Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An Apt Answer

"For many years after each of the morning and evening services I remained in the auditorium for another hour to field questions. Hundreds of people stayed for the give-and-take discussions. One of the most frequent statements I heard was that "Every person has the right to define right and wrong for him- or herself." I always responded to the speakers by asking, "Is there anyone in the world right now doing things you believe they should stop doing no matter what they personally believe about the correctness of their behavior?" They would invariably say, "Yes, of course." Then I would ask, "Doesn't that mean that you do believe there is some kind of moral reality that is 'there' that is not defined by us, that must be abided by regardless of what a person feels or thinks?" Almost always, the response to that question was silence, either a thoughtful or a grumpy one."

- Tim Keller, The Reason for God, pg. 47

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
- Proverbs 15:23

Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.
- Proverbs 26:5

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