articlesqa February 17, 2020 the genealogy of morals, a di-lemma
Ifeoluwapo Eleyinafe Article by Ifeoluwapo EleyinafeCreator and author of

In our first ar­ti­cle we ex­plored the fa­cade of false ide­olo­gies and showed that they wear shrouds of false new­ness wo­ven from threads of false es­cha­tol­ogy. The sec­ond ar­ti­cle ex­posed the false val­u­a­tion of men and women that lies at the heart of every every false ide­ol­o­gy. 1 False new­ness, 2 false es­cha­tol­ogy and 3 false val­u­a­tion can only be seen as false when we shine His Word Psalms 119:105 upon the ide­ol­o­gy. These are but the leaves of the weed. It is also by His Word that we know there are roots we must still de­mol­ish. As we pro­ceed, you will ob­serve more and more that His Word Chal­lenges us con­cern­ing things un­not­i­ca­bly ba­sic and yet vi­tal as air. It is now that we should pay the most at­ten­tion. For just like air, we will spir­i­tu­al­ly suf­fo­cate in the ab­sence of these “tiny” things.

Lem­ma #1: Atoms of Moral­i­ty

We be­gin by ask­ing fem­i­nism a sim­ple ques­tion, “Is it good for men and women to be equal?” As we said ear­li­er, every false ide­ol­o­gy, by false es­cha­tol­ogy, claims to bring heal­ing and make things bet­ter. They there­by im­ply that the cur­rent state is evil in com­par­i­son to the good of the fu­ture state they promise to ush­er in. So to ask fem­i­nism, “Are things bet­ter when men and women are equal?” is the same as ask­ing racism, “Why are black peo­ple bet­ter than white peo­ple?” or ask­ing fas­cism, “Why is it bet­ter for the state to be high­er than the in­di­vid­ual?” When you in­ter­ro­gat­ing an ide­ol­o­gy’s es­cha­tol­ogy, take some­time to in­ter­ro­gate it’s val­u­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, how can racism claim it is right to val­ue men dif­fer­ent­ly be­cause of the col­or of their skin? Why does com­mu­nism think it right to high­ly es­teem a so­ci­ety where every­thing is shared?

Pur­sue an­swers to these ques­tions and you will dis­cov­er that every rea­son prof­fered by false ide­olo­gies about their es­cha­tolo­gies and val­u­a­tions are eas­i­ly dis­solved by ask­ing an­oth­er why. Ul­ti­mate­ly, there is no rea­son un­der­gird­ing their es­cha­tolo­gies and val­u­a­tions. There can be no rea­son the promised fu­ture is bet­ter than the present or the past. They can­not tell you why it is right to val­ue hu­mans be­ings dif­fer­ent­ly or equal­ly be­cause of skin col­or or eth­nic­i­ty or even any cat­e­go­ry at all. Even sto­ic sci­en­tifism, that claims to build its house on ev­i­dence, can­not tell you why ev­i­dence is the best means of ar­riv­ing at truth. In fact, as Charles Dar­win and any good phys­iog­n­o­mist will tell you, sci­en­tifism and racism were once close al­lies.

The ra­tio­nales be­hind every es­cha­tol­ogy and val­u­a­tion have no rea­sons be­hind them. In­stead, at the bot­tom of every ide­ol­o­gy, in­vari­ant with scale or form, is a be­lief about right and wrong.1 Wa­ter, whether sol­id as ice or ephemer­al like steam, is al­ways made of hy­dro­gen and oxy­gen. So also, every ide­ol­o­gy, at every lev­el, is com­posed of ar­bi­trary de­c­la­ra­tions about right and wrong, good and evil. Ide­olo­gies are made from atoms of moral­i­ty which the Bible Calls “the knowl­edge of good and evil”.

