Is anything Wrong Anymore?

Is it ok for a person to do whatever they want to do? Are there any things you can do which are wrong? You might get the impression from the growing list of things which were previously considered wrong but which by today’s standards seem perfectly fine that “doing wrong” will soon become a meaningless concept.  It is starting to seem like the only thing a person can do which is wrong is to hold an opinion that something is indeed wrong.  Then that person will likely be labeled insensitive, intolerant, hopelessly conservative, or a hated bigot.    Following is a link to an article by one of my favorite apologetic authors, Ms. Amy Orr-Ewing.  In the article she addresses just one issue , pre-marital sex, which was formerly considered wrong but is now so commonplace that not having sex prior to marriage is considered unusual.  

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Amy Orr-Ewing

Amy Orr-Ewing
Amy Orr-Ewing is Training Director of RZIM Zacharias Trust. She gained a first class degree in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford University, before receiving a Masters degree in Theology at King’s College, London. As well as overseeing the Trust’s apologetics training programme, Amy lectures at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is also invited to speak at many universities, churches and conferences.

She has co-authored (with her husband, Vicor Frog Orr-Ewing) ‘Holy Warriors: A Fresh Look at the Face of Extreme Islam’ and has contributed to the book ‘God and the Generations’. Her new book ‘Why Trust the Bible?’ (published under the title ‘Is the Bible Intolerant?’ in North America) was shortlisted for the 2006 UK Christian Book Awards.  Click on the following link to access Ms. Orr-Ewing’s article.   RMF


About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church ( Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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2 Responses to Is anything Wrong Anymore?

  1. Jonathan Hilgeman says:

    I take my lead from Jesus. I think he laid out the differences between right and wrong very clearly. I hear both sides all the time – situational ethics vs. absolute black & white morality, but the Bible seems to lay out the law as a guide to morality, and Jesus (who is the Lord of that law) seems to speak and act to the idea that right and wrong isn’t about the act, but our intention and motivation behind everything.

    It may be good to give to the poor, but if your motivation behind it is greedy (e.g. trying to get some kind of social or financial or other reward out of it), is it still a moral act? Sure, the poor may end up getting something from you, but when God judges you, He judges your heart. This is a lesson that’s repeated over and over again throughout the Bible:

    1st Samuel 16:7 – “…The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

    Luke 16:14-15 – “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” (The Pharisees, who were experts at justifying their actions by the letter of the law and judging others by it)

    Proverbs 16:2 – “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”

    Jeremiah 17:10 – “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”

    Jesus even says that HE does not pass judgment but that his father does and that God is the judge of everything. If Jesus in his human form was not meant to be the judge of others, then who are we to be better than Him?

    That said, there’s a big difference between judging and guiding someone away from sin. Judging is the final accounting of our life after it is done. Jesus guided people away from sin. When the Pharisees brought the woman accused of adultery before Jesus, Jesus ends the discussion by telling the woman that he did not condemn her and that she should go and leave her life of sin.

    We are allowed to guide others away from sin, but we need to be careful that we’re not telling people they are sinning just because their action doesn’t seem right to us. God looks at the heart because it is the motive behind our actions that creates sin. Sin is our willful and intentional disobedience of God.

    If it were only the actions that were sinful, then God would have been commanding the Israelites into sin when he ordered them into battle or ordered them to kill certain people. The Israelites sinned when they DIDN’T kill the people that God told them to kill, despite God’s commandment not to kill.

    So when it all boils down, what is the motive behind any action? Are we doing something in an earnest attempt to please God, or are we doing the exact same thing for our own selfish motives? It is a personal test and something that only that can only be known by that person and God. The Bible lays out actions that are very often selfish so that we can help guide others away from those actions and help lead them towards a holier life, but the Bible is not the Lord of itself. Jesus lays out the exceptions and the notion that even though the Bible does show us the typical right-and-wrong, there can be exceptions to everything and we need to be careful of passing judgment based solely on the written law. We can warn someone of selfish behavior, but if they come back and say that they TRULY believe that they are doing things in honor of God, then that is their choice and it becomes an issue between them and God.

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