A SOCIETY WITHOUT ETHICAL STANDARDS
Donald R. Fox
It may seem very strange to many of us to know some folks believe there should not be a right/wrong standard. That is to say, there are no rights or wrongs. Would you believe that some have affirmed that atheistic morality is beneficial to the human race? We are currently witnessing great crimes against humanity by way of orthodox Islam coupled with other ungodly lawless elements. Many of us have lived long enough to witness World War Two and the terrible loss of human lives and the destruction of large cities. Evil lawlessness drives the desire to control by killing whoever gets in their way and conquering landmasses. These wicked desires do not recognize rightness and compassion.
Years ago, it was common to debate the differences of religious beliefs. Sometimes non-believers would debate religious people that there was no God. For the Christian, it is understood that the word of God, the Bible is our guide in understand right and wrong. This ethical understanding is so clear for the Christian; that we act in a very consistent manner. Now, that does not mean we carry out our Christian duties properly all the time. It does mean we know right from wrong. Because we are free moral agents, we can choose to ignore our conscience and do wrong when we know what is right.
“From man’s creation ethics and morals have been an important part of his personal and social life. One of the strongest evidences for God from within man is his ought factor, which causes man to ask thoughtful questions about what he should or should not do.” (Reference: Introduction “Is There A Universal Code of Ethics?” by Jim E. Waldron, dated 17 June 1982)
A most interesting public discussion was held at the Church of Christ meetinghouse, Shawnee, Oklahoma, August 15 and 16, 1929. The debaters were W. L. Oliphant, a Christian Minster, Oak Cliff Church of Christ, Dallas, Texas and Charles Smith, President, American Association for the Advancement of Atheism, New York City. One of the propositions, most unusual, was “Atheism is Beneficial to the Race, and is most conductive to Morality of any Theory Known to Man.” We know that people who do not believe in our Creator, God Almighty, God of the Bible, do not believe in any fixed standard for doing right. Without much effort, Mr. Oliphant crushed Mr. Smith with logic and the Word of God.
Our King Jesus Christ “was dead”” but he now “is alive” “for evermore” (Rev 1:18). “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth on me, though he die yet shall he live” (John 11:25) “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
End Note: Will we accept and desire a society without God-given ethical principles? We are now seeing an element of the religion of Islam that has proven to be barbarous. We know that there are many Muslims who desire a peaceful life. However, it seems they have no influence over too many that heed the Koran along with Sharia Law as it is written. The holocaust and death camps of the Nazis during WW2 are undeniable history. We should shudder that non-believers desire an atheistic society. Give us Biblical God-given ethics that will make for peace and contentment. Sadly, there will be no peace until evil is defeated, and obedience to God Almighty is practiced.
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