The Truth About Right and Wrong

Who is it that determines what is right and what is wrong? This is a very important question, because without an authority for objective moral truth, there would be no difference between right and wrong. Many say that it’s society that determines morality, or that moral truth depends on the person. Some would even say that we should rely on psychologists and philosophers as our moral compass. It is reasonable to believe that we ought all be held to a single moral standard, if not simply for the sake clarity. So whose standard is the best standard?

Why Moral Truth Does not Vary Among Individuals

I cannot think of a more chaotic idea than to allow moral truth to be subjective to individuals separately. The phrase, “my truth”, is, frankly, really stupid. If moral truth varied between different persons, literally everything would be lawlessness.

For examples, imagine that you and I are the only two people in a room, and we each have different moral truths. I then tell you that my moral truth allows me to punch whoever I want, whenever I want. You respond by telling me that your truth deems all violence as bad. Then as you were explaining your truth to me, I decked you in the face and dropped you like a bag of rocks. You might get mad at me and say that was wrong, but who cares? I was within my own confines of morality so it’s okay.

To come to the conclusion that moral truth varies between individuals is sheer lunacy. It is impossible for morality to be subjective, it is only moral if it is objective (unchanging regardless of who it effects).

God is the source of moral values and therefore what is moral and immoral transcends personal or societal opinion. Without God, each society or individual makes up its or his/her moral standards. But once individuals or societies become the source of right and wrong, right and wrong, good and evil, are merely adjectives describing one’s preferences.

– Dennis Prager
Founder of PragerU

Why Its Not Society

Just because the majority of people in a society condone a type of behavior, does not make that behavior acceptable. If morality is determined by society, who is to say which society is actually correct?

Why It Isn’t Modern Psychologists and Philosophers

Probably the most confused people on the topic of morality are those within the realm of psychology and philosophy. They usually, with few exceptions, are the instigators of the delusion that truth is whatever you want it to be. These are the least trustworthy groups of people to lean on for moral truth, because they will, in order to seem intelligent, give you an answer that sounds complex, but answers nothing. Thus, they leave you more confused than you were when you came to them for answers.

God Is the Only Authority For Morality

The authority for something so important as determining the difference between right and wrong, must be the only authority on the matter. To be the authority of morality one must transcend a flawed humanity. To be the authority for such an issue, one must be flawless. The only one capable of doing this is God alone. Not just any god, but the God of the Bible.

  • There is only one God. Mark 12:32, “...for there is one God; and there is none other but He.” Isaiah 45:21, “...and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior, there is none beside me.”
  • God transcends all. Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Ephesians 4:6, “One God and Father of all, who is above all…” Job 33:12, “…God is greater than man.”
  • God’s Word is Truth. John 17:17, “…Thy word is truth.”
  • God is Flawless. Psalm 18:30, “As for God, His way is perfect…”
  • God’s Law is Flawless. Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.

This means that God is the judge of all issues including the ones hotly debated about in society today. God deems sex outside of marriage as immoral (1Corinthians 6:18), (Exodus 12:14). God sees abortion as murder, because the unborn are indeed intrinsically valuable, living people (Jeremiah 1:5), (Psalm 139:13,16), (Luke 1:41). God judges that same sex marriage is wrong and is an unnatural use of the human body (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13), (Romans1:26,27). God only made two genders not a spectrum of genders, to disagree is to embrace confusion and spurn reality (Genesis 1:27; 5:2).


Morality is not something that varies among individuals. It is not something that is determined by society, or government, or modern philosophers and psychologist. There is only one authority capable of setting a standard for what is right and wrong. You may not agree, but it is completely logical to conclude that God is the only answer. He presides as the only authority of objective moral truth.

Published by Tim Owens

A Man with a Passion for Truth

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