“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25
Have you noticed? How the world has changed! The news is filling up with violence such as the world has never seen. Recently, only a block away from where I used to live in Toronto, a man drove a rental van down a busy main street running into pedestrians, changing lives forever. Why? Society is continuing in its downward spiral of greed and unmitigated selfishness. Morality and care sit at an all time low. We could look back at a time in history, a couple of hundred years ago when people had a much tighter grip on their moral fabric and would hold themselves and each other to it. Even just a few decades ago, I can remember the parking lots at the various retail outlets in town being completely devoid of automobiles since nobody shopped on “The Lord’s Day”. But, all that has changed. Our modern society has cast all wisdom to the wind with what it accepts and does and wants to see going forward, and just when you thought there was no line left to cross we are subjected to yet another level of low.
It seems nothing is sacred with very little respect for that which once was. How did we ever get to this point and, we have to ask ourselves, honestly, how much farther could we possibly go?
I ask: was society ever right about anything in the years gone by? Because, it would appear, if you asked the people of today, they would have you to believe we had it all wrong the whole time until now. Is that so? Or, was it really better back then? Were we wiser then? Perhaps, we could learn from the past and return to it. But, how did we get to where we find ourselves now?
Prior to a couple of hundred years ago, society held to a greater moral standard, mostly derived from the Bible and the fear of God. Although there were lines that only the most ungodly would dare to cross, something else was creeping in. There were philosophies and ideas that would quietly move in from those such as Adam Weishaupt and his May 1, 1776 illuminist blueprint for a new order in society. There was Karl Marx with Friedrich Engels and the “Communist Manifesto”. There were Friedrich Nietzsche and Soren Kierkegaard who brought in Existentialism, which is basically the worship of self instead of God. Then, later, people such as John Dewey, the education guru, et al., signed the Humanist Manifesto in 1933 committing themselves to replacing God by lifting up man with their so-called reason and rationalism. These, with their adaptations and philosophies brought in secular humanism, which began to really make strides in society and in the church. The common denominator with all these was they hated God and wanted to rid themselves of Him and His righteous standards.
With these vain philosophies came modernism and then post-modernism, which is already being rejected today as, passé. But, these philosophies have basically the same objective: to rid themselves of God and supplant themselves in His place. Without going into a great explanation of what post-modernism is, sufficed to say, there are great dangers that arise as a result. One particular danger is called moral relativism: the absence of moral absolutes. Basically, this means that anyone and everyone is allowed to make up their own moral code; that list of rules and decisions that they are comfortable with to govern their lives by. That is to say, whatever works for you, those are the rules you live by, no matter what anyone else believes. For instance, one person may believe that it is fine and acceptable for them to drink alcohol and another may believe that it is not acceptable. The individual who finds it acceptable is not subject to the other person’s stand no matter what the consequence; it must be accepted or else the one becomes labelled as “intolerant” or a “bigot” of sorts. Aleister Crowley, in his book called, “The Book of the Law”, published in 1904 wrote, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. This line of philosophy or ideology describes moral relativism: you can do what you want if you believe it is acceptable to do so. Whatever you find acceptable must be accepted by all. However, a problem arises when the consequences of some disgruntled coward thinks it is acceptable to drive a vehicle at a high rate of speed with the intent to kill. This person’s decision affects another. So, now who is right? You may argue to say there was more going on with that man, but he still made a decision for himself that affected and continues to affect many people. You may say, there are laws and statutes in society that govern in that case, but, clearly, regardless of the law, the philosophy in mind and heart has failed to protect everyone and the end result is obvious. Is this the type of equality society really wants?
The Origin of Moral Relativism
All of these philosophies mentioned place man above God: Marxist Socialism and Communism, Globalism, Existentialism, Secular Humanism, and Moral Relativism, and there are many others. Where do these philosophies really come from? Right from the very beginning there was a “philosopher” that went by the name of Lucifer. He was beautiful and held a high position where he came from, but he became proud in his heart against his God and convinced a third of all the others to follow him instead as he was cast down from on high. Does this sound familiar? It sounds a lot like the philosophers and their philosophies we are discussing right now.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:13-15
The Consequence of Moral Relativism
If you read these philosophers I am referring to, you can hear some of the same sentiments as heard from Lucifer. Their end will be the same as his will be. And sadly, they should know that this place called “hell” this verse is speaking of was created for the Devil and his angels, and not for them. I say sadly, because they exist there now and for eternity, having decided to accept Lucifer’s many varied lies rather than accept the absolute truth. God’s standards are absolute, not relative. Not one of God’s created beings have even a slim chance to bend any of God’s laws and commandments their way. As such, God’s way of salvation is absolute too. Try as we may, there is no bending that way to our will either. The Bible says that Jesus was sent into the world to die for the world, so that the world could be saved. Accept Him, accept salvation. The Bible says this way of salvation is a narrow road. Consider these verses:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
These verses are unbendable, irreversible, irrevocable, and absolute. You need salvation from your sin and there is no other way you can save yourself:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Some people may say, I create my own destiny. These ones will come to realize their biggest mistake and there will be no hope after death pulls them under. No purgatory. No reincarnation. No second chances.
May I say? I trust you know Jesus as your own personal Saviour. If not, you can, right now. But, you must admit you are a sinner before a perfect God and that you believe in Jesus who died on the cross for you; and, rejecting all else, you must confess you are a sinner in prayer to God in Jesus name and, “thou shalt be saved”.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
If you are trusting in man’s philosophies, realize they are only an old regurgitated lie from your invisible mortal enemy, Lucifer. Reject the world’s vain philosophies and accept the Truth in Jesus the Saviour today, while there is yet hope.
If you do accept or have any questions, please contact us through this website. We would be glad to send you a package to help you start your new life trusting in Jesus off right. ~R.
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