Lem­ma #2: Gen­e­sis 1-3

It should be point­ed out that we sin­ful­ly take moral­i­ty for grant­ed. Like fish swim­ming in the sea nev­er know­ing they are wet, you dai­ly live your life most­ly obliv­i­ous that you do so ac­cord­ing to what you think is right and wrong. Rarely do you ever stop to pon­der where your moral­i­ty came from or if it is eat­ing your life away. This is why the pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle strong­ly sug­gest­ed that you re­peat­ed­ly and in­ces­sant­ly read Gen­e­sis 1-3. Gen­e­sis 1 teach­es us that things are only good be­cause God Makes them good. Re­mem­ber Gen­e­sis 1:3 where God Made light. Well, in Gen­e­sis 1:4 God Sees that the light is good. God Did NOT Say the light was good. In­stead, when God Be­held light’s na­ture, com­po­si­tion and man­ner of be­ing, He Saw good­ness. This good­ness, in­trin­sic to the na­ture of light, did not arise by ac­ci­dent. The good­ness of the light must have come from Him Who Made it. Every thing Cre­at­ed by God, Gen­e­sis 1:9,12,17,21,25,31 is made of good­ness be­cause God Is Good Luke 18:19, Job 14:4. Pause and let this sink in: the floor be­neath your feet and the stars adorn­ing the heav­ens are not mere­ly made of cal­ci­um car­bon­ate and hy­dro­gen re­spec­tive­ly. Good or evil, moral­i­ty is more in­trin­sic to the sub­stance of every­thing in cre­ation than quarks and glu­ons.2 The no­tion of good (tob), and sub­se­quent­ly evil (ra), at the core of every moral­i­ty, did not come from us. From the be­gin­ning, they are be­cause of God Isa­iah 45:7.

In Gen­e­sis 2, God Tells Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil. Us­ing the knowl­edge of good and evil, one is able to make a dis­tinc­tion be­tween what is good and what is evil. So in His Com­mand, God Is Telling Adam, “Do not make a dis­tinc­tion be­tween good and evil by your­self.” Yet, God Cre­at­ed Adam with a will and the abil­i­ty to make choic­es. The ex­er­cise of will and choice fun­da­men­tal­ly re­quires that we make dis­tinc­tion be­tween good and evil. Every choice and act of will is a se­ries of moral dis­tinc­tions based on a knowl­edge of good and evil.3 Like a com­put­er per­form­ing es­o­teric com­pu­ta­tions on mas­sive amounts of data us­ing kinder­garten arith­metic and log­ic, men and women make de­ci­sions, whether con­cern­ing din­ner or go­ing to war, by com­posit­ing mul­ti­ple de­c­la­ra­tions of good and evil. To use an­oth­er anal­o­gy, if de­ci­sions are a song then each note is com­posed by the knowl­edge of good and evil. By Com­mand­ing Adam to re­frain from eat­ing from the tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil, God Says to Adam, “I Will Be your Knowl­edge of good and evil and through me, you will make all your de­ci­sions.” This dy­nam­ic is the means by which Adam de­cides what to name the an­i­mals Gen­e­sis 2:19 and the means by which he names WomanGen­e­sis 2:234. Be­fore dis­obey­ing God, Adam was a be­ing whose moral­i­ty flowed out of his re­la­tion­ship with God.

So if every­thing God Cre­at­ed is good and even very good, then how did evil en­ter into cre­ation? Well, in­stead of fol­low­ing God’s Com­mand, Adam and Eve sin against God by steal­ing and eat­ing the fruit from the tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil. Re­mem­ber, though, that every de­ci­sion and ac­tion is the ex­pres­sion of a moral­i­ty. There­fore, pre­ced­ing/con­flu­ent with Adam’s sin was the “cre­ation” of a knowl­edge of good and evil, a moral­i­ty apart from God. Gen­e­sis 3:6 says that the woman saw three good things about the tree: 1Good for food, 2a de­light to the eyes, 3de­sired to make one wise. Now we know the tree is very good be­cause God Said every­thing in cre­ation was very good. Al­though see­ing the tree as good seems to be in agree­ment with God, in truth, her thoughts and per­cep­tions are a de­c­la­ra­tion of good­ness with­out God. In an at­tempt to be like God (si­cut deus), she aban­dons her re­la­tion­ship with God in or­der to “cre­ate” her ir­re­la­tion­al moral­i­ty. Out of her moral­i­ty, she makes a de­ci­sion, a choice to eat from the tree. Adam, her hus­band, not paus­ing to ask God, does the ex­act same thing.

