Right and Wrong is Relative
Blogged by James Preece on 22nd February 2009
The latest advice for parents from the government...
PARENTS should avoid trying to convince their teenage children of the difference between right and wrong when talking to them about sex, a new government leaflet is to advise.
It advises: “Discussing your values with your teenagers will help them to form their own. Remember, though, that trying to convince them of what’s right and wrong may discourage them from being open.”
Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist, said educating older children and teenagers about sex had to be a process of negotiation. “We do not know what is right and wrong; right and wrong is relative, although your child does need clear guidelines,” she said.
"We do not know what is right and wrong; right and wrong is relative"
I think she means right and wrong are relative.
Either way she's wrong.
The relativistic view of right and wrong says that there is no absolute meausure of right and wrong. Things are righter and wronger, but never right or wrong. Some things that seem wrong to us might seem right to other people. It's all relative.
That's a bit like saying that boxes don't have a size, they are only smaller or bigger. It is clearly nonsense. You can measure a box and give it's absolute dimensions. You can measure an act and say "this is right" or "this is wrong".
A relativistic morality sounds quite reasonable. If everybody around me is doing something then it must be okay. If I do the same, then I must be a good person. It can't be wrong if everybody is doing it? right?
The problem with a relativistic morality is that we can only judge our own actions based on the actions of those around us. That ties us down to the culture we live in, if we live in an age where slavery is considered acceptable, we will probably consider slavary to be acceptable. If we live in an age that see's women as inferior to men, we will probably see women as inferior to men. If we live in an age where abortion is seen as a human right, we will probably see abortion as a human right.
Only an absolute measure of right and wrong allows us to escape the degrading slavery of being a child of our age.
Do not be a child of your age. Do not measure right and wrong on the basis of the majority who happen to be living and breathing around you for the time being. Someday they will be gone and people will look back on them and say "that was wrong, but they didn't know any better because that was what people did back then".
God is the ultimate Good. Only in a relationship with Jesus Christ will we find the truth about right and wrong which will set us free to rise above the whims of fashion and allow us to objectively choose what is really good.
Absolute freedom to choose between right and wrong with moral responsibility for your own actions or degrading slavery to the dictatorship of relativism... I know which one sounds most appealing to me.