Light Has Come Into the World

morality

“Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” – Jesus Christ, the Lord. (John 3:19-21)

One way I see this played out is by holding to the position that morality is purely subjective in light of the evidence to the contrary. This is because when we consider the idea that morality is objective, it forces us to consider that our own evil deeds will be exposed as such.

It is significant that Jesus made this point right after He said,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18)

It is significant because Jesus is saying that the only legitimate way to respond to God’s love and the promise of eternal life, is by coming into the light of God’s objective standard of morality, accepting the fact that we all fall short of that standard, and that putting our trust in Jesus Christ is the only solution to the problem.

Furthermore, Jesus is saying that even though He did not come into the world to condemn the world, if we fail to come into the light of God’s objective standard of morality and choose to reject Jesus Christ as His loving and saving solution to our falling short of His moral standard, then we will remain condemned already.

Posted in Ethics and Morality, Faith

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