What is Right and what is Wrong? - Creating an Evangelical Worldview
As we continue our consideration of looking and thinking through a Christian worldview, there is a subject that makes a difference from the postmodern worldview. This is the fact that the Bible teaches absolutes; in other words, right and wrong. Let’s see how Scripture directs us to this interesting question.
What is Right and what is Wrong? Can this the question really be answered?
Some people would say “no.” They would say that the answer must be based on someone’s personal opinion; that truth is subjective to our own thinking and emotions. Since people have different opinions and, since opinions often change with time, some do not believe a set rule of right and wrong can exist. If this is correct, then how can we trust our own thinking? And if it is not right and wrong, how can governments dictate by laws what it is right and wrong?
However, in recognition of who God is, and who we are as His creation, we can understand a lot about this issue:
➢ God is the Source of all truth (Ps. 31:5).
➢ God Himself (His character) is the standard for what is good and right (Deut. 32:4).
➢ God has revealed to us what is right and wrong in the Bible (Ps. 19:7-11; John 17:17).
➢ We have a perfect picture of what is good, right and loving in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14; 12:35-36).
I know this can be something difficult to grasp when we embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so used to have the right to our own opinion that, now, we must start listening to what the Lord has to say and follow His teaching (Matthew 28:20).
This is so important, because, even though people’s opinions may change, God’s Word does not. He is truly unchangeable. What He said was good and holy 2,000 years ago, is still good and holy today. The principles of truth He has given apply to every nation, culture and person today, just as it has throughout all history. Our basis for truth is the absolute truth of God’s Word (Matt. 24:35).
This is a challenge in our modern world. Relativism has been used to destroy the Judaeo-Christian moral and thought. The impact has been dramatic in recent times. Moral truth has been swapped for personal moral ideas. This has bought dramatic changes in our society where there is not even freedom of opinion or expression without the risk of being called a bigot by those that disagree with Christians.
As followers of Jesus, we must recognize that God is the standard and judge of all morality and ideas. We must not be swayed by popular opinion or the changing views of those around us. God has given us the answers as to what is right and wrong in His Word, and our focus should be to stand by them and make them a part of our lives (John 8:31-32).
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Bishop Josep Rossello,
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