Our sense of right and wrong, where does it come from? Irrespective of your worldview or cultural background there is general agreement that some things are wrong. The choice to murder, steal or commit adultery are not considered good moral behaviour. On a practical level, morality gives us better societies. It creates a framework to allow human safety and happiness to flourish.
Yet, why should we even care what is good for society? Why shouldn’t I just care about self? Perhaps the existence of these questions suggests that our sense of morality or right behaviour comes from outside of us.
CS Lewis in Mere Christianity argues that the law of human nature, or our sense of morality, comes from the existence of a real morality that exists outside of us. It is not simply something we make up. Morality comes from something or someone which works on us, like how gravity works on a falling object. Yet unlike an object succumbing to gravity, we can of course resist morality.
We can construct our own morality. Individuals and even societies do this to some degree. One culture loves its neighbour, the other eats their neighbour. At best, a morality that emerges as a social construct is subjective. It can and does change from person to person, culture to culture. We become the barometer of what is right and what is wrong.
The problem with this is that I make mistakes. The problem is I change my mind. The problem is the morality I construct is limited to my experience, my perspective and my wisdom. Where these are deficient then my moral framework is lacking.
Yet there is this yearning from a moral framework inside each of us. In a world without God where else can you go to find morality, but self? But, could it be, the presence of a desire for morality, the very fact that we believe some things are right and others wrong, is a clue to the reality that there is a God who invites us to embrace a greater, objective, morality? A morality based on the character of God, a God who does not change, who is not limited in his perspective or experience.