Is Morality Subjective?
Welcome. Today we will be addressing the arguments that say morality is subjective in an attempt to prove that morality, without a doubt, is an objective standard rather than something that boils down to opinions.
- If Morality Is Objective, Why Are Everyone's Morals so Different?
- Is Everything Good or Evil?
- Why Doesn't God Fix Everything?
If Morality Is Objective, Why Are Everyone's Morals so Different?
Because you'll hear many different ideas as to what is right and wrong, this seemingly concludes that morals are based on human opinion alone. But I encourage you to think about this rationally. For example, there are many different scientific theories throughout the world that conflict with each other on subjects such as evolution, God, etc. Would we say that these are all subjective? Now some might say that this is a false comparison because science can be studied and tested to see if it is true. But they do not realize that morality is the exact same way. Rather than look at everything as "this is always right and this is always wrong" careful analysis must be taken into consideration.
- What is this person doing?
- What led up to it?
- What will be the result?
- Who is involved?
- Why are they doing it?
This has also been used to say that morality is subjective. Because everything is not as simple as "this is right and this is wrong", morality must be subjective. But this is not the case. All it proves is that morality is very complex. If we take all these things into account, only then can we see whether something is good or evil. Now obviously there are things that are wrong no matter what the context is such as murder, and to that, I say that even though that was a bad thing we should make the best of the situation.
We associate happiness with good and sadness with evil. But is being happy or sad right or wrong? They are not good or bad. What we associate them with determines whether or not in that moment what we are feeling is right or wrong.
While taking my previous point into consideration we must also remember that we have the ability to make choices. Something can be completely true and in our face yet we have the ability to deny it. Just because something is true does not mean someone will accept it even though they should. Now we will apply this logic.
Is Everything Good or Evil?
Is a building in and of itself good or evil? Let's see. The core function of a building is to provide warmth and protection from the outside world. That is good for the survival of the human species. But what else can it be used for? Can that originally good thing be used for evil purposes? Absolutely. But that does not mean that buildings themselves are always going to be used for good (aside from the previous example) or for evil. A building can also be made for the purpose of evil, such as one that is used to house illegal activities like kidnapping or drug dealing. What was meant to help contribute to society is now helping degrade it.
Here is another example. Exodus 20 4-5 says to not make images of certain things such as things in the sky or on Earth to worship them. Now if I draw a picture of a star is that evil? No. Stars are not evil. They provide light and can help us find out which way to go if we are lost if you have any knowledge about astronomy. But if I say that this star is a god and/or worship the image I have made, I am perverting its purpose just like how I perverted the purpose of buildings.
We as human beings are sinners, but that does not necessarily mean we cannot be righteous. There is a difference between a righteous person and a wicked person. A righteous person, if they sin, will repent. A wicked person will not. Romans 7 22-24 talks about the struggle between doing right and wrong. And like before we must take everything into consideration just as God does. God sees everything and he knows everything, so he would know what is right and wrong for every single context because he sees all the details. He knows who is doing it, why they're doing it, and what will happen as a result. Some people make mistakes and repent while others devolve into a terrible person as a result of not fixing their mistakes.
Why Doesn't God Fix Everything?
Some may argue against the existence of God because it seems as if he is not doing anything to fix the world's problems.
But like I said earlier we have to take everything into context, and we must know that God, being perfect, would be able to make the best decision. And were God to strike down every wicked person there is right now you might see yourself in that position. He would also be judging those who might repent. Everyone deserves the chance to be a better person no matter what they have done. He also sees the effect of what would happen if he did what we wanted him to do. The smallest detail can make the biggest impact, also known as the Butterfly Effect. If God were to do something to one person, just one person out of billions on one planet in the entire universe, that person is now out in the world and will act based upon what happened. He could come to them in love and they accept him or they could reject him. He could come them in anger and they might repent or they don't heed his warning and go further down their path.
Going back to this argument negates human responsibility to try and do what is right. I have heard people say that God is not real or he is evil because of their own personal lives. But did you really do what was right? Are you really trying to be a righteous person? And do you not realize the overall effect of what would happen as a result of you getting your own way? For example, people ask for world peace, but if we go by human standards rather than objective standards the way that peace is achieved changes. Would you want world peace under a tyrannical one world government that punishes everyone who disagrees without even a chance at redemption? Would you want all nations to just coexist despite the many differences and beliefs they have? Or would you want all people unified under a true moral standard? You can say whichever one you want but even if you say it does not mean you really want it. The heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17 9), .
- Can be studied
- Is complex
- Is based on an objective standard
Peace and blessings and all praises to the Most High.