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How do we know what is right or wrong?

We live in what is known as the postmodern era where there are no absolutes including right and wrong. This is known as relativism, where what is right is whatever the individual decides that it is at that moment. Their decision as to what is right or wrong is based upon their background, experience, training, culture, and personal preferences. However, there is a point in which a person would draw the line and that is when another person is pointing a gun at their head and says, it would give me pleasure to kill you. Then, most, if not all of us, would say no, that is not right. So, there is an absolute to right and wrong when it comes to someone trying to murder, or steal or molest a child etc. That begs the question, how do we know when something is right or wrong? It cannot depend on the mood or convenience of an individual at a certain time as that invariably leads to the death of the innocent or in a holocaust. Just as there must be an ultimate uncaused cause of the physical universe, there must be an absolute standard of what is right or righteousness. Again, that absolute is God and He is the absolute in righteousness and morality. “Righteous are You, Lord, and upright are Your judgments.” (Psalms 119:137). See the righteousness of God through faith in Christ (Romans 3:21-28).

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