There is another thread running on this forum, regarding ethics, which caused me to go searching for some original views on ethics that are not rooted in self serving, man made perceptions or theories. I feel that most people consider ethics to be something that is relative and something that can be tweaked per individual to suit themselves. This difference between my understanding of ethics and the views that others presented caused a rather useless and inconclusive debate.
Although this topic is similar in nature, I'd like to create a new post, because I am now branching off to cover the consequences of the origination of ones ethics. I'd like to investigate whether self invented, self serving, relative and ambiguous ethics can be compared with a singular the set of (supreme) ethics handed to us by God.
I have decided to create this thread after finding this article online:
If you do not read this article, you will have no idea what I am talking about, so you probably should find another thread to involve yourself with. I understand that the article is rather long, and you probably don't want to read it. If so, that's fine. I wont mind if you don't post. However, this thread has been created for those that are generally interested in the topic and have something intelligent to say.
The article above is written in a way that I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree with. What I like about it most is that it was written by a scholar, which also surprises me. Now, I already know that a good percentage of people in the world (and this forum) would not agree with the article. Maybe even using the term: "a good percentage" is an understatement. Because I know that hardly anyone cares about God or the simple things that he has asked of us. I understand that, but I am not trying to create a debate on religion. The debate is relating to ethics and the origins of them and the strength of ethics, depending on their origination. The source.
Nevertheless, I'd like to read the views of others on this topic. For the record, my ethics are rooted in the word of God, as written in the Holy Bible. If I find a concept to be unbiblical, I will reject it. This allows me to stick to a very well rounded, logical and intelligent thought process and understanding of things that doesn't cause conflict in my head.
I also believe that modern academia has no real or solid foundation, and is not much more than a conglomeration of confusion, which is one reason why I'd rather develop my character from biblical principles, as opposed to man made principles. When I listen to people, I have to stop to analyze everything they say, because I have to manually work out what is right and what's wrong. But when I read the Bible, I just accept it as truth, because in 15 years I have not found a single lie or anything that remotely resembles a lie. But all I'd have to do is watch the discovery channel for 20 minutes and I'll be up off my chair, flapping my arms saying: "WHAT A LOAD OF BULLDUST!", "They can't know that".
Although there are truths in man derived ethics, they are not solid enough for me to put stock in. I see constant problems with man and his ways, but I can honestly say that I have read nothing in the Bible that is not supreme in advice, logic and nature.
I'd also like to state that it does require effort to live life according to a God given set of supreme guidelines (ie: biblical ethics), and I understand that many people would rather just do what they feel like doing, thus creating their own personalized, ambiguous self serving set of ethics. But I still can't agree that it's a smart way to live.
Also, for the record. I am not religious. I despise man made religion. There's nothing good about it at all. It causes nothing but trouble and 99% of the "religions" of this word are not rooted in God's word, and are therefore not representative of God's will, even though they ALL claim the contrary. So no one can accuse God's word as being troublesome, simply because man has taken the book and twisted it into his own little fantasies and plots. Which, by the way, is a perfect example of a departure from Godly ethics.
So, to be clear. My question is:
What is your opinion on the article that I have referenced?