What Is The Definition of Morality?
What is the definition of morality in a culture that teaches you to do what feels good as long as nobody else gets hurt? This is quite dangerous because lots of behaviors can hurt yourself and hurt others in ways that aren’t very obvious.
In an effort not to “go Webster on you” in answering what is the definition of morality, we will attempt to give a simple response and a brief exercise you can do at the end.
Morality is following a set of values that influence right behavior. The tricky question here is who gets to determine what is right and what is wrong.
Today’s culture has been teaching us that morals are determined by what each person thinks is right and wrong.
We are sure you can see the shear stupidity of that position. Every society has some standard for the definition of morals.
What Is The Definition of Morality
In Your Home?
What is the definition of morality when we see the values of goodness disappearing every day? Every family, even so-called atheists, follows some set of values that they use to teach their children.
Some families may even teach their kids it is fine to steal because they have a right to enjoy good things, too. I just watched a video of a mother beating up a 17 year old student on the school bus because he had been beating on her son.
You are already teaching morals in your home whether you realize it or not. Morals equal values, and you are communicating your values every day to your kids.
The big question we are posing to you is this. Where are you getting your morals or values from?
Are you getting them from the world around you? We see the values of the world by watching the evening news and witnessing what goes on around us. These include power, fame, the love of money, possessions, pleasure, and putting yourself above everything else.
Are you getting them from a religion or some community groups? Which religion or which group is right? What is the definition of morality when there are some religions that give you the right to treat those who disagree with you as if you were as worthless as an animal? What is the definition of morals when you have some groups that put the value of a baby seal over the life of an unborn child?
As parents, where are you getting your morals from? We can’t just make up morals to suit our own purposes. It won’t work. Just look around to see the results of that kind of thinking.
We teach our children to live by Christian values and those are best illustrated by looking at the life of Jesus Christ and the Bible. While ministers can be a help in teaching morality, we believe this is the parent’s responsibility.
What Is The Definition of Morality Exercise
In order to get started with this process at home, we suggest these 2 simple tips:
1) Make a list of the top 5 values that you want your children living by, and
2) Encourage them to to look for illustrations of these values and then discuss their findings while sharing some of your own experiences.
We are ALL living by faith – it just depends on what you are putting your faith in.
Michael and Charleen
P.S. What is the definition of morality? Walking out the answer can get quite slippery, but on-line men’s destiny teams are forming to help you at the link above.