Is it possible that despite what we say we “believe” we all are imprinted with the same set of morals? For the most part, there is a set “right” and “wrong.” Sure people have different views on various topics, but for the most part, there are things everyone agrees on. For example, I would say the majority of humankind agrees that cannibalism is wrong on all levels. Even something less extreme, like cheating…I think most people can agree cheating on a test or a significant other is inexcusable.
So is it possible that deep down we all have the same core beliefs but we just let the world get the best of us? Is it possible that when we repeatedly choose to ignore our conscience, it gets to the point where we can’t sense it at all? I was reading this book called The Storyteller and it’s about this Nazi who is looking back on the war 60 years later and telling his side of the story. One thing that really stuck out to me was when he says, the first time you kill someone is the hardest, but every time after that it just gets easier and easier to justify.
There are always those things we don’t feel right about but we do them anyway… and then they just become easier. We either convince ourselves it’s fine or we continue to feel a pang of guilt every time the topic is brought up. Or there are even those things we defend just because at some point in life we formulated an opinion on it. Sometimes I forget why I even think a certain way about things, but I somehow know I have an opinion on it, so I stick to it without a second thought. I can be so closed minded and stubborn, or just plain defensive. Everyone knows when people get defensive about things it usually means they are guilty on some level. I think we have learned to mask guilt in general as a society. We’ve made it so questionable things are “socially acceptable.” Somewhere along the way right and wrong just got lost. I think maybe if we checked ourselves more often and asked ourselves why we think a certain way, we would not only know ourselves better but our purpose in life better.
The bottom line is that throughout our lives we have been surrounded by people that play a part in the way think and interact with others. We live in a way that allows our circumstances to play a very big role in “who we are.” We think we have an excuse to think certain things because of things that have happened to us.
So I was thinking today, life really isn’t fair for people who haven’t had it as easy as I have throughout my life. If we really let circumstances and the people in our lives define us, some people must be really depressed. Realistically, some people are really depressed. But there has to be more to life than the fact, some people have it good and some people don’t. It has to be more concrete than that.
I think as people we think way too much of ourselves and we forget that we can’t even say what is “good” or “bad” because we have no idea! At the end of your life, if you see every little event on a timeline, it would really put things into perspective right? Okay so imagine being God, he doesn’t even have to wait until the end of our lives to see it, he can see it now. So why don’t why trust him more? We think we can tell if something is good for us but ultimately we don’t know where it fits in the future God has planned for our lives.
So then I was reading my Bible and I came across 1 John 4:10- “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.”
So really, life isn’t about us at all. Duh. If bad things happen in our lives it doesn’t define who we are, it just means that God can shine his light through the circumstance. God’s love is perfect, his word is flawless and he works for our good, even when we can’t see it. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love because we simply aren’t worthy of it. We need to stop trying so hard to explain everything and make the right decisions. We just need to trust God. It’s by faith we are saved, not because of anything we’ve done.
It’s pretty simple really. It’s too bad we let ourselves get in the way and complicate everything. I really should read my Bible more often. HAH