Any standard for morality apart from God’s Word is arbitrary, and therefore irrational. “Good” is that which corresponds to the will of God (Romans 12:2, Hebrews 13:16, 3 John 1:11). God’s law is good because it corresponds perfectly to His will. When a person thinks that a law of God is not good (e.g. too harsh), this does not indicate a problem with the law of God. Rather, it indicates a problem with the person. It shows that the individual does not truly understand what morality is. Such a person is trying to appeal to his own subjective feelings of right and wrong rather than the supreme and unchanging Word of God. This is sin.
My two cents
Sometimes I find articles that have one good quote in them, and then I post it. Occasionally though, an article will have two good quotes, with this post being one example. (I hope my continued pingbacks aren’t treated as false positive spam.)
I think arbitrariness in morality is a commonly existing yet commonly overlooked point. It’s so ingrained into the modern zeitgeist, to the point that self-conscious reflection is necessary to remind us
Of course I think of the book of Judges where every man did that which was right in his own eyes. The end result was calamity and judgement. So yes, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Lisle, J. (2012). God’s Law: too Harsh—by what Standard? Available: http://www.jasonlisle.com/2012/01/23/gods-law-too-harsh-by-what-standard/. Last accessed 20th Aug 2013.