Have you ever been accused of judging someone because you don’t agree with them? I believe we all have at one time or another. After all, isn’t our life determined by the choices we make, based on the judgements we decide are good? The real question is, what do we base our judgements on, and should we make it a rule that the majority is right? Of course not, because what’s right for me may not be right for you. However, the question remains; Is there a universal moral law? I mean we can all agree on certain things like slavery, murder and exploitation are wrong. Where did the idea that we each had the right to determine what is good for me or not come from?
In Genesis we read how God took the man he had created and placed him in the garden where the tree of knowledge of good and evil was planted. God warned Adam and Eve not to eat of its fruit under the warning they would die.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5
The key to justifying our judgment is found in the statement, “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” This says that, like God, we can determine what is good or not. By this we can even question God’s wisdom and judge whether it even applies to us. We determine which sins are worse than others. Murder we say is a greater wrong than gossip, yet the Lord says all sins are equally wrong.
Based on the story in Genesis, it is easy to say God is at fault for planting the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the first place. Kind of like saying, if I wasn’t tempted by the fact that the keys were left in that car, I never would have stolen it. It is the car owner’s fault for being careless. God was not tempting us to choose evil. He was giving us free will to choose between Him and our own desires.
I’m OK – You’re OK is a 1967 self-help book by Thomas Anthony Harris. The title was often quoted to say, “As long as what you do has no direct affect on me and whatever I do has no affect on you then we are okay and there is no need for judgement.” We do not live in independent universes and our choices do have an affect on others. Would you watch a friend spiral into addiction and not try to help prevent the danger that may follow? I hope you would at the very least tell them you are worried.
I may not understand all that God has decried but I trust in His wisdom. I cannot justify my sin by saying I disagree with God and I can never agree with the idea that we can declare what is good or not.