Morality

Moral but not Religious? Spiritual but not Religious?

 

The King James Bible never mentions Moral or Morals or Morality, at least not using that word. And the Revised Standard Version only has one mention of morals.

*   (1 Cor 15:33 RSV)  Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."

The New International Version also only has one reference to moral behavior.

*   (James 1:21 NIV)  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

I was bewildered at first because I expected the Bible would have a great deal to say about morals, moral behavior, and morality. Then I realized the problem was with me. I forgot there are many ways of saying the same thing, so I went to the dictionary and discovered this.

 

The American Heritage Dictionary defines morality as…

  1. The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct.
  2. A system of ideas of right and wrong conduct: religious morality; Christian morality.
  3. Virtuous conduct.
  4. A rule or lesson in moral conduct.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines righteous as…

  1. Morally upright; without guilt or sin: a righteous parishioner.
  2. In accordance with virtue or morality: a righteous judgment.
  3. Morally justifiable: righteous anger. See Synonyms at moral.

 

For all practical purposes righteousness and morality are two words for the same thing. And the Bible has a lot to say about righteousness!

 

Today it is not unusual for some people to claim they are spiritual but not religious or moral but not religious. But if they are not religious, particularly if they are not believers in the Bible as the word of God, how can they even know if they are spiritual or moral? Morality if it is to have any meaning must be based on a foundation of rock and not quicksand. That is, if morality isn’t based on absolutes it is mere opinion. Consider this…

*   (Isa 64:6-7 NIV)  All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. {7} No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.

*   (Prov 26:12 NIV)  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

*   (1 Cor 3:18-19 NIV)  Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. {19} For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";

 

The need to study the Bible has never been more needed in America than it is today. It is the only source of eternal truth; true righteousness, true morality, and we owe the very blessing of our nation to God and the men and women that founded us as a Christian people.

 

It is almost universally accepted that America today is in decline. The only way to reverse that decline is for Americans to return to being a nation truly, “Under God.” We need to become a moral and righteous people. We need to assure our leaders are of the highest moral character. We need to look beyond the empty promises and see how the people that want to lead us live. Anything less and we are doomed.

 

*   John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.

*   Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

*   John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court ,  "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."  

*   George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation,  " Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society." 

*   "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." First Chief Justice of Supreme Court John Jay

*   "Without God there is not virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience; without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under." President Ronald Reagan

*   Apostle Paul to the Churches in Galatia. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Gal 6:7 NIV) 

 

The fate of America is in the hands of Americans.

 

*   (Josh 24:15 NIV)  But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

 

We can change our future by reading our Bibles, exploring candidates and issues, and voting our conscience as formed by the scriptures of God. Vote for righteousness and morality.