Where does Morality come from?

Published by Lois Clymer on

Where does morality come from? Is it something innate within us–a conscience telling us what is right and wrong? Or is morality learned from our parents and our teachers? Has it been given to us by God?

It would appear that all countries have a history of a moral code and one which is more similar to each other than dissimilar. Stealing is wrong and so are sexual relations outside of marriage.

Certain Jewish rabbis have spoken about some rules for living, called the Seven Noahic Laws, that we all in every country should follow to live together harmoniously. Presumably these laws were communicated by God to Adam and Noah, who are ancestors of all human beings. (Photo is from iStock).

The following are the Seven Noahic Laws:

  1. Do not profane God by worshipping idols.
  2. Do not curse your Creator.
  3. Do not murder.
  4. Do not commit adultery or sexual immorality.
  5. Do not steal.
  6. Do not eat the flesh from a living animal.
  7. Establish courts of justice.

In the Bible we do not find a list of commandments until God gave the Israelites the 10 commandments. However, it would appear that God gave commandments to mankind very early. We read in Genesis 26:2-6 that God appeared to Isaac and reaffirmed the covenant given to Abraham that through him all nations on earth would be blessed “because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

In Job 23:12 we are told that Job said, “I have not departed from the commands of his [God’s] lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”

Is morality important? I believe that from the beginning of time God has told mankind what is right and what is wrong. Some people have followed God and many have not. Which side do you want to be on?

 

You can purchase my book, Sacred Strands, the Story of a Redeemer Woven Through History, from my website here.

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