Moral relativism is the idea that all morality is relative to a person or situation. Christians are not immune to moral relativism, their divorce rate, for example, mirrors that of non-believers. Many Christians do not know the Bible well enough to discern sound theology from false teaching. The concept of moral relativism is sometimes difficult to identify and directly defies the idea of absolutism. Christianity, does, however, offer absolutes. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life and that none come to the father except through Him (John 14:6). Pilate even acknowledges that Jesus is truth (John 18:37).
Christianity is a relationship, beginning ultimately with humanity’s response to God’s calling. The major issue associated with moral relativism is the idea of control. Atheists do not want to relinquish the ability to make rules and regulations for their own lives by submitting to the authority and will of God. Enlightenment thinkers also taught the importance of self over submission to the Almighty.
Moral relativism fails to distinguish between good and evil. An individual’s moral code is dictated by their situation and extenuating circumstances. Therefore, the moral code established by the Bible carries no weight to those who adhere to moral relativism. However, Paul instructs Timothy that all scripture is divinely inspired and useful for teaching, rebuking, and instructing in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
The Bible clearly teaches absolutism. Paul writes that there is a system of ethics and morals instilled in all men (Rom 2:14). Man cannot pick and choose which commandments to follow and which to ignore (Rev 22:19). Moral relativism appeals to man’s sinful nature because men like to be in control of their own lives (Mark 14:38). Theology that teaches universal salvation and prosperity is widely appealing because it is not offensive. Christians should have a burden for the lost and should seek to ensure that all understand that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.