Moral Relativism: The Demise of Right and Wrong
When I was going back to school to obtain credits to qualify to take the test to upgrade my Florida licensure in Medical Technology, I was forced to take an introductory class in psychology. For reasons that initially escaped me, the instructor thought it was his job to challenge the students and their beliefs concerning right and wrong.
At that time, I had the benefit of being in my late 20’s while most of my fellow students were college freshmen with little or no life experience. I also had the advantage of having a personal relationship with the living God through His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. This enabled me to understand the reason for what was being introduced to this group of students as the “Lifeboat Exercise.” This was a hypothetical scenario where the students were told that there would only room for 5 people in a lifeboat, however, there were 10 survivors of the shipwreck. Each survivor was identified as to gender, age, profession, etc. and the students were to decide who would live and who would be left to drown in the deep blue sea.
Of course, these potential survivors were identified in ways that would make it easier for the students to play god and decide who would get to live at the expense of those not chosen to survive. Do we save the middle-aged nun who also happened to be a nurse? Or should the elderly Catholic priest who happened to be a medical missionary doctor survive? Do we save the young prostitute, her pimp or the matronly librarian? You quickly realize that the nun was going to be one of the first ones thrown overboard with the matronly librarian soon to follow. The pimp might as well just dive to his doom rather than waiting to be thrown overboard. The others were also identified in ways that made it easier to eliminate or save them based on their abilities to contribute to a shipwrecked community. Not exactly a re-run of Gilligan’s Island.
The exercise was part of introducing these young minds to the philosophy (or religion) of Secular Humanism and its morally relative way of looking at life. In a footnote to a Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins (1961), Justice Hugo L. Black wrote: “Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and others.” On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty issued a ruling on American Humanist Association v. United States that echoed what Justice Black had said about Secular Humanism. He ruled that Secular Humanism was indeed a (godless) religion and subject to the protections and freedoms afforded it by the Constitution.
This religion sees man as the measure of all things, the pinnacle of all wisdom and evolution’s greatest achievement. This is coupled with the dumbing down of America that has been an on-going work of the public school educational system since the early 1900’s. It has been described as a deliberate movement among professional educators to indoctrinate rather than educate generations to adopt an anti-intellectual mindset. If you want to see the bitter fruit of this movement simply watch Watter’s World on the O’Reilly Factor or Jimmy Kimmel’s “man on the street.” You will be unpleasantly surprised by the lack of knowledge displayed by both college and university students as well as a large section of the young adult population.
Because a large segment of our society has received this “dumbed down” education, the powers that be can easily fool their public by calling gun control, gun safety or pro-abortion, pro-choice. They can admit when pressed that the laws of physics were all violated during and after the Big Bang. But these same people allege that all the matter in the universe was squeezed into a space that was zero in size by measurable standards. They assert this with a straight face as they mock anyone who for good reason refuses to sign on to such nonsense masquerading as science, especially those who believe, “In the beginning, God created…, Gen. 1:1. Sadly, for many who will be running things in the future, they have been intellectually crippled and can no longer think for themselves.
There is such a thing as right and wrong, the concept of moral relativism is a devise intended to open your mind up to worldly wisdom. This form of deception is both subtle and insidious. I was able to see through this attempt to brainwash the minds of the young. This was a psychology class. How often have we heard reports of college professors abusing their position to rail against the ideas of others with whom they disagree? This is especially true of progressives who deem themselves morally superior to all others and remain exceedingly tolerant to those with whom they agree, others with opposing views, not so much.
This is the sad state of affairs that we face today. Moral relativism is taught as superior to the tenets of the Word of God. After all, why should we pay attention to the testimony of the Law and the Prophets or the eye-witness accounts of the Apostles concerning their Messiah? Our modern educators assure us that they are far more advanced than those who espouse Judeo-Christian worldview and biblically-based morality. While that is the goal of moral relativism that we discard our ability to reason and leave the Bible out of the process entirely, the Word of God is clear:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths, Proverbs 3:5-6.
Submitted by Steven Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.