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Martin G. Collins But we also believe in an infinite Atonement that has the capacity in this life or the life to come to endow us with every power necessary to convert our weaknesses and imperfections into strengths. With God, objective morality finds its roots. This does not mean that God’s goodness is contingent upon our approval. Because God created us and made us in His image, we belong to Him and are obligated to live according to His standard or face His judgment. The first is “I loved her.” Satan is the great counterfeiter. Because God gave us this power, He, and He alone, has the right to prescribe how it should be used. At certain times and places, no matter how strong we are, we have less resistance. In God's standard of morality, He is quite specific. But in the widest sense of the word, man's relationship to God, affected by sin, is what constitutes guilt. He declared, “The rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed” (D&C 1:3; emphasis added). But if those thoughts turn to lust, then the nest is being built. What they need to realize, however, is that if there is no God, then there can be no morality. Would god want us to continue doing this, despite having a more effective means to deal with it? Answer: The moral argument begins with the fact that all people recognize some moral code (that some things are right, and some things are wrong). John W. Ritenbaugh . Sin, Christians, and the Fear of God. In terms of government, there is a distinctive and deliberate similarity between the two organizations. At some point willpower will be an indispensable ingredient—there is not a pill or counseling technique to solve every addiction. As such, the Bible becomes our source of morality because the Bible is the very Word of God in written form (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). All that God's order defines in this case is subordination. He also said, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University–Idaho on January 22, 2013. Under this reasoning, sin depends on the circumstances of the moment. It is a poisonous, venomous, unforgiving snake that will strike the moment you take your first look and will continue to strike with a full portion of venom with each look thereafter. Society decides what is right and wrong. We must have the highest morality, as high as God Himself. Satan, using the humanists' influence, has convinced a large percentage of the public that sex and love are the same, a major departure from what was once generally believed in American culture. The sin is not in involuntarily seeing something improper; the sin is in entertaining the thought once it comes. Solomon writes in Proverbs 8:36, "But he who sins against me [wisdom personified] wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death." Moreover, God depends for his goodness on the extent to which he conforms to an independent moral standard. God desires that His children not watch any movie or TV show, go to any website, or view any magazine that is pornographic in any way. On the other hand, the procreative power is not to be exercised outside the husband-wife relationship. Our choice will largely determine our happiness in life. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. How? #TenCommandments #morallaw #BibleA short video about God's standard of morality. When God ordained the standard by which man should live, he set the standard in him-self. If it is too low or too high or too tight, it may prompt improper thoughts, even in the mind of a young man who is striving to be pure.4. Every human being has a conscience which is a God-given attribute to guide us on morality. Men and women can look sharp and be fashionable, yet they can also be modest. Humanists have also managed to convince many that everything is morally irrelevant. The standard must not be subjective and should be universal. What, then, is the Lord’s standard for use of the sacred power of procreation—His standard of morality? At its simplest, sin is a deviation from what is good and right. God gave us intelligence and the capacity to act freely. David writes in Psalm 58:3-4: "The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born speaking lies. At some point we must decide which will be our invited guest. Because certain adverse consequences of sin may remain even after repentance, such as disease or a child born out of wedlock or damage to our reputation. The Apostle Paul said, “For this is the will of God, … that ye should abstain from fornication” (1 Thessalonians 4:3; emphasis added). It is certainly possible to suppress or ignore our conscience but the mere existence of an innate barometer of right and wrong is strong evidence for God, a divine moral-giver, so it’s essential to understand God’s standards. Ultimately, we will be judged by the standard of God's Word. …, “… It is not pleasing to the Lord, nor is it pleasing to you. Chata' is also used in Judges 20:16, translated as "miss." Such a life will bring self-confidence and self-esteem. Contrary to much public sentiment, there is nothing negative or restraining about God’s moral standards. Why condemn the earth you may ask? From its first verse, the Bible asserts, “ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ” ( Genesis 1:1 ). It is repulsive to the Spirit of the Lord. However, it is always better to remain clean than to sin and repent afterward. We cannot break God’s moral laws with impunity and be happy because God, who created us, placed within our souls a moral compass known as our conscience. (From Forerunner Commentary), After Jacob's ten sons sold their brother, Joseph, into slavery in Egypt, they spent two decades haunted by an ever-present feeling of guilt. The quest for perfection is accelerated when we are clean, but it is stymied when we are not. