I have been thinking a lot about moral relativism lately. Switch on the news and you hear someone who wants to lead a whole country, and supposedly change the world saying she just misspoke. At work I talk to people who think it is wrong to hold strong views, anything goes, everyone is right except if you have Christian values. Our conversations are riddled with words like, ‘whatever’, ‘don’t care’, ‘anything is fine’, ‘well that’s your opinion and I’m entitled to mine’. Although we all have the right to our opinions, we are not all right. There is either the right way or the wrong way, there is truth or falsehood, there is God or the devil there is no middle ground in most situations. With the concept of relativism one is bound to run into trouble almost immediately.
We have universal standards set for every kind of measurement, whether it is for height, weight or volume. Why do we have absolute standards? If relativism crept into our world of trading, the same proponents of relativism will be so outraged that they will demand absolute justice! If someone wanted to buy an ounce of gold from me, and I delivered only 5 grams because my definition of one ounce is 5 grams, that would not go well at all would it? If relativism crept into traffic rules, we would be driving on any side of the road not honoring any stop signs or yield signs. Too bad you are going to get hurt and hurt many innocent people because of your stupidity. In our daily lives no matter what we believe, whether it is in absolute truth or relativism, we tend to do things as law abiding citizens. Yes you relativists think that there are absolutely no absolutes but most of you work everyday, drive home following traffic rules, take care of your families and keep out of trouble. So what happens when it comes to truth, ethics and morality? Things start to get icky. Let’s talk about abortion. Even the dumbest scientist should know that life begins when the egg and sperm fuse, which is when the zygote is formed. If he/she disagrees with me then I have a suggestion, leave it alone and let’s see what happens in nine months!! But there are many who argue that it is a woman’s “right to Choose” now what on earth is that? They mean it is the woman’s right to choose to kill the baby, to choose to terminate a life, to choose a more convenient way. Relativism has tried to explain away murdering babies with terms that are more palatable. A huge example is Hitler the monster who absolutized ideas that were not absolute but relative, and killed millions of Jews under the pretext of purifying a race. He even put to death all those who had any kind of birth defects and used human subjects for heinous experiments. Sounds a lot like the slippery slope our modern day embryonic stem cell research would lead us down! I could go on and on but I want to stop here and let you analyze your own situations.
What are the consequences of relativism? The consequences are innumerable and they pervade every area of our lives like a gangrene. The Bible says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” When there is no absolute truth to embrace, there is the doing away with truth, convictions and boundaries and clinging to whatever our corrupt minds can conjure up. Relativism is making it harder to raise children because the line between truth and falsehood is hardly recognizable. Ravi Zacharias puts down his thoughts on relativism very eloquently in the article that I suggest you read by following this link http://www.rzim.org/slice/slicetran.php?sliceid=7
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