Nowadays it is fashionable to ignore Biblical moral codes as out of date. But I would suggest the contrary as being “immorality is always in vogue”. So there’s really nothing unique about going back to earlier standards of conduct. Nothing new has been discovered since the beginning of mankind.
Our society will not advance if we ignore the evidence of what immorality does to culture. At the same time the “moral point of view” is often held by legalists who see everything wrong with people who think and do differently than themselves.
These “free thinkers” do however often display greater compassion than do the legalists – but the coddling and enabling that comes along with that compassion ignores the lack of personal accountability and continued dependence on hand-outs.
Biblically “moral” and compassionate Christians do enjoy greater satisfaction in their lives. This is beccause they enjoin a synergy with the Creator of our existence.
As it is, I felt a need to add moral codes to my page on “Bible and Beliefs”. Ignoring the Biblical moral code is a formula for anarchy. In this stage there is no safety, no peace, no security, no material or artistic progress.
Moral Code is the same today:
- For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness; All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:21-23 WEB)
- Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up to vile affections. For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one towards another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:24-27 WEB)
- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 WEB)
- Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these], Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 WEB)
- Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; lewdness, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: … But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:5, 8 WEB)
- But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and lewd men, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
(Revelation 21:8 WEB)
The use of scripture rather than “cultural norms” is the sure way to a successful life and a wholesome culture.
(Proverbs 15:31-32 WEB) 31The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 WEB) 16All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
Not only does scripture warn us and tell us what to avoid, but it makes us better for our society and for the church.