Killing, stealing, cheating or dishonest acts are throughout the world. Without truth and justice, is there a right and wrong without a religion or supreme justice for a basis of thought? What has happened to the mentality of the people who commit mass murder, lie, steal, cheat and commit deceitful acts. What is behind the hideous acts that have been commited around the world?
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I agree with you to an extent, but you cannot say with any degree of certainty that, "It has to do with mental illness and power trips, nothing more." I don't want to see anyone close themselves off to strong possibilities that may lead to the truth.
The mass murder part I can say is possibly attributed to mental illness. But, the rest is just people getting greedy so they steal, jealous or hateful so they lie, they do not believe in themselves so they cheat.
I think some people are mentally ill, but there are many others who are flat-out evil. Why? Because it works for them. The Bible tells us that our struggle is NOT against the flesh but against powers and principalities of darkness in high places.
"ultimately the definition of right and wrong resides in each individual, and depends on that individual's values" - ThompsonPen
When people take it upon themselves to decide right from wrong - you are left with social anarchy and moral relativism.
I didn't say right or wrong for an organization, for a town or law. I said right and wrong for each individual. Whether religion comes into it or not, people will decide for themselves what is right to them and what is wrong
Thomspon: I am well aware of what you said and what you meant. I am also well aware of where it leads...it is a slippery slope that leads society to destruction. When everyone follows their own code of conduct...moral relativism and anarchy reigns.
Right you are, Taburkett! The Almighty has placed a moral code within us at birth (I believe). However, due to wayward friends, teachers, parents, politicians and mass media, this devine code of conduct becomes compromised, cloudy, confused and dies.
I believe the Almighty has ingrained in us the ability to know "right" from "wrong" at birth. There are some things that one KNOWS they should not do, (killing babies). But, things become confusing when teachers or society give conflicting messages.
I agree with that CJ. Do you think the varied denominations change Christianity to a fault? I mean God created us to love, walk like and be Christlike. So why all the different ways of preaching baptist, united methodist, episcopal, a.m.e, etc.
I have attended a slew of different denominations and churches over the years. I can tell you that each church denomination has their own "claim to fame" and they seem to quarrel like the Disciples did, when they wanted to know who was the greatest.
Yeah I know. I don't get it. It's a good moneymaker, but what happened to true ministering from the pulpit?
I think true discipleship went out the door when wolves in sheep's clothing found they could make a killing by tickling people's ears. Preachers found out it's more lucrative to entertain the congregation then to train them in the ways of the Lord.
Exactly, that's why my brother stopped going.
I have not been to church in about 4 years now. I'm not giving up hope that there still is a good church out there, but I haven't found one yet. I maintain an active prayer life and continue to study Scripture - there's nothing I'd rather talk about.
I wrestle with the "inherently" right or wrong thing a lot. I tend to. I think that the most "obvious" wrongs are almost instinctive - although a baby raised by tigers would learn to kill (his) dinner, so - maybe the classic nature v. nurture issue?