Was Jesus Challenging Peter to set aside his moral reasoning and seek God. The answer is a revealtion for all Christains today and our objective reasoning. We are complacent and oblivious to living within God Absolutes and seek Him only at our convenience as Peter is the example for all Christians today.
The true nature of Peter objectivity and how Jesus reveals it as a calling to all Christians today.
One of the most challenging aspects of discernment is realizing how our objective reasoning influences us as Christians in pursuing the Truth or do we all look at the world through lenses influenced by our presuppositions, which define the reality around us and label evil from good and right from wrong. Henceforth, have we once taken the time to define our inner objectivity before looking at the world around us, and the Truth revealed in Jesus Christ. It is not the world that is broken but us, and because of our sinful and broken nature, the world has succumbed to our prescribed righteousness against everything around us. Therefore, this is the greatest battle we face from any theistic worldview. Many worldviews seek to redefine this reality through dogma that places the world at fault, while others allow it to exist and proclaim its righteous place within its domain. Christianity does not do that, and Christianity is the only worldview that challenges us to look within our objectivity that reveals the Truth. The Truth that we are the problem and our inability to confine our objective view with the absolutes established by God since creation has resulted in the inward and downward spiral of humanity and its moral reasoning.
Even though some of us recognize this deficiency and strive to seek God, we seem awkwardly blind to the very nature of what scripture reveals to us. The Word of God has been scrutinized and interpreted, and commented on through the lens of mortal man. There is no challenge against these truths, but what happens when ideology is built on a false truth. Therefore, leading us to recognize, adore and worship at the feet of many mortal characters from the Bible. Martin Luther challenged these monastic and pious beliefs of the medieval church and brought in a new Truth era from scripture. These great men brought great meaning and the essence of God’s word and the Truth within it throughout history. Even when we study our church history, we see the chronological timeline from its infancy to today’s modern church. As we learn, we see the steps along with this timeline witness the scholarly, academic, and spiritual work of these inspired men and women to reveal God’s word to the world. After which, we walk away inspired and assuming the spiritual knowledge embedded within our souls. Unfortunately, we have deceived ourselves. The true essence of the Christian faith is found within us. The laws and the righteous path have been revealed through the Word of God, and seeking righteousness by knowing without doing is the biggest self-righteous attitude of humanity. Knowing does equate to an objective lifestyle centered on God. Some know less of God but walk with righteousness through moral reasoning that has been provided in their intrinsic values gifted by God.
The essence of our objective reasoning is by following a process of discernment and understanding our conscience and how we act and behave according to it.
MORALS – SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE
Therefore, the subject of morality is the catalyst that has indulged the human mind in understanding the nature of reasoning. How does one discern the conduct they adhere to, as well to the world around them? Morality from the Latin word “moralitas,” literally translated means, manner, character, proper behavior, differentiated by intentions, decisions, and actions between those distinguished as proper, i.e., right, and those that are improper, i.e., wrong.(1) Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. 2 The second definition leaves out an important aspect of morality: if these standards and codes are being used as a subjective standard, then whose objective reasoning defines these moral standards. Atheism and secular views are proponents of this view, but the plurality of this definition takes away any sense of accountability to whom defines the moral standard. This same definition applies to this paper which offers an argument that does not offer judgment on the proposed thesis but provides an argument of inducing your moral reasoning to discern within your moral objectivity.
When moral standards are dictated subjectively from a source, the source is the target of discernment. Any source is an element of external stimulus, always has a presuppositional view that dictates the standard of morality. The objective nature of the source is to be questioned. The fact remains, the secular world will always argue from every perspective to the source of moral reasoning. Science has offered arguments within the aspects of the human brain through special brain function activities and influence that provides the source of moral reasoning and judgment. Even as science seeks to eliminate God, the reality remains that no two individuals will provide a similar moral conclusion even when subjected to the same influences unless the moral compass is pointed at them. Our conscience dictates the simple essence of our objectivity, and no matter how we find ways to explain it, we always substantiate arguments with unsupported evidence to prove it. Whereas, when we look at the theistic worldview, we make the same conclusions but based on logical relevance – knowledge gained by logic, which is empirically adequate – learning through our senses and experientially relevant; learning through experience.
So how does this advocate my thesis within the Word of God? Are we assuming that the Bible is a subjective source of our moral compass? The answer is, yes, it is a subjective revelation of our objective compass, but the standard and the source of this subjective source is based upon an Absolute or a Standard that is the epiphany from which there is nothing further in comparison. God is the ultimate source, standard or absolute, and is viewed as the source upon which we look at the subjective nature of the moral platform. Throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we witness how man has walked a path void of accountability or any moral compass. Humanity has always been isolated within its prescribed ethical platform and always seeking an autonomous existence. We see characters living according to their rules, though some did look towards a moral standard to focus upon. Some stumbled but always picked themselves up and allowed their faults to be the lesson they look against for their future
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