This is an argument we always see from creationists. It’s in the Murray Ledger & Times of Murray, Kentucky. Their headline asks a question: Why is wrong, wrong?, and they have a comments section. It was written by Jonnie Hutchison, one of their columnists. He’s also a preacher at the Green Plain church of Christ. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Is it wrong to commit murder? Is it wrong to “cheat” on one’s spouse? Is it wrong to lie, steal or to commit rape? Most of our readers would probably answer that all these things are wrong, but what makes them wrong? Are they wrong simply because society says they are wrong? Are they wrong because the law of our land identifies them as crimes? What if a society arose that approved of murder and made it legal, would murder no longer be morally wrong?
That’s a very old question, one which we’ve discussed it before. But where’s the creationist entertainment? Ah, here it comes:
If mankind is the product of organic evolution, why would it be wrong to commit murder? If we are simply a more evolved form of animal life, what would be the difference in killing a human being and killing a deer? Who could say that one is wrong while the other is right?
Evolution provides no guidance at all. But where does morality come from? The rev tells us:
When God created man, He instilled in man a sense of morality. This comes from the fact that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). God is a moral being, and thus, man, made in God’s image, is a moral being.
Aha — that’s the answer! He continues:
Animals were not created in God’s image, thus have no sense of right and wrong. Animals may be trained to respond in certain ways, but they have no means of making moral decisions for they are not moral beings. Organic evolution has no legitimate explanation as to why man is a moral being and animals are not, but God gives us that answer.
Isn’t that wonderful? But wait a minute. In Creationism and Morality we mentioned Socrates’ Euthyphro dilemma — “Is what is moral commanded by the gods because it is moral, or is it moral because it is commanded by the gods?”
How would the rev explain Abraham’s behavior when God announced His intention to exterminate the populations of Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham objected and told God that it would be unjust to kill the good along with the rest. And what of Moses’ reaction when God announced His intention to exterminate the Hebrews because of the golden calf incident? Moses argued God out of doing it. And of course there’s the matter of the Flood. Was drowning almost the entire population of the world — including babies — the moral thing to do?
We’ve never seen a creationist answer Socrates’ question, and the rev doesn’t even consider it. Skipping a paragraph of bible quotes, we arrive at the end of his column. He says:
Because you are a moral being made in God’s image you are accountable to your Creator (2 Cor. 5:10). Choosing sin will result in eternal separation from God in hell while choosing to receive God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus will result in eternal life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). Wrong is wrong because God says it’s wrong Choose the right and live!
So there you are, dear reader. The rev says you should forget all about evolution if you want to lead a moral life. Otherwise … the Lake of Fire awaits.
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