Morality The Pre Existing Doctrine

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Morality; The Pre-existing and Universal CodeMorality: A doctrine or system of moral conduct; particular moral principles or rule of conduct.To say that modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age is to suggest that human morality changes with the passing of time. This statement is just unacceptable. Morality is not something of a fad. It should not go through trends like clothes or popular music, morality is the foundation in which our society is embedded in, a foundation from which human values and standards derive from. If we are to agree that these values and standards are flexible within the boundaries of time, and that they contain within them no ground roo ...view middle of the document...

"The fact that the Greeks or the inhabitants of New Guinea think something right does not make it right, even for them. Nor does the fact that we think the same things wrong make them wrong. They are in themselves either right or wrong.What we have to do is discover what they are."1The clashes in cultures between difference of morality does not mean that morals are relative, all that it means is that unidentified cultures and their beliefs remain ignorant to the truth. However at the same time we recognize this, we must be careful not to commit to our own moral code as the just one. The only truth that we can be certain of is that there is one universal and moral code, and although we may not have found it, we must trust that it is amongst us and that through our experience and continual growing knowledge, that we will come to it. This is not even to say that there is one culture within society today that defines the true moral code, for what we know no culture contains this.However as time passes we build upon our knowledge of truth in search for other truths that strengthen and further establish our already growing understanding of what is right and wrong and by doing this we can discover certain values and beliefs from cultures that are indeed just and right.Of course by suggesting that there is the one universal moral code, one would have to defend this by also implying that there is a superior power that imposes this code amongst us. To take the position of ethical absolutism would be quite difficult to achieve without the reference of God."There would be no point, for the naive believer in the faith, in the philosopher's questions regarding the foundations of morality and the basis of moral obligation...For the true believer the author of the moral law is God. What pleases God, what God commands- that is the definition of right."2Our civilization today is deeply rooted in Christianity. The belief in God is very popular within our society. As much as we may try to escape Christianity, it still remains with us, "The moral ideas even of those who most violently reject the dogmas ofChristianity with their intellects are still Christian ideas."3 To believe or to accept the idea of one moral code, one must believe that there is a God or a group of elite God's who imposed this code upon us. So there is, for most Christians, one single God, that rules over the entire universe, and his wishes are inked in the bible. Unfortunately, God's wishes are consistent around the globe, and time and age is of no significance. If some cultural group lives in disbelief of God then they simply live in ignorance of him, and it is to their consequence that they are deprived. However then, since it is quite evident that popular modern civilization believes in God, it is therefore reasonable to assume that with this belief we accept God as the one superior ruler of the universe, like any ot...


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