Moral Relativism: Why it will Damn Our Souls

"Barbarism is that which prevailed from the days of Adam down through ten generations to the time of Noah.  It is called barbarism because of the fact that in those times men had no ruling authority or mutual accord, but every man was independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will."   (John of Damascus, "The Fount of Knowledge," cited in Political Apocalypse, Ellis Sandoz, p. 131)

Barbarism, or what CS Lewis calls subjectivism or postmodernism, syncretism and moral relativism, is the universal madness foreseen by the dark prophet Nietzsche.

It was the apostate Christian philosopher Nietzsche,  the son of a Lutheran pastor who pronounced the death of God and saw that His death had already begun to,

 "....cast its first shadows over Europe," and though "the event itself is far too great, too remote, too much beyond most people's power of apprehension, for one to suppose that so much as the report of it could have reached them," still its advent was certain, and it was men like Nietzsche who were "the firstlings and premature children of the coming century," the century of the "triumph of Nihilism." (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Eugene Rose, p. 44)

Calling himself the Antichrist, Nietzsche went on to say that because apostate Christians had murdered the God of Revelation  in the 19th century there would follow two calamitous consequences in the 20th century.

First, the 20th century would become the bloodiest, most catastrophically destructive century in history, and second,  a universal madness would break out and as it came to its fullness in time would turn the West upside-down.  Truth would become lie and lie truth; evil would become good, the unnatural would become natural, and the unholy would become holy.    

Nietzsche has been right on both counts, as our age is an eerie time in which the things that everyone---including vast numbers of Christians--- really know to be true, good, decent, and right, are treated as unheard of, as intolerant, hateful, bigoted, backward, narrow-minded, alarmist, divisive, racist, and homophobic.

In “What We Can’t Not Know,” a penetrating examination of the lost world of unchanging truths, moral absolutes and common truths that we all really know about right and wrong, author J. Budzisewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, writes that the pervasive spiritual darkness within both our churches and society requires lots of lies:

“…the public relations of moral wrong require lies, and a lot of them…There are the lies about whether infidelity and promiscuity really hurt anyone. There are the lies about whether the living child is really alive, or really a child. Next come lies about the meaning of fairness, the nature of promises, and what the “committed gay relationship” is really like. Amid all of them is the lie about how hard it is to know what to do.” (p. 195)

And then there are the lies about the practicality of bringing our abominable culture right into God's house.  If everyone likes AC/DC's satanic heavy metal rock music and it fills seats, then why not?    After all, who can know truth?

The beginning of moral relativism is pride, the perfect anti-God, anti-truth, anti-higher knowledge state of mind.

In "Against the Heathen," early Church Father Athanasius reveals that a haughty spirit filled with pride, or self-esteem as moderns call it, preceded man's fall into idolatry and paganism.  A haughty spirit led them to make light of higher truth and moral law, and deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true (moral relativism) they began to seek in preference things in the lower or natural dimension.  Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things.

The truth as to evil said Athanasius,

" that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby"descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent) 

Moral relativists are liars.  They lack honor, courage of conviction, frankness, honesty, and uprightness. They cannot be trusted as they are self-centered, double-minded dissimulators who cunningly manipulate other people for their own evil purposes.  

Jesus Christ tells us, "The truth will make you free."  Truth is an objective social good meant to be shared by all mankind, but moral relativists hate truth and work to suppress it, and  herein lies the psychological violence which is the evil fruit of moral relativism:

"The clue to the mentality of the liar, in his hatred of truth, is his hatred of God.  And this hatred of God floods over into hatred of those whom God loves, the innumerable millions for whom his divine Son died."   (The Roots of Violence, Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., p. 29) 

 In "The Poison of Subjectivism," C.S. Lewis says that hatred of truth (moral relativism) will certainly end the human race "and damn our souls."   Because Lewis was a Christian he did not disagree with the fundamental teachings of his savior Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophetsthat salvation presupposes repentance, and repentance presupposes an objectively real moral law.  In this light we can see that moral relativism will surely damn our souls because just as it suppresses objective truth, so it eliminates moral law, thereby trivializing repentance, imperiling salvation and damning our souls.

Lewis sees farther than most, thus he argues that the human race will be ended because all over the world, the human race is becoming increasingly Westernized, thereby relativized.  The tragic irony here is that America,  which at one time was a fortress of Christian religion, is now the primary source of moral relativism in the world today.  This is because America's collapsing Christian denominations no longer defend objective truth and moral law.

According to Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., the most recent polls show that Catholics are as relativistic, both in behavior and in belief, as non-Catholics. Sixty-two percent of Evangelicals say they disbelieve in any absolute or unchanging truths, and American Jews are significantly more relativistic and more secular than Gentiles. (A Refutation of Moral Relativism, Peter Kreeft)

"And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37

In other words, whereas apostasy and barbarism'prevailed from the days of Adam down through ten generations to the time of Noah,' so apostasy and Universal Madness (poison of subjectivism) have been coming to fullness from the time of Nietzsche.   And when moral relativism finally prevails throughout the world, then will come the end of the human race.

@Linda Kimball