Here are the answers to the quiz on Part 4.
(1) That man's shirt is red (or whatever color). – objective
(2) Red is the best color. – subjective
(3) 2 plus 2 equals 4. – objective
(4) Tropical island vacations are the best vacations. – subjective
(5) Steve can bench press 500 pounds. – objective & false
(6) God exists. – objective
(7) Jesus is the only way to God. – objective
(8) Sex before marriage is immoral. – objective
(9) It is wrong for women to have elective abortions. –objective
(10) God loves you – objective
I will now give a little more explanation covering the last few items.
God exists – God exists is an objective statement; it is something we discover about the world, the focus is on the object and not our preference. This statement can either be true or false. If it is true, then it will still be true even if no one believes it.
Jesus is the only way to God (or heaven) – This is an objective truth claim. It is objective because the claim is either true or false. However, a relativist will want to change the statement. They would say this is not a matter of right or wrong, it is a matter of personal preference. For them religious choices are like choosing ice cream, you like vanilla, I like chocolate. You like Christianity someone else likes Hinduism, who are you to say your religion is superior to someone else’s? They might change the statement to, “Jesus is your way to God or Jesus is my way to God.” However, it is written as an objective truth claim (it is either true or false) and is not subjective.
Sex before marriage is immoral –This is an objective moral claim, which is either true or false for all people throughout all time; no matter what cultures say. A moral relativist would have to say this is wrongly stated. They want you to say it is immoral for me; it is like ice cream; a personal preference only. However, as it is written it is an objective statement.
It is wrong for women to have elective abortions – Again the same moral rule applies here as to the statement before. This statement is either true or false. An objectivist or absolutist would say this is an objective moral truth whereas a moral relativist would say this again is personal preference and right or wrong is determined by the person. “It may be wrong for you.” Again the person is making the statement about the preferences of the person rather than the act itself. However, as it is written it is an objective truth claim.
God loves you. This statement is either true of false; either God loves you or He doesn’t love you.
Did some of these answers surprise you? The reason for making such a big deal is because subjective truth is the foundation of moral relativism. We have to understand the distinctions before we can understand the argument I will be presenting. Some people believe we are free to choose our personal morals or society dictates the rules of morality. These are the beliefs of a moral relativist. As I stated before, I am going to show moral relativism is clearly false and the only other option is objective morality. I am also going to argue that objective morality is true for all time and obligatory in all cultures; it never changes and we discover it like we did mathematics.
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