Several months ago I went out to dinner with some lawyer friends. It was a pleasant evening catching up with some old friends and meeting new people who were from the same field as well. I do admit that I am not as well versed in legal practices as much as lawyers would; obviously, I am not a lawyer. I remember enjoying my Constitution class back in Seminary but I am nothing close to a lawyer or even a law student in that respect.
As the conversation went on, I found it very interesting how law students (them at least) are trained to treat the law as it is; without adding one’s personal opinion assumptions on what a certain law may or may not mean.
Contrary to seminary students, we were trained to think systematically; epecially when dealing with Scripture. There’s a balance between knowing when to take things in its literal context and when to dig deeper within the lines in order to find the deeper meaning of Scripture. (Of course, there are many other practices and methods other than the two I mentioned; so let’s leave those to the lectureres out there instead).
When dealing with the moral law, just like any law; it is best to take it as it “really” is without adding our own personal opinion as to what we “think” it might mean. It doesn’t matter where you are around the globe. Regardless of nationality, culture, religion, or worldview; what is wrong will always be wrong and what is right will always be right.
With that said, it will always always be wrong to commit murder, adultery, steal, rape, lie, etc. regardless of culture, religion, or any other excuse we can think of. Neither does it update itself overtime. Am I wrong for saying that?
The past few months (or maybe even years) I have too often found myself asking why some people are considering it an “okay” matter when we violate a moral law that I would assume everyone should understand and agree with at the very least. And yet here we are again making the same mistakes over and over and over again. History is littered with mankind seizing autonomy by defining good and evil for themselves instead of simply trusting God’s true definition of good and evil. Why did Adam and Eve eat the fruit? Because they defined eating it as good even though God made it clear that doing so was not good.
People need to be reminded that although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that does not in anyway guarantee that everyone is and will be right; because they’re just not [and won’t ever be] right.
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