...we all inherently know good from evil.
today don’t like the idea of “good” and “bad”; they like the ideas of
“holy” and “evil” even less. They say things are good or bad merely
from your perspective. Soldiers on both sides of a war think they’re
“good” and the enemy is “bad”. It’s all relative, they say.
This sounds very equitable and reasonable until one of these people has their car stolen
and they go to the police. Don’t they see that having something stolen
is only “bad” from their point of view but it is “good” from the
thief’s point of view? Shouldn’t the police reply that the one whose
car was stolen “needs some perspective” and realize that “there’s not
absolute bad action”? Oh the sweet, sweet smell of hypocrisy.
Each of us is made with a conscience that tells us what is truly good or
bad. We can drown it out or ignore it but we can’t get rid of it.
Some people say the conscience is our own invention; that we impose it
on ourselves but I know for a fact there are things I want to do but
don’t because the nagging voice in my head says not to. If I made that
voice then I could unmake it; but I cannot. Others say conscience comes
from society; that we learn it from our parents but that nagging voice
is still there even when no one is watching and I know I won’t get
The only place this conscience could have come from
then is outside of us. If it has authority over us (we can’t change it
and can’t get rid of it) then it must’ve come from “above” us. On one
hand this is yet another reason to believe in God (we have a conscience
that we didn’t invent so where did it come from) and it’s a reason to
believe that God is “good”.
By “good” I mean that he desires
for us to be truly happy. At the end of the day, that’s where our
conscience guides us. I bet some days God would get a good deal of
pleasure out of beating us down with fire and brimstone but it wouldn’t
bring Him happiness in the long run. In the same way our conscience
bothers us when we pursue short-term pleasure at the expense of
The fact that God created us hard-wired to
know the difference between what is truly good for us and what is not
is yet another reason that we believe that God is not only real and
intelligent but also good.