Morality in us All?
Q: What makes you think that only Christians have moral principles? I don't need religion to tell me how to be a decent person. Aren't you people supposed to not judge others?
A: Thanks for the question but you are making a false assumption. I so not believe that Christians are the only people or groups or organizations to have a sense of morality. You are making an assumption but I do get your point. What you are really asking is -- who decided what morality is? Everyone thinks they are right, of course, and most religions and people with truly moral principles that they live by are not principles, rules, codes or laws any particular group or persona owns. Morality is a concept based on a rule or a set of rules to govern common conduct that is a benefit, not only to the person practicing the rules or commands or laws but that also benefit others, those around you, friends and neighbors, even other nations.
The Hebrew Bible has a ten-step program in morality. Called or known as the 10 Commandments by most. If we look into other religions and belief, or disbelief systems we find these 10 Commandments build into their creed. Christians do not have the corner on common good rules for the good of all people. Technically, we find the First Four Commandments in the Hebrew Bible, directed toward the God to be worshiped by the Jew and the Christian professing gentile, while the last Six are brief commands about how to act or treat others. The last Six are found in all forms of governments and religions as base for the common good of all.
Here is an example of ultimate guide governing all, or should be a guide for all people and demonstrating that, from a moral point of view, most share the same opinion. Why? Because this and other moral principles -- have proven to be true and firm in all of human history:
All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets-- Matthew 7:12
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful -- Udana-Varga 5:18
No one of you is a believer until he desires for hi brother that which he desires for himself -- Sunnah
What is hateful to you do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law, all the rest is commentary -- Talmud, Shabbat 31a
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself -- Dudistan - 94:5
Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you -- Analects 15:23
"You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the First and Great Commandment. And the Second is like unto it, You should love your neighbor as yourself. On these Two Commandments hang all the law and the prophets -- Mat 22:37-40.
YaHshua, our Savior:
YaHshua .... "You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the First and Great Commandment. And the Second is like unto it, You should love your neighbor as yourself. On these Two Commandments hang all the law and the prophets -- Mat 22:37-40.
Christianity has gone off the track, even though they have and are gaurdians of the written word, a responsibility that once belonged to the Hebrew people, those we know as Israel and Judah, but in their rejection of the Messiah and their continuing under the veil or shroud covering their minds this duty has passed to the Pagan Christians. However, a time is coming when this veil will be removed -- Isaiah 25:7, but that day is not yet. Both groups, protectors of His Written Word, have failed in their recognition of the God the Deity, that is responsible for all we see and in whose word, has promised humanity a way out of our own destruciton. Still, common sense and common morality is not exclusive to any particular religion -- the laws in place are proven. Live like a whore or whore monger and see the fruits. Live a clean life and realize the blessings. It is all provable. What separates one belief from another, not counting those who deny their own existence, is which god they call on. Which God they confess -- Romans 10:9, and then you can understand, Acts 4:12.
You can see the similarities between religious beliefs but what makes things different are the customs and the traditions and the teachings and pressures from the teachers, priests, ministers and Imams placed on the members of whatever society the people live in. In YaHshua's final remark, He places every bit as much importance on the Love one should exercise toward the LORD. Remembering, He is speaking to a Jewish population and by this we know which of the many thousands of gods He is talking about. They understood that He did not mean the gods or god of any other religion. The morality base, the proven codes to live by are found in all other religions and successful people's conduct. What is it then that sets some apart and becomes a sore point for other? Naming your God as the only God, the only Living God, from whom we say these moral principles originate. Like mathematical rules, these rules governing morality, when broken result in outcomes that are not so good. Two plus two equals four and when someone wants it to equal five, for their own personal rule, then, eventually, their total outcome will result in and outcome that is far from desirable.
The moral break down of a society leads to the end of that society. When the immoral conduct is deemed as good, and those things of natural morality are deemed as bad, then that will be a society, that if it does not repent, that is, turn around and correct their moral mathematics, then that society is doomed. Imagine, future generations digging up our society like those buried in the Middle East, the cradle of civilization or the Fertile Crescent, as some know it, is an Archeological hot-bed for civilizations that ended in a moral collapse, becoming a pile of stones in a bigger pile of dust.
If we fail to repent and to continue applauding the strange and immoral conduct, conduct against nature itself, then we are doomed to becoming dust. Even nature will rebel against too much immorality.
Morality is a common rule or rules of order. Morality is embedded in all societies. Broken morality leads to broken societies. Morality is not owned by anyone. Morality is right conduct toward our fellow man and woman, mother and father, and other nations and races.
The question, then, is not who has the corner on morality, because no one does, it is like the oxygen in the air, shared by all -- polluted air is breathed in by all. What is the real Question, or questions, then?
Who is responsible for all of this order? Who is the Creator of all this living, functioning, order? Is it a God, a space alien, UFO visitors, or some super intelligence floating around? We are here, this Earth is here, the stars we see, the moon and the other planets, are all undeniable and it is the height of the ego for the clay pot to say to its pot maker, to its sculptor, that all of this came about by accident. Such an attitude might lead the maker of all of this, of this clay pot, to smash His ungrateful work and start over. The potter, the pot maker, to the pot is king, is god, and this god can make this pot or any pot as He sees fit. Who is, then, this sculptor of life? Deny His existence and you deny yourself and all that exists in the physical and the non-physical existence. This would be a denial of your own existence. Space man or Living God, He gives life to whom He will. He has Created all that we see and live in and on, a perfect space ship for the living – deny Him and you deny all that you see and you are then, the ultimate fool.
Mankind has a certain intelligence and in today’s world the people of this earth like to call it science, as if that is the world for all things mankind has proven or discovered to be true. True science, however, only discovers what is already there – in many cases, rediscovering what has always been there or present, waiting to be discovered. Even when a branch of science creates something, like a vaccine, for example, it is only using things that are already present. Everything outside of these discoveries, discoveries men and women name after themselves or their pagan gods, as if there are many gods, whom, of course they deny but acknowledge in all their brilliance – are actually only theories from which Science Fiction springs.
Live on this living, breathing planet, we should respect its discoverable, physical laws, even laws of morality that come from the physical intellect – we instinctively know that to murder is wrong, to lie is wrong, to deny male and female is all wrong. To hurt the Earth is to hurt ourselves and yet, we have wars and the constant rumors of wars. We have an earth filled with ungrateful little minds that think far more of themselves than they should, ignoring that the only barrier between all of us, traveling through space and time perfect Space Ship, is a very thin layer of air, air we call oxygen. If the Sun were to burp big enough, and one day it will, our atmosphere would disappear in a flash – the air above us would peel back, appearing to our eyes as if it were being rolled up, as the sudden and extreme heat would evaporate our atmosphere. And guess what? That is exactly what the scientist say is going to happen eventually. And this is why we need a Savior. We need a God that can save us from the decay of all things physical. When the sun belches outward in its own death, it will cause all life on this planet to cease – if, at that time there is any life left.
This is why we need a Savior. Humanity has proven that it is incapable of saving itself and a time is coming when denying our Creator will be to deny our own life, our own existence and lead to the final answer for all. We have seen, among those who acknowledge a creator of god of some kind, that none have a corner on morality – it is not morality that decides our ultimate salvation, it is the one that we confess and acknowledge as our Creator and Savior. The One we confess –
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord YaHshua, and shalt believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
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