Here we go again. Marching down the road of ecumenical error, we have a vatican loving Dalai Lama calling for “secular ethics” on a global scale. That is an oxymoron if there ever was one. Ethics and a sense of right and wrong, in every society comes from God alone. Some will argue this point, but the non religious or atheist view point states that there are no absolutes. No absolute wrong or right, its more of a sliding scale based on situation or the people involved in a given moment of time.
The concept of lying, cheating, stealing, etc… comes from a biblical starting point. Without God, all of this is null and void. To say, as the Dalai Lama, that “grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate”, is absolute nonsense. The only argument that can be made to call this a relevant point is to look at so called religious people in our society. Lets take the hoards of sexual deviant priests of the catholic church. Or, maybe Jimmy Swaggart, the supposed evangelical who trolls for gay sex. The list goes on, but are any of these examples the result of the failures of religion or Christianity? Absolutely not! For one, the catholic church is not in any way christian. It is a pagan institution that is full of idolatry, which simply masquerades itself in the name of Christianity. Swaggart was not following any biblical standard at all. If Christians are following the bible, they do not get involved in any of the afore mentioned practices. These deviant behaviors come from the lack of religion.
Dalai Lama quoted from the article in question:
“The reason for this is that there are those who have faith in religions and there are many who don’t,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that even among religious leaders, “there are some who are responsible for injustice, deception, hypocrisy, and exploitation.”
Current education, he said, is almost always geared towards economic development, which “neither helps solve individual mental problems nor society-level problems.”
“Regardless of whether or not one believes in any religion, the practice of ethical conduct is an urgent, direct need in today’s world,” the Dalai Lama said.
He noted that based on dialogues with scientists, “it has been proven that being compassionate and kind-hearted is not [exclusively] connected to religion.”
Again, the first point is that those responsible for “injustice, deception, hypocrisy and exploitation” are not following any religion. These behaviors come exclusively from the lack there of.
The second point regarding education and its inability to solve mental or societal problems, is sophistry at its finest. Mental problems and societal problems are never solved by education, but rather by an intimate relationship to ones creator. Most societies if not all suffer from the abandonment of God and his principles, which are found in the bible.
Point three is in vain. Ethical conduct apart from God is like attempting to swim without water. Most believe they are good people, but that is based on comparing themselves to others in society. True ethical conduct is only measurable when you compare yourself to Jesus and biblical standards. I realize this point will make no sense to those that are biblically illiterate.
The last point from the quote above is almost laughable. Since when does science find itself fond of religion or the bible? Never. The best answer to this comes from the bible itself. 1 Timothy 6:20: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.”
Psychologist, Wilson Hurley, quoted from the same article:
“The core principle is that everyone is completely equal in wanting to be happy, not wanting to suffer, wanting to be respected, not wanting to be put down.”
“If that’s honored, then people thrive and move forward,” Hurley said, adding that “His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] says that there’s nobody who doesn’t appreciate being valued and loved.”
“And for people who are able to live that way and raise their kids that way, and for societies that are able to cultivate that in their people, there’s a power there. It’s a very powerful force.”
Spoken like a true scientist. For those who understand the bible, everything he says is a bad forgery of what God has already laid out in the bible. The last sentence say it all. I leave it to God to explain, 2 Timothy 3:5: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
If our society would humble themselves and turn back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, these problems would be null and void.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
~ Acts 4:12
Jesus Christ is that name my friends.
The original article can be found here: io9.com