The Golden Rule and Selfishness
Thomas Hobs (Ego-ism) – Human beings seek their own interests (don’t believe in altruism).
There is always an angle of selfishness in any action toward one another.
Example of Altruism in the Bible:
When Jesus prayed, “Let this cup pass from me… but not my will, but thine be done.”
Can be some self-concern in altruism.
1 Tim 4 – He had a reward in mind.
The apostles asked about their reward for obedience and discipleship.
2. Immanuel Kant – The Golden Rule does not tell us to do evil.
Kant’s theory that is comparable to the Golden rule– his theory was that you should
The idea is: if you like to hurt yourself, then the golden rule would tell you to hurt other people.
Jesus was pre-supposing natural care for our own bodies, the same way Paul was when he said “husbands… love your wives… as you love yourself… no many ever hated his own flesh.”
Jesus in the sermon on the mount was speaking in a context of love, concern, and helping other people.
3. Good is “good” because of God’s nature – eutherfro dilemma
“is good good because God said it was, or is good is good because it is good apart from God.”
Humanism is all about saying, “Good without God.”
What if God was arbitrary about the selection of Good and evil? Is it good to be kind to the poor, or is it good to be helpful to the innocent.
The idea today that God is wrong about opposing homosexuality and since they disagree with that, they would claim that God is wrong.
They will argue that God is arbitrary and they will offer examples from the old testament of “arbitrary law.”
*Anti-nomianism – anti law.
If there really is a God that created the universe, He really does have the power, authority, and character to tell us what is right and good.
Is whatever is good just good independant of God? If you do this, you have isolated God from ethics altogether.
4. Biblical Morality and Human Values (Mr. Blackburn?)
Biblical Morality is for Our Benefit.
Objection 1 – Biblical morality makes us mere instruments.
You are missing out on the meaning in life because you’re being turned into some kind of robot that just obeys God as a tool.
Isa . 1:18; 1 The 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:15 – God wants us to use our rationality.
God gives us orders to obey, but also wants to have a relationship with us in the light of Goodness.
He wants us to have an aboundant life.
Limitations of options is not necessarily a bad thing.
Limiting options is not necessarily a bad idea. What about an athelete who was great at many sports, and so decided to play a different sport every day– they would never exceed at one sport.
Objection 2 – The Bible teaches that human nature is corrupt.
There are two parts of human nature, one part from your parents (physical body) which is not inherently sinful, and one from God directly (spiritual body) and it is not inherently sinful for all that God creates is good.
Objection 3 – The Bible tells us to be fanatics because it is too concerned about the next life.
Are Christians so focused on Heaven that they do not care for people’s phsyical needs?
No they simply consider the benefits of the ultimate problems and not just the soon problems. Say Honolulu. In 6 months you’re going to be transferred to honolulu. You start making many preperations. You will really look forward to moving, but it doesn’t mean you no longer enjoy the place where you are living right now.
We enjoy living on earth and it has many good things, it is a learning and growth environment, but we can still look forward to Heaven as an ultimate desire in our life.
Suppose you found out you were going to be transfered to your favorite place in the world.