Human Morality Analysis
In Job 35:10 – 11, we read that man knows more than the beasts and are wiser than the birds. Why is that? Because God so created us. In Psalms 32:9, we are taught that the horses and mules have no understanding and that they, in order to be useful, must be controlled by bit and bridle.
Then in Psalms 73:22, …show more content…
Our conscience or “moral compass” is a remnant of our original state. This conscience permits us to imagine ourselves in the place of others and leads us to feel compassion, sympathy and empathy. But morality involves more than just feeling because we can ignore feelings.
Morality conveys the idea that we have the duty to practice objectivity and compassion. Whenever someone writes a law, cries at the hand of a bully, praises good behavior, or feels guilty, he is confirming the fact that we are made in God’s own image.
We battle with evil within ourselves and witness it in others. We long for the good but find all too often that the good that we would do we don’t do, while the evil we know we should not do we end up doing. Sin disrupts and defaces the image, but it does not destroy our humanity.
Unlike the lower animals, humans do have the ability to measure difficult and weighty moral issues. We do understand the value of sacrifice, even when a noble cause may cost us our lives. We, as humans, are able to move beyond survival mechanisms and base desires. We have the capacity to move beyond what “is” toward what “ought to be”. This ability defines us as humans and it is something that we share with our Creator. In fact, this innate understanding of morality comes from the …show more content…
- Romans 2:14-15
Think about it for a minute. The moral law is not written for animals. We assume up front then that they will not be capable of abiding by moral concepts that we embrace. The Old Testament also recognizes the difference between animals and humans:
“If a man’s bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally. However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and the dead animal will be his.” - Exodus 21:35-36
Notice that if an ox kills, it is not penalized, but the owner is fined. The Bible recognizes that humans are held to a different standard; a standard that is a direct reflection of their ability to comprehend and act on the moral law written in their own