Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Great Lawgiver

  Most human beings believe in the concepts of right and wrong, and of good and evil.  Who decides though what is good and right?  Most people I have met have differing views of this concept.  For example in a college dormitory you will have some people who find it acceptable to take his roommates food without asking and others who think that it constitutes stealing and is almost unforgivable.  On a more serious note there are also those who adhere to the philosophy that murderers should be sentenced to death to protect society from it happening again and others who believe that no crime necessitates the need for the shedding of more blood.  I will not pretend to have the answers for either scenario, however we see now the need for a higher power in deciding what is wrong and what is right.

  Alma posed asked his son a profound question in the Book of Mormon, "How could he sin if there was no law?"- Alma 42:17  If good and evil exist there must be a law upon which these concepts are predicated.  Lehi also had some interesting thoughts concerning this matter, "And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God."-2 Nephi 2:13  In conclusion there is no God without a law of good and evil and inversely I would say that there is no good and evil without a God to lay down these laws.