The past couple of days I have been debating with a commenter about the nature of morality. Neither of us seemed to be productive in our arguments with one another, but one thing really struck me as odd.
My point of view was very consistently being mischaracterized.
My stance is that morality tends to come about naturally due to consequence and reaction. My opponent’s stance was that without an objective morality “in an atheistic worldview everything is random and spontaneous. There should be no order.”
Except there is order. The order isn’t always consistent, but some form of order always develops. It’s not the anarchy my opponent is making it out to be, and that should be clear by simply looking at non-religious populations in the world. The greatest amount of conflict seems more to be centred around highly religious populations utilizing objective moralities.
But I wonder, if morality is objective and comes from God, which part of the Bible am I to find the source of the swimming pool rules?
How do the Mafia determine their organization’s rules?
Why do we have governments working to manage the rules of countries? Where are their rule changes coming from?
How does society adapt to believe new things are good or bad if morality is objective?
How do different denomination of Christianity adopt different viewpoints of the same objective morality guidebook?
My point of view was also mischaracterized as being one that lacks meaning. That’s absolutely absurd. If my life lacked meaning, the conversation I am speaking of would never have been something I would have cared to engage in. I would be out inciting chaos, raping and pillaging and all of that fun stuff, wouldn’t I?
And then there is C.S. Lewis’ false dilemma about Jesus having to be either lord, liar, or lunatic which I speak of in my old post titled “Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? … OR!”
Another blogger just happened to mentioned that she has just had a similar Christian false dilemma encounter in the past couple of days as well. How’s that for
divine intervention timing! See: “Why Are We Here?”
Anyways, I thought I was done with this Christian criticism blog thing. Funny how things happen sometimes! I guess everything is a part of God’s plan, right?
Alright, time for me to go snub my nose at blasphemous pool rules and dive into some shallow water, alone, while yelling loudly. Those pool rule makers think they’re on-par with God … how dare they!
(for more info on false dilemmas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma)