I'm glad to come across a thread dealing with this subject 'from the ground up' so to speak. As a Christian man, who became such after a troubled
teenage upbringing in a strictly atheist home/ family (aside from Methodist grandparents), I have thought long and hard about the issue of absolute
Absolute (or 'true') morality does exist, and is imprinted within the human spirit (an everlasting, real energetic substance with dimensional
expression beyond our ability to fully comprehend at this time, bearing a holographic memory of all our experience, being a means for the continuing
progression of the personality beyond death of this physical body). My assumption is that DNA offers a parallel expression of this imprint, though I
am not well-versed in alternative interpretations of genetic science, so cannot really comment further.
Unfortunately, such concepts currently mainly fall under the label of 'pseudo-science'. We suspect such things to be true, but are nowhere near the
technical capacity to investigate properly. Quantum scalar phenomena and the hyperdimensional realities assumed (and in some parts confirmed) by
modern physics offer many potential clues into the nature of spirit, soul, the afterlife, antigravity technologies, (effectively) faster-than-light
travel (travel at the speed of thought; ie instant) and 'transmutation of elements' by living beings, to name but a few areas these research fronts
I'm not a creationist, and I don't believe that people who don't accept the 'Good News of Christ' will go straight to Hell - that's a massive
misinterpretation of the message imho. However, I do see evidence from my own subjective experience that God is active in certain realms of
Christianity who do officially believe that, so it's a quandary to say the least. CS Lewis wrote an allegorical reference into his final Narnia book,
'The Last Battle', showing the way that he feels God will judge: based on the true heart of a person, as opposed to their circumstance and religious
The Narnia chronicles, as well as being a wonderfully constructed mythos based around medieval cosmology ( a passion of Lewis') was also an
metaphorical work dealing with the ongoing war between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness. The Narnians (all those under the authority of
Righteousness, or true moral excellence, headed by the Christ-figure, Aslan the Lion) were pitched against against the Powers of Darkness (those who
rejected the idea of true morality, basing their actions on an 'inverse morality' consisting self-serving notions of wealth, power and control over
others, headed by the Satan-figure, The Ice Queen).
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The law of absolute morality is expressed by a functioning conscience - it is present in all beings capable of expressions of thought beyond a certain
What that actual baseline is I don't know, but I presume a combination of a measure of IQ, with a measurable value concerning the 'level of ability to
empathise'. Psychologists could tell us whether such an 'empathy measure' is in existence, perhaps having been researched with relevance to
Asperger's or Autism.
All people possessing the baseline standard expression of conscience will possess a functioning conscience from an early age. Probably around five
years old would be when conscience expression begins, covering simple issues at first ('should I take the cookies from the packet without asking?' and
so on. As time passes and the issues of life become more intricate, the conscience will either:
Develop healthily - occurring when it is adhered to, and effectively dealing out answers to increasingly complex questions of morality.
Become stagnant - exhibiting basic responses to significant moral issues, but becoming dimmer in the magnitude of its expression with relation to
problems intellectually considered to be 'less of a bad thing'.
Decay - mainly occurring due to environmental factors, and more dangerously so when a person (for whatever reason) deliberately ignores the expression
of their conscience. There are likely to be variations of ways in which the conscience decays, and the realms of mental health research could shed
more light on the way in which different types of mind respond to problems of conscience where decay of any form is apparent. For example, the decay
may not be uniform; perhaps a person generally obeys conscience but occasionally 'throws caution to the wind' for whatever reason (enhanced changes to
the environment could conceivably be a cause for this). With any failure to follow the conscience, a corresponding reduction in that person's ability
to prevent themselves from carrying out certain actions, ordinarily avoided, will be witnessed. In addition to the 'sin' of failing to follow
conscience, certain chemicals have been shown to lower the level to which a person adheres to their conscience if imbibed in an irresponsible manner
(eg alcohol lowering certain inhibitions in some people).
These ideas are based on my genuine belief that conscience exists as a moral 'binary expression' in the subconscious mind, arising to the forefront of
the conscious mind whenever an issue with any moral dilemna presents itself. There is a practical earth-bound reason for conscience to be useful, and
I won't explain in detail how that might be expressed - it's an easy one to work out. However, there is an even more fascinating possibility -
conscience may be a form of 'eternal' survival mechanism, afforded by evolution (or design of some sort, depending on your beliefs), and meted out in
daily life according to hyperdimensional perceptions of reality not made available to our conscious minds.
Conscience is On / Off = The idea contemplated is morally Bad / Good.
I won't labour the point from a spiritual perspective, as I think we have enough ideas now about reality to know that there might well be an afterlife
of some description. I find it interesting that conscience and the result of following/ not following it is seemingly referred to in the Bible (and
probably many other spiritual texts) - the following are some relevant excerpts:
- Hebrews 10:16 -
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their
- 1 Samuel, 16:7 -
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people
look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
- 1 Chronicles 28:9 -
9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD
searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you..."
edit on 14-1-2011 by FlyInTheOintment because: clarification