To this point we have considered that belief in God is more reasonable than alternative explanations for the origin of our universe and of life on planet earth. Further, we concluded that such belief offers the best foundation for explaining the existence of such things as life, intelligence, personality, love and morality. Such realities flow from the fact that the eternal source of our universe possesses these qualities.
We will now begin contemplating the topic of moral law and moral agency as a quality possessed by God and, consequently by human beings who are created in His image and likeness.
Morality relates to the fact that there are such things as right and wrong, not just in a mathematical sense but in an ethical sense. It implies the existence of a moral standard often referred to as the moral law. This law is best thought of as the law of love. It is descriptive of proper relationship. It is often stated that God created the moral law, however, it must be realized that the eternal, triune God has pursued proper relationship within the triune “community” eternally. This would necessitate the eternal existence of this standard that we refer to as the law of love, the moral law. We can, therefore, conclude that moral agency and moral law are eternal realities based on fact that the Eternal, Triune, Moral Agent known as God has eternally lived by the law of love.
Upon creating a being in His image, equipped with moral qualities, the communication (not creation) of this standard is necessary. In some measure, this standard is communicated within us (Ro.2:14, 15) but it is also communicated to our minds through various explanations, commands, ordinances, etc. (Ro.2:12-13).
In our next post, we will begin to consider the fact that anyone expected to obey the moral law must be equipped with moral agency which makes, both, obedience and disobedience possible.