Explore God: Are There Absolutes In Good And Evil, Or Right And Wrong? September 30, 2015
James 4:17, If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Romans 14:23, …everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Sunday, I delivered a sermon entitled “Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?” as part of the “Explore God” series. To even ask that question, we have to admit that there is good and evil in the world. Life is good and death is evil in our minds, and rightly so. However, many philosophers today will claim that there are no moral absolutes. They water down the question of ultimate right and wrong; they strip morality of its foundation and replace it with moral relativism, but why? Most often we question the idea of moral absolutes when the rules make us uncomfortable or require us to give up our own way. Ultimately, we don’t like being told what to do or what not to do, by God or anyone else. So, people reject the idea of absolute truth or morality because we want to do our own things our own ways.
James, the brother of Jesus, said this, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” There is an absolute right and wrong. God allows pain and suffering to remind us that He has a better plan.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D