Lesson: Evolution of the Moral System, Part 1
Let's try not to guess the moral system of God for one
second… but we'll come back to it later.
In the garden -- a time of innocence
Before Moses -- age of conscience
- Adam & Eve were intelligent, but didn't show indications of ever
- No law -- why? Maybe they don't know what being bad is, or that
evil didn't exist at that time (besides the fact that there's no one around
to sin against)
- Only one rule that doesn't seem like a crime -- don't eat the fruit
- Adam & Eve broke the only rule because of their desire to be more
like God. This is not technically a crime, except that they did it
by breaking the only rule. The rule was made perhaps as a test.
Without that rule, they have no chance to "sin." If they don't have
a way to sin, then they really don't have a chance to choose to follow or
- What did they choose by disobeying God? They allowed Satan and
sin to dominate their lives. They welcomed a new master by yielding
to it. They adopted a different moral system, one the world still follows
today. That moral system looks and feels proper, because even the devil
wants people to think they're doing the right thing even though it's not
completely following God's standards.
So, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments
- After they were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam & Eve and
their descendents didn't have any laws to follow. The only law about
not eating the fruit is no longer applicable.
- People have conscience. Their conscience were the laws that guide
them. Perhaps it's a time that God uses to show people what they can
do if they just follow their conscience. The results were not good.
Few were called righteous (Enoch, Abraham, etc.). Things were so bad
that God destroyed humanity once (i.e. Noah's flood) and destroyed some groups
all together (e.g., Sodom & Gomorrah).
But when Jesus came, he challenged the world to a new moral system…
See the lesson on the New Value System and/or Evolution of the Moral System,
- First 4 -- a contract between men and God
- Last 6 -- laws for human behavior (all but one were "Thou Shalt Not's",
the other is to honor one's parents)
- The Ten Commandments tells people, explicitly, what the minimum standards
- As time goes on, people created more rules to "supplement" rules given
by God. Today, we have rules covering almost every situation, and we
invent new ones when a new situation appears. There's no end to this
game of "make new rules."
This lesson was developed by George Huang. Got a
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Last updated: 3/29/2002