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How can I tell what is absolutely right?

There seem to be so many gray areas when it comes to right and wrong. How can I tell what is absolutely right?

John 14:15

If you love me, obey my commandments.

God has given us his Word, the Bible, which gives many clear and specific instructions about good and evil. Though sometimes, we may find ourselves in a situation where we must prioritize, or even a situation the Bible doesn’t directly address, these clear instructions form a strong foundation for our decision making.

Galatians 5:16

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

God has given us the Holy Spirit who will help us live obediently and teach us absolute truth. Not only does he remind us of the truths found in God’s Word, but he shapes our minds and hearts to become more like Christ’s. As we grow closer to holding the same motives and priorities as God, making difficult moral decisions will grow more natural. Discerning moral truth involves more than memorizing the letter of the law—we must seek the heart of the Lawgiver. This is where the Holy Spirit leads us.

In recent years tolerance has become a virtue – you believe what you want, I’ll believe what I want, and everyone will be happy and get along. But if everyone did what they wanted, it wouldn’t take long for chaos and anarchy to reign, and everyone would not get along. There must be some rules, some laws that all people must follow all the time. When people follow these rules, societies function well. Thus, there must be some absolute truths, set into place from the beginning, that apply to all people all the time. When people live by these truths, these laws, a society functions well. Ironically, tolerance, which embraces every kind of idea or belief, denies the existence of absolutes. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes! The Bible makes it clear that absolutes do exist and that absolute truth begins with God. It reveals the truths that make the world work, that make relationships work, and that determine our future. By studying these truths and living by them, we discover the way life really works. God’s truth sets us free from a meaningless and chaotic life to a certain and eternal future where life will always make sense and will be fair, just, and full of joy.

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