October 15, 2006

Today's Thought

Morality is not relative, but sin is.


Posted by Andy at October 15, 2006 04:01 PM to the Faith category

both are relative, for that to make any sense.

morality is based upon identifying sin - knowing what sin is and what good is, and good is whatever sin isn't. so if sin is relative, so's morality.

Posted by: heather at October 15, 2006 05:03 PM

I would have to disagree with you. Morality is based on knowing what good and evil are, and knowing in a general sense what it means to sin and what constitutes sin based on what constitutes evil.

Consider a man who grows up with an abusive, drunk, cheating father. Is it not a greater triumph for that man to refrain from beating his wife than it would be for me to do the same? Assuming he drinks to excess frequently, would it not be a greater sin for me to do likewise given my upbringing and personality?

Nearly everyone knows what is or is not evil, but each individual faces different challenges to refrain from those activities. The mind and heart are influenced by a host of internal and external factors, such as upbringing, but the spirit is not. Consequently, the act to sin in one way or another requires more or less evil intent, and it is that intent which impacts the spirit.

Posted by: Andy at October 15, 2006 05:28 PM
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