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. They are the proven standards for happy marriages and stable communities. What happens to our sense of sin when God's standards seem no longer to be valid? But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a … Some would have us believe that the Church’s stand against same-gender physical relationships is a temporary policy and not an eternal doctrine. He tries to palm off lust as love. If you are afflicted with this malady, you need to do all within your power to overcome it. Each partner in a marriage belongs to the other even before the marriage takes place. Though the Son is one with the Father, being of the same substance, power, and glory, He nonetheless voluntarily submits to the Father. It is chata' (Strong's #2398). He was reminded that the supreme court trumps all lower-court decisions, however numerous or recent they may be. The judge said to my father, “Mr. It is at this juncture that Satan, using men he controls through subtle deceits, has dealt a devastating blow to our culture. Morality is an objective reflection of God’s character, and therefore consistently true for all people. Saying God is the standard of moral values is like me saying the Hairy Man of the Mountain is the source for objective morality. It is therefore each person's responsibility to preserve the body's sexual purity for the one he or she will marry. John Ritenbaugh cautions that most religious-professing people (including many members of the greater church of God) have not used the Word of God as their standard of morality and conduct, but instead are allowing society and culture to shape their attitudes, tolerating the disgusting incremental escalating perversion of moral … The blessings of living a clean and moral life are overwhelming. If there is an absolute standard of morality, then there must be a God. It is no abuse of the term to describe this agency as a … The apostle Paul writes in Romans 7:14 that God's law is spiritual. The Bible displays the Father's and the Son's standard in a multitude of word-pictures that reveal their nature and characteristics in word and deed. Just in case we have difficulty understanding clearly what sin is from the word-pictures of God's attitudes and conduct, He provides us with specific and clear statements. Then that moral nature issues in divine commandments to us. . The dress of a woman has a powerful impact upon the minds and passions of men. Such a st… What the Bible says about The descriptor defines the sin more specifically, helping us to understand that God's judgment includes more than the bare fact that a law was broken. It assumes that God is, that morality exists, and that there are appropriate standards by which we judge the world around us. Question: "What is the Moral argument for the existence of God?" 2014, 44–49. We find another restriction in I Corinthians 7:3-4: Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. Jeremiah writes in Lamentations 5:7, "Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities." Therefore, God exists. It can also indicate that "wandering" or "straying" is involved. These acts constitute the ultimate use of the procreative power with someone of the opposite sex with whom we are not legally married. Through the media and entertainment, the world promotes quite a different level of moral acceptability than God's standards, illustrating Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”. Bible Verses about Standards of Morality. It is fornication if neither party is married; it is adultery if either or both parties are married. We cannot avoid seeing every improper billboard or immodestly dressed person, but we can drive out the improper thought once it arises. Accordingly, Paul the Apostle counseled “women [to] adorn themselves in modest apparel” (1 Timothy 2:9). The word "offended" is translated from chata', and "sin" is translated from a cognate. To all honest souls who change their hearts and forsake their sins, He has promised, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). See Dallin H. Oaks, “Pornography,” Ensign, May 2005, 90. It more clearly delineates the deviation. My father looked at the judge and replied, “Your Honor, may I remind you that when the supreme court speaks on a matter, it only needs to speak once.” The judge nodded with approval. We may try to ignore it and we may try to suppress it, but we cannot escape it. “Humanist” is a descriptor given to those who have abandoned a belief in God and religion. Morality without God This question begins by assuming morals were created entirely by God and not just approved of by God. Some people refer to such people as “secularists.” Most of them claim atheism. Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2), and guilt is the result of that separation. It may require confession, intense prayer, fasting, immersion in the scriptures, replacing idle time with constructive time, putting strict boundaries on Internet usage, professional counseling, and the like, but you can overcome it. God's Standard of Morality This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. However, within any given context, the deviation and especially the attitude involved in the conduct are often revealed more specifically by other terms. Even so, it in no way tempered the effect of them as minor. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. In human marriage, husband and wife, like the Father and Son, are also essentially the same. In truth, the Lord’s standard of morality is not so much a list of do’s and don’ts as it is a principle, which can be expressed as follows: The procreative power is to be exercised in the marriage relationship for two key reasons: (1) to bind and strengthen ties between spouses and (2) to bring souls into the world. He seems to imply that moral goodness can exist and be determined independently of God. How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? To have done otherwise would have been a denial of his own charac-ter and a denial of an absolute standard. Corianton did not seem to realize the seriousness of what he had done when he sinned with the harlot Isabel. I now cite some of the Lord’s standards of morality so as to minimize any misunderstanding or ambiguity. On the other hand, the belief in separately existent objective moral facts is an irrational leap of blind faith. God's Standard of Morality, Guilt as the Result of Separation from God, Parallel between Deity and Mankind in God's Order. Most people believe sin occurs only between themselves and some impersonal, arbitrary law made up in former times to keep people from enjoying themselves. In general, the argument I have heard that attempts to connect morality and God is the Lawgiver argument that I described in my last post. I now want to explore the relationship between belief in God and belief in Morality further, for there is clearly some