Sunday, April 20, 2008

Where Did Morality Come From?

Morality is a very difficult problem for the evolutionary worldview. This isn’t to say that evolutionists are somehow less moral than anyone else. Most of them adhere to a code of behavior. Like the biblical creationist, they do believe in the concepts of right and wrong. The problem is that evolutionists have no logical reason to believe in right and wrong within their own worldview. Right and wrong are Christian concepts which go back to Genesis. By attempting to be moral, therefore, the evolutionist is being irrational; for he must borrow biblical concepts which are contrary to his worldview.

The Bible teaches that God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). All things belong to God (Psalm 24:1) and thus, God has the right to make the rules. So, an absolute moral code makes sense in a biblical creation worldview. But if the Bible were not true, if human beings were merely the outworking of millions of years of mindless chemical processes, then why should we hold to a universal code of behavior? Could there really be such concepts as right and wrong if evolution were true?

Some might respond, “Well, I believe in right and wrong, and I also believe in evolution; so, obviously they can go together.” But this does not follow. People can be irrational; they can profess to believe in things that are contrary to each other. The question is not about what people believe to be the case, but rather what actually is the case. Can the concepts of right and wrong really be meaningful apart from the biblical God? To put it another way, is morality justified in an evolutionary worldview?

(A portion of an article from AnswersWeekly, a weekly email newsletter, prepared by Answers in Genesis ministry. More information about this ministry can be found here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/)

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OpenID maranatha777 said...

You said, "an absolute moral code makes sense in a biblical creation worldview. But if the Bible were not true, if human beings were merely the outworking of millions of years of mindless chemical processes, then why should we hold to a universal code of behavior?"

Isn't that the truth? The world would prefer to believe this - and it does! Good post!!

Kate

2:07 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Kate,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment... I've always been puzzled how one can look at all of creation yet not believe in a Creator; or how one knows they have a conscience yet doesn't acknowledge the Creator who gave them that conscience!!!!!

4:38 PM  

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