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The question that must be answered is "What is the origin of truth?"
Please note that Truth (capital T) denotes the all-encompassing standard of truth, Right (capital R) denotes the thoughts and actions that follow Truth, and Wrong (capital W) is the opposite of Right.
The Difference Between Law and Truth
A democratic majority, or other ruler (king or whatever), does not determine what is Right, just what is legal. That leads to the question "Doesn't what's legal in a country determine right and wrong for the people?" Yes, it does, but there is a higher standard of Right and Wrong that both the people and the rulers must follow. If the leaders of the country stray from the standard, it is the duty of the people to follow Truth, not law.
Law Versus Truth Example
My favorite example of why legality does not equal Truth is the following paragraph. (My apologies to Cal Thomas.)
Here in the United States, law is determined by a majority of the members of
Congress. You are going to have to pretend for this example, so prepare
yourself. Pretend that Congress just passed a law saying that it is
legal for me to shoot anyone that I feel like shooting. (I know it is a
far-fetched law, but I warned you.) Now pretend I shoot you, for no
Why is murder wrong? Not because it is the law of the land (because that can easily change with the whims of people), and not because it feels wrong or unfair when it happens (because emotions can be very fickle and unreliable), but because it is part of the standard of Right and Wrong.
Who has the standard of Right and Wrong? How do you know what is absolute Truth?
Relative Truth Mind Game
Is the statement "Truth is relative" (i.e. "There is no absolute truth") true or false?
A Summary of the StandardA.K.A. The Ten Commandments
Re-Wording the Ten Commandments
I have heard of complaints that the Ten Commandments are all negative, a
bunch of "don't do this, don't do that" statements.
Beyond the 10 CommandmentsI titled the Ten Commandment as a summary of the standard of Truth. There is much more to God's standard than just the Ten Commandments. For a more complete listing of what God has to say, read the Bible. The Ten Commandments are found in the book of Exodus, chapter 20.