Many people, even some who claim to be Christian, feel that the Bible’s moral standards about sex and marriage are outdated. To adapt to the times, some churches have changed what they teach regarding what is right or wrong behavior. Do the Bible’s standards of right and wrong matter anymore? Yes. Here is how we know that they do.
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Humans were created to look to their Creator for guidance. The Bible states: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Although Jehovah * God created us with the capacity to make decisions, he did not give us the authority or the ability to determine for ourselves what is right and wrong. For that, he wants us to rely on him.—Proverbs 3:5.
We find God’s moral guidance in the Bible. Consider two reasons why these standards are so valuable.
No! The Bible contains the truth about God and how he wants us to behave. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-23) He desires that people come to know this truth. (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) Christian ministers therefore must teach what God’s Word says.—Titus 1:7-9.
Many people who do not want to listen to the Bible’s moral standards look for religious teachers who will “tell them what they want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3, footnote) Yet, God’s Word contains this sobering warning: “Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good.” (Isaiah 5:20) Clearly, God will hold accountable religious leaders who do not accurately teach people what God says is right and wrong.
No. Those who want to please God follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. He taught his followers not to judge others but instead to show love and respect for all.—Matthew 5:43, 44; 7:1.
Those who follow Jesus were to uphold God’s moral standards in their personal life. However, they were to accept the fact that other people may choose to follow different beliefs. (Matthew 10:14) Jesus did not authorize his followers to use politics or any other means to force God’s views on others.—John 17:14, 16; 18:36.
Those who try to follow God’s standards of right and wrong will enjoy benefits now and in the future. (Psalm 19:8, 11) These include:
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