World: each person creates own moral standard, others must tolerate it

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, [You must not eat from any tree in the garden]’?” Genesis 3:1.

In Joseph Fletcher’s 1966 book, Situation Ethics, he advocated “evaluat[ing] acts in light of their situational context rather than by the application of moral absolutes.” This was just a step away from what the world advocates today: that each person creates his own standard of morality, and everyone else must tolerate it.

But this is no new idea. When the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say …?” it was asking Eve to set aside a living of her life by the application of moral absolutes made by the One in absolute authority and set herself up as her own authority to judge what was right and wrong for herself.

And this she did, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.”

And Adam, who was with her and heard the command of God firsthand, tolerated her decision.

In the war against the culture we are waging, whose authority are you living your life by and do you tolerate others’ sins?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

#moral-absolutes, #moral-relativity, #situation-ethics