Who decides what is right and wrong?

Who decides what is right and what is wrong? Are there any moral absolutes or is it all a matter of political correctness or cultural norms?

When people say, ‘That’s not fair,’ or, ‘That’s not right,’ they are in effect saying there is somewhere a standard of right and wrong. We live in a world of absolutes – a builder uses a plumbline, a baker uses weights, a carpenter a ruler, a mathematician consults formulae. But with regard to rules for living, where do we turn? Laws of the land, ideas from leaders, and even standards from organised religion frequently change. God has given to the world unchanging standards, which do not alter with culture or time. As the Creator of all things, He has absolute authority. The best rule is always to follow the Maker’s instructions. He loves us and wants the best for us as individuals and nationally.

Christians believe that the law of God is King (‘Lex Rex’). He is the ultimate example of genuine love, and we should look to His lordship and law to be free from selfishness. He judges nations and will judge each individual by His standard. God’s ten commandments were given to show us what is right and what is wrong. As such, the law is ‘our tutor to bring us to Christ,’ that men and women might believe and so be declared just in the sight of God.

Summarised, God’s ten commandments are:-

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image … you shall not bow down to them nor serve them ……
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain ….
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  5. Honour your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness ..
  10. You shall not covet …

Jesus went to the heart of the matter by saying that in God’s sight, hatred is as bad as murder, lust is adultery in the mind, and that our duty is to love God and love our neighbour as we love ourselves, doing to others as we would like them to do to us.

Most people accept that if we kept God’s commands, society would be a ‘much better place in which to live’.

Do you know God’s power to forgive and change you?

The Bible says, ‘You shall love the lord the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself’ Luke 10:27

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