“Most U.S. adults now say it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values (56%), up from about half (49%) who expressed this view in 2011. This increase reflects the continued growth in the share of the population that has no religious affiliation, but it also is the result of changing attitudes among those who do identify with a religion, including white evangelical Protestants” (Pew Research, October 16, 2017). Even among those claiming to be religious, an increasing number of people believe that God is unnecessary for morality. This shift is seen among both white and black Protestants and white and Hispanic Catholics.
At the biblical time of the Judges, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6), and we see this phenomenon increasing in society today! However, the prophet Isaiah stated clearly that “If they do not speak according to this word [God’s law and His testimony], it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Morality without God and without a biblical basis is nothing more than actions based on personal preferences—and this ultimately leads to confusion and division when everyone is doing “what is right in his [or her] own eyes”! True morality rests on a common set of laws or standards that determine what is right and wrong. Historically, for much of the Western world, the source of moral understanding was the Bible—the only true and constant source of morality. As nations discard the Bible as a source of truth, personal opinion becomes the basis for right and wrong. For more insights into the real basis of morality, read or listen to our booklet The Ten Commandments.