The Consensus Sin in America

CNN conducted a poll of 1,010 adults asking them to pick which behavior is morally wrong.  Right, CNN of all networks dealing with an authoritative issue such as morality, but that is another story. Here are the results with the percent of subjects saying the behavior (sin) is morally wrong:

#1 Cheating on your spouse 94%
#2 Cheating on your taxes 90%
#3 Having an abortion 57%
#4 Engaging in homosexual behavior 50%
#5 Looking at porn 46%
#7 Smoking marijuana 35%

This brief survey shows how uncircumcised the heart of the average American is with respect to sin. It shows that most Americans believe in a RELATIVE system of MORALITY. Fifty percent said that it is wrong to cheat on your spouse while they said is it not wrong to engage in porn.

Nietzsche wrote, “You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist.”

The average American does not believe that God punishes sin with His mighty wrath. If the average American believed the gospel, he/she would know that ANY sin will send him/her to hell no matter how ‘little’ said sin is.

What the American moralist does not realize is that his system of RELATIVE MORALITY points to an absolute standard. Everything in this universe is measured against a standard. Morality is the same. Since we have relative morality, logic dictates that there must be some higher, absolute standard.

That standard is God and His Word. God and His Law.

You break a tiny part of the Law, you are guilty of breaking the entire thing.

This survey once again confirms what the gospel claims, and that is the fact that we are dead in our sins. And we try to make ourselves feel better by ranking various sins. How convenient.

The Bible is clear on this subject, I just wish the average American would care to heed what it says in Romans 2:15 about the fact that deep down we know what is right and wrong:

“the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them”

Atheism as the Wisdom of the World

The late William Provine, a biologist at Cornell University, made the following statement about evolutionary theory:

“Let me summarize my theory on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear.

There are no gods, there are no purposes, there are no goal directed purposes of any kind.

There’s no life after death.

When I die, I’m absolutely certain that I’ll be dead.

That’s the end of me.

There’s no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and there’s no free will for human beings either.” (1)

It is mind-numbing to see the level of truth suppression in these statements made by what society considers a brilliant man.  I sat through an eight year college and medical education and took some of the same courses as this biologist, yet I hold to a different standard, an absolute standard for the purpose of life, ethics, and morality.

I cannot even begin to categorize the philosophical belief expressed in this quote.  Blind fatalism may apply, but that would imply fate as a driving factor.  Even atheists may want to depart from Provine’s position of no “meaning in life.”

So depressing to apply such philosophy to one’s life… No goal directed purpose to anything…

But more importantly, such godless worldview is contradictory in its premises.

If there is no foundation for ethics and therefore no absolute morality, then moral relativism is the moral law of the land.  Everyone sets up their own system of right and wrong with respect to morality.  That implies free will in action, the volition and ability to do what everyone feels good and right for themselves.

That would appear to make sense in a land without ethics.  But… Provine says that there is no free will for human beings, contradicting his previous statements…

Provine is correct in one sense.  There is no absolute free will because human beings do not posses the ability (without divine redemption) to lead a sinless life even if we want to.  We are chained to this fallen creation until the finalization of our redemption (Rom 8:20-21).

Delight in Truth readers, with respect to Dr Provine, we are dealing with a case of 1 Corinthians 1 wisdom of the world gone bad.  Paul tells us that the wisdom of the world cannot be applied in knowing God ( 1 Cor 1:21).  He will not reveal Himself via the wisdom of the world, but by the Word of God through the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit.

That is the folly of the cross! The world considers it foolishness… the whole idea of absolute morality, total depravity, and the need for our sins to be imputed onto Christ crucified in order that we may attain righteousness.

When the sinner realizes this, they will never be the same again.

(1) quote from Rodi – Agnus Dei