In this lesson we continue to look at cultural beliefs and practices that use moral relativism to defend themselves.Preview This Lesson
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Disputation Over the Trinity
by Andrea del Sarto (1517 – 18)
The Deification of Human Autonomy
“Self-serving” is a quality that summarizes everything that is against the Truth. Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me” (Mt. 19:21), and “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” (Lk. 12:15). But moral relativism is at the whim of self-interest. In the amoral beliefs and practices we just discussed, the self-serving character is buried under layers of logic that values human dignity based on a twisted understanding of the imago Dei. In other amoral beliefs and practices, pure human autonomy takes the place of God. With an erroneous understanding of free will, moral relativism assumes the primacy of human power and emphasizes human “rights.”
Oftentimes we enjoy our freedom and power without thinking about where they came from or why we have freedom and power. Under relativism, it does not really matter. What matters is that we have freedom and power to use right now. Any force that blocks a person from using his or her power right now is a violation against the person him- or her self. The most common amoral beliefs and practices that value this twisted idea of free will and the primacy of human autonomy fall under two categories: the “right” to control life and the “right” to control death.
The “right” to control life: We have the power and freedom to make things. This gives us what we can call a “maker” mentality. We combine materials and make something new. When we make something really new, like the first car or the first computer, we call it a “creation.” Creating and making are two very different things, however. This difference is either unknown or ignored in the morally relative arguments for the human “right” to control life. Creation is making something from nothing. This is what God does. Simply by willing a thing to exist, that thing appears. The act of making something requires taking what already exists and shaping it into something new. Even more, the act of making comes with the idea that what is being made is an object. When an object is made, is can be made well. It can also be made badly. An object can be defective, or ugly, or... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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