Are morals relative?

What’s true for you is true you and what true for me is true for me. That’s the culture we live in today. We live in an increasingly amoral society that says it’s up to the individual to choose. Everything is relative, sometimes even one’s gender. Telling someone they’re wrong is to be intolerant of their beliefs. Who gives you the right to say someone is wrong anyway? What is wrong and what is right? The champions of tolerance tell us to accept people for who they are.

The irony is that as soon as you become a champion for tolerance, you stop tolerating people who disagree with you. As soon as you start fighting for the cause of tolerance, you aren’t tolerating those who don’t tolerate you. You just started a self defeating war, because by telling people they must tolerate your beliefs (for the sake of tolerance) you become a hypocrite since clearly you are not tolerating their beliefs. This is the reason we can’t look to ourselves for a moral standard. We can only judge other people based on our own beliefs, but who’s to say our belief system is higher than theirs? If you say it’s wrong to kill someone, and they say it’s right, who decides? He probably will, because he’ll kill you. Violence or manipulation becomes the only way you can enforce your will upon others, because they’ll have no other reason to listen to you. And who can say you’re wrong for doing it? Without standards that come from a higher authority, we cannot have a solid base to determine what is morally acceptable and what isn’t.

Some people who deny the existence of God use evolution as an authority. We must do what is right for the progression of the human species. We should take care of each other and protect each other because this is working towards the betterment of humanity in general. To go against this would be immoral. The problem with embracing evolution as your authority is that it gives credence to the idea that some humans are better than others. Since we are continuing to evolve (supposedly) then it is not stretching the imagination to assume that some people or races are more evolved than others. And since pushing the betterment of humanity is our guideline of moral ethics, on what grounds can you say that eliminating the inferior race is wrong? In fact, history has shown us several people who have considered their genocides as a moral obligation. Yet killing people, let alone wiping out whole races, is considered a bad thing by everyone you ask. Why?

We have this built in moral compass called a conscience. Some people like to use that as their guide. While we all make decisions based on our conscience, the conscience, in itself, cannot be trusted to hold fast to a consistent moral standard. This is because everyone’s is different. The way you were raised affects the way you view things. You can also change your conscience. If at first you perceive something to be wrong, but keep doing it anyway, you can effectively change the way your conscience reacts to it. You no longer see it has wrong. We refer to “hardened” criminals, or criminals that no longer have moral objection to what they are doing. So we cannot look to our conscience’s as a higher universal law, because they can be changed depending on our lifestyles and our pasts.

The fact is that we need a morally superior being to establish what is right and what is wrong. Why? Imposing a moral standard on someone else that yourself cannot keep is being a hypocrite. That’s why Christians are commonly labeled hypocrites. We try to attain the moral equality of the worlds greatest Teacher and the worlds most morally perfect man: Jesus. While we are sharing the commands of Jesus with others, they notice that we ourselves have trouble keeping those same moral standards. What they are missing is the fact that we are not preaching our own righteousness, but rather God’s. We are not saying, “Follow us!” but rather we are saying “You need Him, here’s why.”

We need His laws because no one else is morally good enough to impose morality on anyone else. His commandments are the concrete foundation on which to build our consciences on, and our sense of morality around. But we can never attain that perfection by ourselves. That’s why we need to ask Jesus for forgiveness for not living up to His standards, and why we need to accept His loving discipline and direction for the rest of our lives.

We, in fact, need morality for a well balanced government to function. Click Here for more.

5 thoughts on “Are morals relative?

  1. Morals are to be set by God and God alone. To allow lose morals into church, as outsiders coming in is okay. But for our people it is wrong. I can set my morals at a different point that you set yours at. To me you are wrong, and to you I am wrong. That is why God has to be the that sets how our morals are and not us.

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