Look again at the woman’s thoughts about the tree in Gen­e­sis 3:6. 1Good for food, 2a de­light to the eyes, 3de­sired to make one wise. See how every de­c­la­ra­tion of good­ness is con­di­tion­al to some self­ish end. The tree is good be­cause it fills my stom­ach, a de­light be­cause it fills my eyes and de­sired be­cause it fills my mind. This is con­sis­tent with all man-made moral­i­ties. Some­thing is good or evil de­pend­ing on what it can do for us or to us. E.g. my wife is a good wife be­cause she cooks for me or cares for my chil­dren. Al­though we stole the no­tions of good and evil from God, hu­man moral­i­ties are franken­stein car­i­ca­tures of God’s Moral­i­ty. No mat­ter their pleas of util­i­ty or ne­ces­si­ty, they are grotesque in form and demon­stra­bly de­mon­ic at heart. When God Says some­thing is good, He Is Speak­ing about its in­trin­sic na­ture. In Gen­e­sis 1, God Says His cre­ation is in­trin­si­cal­ly good, not be­cause of what it can do for Him, but be­cause of what He Did, Does and Will Do for it. God’s De­clares things good not out of self­ish­ness but out of His Love, Truth and Good­ness. God’s Moral­i­ty Flows out of His Love and Good­ness. Our moral­i­ty oozes out of our self­ish­ness and evil. Our moral­i­ty is crip­pled be­cause it is rel­a­tive to us and sub­ject to our per­cep­tion. The good that God GivesJames 1:17 is in­trin­sic through an ab­solute re­la­tion­ship with The Ab­solute.

In Sum­ma­ry

Since every­thing in cre­ation and every­thing we “cre­ate” must con­tain atoms of moral­i­ty, we can go any­where based on what is writ­ten above. It would be wise to sum­ma­rize be­fore mov­ing for­ward in fu­ture ar­ti­cles.

We have learned that every ide­ol­o­gy is com­posed from atoms of moral­i­ty. But this is no sur­prise since Gen­e­sis 1 tells us that all of cre­ation is good by be­ing re­lat­ed to God. All of cre­ation, from phys­i­cal to meta­phys­i­cal, by be­ing good, is in­trin­si­cal­ly moral. From Gen­e­sis 2, we learn that every choice or act of will is a com­po­si­tion of moral de­c­la­ra­tions. God, through His Re­la­tion­ship with Adam, Is Adam’s Source of moral­i­ty. Every choice Adam made was a com­po­si­tion of moral de­c­la­ra­tions ex­press­ing his re­la­tion­ship with God. In Gen­e­sis 3 Adam sins by cob­bling to­geth­er his own “moral­i­ty” in­stead of know­ing good by re­lat­ing with God. As we ob­serve, Adam’s moral­i­ty sludges out of self­ish­ness and evil while God’s Moral­i­ty Flows out of His Love for His cre­ation. Adam’s moral­i­ty is rel­a­tive to Adam’s per­cep­tion while the good that God Gives is in­trin­sic through an ab­solute re­la­tion­ship with God, The Ab­solute.

Al­though every ide­ol­o­gy, every bit of knowl­edge from ab­stract math­e­mat­ics to mold­ing con­crete, is fun­da­men­tal­ly moral, we must still ask, “Which moral­i­ty?” When it comes to ide­olo­gies, we must ask, “Is the ide­ol­o­gy made from atoms of man’s moral­i­ty which aris­es from self­ish­ness and evil or is the ide­ol­o­gy good by sub­mit­ting to and pro­claim­ing God’s Word?” As 1 John 2:16, Gen­e­sis 3:6 show us, every­thing that is of the world val­ues the sen­su­al and cre­ates moral­i­ty based on the rel­a­tive sen­su­al ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ev­er, that which is of The Fa­ther and loves The Fa­ther de­rives ab­solute good­ness from His Ab­solute Good­ness.

The next time you make a de­ci­sion or choice, think about the knowl­edge of good and evil that forms it. Are you mak­ing de­ci­sions based on what God Says or based on what you think? If you’re not sure, go back and read the Bible. Even if you seem to be do­ing good but not be­cause of God then what you are do­ing is mo­ti­vat­ed by a moral­i­ty root­ed in self­ish­ness and evil.

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