Bible Verse – Romans 2:14-15
Species – Moth
At the height of secular humanism, there was a great effort to prove a sliding moral scale; this hypothesis has completely and absolutely failed. The idea of sliding morality says that there is no absolute right and that different cultures have ‘evolved’ different standards of morality.
Evidences to support this theory included pedophilia during the first reich, human sacrifice in Mayan culture, and killing enemies is not seen as wrong. There is such a thing as a slipping morality, where humans are naturally predisposed to do wrong, but the direct contradiction to the idea of sliding moral scales comes when you consider whom the anti-moral behavior is directed. Roman pedophilia may seem right if you are the pedophile in question; pedophilia is not ok if you are the parent of the victim or the victim. Human sacrifice seems fine when you are the one doing the sacrificing, it is completely a different matter when you are the sacrifice. And killing is perfectly acceptable when you’ve been wronged against, being killed changes your whole outlook.
Morality is absolute; eHarmony.com lists the number one pet peeve among males and females as lying. Lying is a perfect example of morality; there is an absolute, truth, and anything less is not truth. You cannot tell extra-truthful statements. There is truth and lies. To dabble briefly into Article 3 – The Sinfulness of Sin, lying causes destruction. If you lie to your spouse, trust dies. If you continue to lie, love dies. And refusing to stop lying leads to the marriage dying. Truth is always true.
The animal designed to show the absoluteness of morality is the moth. The moth is famous for attacking the flame on a candle, even to the point of the flame killing the moth. The flame is absolute; the moth attacking the flame is opposing an absolute fact. Clearly, the moth wants whatever the flame has to offer more than the flame is hot.
When the moth approaches the flame, it is faced with the reality that the flame is hot, and it ceases to be in close proximity to the flame. Through the continued attacking of the flame, the moths perception of the heat is dulled until the moth is killed by the heat of the flame. The temperature of the flame does not change despite the slipping understanding of the moth.
Through this examination of morality and the moth, we can conclude that not only is there a moral standard which does not slide, and that there cannot be extra-morality, only morality and a lack of morality. Not only so, but the moth shows that testing that absolute is a natural condition.
If you are chasing after the flame, please see article 3, the sinfulness of sin.