This blog post was inspired by a video in which a few recognized experts sat down and discussed what their opinion was on how moral law came to be and an article that talks about the Christian belief that moral law comes from God. In my Coun 507 class, we had a similar discussion about civil, religious, and moral law. In the video the experts debate on whether the origin of moral law comes from God or a higher being, or if it developed over a period of time as humans evolved. The article defends the position that God created moral law and instilled it in each one of us. In class we discussed how that the civil and religious laws of the Old Testament don't apply to us today because they were put into place by God for a specific time and place in history whereas moral law transcends time and culture. We also took the stance that God gave us moral law and that it is an absolute truth. It is innate in all each one of us and therefore, holds us all accountable to it.
Why is This Important for Counseling?
This could be effective in counseling because understanding moral law and what God expects of us can revolutionize the way we live. First, if a counselor can help a client pick out moral law from civil and religious law in the Bible, the client could potentially be freed from unnecessary burden caused by trying to follow and take everything from the Bible literally. Second, by helping a client understand what God expects of them, the counselor can help to strengthen the client's faith by understanding what they believe and why they believe it. This can keep the client from being influenced by false teaching.
I think that the video and article helped me to recognize the importance and weight moral law has on our society. If it were not for moral law our lives would be chaotic and unruly. It is also important to understand that people have different views on where moral law comes from. Some people think (as do I and most Christians) that God gave us our moral law and instilled it in us from birth. Others believe that moral law has developed over time as people learned to live together. This is important to note because where we believe moral law comes from makes all the difference in our society. If our moral law stems from past societies it can be shifted and changed to match the opinion of the times, but if our moral law comes from God and is seen as an absolute truth then it cannot be changed and can always be a guide and reference as to how we are to live our lives.