Let’s talk about man’s inherent sense, or internal awareness, of objective right and wrong…call it the area of moral awareness. And we continue with the philosophic thought concerning man’s existence originating from the ‘personal’ instead of the ‘impersonal’. We continue to contrast the personal beginning of man from an impersonal beginning: Either a personal infinite God created all things outside of Himself and gave finite man a special place in His creation and ‘this’ is what gives meaning and purpose to the ‘life’ of man… Or, in contrast, we are left with the philosophic answer that man came into existence out of an impersonal beginning from absolute- nothing plus time and chance.
So, where does man’s internal awareness of objective right and wrong – moral motions, come from? Let’s refer to it as ‘moral motions’ in the sense of norms. In that sense, we are talking about the fact that men have always felt that there is a difference between right and wrong. All men have this sense of moral motions. You do not find man without this anywhere back in antiquity. You do not find the determinist (relating to the philosophical doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes regarded as external to the will), or the behaviorist in psychology, without the feeling of moral motions, even if he says morals as morals do not exist. We find man cast up with a feeling of moral motions which in reality leads only to a complete cosmic alienation, because if you begin with the impersonal, in the universe as it is, there is no place for morals as morals. There is no standard in the universe that can explain or give a final meaning to such a concept as objective right and wrong. If you begin with the impersonal, the universe is totally silent concerning any such words.
It is the infinite, personal God of the Bible that has communicated to us the reason we have awareness and sense of internal/objective right and wrong. The reason is because we were created in His image. We have a personal beginning. We are created with intention and purpose. We are designed to ‘know’…to know the personal God of creation.
Thoughts developed and/or taken from the works of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, Trilogy – He Is There and He Is Not Silent