I recall having a debate with the manager of a radio station. He took a common position. “You cannot legislate morality,” he said. Although this man was a professing Christian, he thought it was improper for one segment of society to impose its moral standards on the other parts of society. The position is quite popular, but it does not make a whole lot of sense. After all, there are laws against murder, rape, and robbery.
This position is based on the thought there is no absolute standard of morality. Everything is relative. Whatever you believe is right is right. Because everything is relative, there is no sin! There are no sinners.
However, there is one problem with this theory, the problem of guilt. The Bible speaks of people who “show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them” (Romans 2:14). You know what the Bible is talking about. You’ve had the experience! You do something and suddenly you feel guilty. Your conscience bothers you. Then you start arguing with yourself. At first, you agree with your bothered conscience. Then you defend your actions. So the argument goes.
The Bible says all of this internal arguing proves God’s Law exists. It proves sin is real. It proves guilt comes as a result of sin. “And sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).
To help you understand this better and perhaps help you find relief from your guilt, click here to listen to s sermon called “Defining Sin and Guilt.”