“If I call a sheep’s tail a leg or if a sheep thinks it’s tail is a leg, then how many legs does a sheep have?”(1) The correct answer is four, but the increasingly popular practice of determining reality, especially in matters of morality, based on individual choice rather than objective truth, begs to differ.
Today, Biblical standards of right and wrong are aggressively and readily jettisoned in deference to individual preference, thereby undermining God’s Word as an absolute moral authority. We have returned to that dark period of history when, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
When morality is unmoored from the Bible, murder is redefined as “choice”, deception is deemed “business”, sexual perversion is labelled “progress”, stealing provides “equal access”, and slander becomes “redress”. Why the abandonment of Biblical truth? Blaise Pasquale aptly observed, “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Creating our own reality which validates activity contrary to Biblical morality is attractive to naturally selfish people. Any belief and behavior is justifiable by declaring that “it is my reality, right for me and my right.” This leads to social chaos—if anything goes, everything goes—and spiritual condemnation.
Isaiah declared, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil…” (Isaiah 5:20) To invert God’s truth is to invite God’s wrath. God’s morality reveals our depravity (Romans 3:23) which deserves God’s punishment (Romans 6:23), for which God provides a remedy. “Christ died for sin once for all, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God…” (1 Peter 3:18) Christ suffered in our place so that all who turn from their sin and trust in Him become God’s children. The remedy requires that we admit our depravity and need for God’s mercy which is an impossibility for those who pervert God’s morality.
God’s word is absolute and authoritative truth (John 17:17), whose moral standards and merciful Savior we reject to our culture’s peril and our eternal punishment.
Therefore, it’s loving to condemn morality rooted in the personal reality of selfish humans and champion the morality of God’s word. Spiritual darkness excludes God’s truth and eclipses the true light of salvation which is more attractive than self-actualization. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) In reality, God’s truth is “more precious than gold, than much fine gold… by it your servant is warned and in keeping it there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:10-11)
1) A riddle often attributed to and certainly spoken by Lincoln in 1825, but likely originated elsewhere: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/11/15/legs/