when a billion years from now the human race will no longer exist and there will be no memory or record of our ever existing? Why would we want to curtail our own desires when we have only a few years to exist? Who can tell us it’s wrong to grab all the gusto we can while we’re here?
If we humans are the result of a natural evolutionary process without the benefit of a creator God, then there’s no reason for the existence of our deep and profound sense of morality. Where does it come from? The most logical explanation for the source of our sense of goodness is that we have been created by a creator, and our Creator is good!
The psalmist David declared that the generations “celebrate your abundant goodness…” (Psalm 145:7)