Morality Outside Of God?

Morality is the backbone of any civilized society. Different interpretations of morality exist within different cultures and religions. Consider that some cultures still find moral justification in giving women no power within their community while another sees electricity as morally wrong. Whatever the case is, these products of morality are, in turn, the works of men. Be it through tradition or religious interpretation, there seems to be no one set morality for the entire world.

Can morality exist outside of God? By all accounts it does. Worth noting; however, is that morality outside of God is fragmented, contradictory, and broken. For example, it is generally accepted that murdering another person is immoral and wrong. Yet, we produce things like the electric chair and lethal injection to take the life of one human being in exchange for the loss of another. Some would argue that if a murderer takes a life, they should be executed for such a crime. That may seem logical to you, but it is contradictory at best in conjunction with the moral standard of not killing another human being. 

Fellow Christians, consider this angle. We are taught that man (as in all of us) are responsible for the death of Christ. By the same logic people use to justify the death penalty, should we, too, be put to death for our hand in Christ’s death? You see, I think Christians seem to forget that God not only forgave us for what we did, but He uses us according to His will. Yes, we will all die one day, but we are granted the life we have through grace. God does not operate within our morality.

God’s morality is perfect and definitive. As in without flaw. The popular argument is that The Bible itself says “an eye for an eye”. Yes, the OLD Law does say that. We must remember that Christ brought the New Law into the world. He taught principles such as loving our enemies, turning the other cheek, and universal forgiveness. This is representative of God’s Law through Christ. A perfect God would, in turn, be the embodiment of perfect love. Perfect love is love without limitations or criteria. Love for the murderer, love for a hooker, love for a stripper, ect. The morality we adhere to that preaches the former examples as extremes are all equal to God. The Bible itself says that there is not one sin that outweighs another. That if we are guilty of breaking just one law, we have broken all of them.

Man’s morality in this country only allows affection for those we deem worthy. God disperses His affection to everyone, the believers and non believers alike.

I harp on the concept of love when discussing morality. I feel like love and morality are dependant upon one another. A perfect love as demonstrated by God would allow us to see a murderer as another human life rather than a wicked criminal. I feel that life in prison is justified because the criminal is punished while given a chance to do good and repent for his crimes. This is a product of my understanding of morality.

My intent is not to spark a political debate, only to paint a definitive narrative of our inherent contradiction. When we were commanded to love one another it was love WITHOUT limits. When we were taught not to kill one another, that was a commandment WITHOUT exception. Yet, we take these things and make our own warped morality from them.

Consider also that we frown upon stealing. Then why is abuse of the welfare system not only tolerated, but enabled? Is that not stealing from the needy? Is using welfare money to accent your vehicle or get gold teeth technically stealing? If not, what makes these acts an exception? Man’s warped version of reality.

So, fellow Christians, we must concede that multiple variants of morality exists outside of God. However, there is only one sense of morality that is just and perfect. And a perfect morality can only come from a perfect source.

A perfect God.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

One thought on “Morality Outside Of God?”

  1. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Love is God’s morality. If we practiced just a fragment of His love, this world would be a better place. I enjoyed this post.

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