Think God’s rules are too strict? Yours are no better

Some Skeptics reject God’s standard of right and wrong.  They say what God declares to be morally permissible in some cases is repugnant; and in other cases what God says is immoral is itself wrong to declare as such.  It is therefore wrong, they say, to judge people on such a flawed system of morality.  But what if we didn’t use God’s standard, what if he allowed you to use your own standard?  How would you fare?

Let’s presume for the sake of argument that there is an afterlife of either eternal reward or eternal punishment.

Have you ever violated your own moral standard?  Have you ever done anything even you believed you shouldn’t have?

Is lying wrong?  Do you lie?

Is stealing wrong? Ever taken something that didn’t belong to you?

If at any time you’ve ever run afoul of your own conscience I think it’s safe to say you’ve also violated your own moral standard.  Think about that.  If you were judged only by your own loose standard of right and wrong, you’d still be guilty.  So why is the thought of God’s system of rules being the controling factor so disconcerting?

Comments

  1. “Let’s presume for the sake of argument that there is an afterlife of either eternal reward or eternal punishment.” – well, there’s the rub. For example, never would I punish myself for lying with an *eternal* punishment. Part of the issue with the morality stated in the Bible isn’t the edict but consequence. Take the Lord’s name in vain…punishment=death. In this example, the action isn’t something particularly wrong, but the consequence certainly is.

    • I understand that eternal punishment seems harsh. But it isnt necessarily the crime itself that elicits the duration of the punishment, it’s who you violated. Like slapping a stranger gets a less harsh punishment than slapping a king. Same act different punishment. Shooting someone with a gun takes a second but may get you life in prison. Stealing $400 could take months or years, and in my state wouldnt get anyone jail time. How long it takes to commit the crime is also irrelevant.

      My point with this post is that I often hear God has too many rules. But even if he were to step back and judge us by the standard we use, we’d still fall guilty. We’ve all violated even our own moral code.

  2. The biggest challenge to the morality set forth by the Judeo-Christian God is that He challenges one’s self first before He challenges others. We have to forgive, we are to look at others people’s problems as a speck and ours as a plank, we are to turn the other cheek, our thoughts are counted as sin as our eventual actions, etc(Matthew 5-7). Our humanity makes us incline to relax our own rules against ourselves yet always uphold it other people. The Judeo-Christian God demands us to first examine and fix ourselves. That’s why David said when he was right THEN he would be able to teach transgressors (Psalm 51). In my opinion this is why the founding fathers of our country produced a marvelous work of law that could only be birthed from a Judeo-Christian worldview and yet failed to apply it.

    A quote from the movie Fireproof: “you judge yourself by your intentions and others by their actions”

    We need a transcendental moral code given by the Creator.

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