Morality is an emulation of God’s disposition

Joel Berry and Joel Berry

You are an animal. You are an animated piece of meat with no purpose higher than your own chemical drives. You have no value beyond that which those in power have placed on you. All you can hope to do is make yourself feel as good as possible until your highly evolved system shuts down and you rot in the ground.’ Some will find these statements perversely liberating. Others, like myself, find them disturbing. Like it or not, this is what science tells you when taken to its cold, hopeless conclusions. Most of us would be dishonest in saying our innermost souls don’t scream out to us this is not true. Fortunately, science has not explained everything. Science still doesn’t know for sure what set the Big Bang in motion. Science still cannot explain exactly how the complex structures of a single celled organism arose out of a primordial soup and assembled themselves to form life. And science cannot explain where morality, with laws that seem higher than those of man, comes from. Yes, there are many theories suggesting our sense of morality is nothing more than a highly developed social-sympathetic instinct, but these theories fall terribly short of helping us understand right from wrong. If morality is a product of evolution, then it is as subject to change and as highly varied as biological life itself. We live in an age where God is being taken out of every area of our lives. Today we are taught logical, rational thought has no room for the supernatural. As a result, we become stranded in our search for moral truth. We are forced to look to our own reasoning, building our concept of right and wrong on the shifting sand of our own fallible imaginations. Does every man really have the right to define his own morality, or are we accountable to a higher power? In reality, everyone believes some moral views are more right than others. If we didn’t, we would have no basis for saying Hitler was evil or stealing from a roommate is wrong. To say one set of morals is better than another implies you are judging them by a higher standard. Who wrote that higher standard? I believe morality is an imitation of God’s nature and therefore inseparable from God himself.’ We did not write it; we can only follow it, or reject it to our own peril. When the ultimate morality lies with each man’s own opinion, you get anarchy. When the government defines morality as unquestioning loyalty to the state, you get Nazism and communism. The only reason we live in a free country today is because the founding fathers recognized a divine authority higher than their own. They recognized this divine authority created all men equal, and they did not dare disobey. In the words of Charles Carroll, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, ‘Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they, therefore, who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure … are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.’ Even Nietzsche, a philosopher who dedicated his life to eliminating God from Western culture, understood the inseparability of Christian morals from faith in God. He said, ‘When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet. The morality is by no means self-evident. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. It stands or falls with faith in God.’ I believe morality is not defined by the subjective whims of man. I believe right and wrong is defined by universal laws that reflect the very nature of our powerful Creator. Furthermore, I believe morality exists only in obedience to God’s words. God and morality are forever entwined.’ To say someone can have one and not the other is a lie that will eventually destroy the fabric of morality.’ If you think I am wrong, I reply to you: ‘Says Who?” ‘ ‘ It is a slippery slope to say morality can be achieved without God. It may seem like a nice notion that we can make moral decisions without religion, but when the Christian foundation we have borrowed from our ancestors wears away, the picture will become very grim. Science doesn’t have all the answers. Imagine a reality where right and wrong is defined as ‘whatever each man feels like doing.’ Today, the foundation of moral law is being ripped out from under us. Watch what happens.