What is the most important thing in your life?
Serious, when no one is around, you are by yourself, what is the most important thing in your life?
Is it your family? That is a very good thing, but are you sure?
Is it your spouse? Again this is very good to cherish and love your spouse, but are you sure?
Is it your country? Probably there are some that might say that but not many.
Is it your job? There are people who probably hold to that. Certainly some bosses would like that, but most do not believe that.
Take a look in the mirror. That person is who is most important if we are truly honest. What we are comfortable with—our beliefs, our thoughts, and our standards. We are comfortable with this to the point that if only everyone else would live this way, they too would have a comfortable life.
This is called relativism. Studies, polls, class room exercises, etc. have asked this question. Then the follow up is asked, will there be any conflict in a society having this standard? They answer, "Yes." What will this result in? "Chaos," they answer. Whose standard will win then? Some answer that the smartest will win, but most answer that the strongest will win. See this article for example.
Is this the best? No, because as we have seen it leads to chaos with everyone having their own standard.
When I use the word relativism, I am not necessarily referring to philosophy but as used in our daily life and lifestyle. Relativism is defined "The doctrine that no ideas or beliefs are universally true but that all are, instead, "relative" — that is, their validity depends on the circumstances in which they are applied." (Cite: Cite: relativism. (n.d.). The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Retrieved May 11, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/relativism
This just is not livable. So what standard is best? Christianity, that is, true Biblical Christianity has changed societies for the better. See here, here, here, or here.
Now it is true that many call themselves Christians and are quite adamant about it, but what they say has little importance. But it is in what they do, in how they live, and in how they treat others. What standard is used to know who is and who isn't? It has to be the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Consider some of these laws:
- Lay aside
- Wickedness (James 1:21)
- All malice (1 Peter 2:1)
- All guile (1 Peter 2:1)
- All hypocrisies ((1 Peter 2:1)
- All envies (1 Peter 2:1)
- All evil speaking (1 Peter 2:1)
Any honest person will know that society will be better if the above 6 things were NOT done.
Seeking the Kingdom of God is seeking the ordered society where God is ruler and His laws followed.