Moral Norms : The Lord 's Sovereign Rule

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Each of the three prominent approaches to moral dilemmas carry with it various aspects with which I find affinity. For example, generally, each maintains the existence of many absolute moral norms, meaning that for these norms there are no exceptions or exemptions. Specifically, however, Non-Conflicting Absolutism highlights the Lord’s sovereign rule and transcendence over creation in arguing that moral norms are birthed from the character and essence of God. For example, Isaiah 55:8-9 (NRSV) says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Reminding us, that God’s rule and reign sit…show more content…
Consequently, a shadow falls upon the Non-Conflicting Absolutist’s argument that conflicts only appear to be rather than actually are. Rationally speaking, it seems difficult to argue that moral norms do not actually come into conflict, especially as it relates to the present context of a broken and flawed world. Paul proclaims to the Corinthians, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” This gives birth to a rich theological truth, in Latin, finitum non possit capere infinitum – the finite cannot grasp the infinite. Essentially, God is incomprehensible, he can be known, but not fully. By way of illustration, God’s love is perfect for God, himself, is love. However, man’s understanding and sharing of love is not perfect, for, in this world we never fully grasp love because it has been “dimmed”, or distorted by sin. As such, we only see and share a muddied, nevertheless real, version of love. This does not mean God 's love is any less perfect - it simply means in the context of sin things are distorted from how they should be. As such, in our present context, we experience a “dimmed” moral sphere. Meaning, moral conflicts and dilemmas are a result of a broken, sinful world where things happened that should not happen. This is not to say that one’s decision amid the

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