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Who Is God? - Part 5, God the Moral Law Giver (cont'd)
Miles McPherson - March 27, 2011

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As we have explored the question of God, we have also learned about the characteristics of limited objects in contrast to the unlimited God.

We have learned that limited objects do not begin themselves, but are caused or created by someone else. They are designed with purpose, and therefore the designer determines the rules for how that object should be used and cared for. Limited objects fulfill their purpose by following absolute rules provided to them by their designer.

For example, a clock is a limited object designed for the purpose of keeping time. Its designer gathers the necessary parts, builds the clock to perform its function, and provides the guidelines for the user manual so that the clock may be used properly and cared for in a way that keeps it functioning. The clock cannot revolt against its purpose and decide to be an oven, but must follow the rules by which it was created.

So who determines the rules governing all the things that were not created by man? How should we use and care for people, animals, mountains, or rivers? God, the designer and creator of these limited objects, provides the guidelines for their use and function. Without understanding the full capacity of our design, we can't understand the full purpose of our lives. Just as you didn't design any of the intricate systems of your body, you cannot understand all the intimate details of how they function and why they function the way they do. This is equally true when it comes to your soul, spirit, thoughts, and capacity for relationship. God is the only one that understands and governs these things completely because He made them.

1. Universal absolute moral laws exist. Genesis 2:15, Exodus 31:18, Jeremiah 31:33

Universal moral laws exist. This "narrow-minded" concept is not popular in university teaching, popular culture, or in media circles, which essentially teach that each needs his own truth and no one can impose his truth on another.

This may sound good in theory, but how many people practically live this out in reality? It would be ridiculous for every person to live by his/her own set of rules. Don't we believe that murder, abuse, rape, and pedophilia are absolutely wrong no matter what? Don't we believe that dying for someone else is honorable? We all carry this internal knowledge because our conscience comes from God, therefore it resonates with His law. These are not absolute laws because we say so but because our Maker says so.

2. A Universal Lawgiver must exist. Genesis 2:15-16, Exodus 31:18, Jeremiah 31:33

If there are universal laws, then Somebody made them.

If there are universal laws, then Somebody made them. Think of those speed radar devices on the road. If you drive by one, you can know that someone put it there and that there is a possibility that someone is watching you and has authority to enforce the consequence for violating the rule.

There are rules for your body - good ways to treat it and bad ways - which are absolute. There are rules governing love and marriage, and almost everything in our world.

An atheist who believes that nothing caused the world nor anything in it would say there is no design and no purpose to any of it; we're just here. However, the laws of science itself dictate that it's impossible for a living room to create itself. Nobody has ever been able to create something where nothing existed. Nothing cannot make something.

3. The Universal Lawgiver must be absolutely good. Leviticus 11:45, 1 Peter 1:16, Revelation 15:4

You may ask: if God is holy and good, then why is there so much evil in the world? But God asks the same question! He has given us enough food, resources, and love on the earth to go around, so why are people starving? There is evil in the world because man is evil.

God provides in His goodness and love, but He didn't create robots. He created us to make our own choices. Just as you can't make someone love you, God doesn't make you love Him. He even gave the greatest sacrifice He could give you by sending His own sinless Son to sacrifice His life for your sins, but He still gives you the option to accept His offering or not.

Morals are given by God and intended to help us do good, to be holy. And if we follow them, then why do bad things happen to good people? This is a trick question because there are no good people. Our sin deserves death, eternal separation from the holy God who loves and created us. Yet Jesus paid the price, so anything less than death and hell is a good deal for us! When bad things happen to you, you may not fully understand them, but in the end God is the Savior who gets us through trials, not the one who causes them.

4. Without a righteous, universal Lawgiver, morality is meaningless. Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 12:15

There's nothing you can do to earn God's love or take it away.

If someone decided to injure all bald people for no other reason than their baldness, you would undoubtedly agree this is wrong. But really, who are you to say? What is the basis of your decision? Who are you to take authority over that person? You can't simply say that it's wrong because it's hurting someone, for why is it wrong to hurt people? If there's no absolute right and wrong, then Hitler and Mother Theresa are the same. It's just one person's idea of morality versus another's. If there is no God in authority to determine morality for us, then there is no accountability for our behavior and it's just a free-for-all.

But if it's not true, and there is a God …then our ideas of morality should match His, because He is the One to whom we are all accountable. As Jesus reveals in John 5:24, this is an eternal consequence, Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

There's nothing you can do to earn God's love or take it away. To Him, you are like a precious newborn child, unable to do anything on your own. You can simply accept Him, His love for you, and the laws He has set forth to govern your life, or you can reject Him.

Who Is God?

This 5-part series examines who God is according to the Bible, defying the misconceptions about God that can hinder our relationship with him. Today's message explores the importance of a Universal Law Giver as universal moral laws exist.

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