Jeremiah 9: The Danger of Subjective Morality


I was reading Jeremiah 9, and I couldn’t help but think about how a lot of what was happening to Israel and Judah in this time is happening in the United States today. As we know from previous chapters, people had been moving farther and farther away from God, and in this chapter, we see this beginning to impact their behavior.

Jer 9:2  Oh that I had in the desert a travelers’ lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men.

Jer 9:3  They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not truth has grown strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, declares the LORD.

Jer 9:4  Let everyone beware of his neighbor, and put no trust in any brother, for every brother is a deceiver, and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.

Jer 9:5  Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.

Jer 9:6  Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit, they refuse to know me, declares the LORD.

As the people begin to get farther away from God, their morals begin to fall apart. Why is that? They begin to go away from objective morality, and they start to embrace subjective morality based on apparently whatever they want to do. They slander if they want, or they lie if they want. It seems as if the standards have gone away.

We are in a similar boat in America right now. For most of our history, even if some people were not Christians, it was culturally accepted that Christian morality was a good way for people to live. It had objective standards that people understood and were willing to follow. Unfortunately, we are now moving into a similar type of subjective era.

People want to give up objective morality because they would rather do whatever they want based upon their own minds. This is dangerous territory to move into.

If you surrender objective morality, then what basis do you have to prosecute criminals? How can you say that anything was wrong if all of those decisions are made based on what an individual feels? What if I feel like murder is a perfectly acceptable activity? Without an external, objective standard that murder is always wrong, it is just your opinion against my opinion. You can’t prosecute on that basis.

Even if you argue that laws ought to be based on what the majority felt was right at the time, then would we be comfortable saying that murder was right if the majority of people believe that? I think that you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who holds this position.

Subjective morality is a dangerous field. With nothing definite to plant your belief system on, you forfeit any right to define anything as morally wrong. As CS Lewis expounded in The Abolition of Man, we don’t seem to be able to do that very well as human beings. We have this innate Tao that informs us of basic morality and seems to exist beyond just what someone feels. They seem to cross cultures and effectively are more than just right as defined by one particular people group at one particular time.

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Posted on August 15, 2014, in Jeremiah and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. One statement is enough for a mature and evolved spirit to understand the immortal importance of a sentence, of a written line, due to its indestructible invaluable content that teaches how the spirit should act to develop the inner God, or to turn into Spirit and Truth, or to realise in it the teachings of the Bible – YOU ARE GODS.
    There are people who devour books, searching for religions, sects and banners, listening to the incarnate and the discarnate, but they do not change inwardly and do not really blossom… They are like mediocrity that goes around the PERFECTION, without ever reaching it…
    The Exemplary Word warned these people, by saying: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one, it does not come with external signs.”
    Therefore, those who do not know how to LOOK FOR THEMSELVES, and have not FOUND THEIMSELVES yet, will have to search high and low, hovering unhappily, in the kingdom of emptiness and painful doubts.
    An old initiatic saying teaches: “The good disciple awaits doing good.”
    The Exemplary Word also taught: “Upon your patience you shall build your souls.”
    These abstracts say to the immature, to those empty spirits: “Learn how to run to your inner self, because it is there that God has placed His Divine Virtues, which, when blossomed, will make you a TOTAL ONE, GOD IN GOD, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE CHILD OF GOD ETERNALLY.”
    However, let us remember these wise words: “One word to those who understand it is worth a whole speech to those who do not understand it.”

    All the best. With love, Neil.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I guess I’m not following you entirely though. Wouldn’t you say that it is more about finding God and following Him rather than about following ourselves and our sinful desires? I think it is important to examine ourselves obviously, but it seems as if the Gospel is more about God than about ourselves.

      • When the so-called Initiatic Wisdom, or Science of the Mysteries, or Science of the Oracles instructs men to know themselves, so that then they may get to know the Universe and the Gods, it instructs nothing but to acknowledge that everything emanates from the ONE ORIGIN, that IN HIM everything moves and everything achieves the purpose..
        Thousands of years later, when Jesus reaffirmed the ‘YOU ARE GODS’, He said nothing but the same truth. However, with the corruption of the Sublime Doctrine of the Path, these and other FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS have been forgotten, buried under the debris of all sorts of simulations and machinations, seriously harmful to people’s spiritual progress.
        To say that all religions are good is the same as to purposefully insult the TRUTH. No DIVINE OR FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH depends on human opinion in order to be. The TRUTH is good and the mistakes of religion fabricators will have to burst against it.
        Morals, Love, Revelation, Wisdom and Virtue are the positive factors that will make the Inner Christ of the spirit blossom. Pocket, Stomach, Sex, Pride and Selfishness are the factors that, used negatively, shall lead the spirit to weeping and grinding of teeth.
        A new cyclical-evolutionary time is coming to Humanity; but the Law of God and the Divine Model Christ will see those who did wrong, grieving their guilt, because they will not go through any changes.

        All the best. With love, Neil.

      • Hi Zak.
        When the so-called Initiatic Wisdom, or Science of the Mysteries, or Science of the Oracles instructs men to know themselves, so that then they may get to know the Universe and the Gods, it instructs nothing but to acknowledge that everything emanates from the ONE ORIGIN, that IN HIM everything moves and everything achieves the purpose..
        Thousands of years later, when Jesus reaffirmed the ‘YOU ARE GODS’, He said nothing but the same truth. However, with the corruption of the Sublime Doctrine of the Path, these and other FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS have been forgotten, buried under the debris of all sorts of simulations and machinations, seriously harmful to people’s spiritual progress.
        To say that all religions are good is the same as to purposefully insult the TRUTH. No DIVINE OR FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH depends on human opinion in order to be. The TRUTH is good and the mistakes of religion fabricators will have to burst against it.
        Morals, Love, Revelation, Wisdom and Virtue are the positive factors that will make the Inner Christ of the spirit blossom. Pocket, Stomach, Sex, Pride and Selfishness are the factors that, used negatively, shall lead the spirit to weeping and grinding of teeth.
        A new cyclical-evolutionary time is coming to Humanity; but the Law of God and the Divine Model Christ will see those who did wrong, grieving their guilt, because they will not go through any changes.

        All the best. With love, Neil.

  2. I am worried about your interpretation of that quote from Jesus. Jesus was quoting the Psalms, and that particular Psalm was referring to the idea that magistrates were given some authority and people might view them as gods in regards to the authority given to them relative to other men. He was saying this to the priests who held office that was divinely inspired.

    It certainly is not saying that people are gods in the sense that God is God.

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