While atheists might argue that morality is hardwired into our genetics, it is my belief that it stems completely from a standard which has been set down by Almighty God. In any case, looking around we can easily see that morality is slipping as the amount of people who actually follow the teachings of Christ seem to be getting less and less each year.
This study which was done in Canada, is a good example of that, however I found it much more illuminating than expected.
Here’s a couple blurbs from the page…
• Canadians are 21 points more likely to say gay or lesbian relations are moral (81% vs 60%), 19 points more likely to say that sex between unmarried people is moral (86% vs 67%) and 14 points more likely to say divorce is moral (86%-72%).
• Canadians are far more likely to feel that doctor assisted dying is morally acceptable (79%-53%).
What really shocked me is the stats when comparing conservatives vs. liberals. 79% of people who self identify as conservatives believe that sex outside of marriage is morally acceptable! 76% believe that divorce is morally acceptable! 75% believe that having a baby outside of wedlock is morally acceptable. (Better than murdering the child I guess.) Surprisingly 21% of conservatives think having an affair is morally acceptable compared to only 12% of liberals.
There are a couple ways of looking at this…
1) People are lying to cover their assets and if so this quote by Orwell comes into play…In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell.
2) Our society has rejected Christian morality to such a degree as to make biblical standards extremely rare.
2 Timothy 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.