sort of link there that few speak enough of. The first and foundational step to living a morally clean life for the future is to repent of past transgressions, to exchange a foundation of sand for a foundation of rock. Thus, God is not absolutely independent." Accordingly, in the premarital setting it is contrary to God’s moral standard to touch the private or sacred parts of another’s body, whether or not the person is clothed.1. Leadership and Covenants (Part Six). Here, chata' is translated as "amiss": Nothing is wrong; the habitation is as it should be. Before attempting to explain and assess moral arguments for theexistence of God, it would be helpful to have some perspective on thegoals of arguments for God’s existence. It helps to be aware of these terms so that we can extract more knowledge and understanding. "Iniquities" is translated from the Hebrew avon, which suggests "perversity.". God is the final standard of what is good, and all that God is and does is worthy of approval. Abimelech charges Abraham as having missed the standard of behavior against him and his nation. Leviticus 4:2 presents us with a different situation: "If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the LORD in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them. Chata' appears as "sins," but it is modified by the Hebrew shegagah (Strong's #7684), which means "inadvertently, unintentionally, unwittingly, or by mistake." There are no exceptions. See Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Righteousness,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 69. It is the God-given power to become who he created us to be and so to share eternal union with him. ." Christian morality and God's law are not arbitrary, but specifically given to us for our happiness. There is no field so dark or corner so secluded that no one will ever know. As the Father and Son are equally divine, the husband and wife are equally human. God’s moral law is his standard for all people. A HIGH STANDARD OF MORALITY. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Do not be guilty of tampering or playing with this sacred power of creation. If we so desire, we can drive out every evil thought and immediately replace it with an uplifting song or poem or scripture. Some years ago my father, an attorney, was trying a lawsuit. His opponent cited a number of lower-court decisions of more recent vintage. For instance, Romans 3:20 reads, "Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin." If one tentacle does not work, he will try another and another until he finds one that takes hold. It is almost unbelievable to think that God has given to His children the power that is most prized and sacred to Him—the power to create life. In God's standard of morality, He is quite specific. In this progressive culture, people believe that morality changes from age to age and culture to culture. They also tend to be in positions of authority in government, business, education, and entertainment. Objective moral values do exist. This happens when we consistently choose ways that are in harmony with God's plan. It will result in a clear conscience. Your conscience is to be trained according to its standards so that you might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). In marriage, the submission of a woman to her husband is also intended to be voluntary. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. See Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 21.4.6. Secluded locations, late nights, and morally loose friends have incredible magnetic fields to draw us into Satan’s clutches. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Our choice to obey or disobey God’s standard of morality will largely determine our happiness in life. In truth, the Lord’s standard of morality is not so much a list of do’s and don’ts as it is a principle, which can be expressed as follows: The procreative power is to be exercised in the marriage relationship for two key reasons: (1) to bind and strengthen ties between spouses and (2) to bring … Women particularly can dress modestly and in the process contribute to their own self-respect and to the moral purity of men. For example, within marriage, sex is totally, completely, and absolutely limited to one's legal partner in that specific marriage. For the full address, visit web.byui.edu/devotionalsandspeeches. By means of the parallel between deity and mankind in God's order, Paul shows that a wife's submission to her husband in marriage does not imply her inferiority. Because Adam was commanded to tend to the earth, the plants, and the animals God punished the earth as well due to Adam's irresponsibility. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. The most common verbal root in Hebrew for the noun sin literally means "to miss, to fail, to err, or to be at fault," and it is often translated by these terms depending upon context. John W. Ritenbaugh On the other hand, lust is motivated by disobedience, self-gratification, and lack of discipline. These suggest weakness as the cause of missing the standard. Some of the best of men and women in the worst of circumstances have fallen. God is ultimate authority. He thinks that God is necessary for human morality because if there weren’t any God there wouldn’t be any human beings just as there wouldn’t be any universe. Otherwise, all we have is subjective human moral opinion, no matter how it is dressed up. It will make us eligible for a spouse of like purity and will make the expression of the procreative power in the marriage relationship sweeter and more rewarding because we have reserved it for the time the Lord Himself has endorsed. For an answer, all we need to do is take a look at our global society—its violence, sexual immorality, greed, stealing, and lying resulting in mass deaths, horrible diseases, rampant fraud, massive distrust, and misery. Often that commences with confession. Repentance, however, is not just a matter of time or forsaking a sin or making a confession. This argument says that if we claim that there are moral values we have to have a standard by which we measure them. Adams proposes that in many Judeo-Christian contexts, the term 'wrong' is used to mean being contrary to God's commands. We do have the power within us to take control of our lives and our thoughts. 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