What is the growing trend of ‘Moral Relativism‘ and how does it hope to shape ‘Modern Christianity’ as we know it? The biggest question seems to be,”In light of Moral Relativism… will more Pastors change to accommodate those with this mindset, slighting what the Gospel tells us, or will they stick-to-the-truth and continue to teach the Bible as it has been throughout the church age?” With the information contained in the Bible, mainly referring to prophecy, about the (very) last days swiftly coming, what has been told us grows increasingly relevant and of immeasurable importance.
[Below is from here.]
2 Timothy 3:1-5 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
So what does ‘Moral Relativism’ actually say… to where, today, there are more people believing it to be truth- their truth. Let’s start this by saying the philosophy would assume there is no object (external to the thinking mind or subject) right or wrong, or nobody is objectively right or wrong. Imagine… not having to worry about being influenced or restricted in your choices or decisions. Ideally, if there is nothing that is either right or wrong then there is no evil to be found. If I do something which might be perceived as wrong or evil then there are no legs to stand on and it should be assumed it’s alright- correct? This sounds like ‘freedom’ here but changes when there is another person involved, in other words… what began as a belief (objective) can also affect someone else (then subjective) and if it is based on: traditions, convictions or practices of an individual or a group of people, and, according to American anthropologist William Sumner… in his work (1906) Folkways, argues… “no trans-cultural judgement about the rightness or wrongness of a culture’s morals could possibly be justified.”
So let’s see what happens if there is (plainly) a solid reason to ask students, at Yale, to avoid dressing up for Halloween in ways that could be “culturally unaware or insensitive.” Please keep in mind, this was a response to the University Administration’s insistence, and happened at ‘a place for higher learning.’ My view is they did not go high enough for what they learned. If this is a millennial view (a new world view)… keep in mind this group of individuals appear to feel: empowered, opinionated, demanding and entitled [spoiled]- also coming into the workforce after school.
[DISCLAIMER: The videos are to highlight not a culture (or any one ethnicity even though here there is but one) but an attitude… not adults but children thinking they are adults… not rational behavior but reactionary behavior… taken not by using logic but to an ‘illogical extreme.’ Furthermore, the F-Bomb is used numerous times- so be prepared. I’d guess ‘Moral Relativism’ here and having a ‘Right to Free Speech’ means there are some that might use offensive language, and it is not for anyone to judge based on a ‘trans-cultural standard.’ By going to look at them you do so on your own accord.]
When anything can be done and there are no standards used for being either right or wrong… we are left with individual, cultural or societal standards we are accustomed to- in a generalized (homogenized) fashion. The fulcrum we see being used (then) as a standard, not being absolute, is selective and self determined at the individual level, a standard that has no center (being uncontrolled) and no regard for anyone else.
When speaking about Religion a curious thing is found… there seems to be a separation between one’s faith and one’s actions, in light of ‘Moral Relativism,’ and a complete denial of the importance of God to the follower. From this standpoint, one could seek spiritualism but not religion… practice piety without a corresponding understanding, where faith and works are to be seamlessly bound [an understanding coming from Christianity, found in James 2:18 or James 2:24], even to deny God’s authority and to seek what one will- based on this self centered and self oriented compass.
In the book,”A New Kind of Christian,” by Brian D. McLaren, we are given many reasons to question: heaven and hell, theology and Christian practices, inclusion of a worldview… even pluralism and ‘Moral Relativity.’ In the chapter,’French Fries and the Kingdom of God,’ is a line, see it below…
“Postmodern theology has to reincarnate; we have to get back into the flesh and blood and sweat and dirt of the setting, because as I said, all truth is contextual.”
At face value this sounds like it could be valid but the more one realizes about what was stated here, it is but a means to render any absolutes (of any kind) as if they are without merit- without the authority of who said it… even Jesus Himself. Please look here for a clearer understanding of what the ‘Truth Criterion‘ is, in light of what it means to seek ‘contextual truth‘ instead of ‘truth’ itself. In this case, as it applies to Christianity, to imply,”all truth is contextual,” is a means to ignore or reject: claims made in the Bible… events and actions seen or told us, place a limit on what was done and say it was only specific to that time, people or place. If we were to live without God in our lives, and believe all that the world tells us is true, we would descend to reacting to things instead of responding to things- no better than animals.
Matthew 14:33 KJV
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
John 1:17 KJV
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 KJV
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 14:6 KJV
6 Jesus saith unto him,I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 8:32 KJV
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If we seek to remove the authority of God from God (since Jesus [in Christianity] is the second person of the trinity) it is to turn our backs to God and what God represents to all mankind- Salvation, Deliverance and eternal hope. This would seek to turn Christianity into a form of religion with behavioral and psychological modification as the goal. It is for these many reasons… we need to pray for those that would: seek us harm, deny what is clearly put forth in the Bible and any that are made in the image of God- in effect, all mankind. Love is meant to be shared and given away… for there will be more where that came from but, please understand, love and the truth of God is something that must be asked for. Pray people will repent, change their ways while there is yet time to do so, and accept the gift of eternal life from Jesus the Messiah… the Christ, and believe in Him with your whole heart.
[Below are abstracts on ‘Truth’ and are found here.]
The basic message of Christianity is termed “the truth, ” and believers know the truth, and can discern that no lie is of the truth ( 1 John 2:4 1 John 2:21 ). Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., “truly” 1 John 3:18 ). Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth ( 1 John 3:19 ).
Jesus describes himself as the way, the truth, and the life, and as such he is the only means to the Father ( 14:6 ). Even when Jesus departs, the ministry of truth will continue because the Comforter, who is the Spirit of truth ( 14:17 ), will be active both in the church as well as in the world.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
P.S. It is my hope you will seek truth with an open mind and a heart open to the love Jesus has for us all. Is this your prayer… I hope it is? (D.V.)
[A future topic… evolution, how strong is this viewpoint.]
Can mankind truly believe evolution is more accurate than creation? See why it just got harder to pass this hypothesis (guess… sounds so scientific but completely ‘illogical’) off as being factual- here.
Some of the images are from here.