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Published on May 24th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Are There Really Standards?

Dr. Jed N. Snyder

Daniel 9:4-5; Matthew 5:3-6

In the physical world we will all agree that there are standards. An inch is always the same because there is a standard. A pound is sixteen ounces. Sixty miles per hour can be measured exactly.

But would you agree that in the spiritual realm there are also standards by which we can determine if our thinking is right or wrong? Do you believe that there actually is right and wrong?

The respected Old Testament prophet, Daniel, made it abundantly clear that he believed that there is right and wrong, there are standards.

I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments, 5we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. Daniel 9:4-5

Jesus Christ stated clearly that there is right and wrong. Remember the Beatitudes? Here are a few.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:3-6

Preachers should speak with authority about sin and righteousness because Jesus Christ did. Parents should confidently teach their children Biblical standards of right and wrong. Educators need to teach that there are standards in the moral and spiritual realm as well as in the physical realm.

Some Biblical standards are quickly accepted. We believe that deliberately breaking someone’s arm in anger is wrong, but somehow we have demurred, even resisted, the standard that adultery and homosexual sex is wrong. What standard do we accept?

Happy accepting the highest, best standards.

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