Morality is Black and White.

I just was reading through some of the comments on this ridiculous blog I stumbled across. While I think that it’s likely a hoax, there appears to be a couple out there who are allowing random internet voters to determine whether they carry their son to term or abort him simply because they are unsure if they are ready to be parents. Obviously, the comments are rather passionate regardless of which side of the “conversation” they are on. And, sadly, a lot of the comments are incredibly hateful. I’m not sure how that is supposed to help. If this site is for real, these people need lots of prayer and compassion, not hate-filled venomous attacks. However, none of that is the point. What really caught my eye was a comment made by “Scubanurse” on 11/18. She stated, “Morals are never black and white and cannot have a POLL because the answers are not black and white either.”

I realize that, these days, relativism is the name of the game. The world is constantly trying to have us believe that there are no absolutes, especially in regards to morals. But that is just absurd. The whole point of having morals is to give you black and white definitions of what is acceptable and what is not. If you believe that everything is gray and there is no definite right or wrong, you simply don’t have morals. I’m not saying you are a bad person. You may be a kind person. You may give back to your community. You may donate to charity. But, if you live in a world of gray, you don’t have morals. You may have some values or ethical beliefs that drive your good and kind behaviors, but you don’t have morals. Morals come from outside yourself. Morals are not something that you create. Morals are absolute truths about what is good and what is not. Morality is most definitely a black and white matter.

This is what kills me about modern day Christianity. If you take a step back and look at the situation, this is what you see: There was this man that lived about 2000 years ago that claimed to be God. So, either this guy was God, or he was a crazy person. You can’t say that he was a prophet or was just good man that did some good things. Prophets and good men don’t go around trying to start a movement that centers around them being God. Obviously, Christians go with the theory that he was God. If he is God, he can’t lie, for God is truth. That means everything he said is truth. In fact, since Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, everything in the Bible is also truth. I sincerely doubt any Christian would disagree with me so far. Yet, I can’t help but be fascinated, and quite sickened, by the fact that there are now over 33,000 variations of this “truth.” Yes, that’s right, as of the most recent count, there are over 33,000 Christian denominations. 33,000 variations of the truth.

Despite the fact that truth is a black and white term with no room for gray, if the modern Christian doesn’t like the “truth” they hear proclaimed at their church, they just go next door and join a different church with a slightly different take on the “truth.” Then, after a cycle of church hoping, if one is so inclined, they can just start their own church. It’s no wonder so many people are disillusioned with Christianity. And no wonder it’s so easy to feel like everything is relative.

People often look down on the more “conservative” sects of Christianity, criticizing them for being out of date and in danger of becoming irrelevant. I disagree. I have the most respect for the denominations that hold true to their beliefs, refusing to cave under societal pressures. They take seriously their belief that God is truth and don’t try to justify or rationalize separating themselves from the things He’s revealed to us. That’s one of the many reasons I’m Catholic. My Church has been teaching the same thing since day one, when Jesus entrusted the keys of the kingdom to Peter. But that’s a topic for another day.

Getting back on track, “Scubanurse” may not be a Christian. But it is so annoying when people confuse their personal values and ethical beliefs for morals. If you believe something just because it feels right to you, that not morality. That’s your personal value system. Christians and non-Christians alike need to be more aware of what their opinions really are. Your personal opinion is just that. It doesn’t amount to a whole lot. And it especially can’t be inflated to a set of moral truths that you think everyone should live by. But, most of all, don’t try to tell me that because your personal value system is gray and cloudy that morality in general also is. As I’ve already said, morality is black and white.

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