Our ever changing Morality.
Morality is that which comprises the principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong conduct and good and bad behaviour. When one moral code is judged to be better than another it means they are being measured by another code, that of Divine Natural Law and to this end God gave to humankind the Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue.
These are the ten guiding principles of life to encourage behaviour that would not only lead to peace on earth but would also lead followers to eternal life with the Father. Morality is not an instinctual thing, rather it is a learned, behavioural thing that is allied to and emerges from desire and conscience, and for Christians the ultimate moral code comes from God and whilst Christ has written this on our hearts, we have been given the freedom to either obey or disobey its strictures.
Since the time when the Ten Commandments were given, many attempts have been made to change and thereby lessen their meaning, content and impact to make them better fit the ever changing desires of creation which, in turn, are driven by the desires to make much into more plus a wish for more personal freedom to enable it to behave as it deems appropriate. And therein lies the forlorn hope for an earthly utopia.
For centuries the changes, whilst continually taking place, have been slow but now with the advent of the electronic media the changes are accelerating at an alarming pace. Under the guise of 'entertainment' or by the provision of 'enlightening' documentaries, viewers and their children are having their minds indoctrinated by those considered to be 'experts' or by those elevated to the status of 'stardom' into a 'newer' and 'better' morality or by those whose sole motive is to make money from altered circumstances.
Reasons for the changes abound with neither thought nor understanding being given to the eventual consequences of their adoption. In spite of all the changes, war and crime continue apace with no sign of either abating; internicine strife unceasingly continues in all walks of life ranging through individuals, families, nations and continents.
Moral-Brain-Washing is unquestionably taking place with its practitioners using phrases such as 'human rights' 'it's not harming anyone' and 'it's my body' to name but three being thrown into the battle in an attempt to first validate and then encourage desired changes to take place in the new order.
If anyone doubts the power of advertising to change people's attitudes, the fact that hard headed global commerce spends approaching $600,000,000,000 annually to achieve its aims says it all and tells us all that we need to know on the subject.
It is not only in the field of sexuality that profound changes in morality are taking place but also in the field of eugenics where experiments have already begun on the genetic editing of embryos. For all the deafening cries of 'human rights' the helpless embryo has no say whatsoever in that condition which the modification will produce nor in the premature ending of its existence: and so wrong somehow becomes right and by definition, turns that originally deemed to be right into wrong.
In his book, The Abolition of Man, C.S.Lewis wrote, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate the stallions and then ask them to be fruitful.”
Obedience to the Ten Commandments is to tread the road leading to a joyful life both in this world and the next. A complete version of the Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20 and from its reading one can see just how far we have come from God's original decrees.
Luke 16:17-18 (KJV) "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery." Whilst we might adapt God's Commandments to better suit our current circumstances, we can be assured that God will not do so.
Christ, in his own inimitable way, whereby He always told us that which we 'should' do as opposed to that which we 'should not' do, summarized for us the Ten Commandments and by so doing makes them easier to understand as reported in Mark's Gospel 12: 30-32 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Obey these two great commandments and by so doing we obey all ten and more besides; for these words, Jesus told us, summarize the whole of the Law and the Prophets. Nothing more is expected from us in our earthly lives than our obedience to those two great Commandments.
We obey them and eternal happiness is ours. We disobey them and we suffer the consequences!