Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Authority to Declare What is Right and Wrong

Morality itself, in the truest sense (what is right and just), can not exist
without someone who has absolute authority to declare what is right and just. Since everyone falls short of the absolute moral standard (who has ever kept the 10 commandments?) no person can claim to have that absolute authority! This authority belongs to the Author of Life alone!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Morality is a form of Law and Moral Law Necessitates a Law Giver!

'He is a compulsive liar and compulsive thief, who has no sense of remorse whatsoever!'

A judgement poured out by the angry authoritiies on someone whose wayward ways had caused havoc in a particular organisation. And in many ways I could not disagree with their verdict and fully understood their anger.

But what if the ones giving this verdict had in an earlier discussion agreed that effectively all we are is a product of an accident of colliding molecules. How justified would their anger at this man be? How justified their judgement? How can a conglemerate of molecules lie? After all if I angrily shouted 'YOU LIAR!' at a chair that on the face of it looked quite stable and therefore promised to hold me but collapsed on my sitting upon it, then you could quite reasonably call me stupid. Things (a table, a chair, a set of atoms or molecules)can not lie!

For anyone to be convicted of a crime the presence of 'mens rea' (a guilty mind) has to be proven. It is the capability of knowing what is right and wrong. But if all we are is:
FAT enough for 7 bars of soap
IRON enough for one medium size nail
SUGAR enough for seven cups of tea
MAGNESIUM enough for one dose of salts
PHOSPHORUS enough to tip 2,200 matches
POTASH enough to explode one toy crane
SULPHUR enough to rid one dog of fleas
(Professor C Joad)

then no matter what terrible crime they have committed - everyone has an instant defense and can claim that 'mens rea' is not present - how can I be guilty of anything since I am merely a thing, an object.

However, we are more than an accident, more than the above. We are moral beings and are created in God's image. God (the moral law giver) has clothed us with a sense of morality. Morality (writes Edgar Andrews: 'Who Made God?') is a form of law and moral law necessitates a law giver.

To be completed