In life, there is a moral code, the universal law that governs the safety, security, and goodness of humanity. Laws that state to not lie, steal, and murder. The moral code stems from the divine creator and the universal lawgiver, God. From the beginning, God created man in His image to live in goodness as His creation. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s fall, so did the immorality of their character. The proof of morality is one of the three fundamental ways to prove God’s existence, as He is the ultimate and universal lawgiver. Morality is what modern society treats as right and acceptable, but that is not exactly what morality was supposed to be. Modern society’s treatment of morality leads to many loopholes in the system of morality. The moral argument for God’s existence says that God exists because He is the best explanation for the fact that there are objective moral truths. Moral truths that things such as stealing, murder, and lying are wrong. Some might argue that even if morality in itself is objective, there is no need for the existence of the source. Christians ought to disagree, because of the understanding of morality. Man is made in the divine creator’s image. The Creator is a rational and good being. As man is made in the Creator’s image, man holds the characteristics innately given by the creator, which is morality. The modern society’s definition of morality to their selfish philosophies leave loopholes in the meaning of true morality. Chapter four of C. S. Lewis’s book, “Mere Christianity” discusses what lies behind the law, which can be summed up into three suppositions: (1) there is a universal law and thus a universal lawgiver (2) the universal lawgiver is a transcendent being (3) the universal lawgiver is God. Only God is omnipotent and omniscient, and thus only He could create the moral code. In stories like McCorvey, the morality set by God can also be how He is revealed.
The first supposition states that there is a universal law and thus a universal lawgiver. In modern society, liberalism has separated from God, implying its moral code is inevitably flawed and problematic. In the separation of God, there is no true morality, only the immoral and pseudo philosophies and sciences that govern the fallen world. Where society separates from God, there is destruction. Hitler wanted a perfect society with his anti-Christian beliefs, and thus he murdered millions of Jews. Modern liberalism and the perspective of morality are similar to that of evolution, that anything is good if it contributes to survival. True morality, in which God reveals Himself, is the code that keeps humans safe and secure and good as God’s creatures. Morality points to a lawgiver, a chief judge, not subjective reasoning to better the me-ism philosophy. The chief judge is God, who will judge all in the end. In Exodus 20:2-17, God gives Moses the Ten Commandments, the non-negotiable rules to keep from crossing the line. These non-negotiable commandments inspired the statutes that constitute the United States. The chief judge has given man the innate knowledge of morality, and the chief judge will return. God is the universal lawgiver and the ultimate chief judge for mankind, governing and protecting His people with laws that aren’t subjective but objective to the truth.
The second supposition is that the universal lawgiver is a transcendent being. In order for God to be the perfect and ultimate universal lawgiver, He has to be omniscient and omnipotent. He is above human knowledge and capability. Mankind only knows what God has revealed to them, and even then there is both general and special revelation, thus some things are only revealed to specific people. Morality is set in stone and is under the governing authority of God who is perfect and without sin. The objection to God’s perfection and goodness in terms of morality is the entering of sin. The first objection is that God is powerful and good but evil somehow exists (God chooses not to reveal this to mankind). The second is that God is able to rid evil but chooses not to thus He isn’t good. The last is that God wants to but can’t. These objections have led to many theological questions about God’s sovereign power and the existence of evil in this world. The blemishes of morality and the existence of suffering have no part in the goodness of God, but the existence of sin has brought on evil in the world. The transcendent being is God is why true morality exists and is another component of how morality is proof of the existence of God.
The third supposition is that God’s existence is the cause of morality. Without God man doesn’t exist, but in the hypotheticals that man does derive from evolution and not the divine creator, the knowledge of good and evil would be flawed and would not exist. How does one determine that murder is wrong without the known consequence of being the image bearers of God? How would one know if stealing is wrong, isn’t stealing basically communism? How did the moral code come into existence without the existence of pure good? Without God, the world is pure evil and is a void in the universe, a black hole. Without God, man is left to total depravity and hopelessness. The moral code set by God is the sign of His goodness and His proclamation to His people to be like Him in His goodness. Murder is wrong because it is an act of harm to the innocent image of God. Lying is wrong because God is a being of truth. Stealing is wrong because God is the provider. God is the chief ruler and judge. He granted man free will but holds humanity accountable by supplying the boundaries of morality.
Morality is written in the blueprints of mankind, the innate code brought into existence by God, for He is perfect in His goodness. When Adam and Eve fell the existence of sin came into the world. The existence of morality is then the existence of God, for morality isn’t subjective to modern society’s narrative of it, as the treatment of things that are seen as right and acceptable. Just because it is acceptable doesn’t make it good, take, for example, abortion. Almost fifty years ago, in 1973, Roe v. Wade ultimately led to the legalization of abortion as a woman’s right and a form of healthcare in turn to rape and other harmful situation for the mother or child. Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy, a human life, which is inevitably murder. Though it is morally horrific and wrong, as it goes against the sixth commandment, it is accepted and seen as right in modern society. The moral code is the proof of God’s existence and a way in which He reveals Himself, even Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) ended up keeping the pregnancy and in 1995 she was baptized by the director of the anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue and she was converted as Christian. McCovey declared that she was pro-life and regretted her role in the horrific case. Without the existence of morality, man would be left to total depravity and darkness as hopeless creatures, in the constant struggle like the demons that inhabit the broken world. God reveals Himself through His divine goodness, the moral code man then follows.
Gianna Turner is a student attending Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. Gianna graduated last year from Alpine Christian School in west Texas with a passion for knowing more about theology and Scripture. She attended a Christian Counseling Conference in 2021 and discovered her purpose in life is to work with children and help them with childhood trauma and their development. She writes for Warriors for God in her free-time and shares her college papers in order to lend her college wisdom to our readers.