This is part four of a four part series of articles on the ‘evidences’ of the existence of God. They aren’t intended to help you win an argument with an unbeliever about the existence of our God, rather they are intended to describe what is considered the ‘basic views’ which point to the existence of agod. Unless you start with the point of view of belief in the God of the Bible, you will never lead someone to an understanding that includes Him, you will simply lead them to deism.
The Moral Argument
1. concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.
2.holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct.
Man has a problem. Well, actually, that’s not quite adequate. Man has a lot of problems, and the list is entirely too exhaustive to go over succinctly in two or so minutes. Here, right now, though, I’d like to discuss man’s problem with morality. You see, man is moral – we know the difference between right and wrong, what’s good and what’s bad, and it’s not just on a ‘this will make me alive and this will make me dead. I will choose alive” level.
It’s so much deeper than that.
We have, at our core being (well, most of us do, anyway) an understanding of what’s justified, and what isn’t. Few could honestly argue that a man luring women into alleyways and murdering them for sport would be morally right (except, perhaps, the man himself). Most would yell “Fiat justitia ruat caelum” (Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall)
And therein lies a question: How do we know what is right, and what is wrong? Should we simply have evolved from a primordial soup, what natural force drove us to a need to have a desire for justice, or rightness, or wrongness?
That’s the basis of the moral argument for the existence of God: that man’s sense of right and wrong is so ingrained, so strong, that it has to have originated from something so much greater than chance – there must be a ‘greater being’ who imparts these concepts and desires within us.
Do you take issue with this argument? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below! Next, we will be looking into the teleological argument for the existence of God.