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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's Wrong?

If you have any close relationship with anyone, I'm fairly certain you've encountered this kind of interaction. You see evidence of a "disturbance in the force", so to speak. They seem upset, maybe uncomfortable, something. So, caring as you do, you ask, "What's wrong?" They reply, sometimes irritably, "Nothing." And we have what appears to be the "theme song" of our society.

"What's wrong?" "Nothing." Nothing is wrong. Can a mother kill her baby in the womb? Absolutely, if she wants to. She is actually applauded for her choice. Is it wrong to release secrets about our government to the public? Not at all. Those who do it are heroes. Is it wrong to violate the law ... say, speed limits or crosswalk rules or the like? Certainly not. If you can get away with it, it's great. If not, complain. "What's wrong?" "Nothing."

To be fair, our society does still consider some things wrong. There is the obvious "intolerance" which is defined as "not agreeing with me on what I consider good" and "hate" which is defined as "not agreeing with me on what I consider good." Someone who fears for the eternal well-being of a person who is described in 1 Cor 6:9-10 is functioning in hate, not love. That's bad -- wrong. Believing the Bible over current popular opinion is wrong ... clearly wrong. Do you question the theory of Evolution? Yeah, likely bad -- wrong. So there are things that are wrong. It's just that they're variable and without any solid basis. Nothing objectively wrong.

Atheists worth their salt admit it. Richard Dawkins argues, "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." Oscar Wilde said, "Nothing is good or bad, only charming or dull." Bertrand Russell wrote, "Outside human desires there is no moral standard."

"What's wrong?" "Nothing." Seems to me that, to a very large part, our society is embracing that view. Maybe it's just, "Nothing that used to be wrong."

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