I do not think that there are many who would argue that one of the fundamental principles that ought to guiding human actions that Jesus mentions here is wrong or is indefensible. That is, we should do for others that which we want them to do for us. Let us examine this principle and see where it leads us.

It is quite clear that at the basis of this principle is the concept of at least one, if not more, absolute moral goods. The principle itself must be absolute or it does not make any sense. It cannot apply to some people and not others as to do this would be a logical contradiction. The existence of absolute moral goods means that there is a concrete and discernible set of moral laws by which all people should act. This means that today’s tendency towards moral relativism that has infected the thinking of most modern cultures is a step in the wrong direction.

Moral relativism can be found wherever there are exceptions made that harm a fundamental good that the law protects. An example could is the contradictory position that legal systems take on the sanctity of human life. Either human life is a fundamental good that is protected at all times or it is not. It is illogical to have laws that on the one hand protect people against murder and on the other enshrine the right to abortion or euthanasia or administer the death penalty. Human life is either a good to be protected from all outside attack or it is not. We cannot have it both ways!

Thye problem with moral relativism, when the absolute nature of some moral goods is denied, is that it ultimately becomes arbitrary where the line is drawn regarding what will be protected under the law and what will not be protected. Who makes the decision where to draw the line? Is morality a public opinion poll or something to be decided by some sort of political process? I hope not or society will be on very shaky ground indeed!

Christians believe that there is a fundamental moral code that comes with being human. That is, God has provided us with a moral code by which we ought to live that is written into our human nature. This moral code is made up of absolute moral laws, goods or principles that are not open to change or alteration; they stand for all people of all time as the very foundation upon which we build our notions of right and wrong – what we should and should not do.

Am I a person who sometimes compromises my beliefs, relativizes the truth for convenience in my life? Do I choose to respect the moral goods of the human life at all times?

Lord Jesus, help me to discover and understand more deeply the fundamental good s that are basic to moral living. Never allow me to be fooled into thinking that I or any other human person has the right to alter these truths for any reason. I pray that all men and women will humbly submit themselves to the truths and goods that you have given humanity from the beginning.