318 – The Moral Test: Does This Satisfy?

If we seek things that never work out then we want things that can’t be. If we feel that those wants are natural, then our nature is broken.

We can interpret the Bible to excuse whatever moral definition we want. Proof that an interpretation is correct lies in that moral interpretation producing fruits of the Spirit. Morals always relate to our relationships, whether with God or in conduct with others. If we have inner turmoil about our relationships, somewhere something is wrong, either in our definition of morals or in our pursuit of them or both.

Marriage vows are vital for non-marital progress because family is a structure on which humanity depends more than roads and city water. Satan will attack marriage just as an invading army will attack the electrical grid of a populated area.

Jesus died to free us from oppression via man-made chaos. Is it to much for us to obey a few rules that prevent society from becoming chaotic? Is that really a sacrifice on our behalf, to have delayed gratification to thus have more gratification?

Some “moral” questions are left vague by the Bible. Those are left up to the individual. One can’t know what particular choices other people should make. Diet rules from Moses may or may not be necessary today. So, let your conscience be your guide. Sometimes people “invent rules”, but if they do this for themselves, don’t interfere. God is allowed to lead us moment by moment. God might give someone strange rules to help with a specific situation some day and the rest of us would never know.

Morals govern relationships with all people and all people with their God. Contorting the Bible to rationalize our own self-made morals never satisfies, it only excuses short-lived happiness and serves to appease our own guilty consciences from truth we know we deny.

But, strong belief in morality is no license to boss and bully others.

Accurate understanding of morals, individual choice to obey, resulting happiness, and responsibility are all personal—for each one’s own willingness to acknowledge and accept whatever follows. So, regulating the morality of others is always wrong, whether those morals are self-made or Biblical.

Acts 15:19-29, Romans 14:10-12, 20-23, 1 John 3:19-24