In free society there is always the danger that because something is approved by a majority, that particular something is therefore somehow made holy. Couple this mindset with a century of teaching the populace that there is no bellwether with which to gauge if right or wrong. If it feels good and everyone is doing it, well, go ahead.
Tyrannical dictator types shy away from absolutes in order to enslave the populace to their absolute control.
Against this brutal idea come the mind, heart and pen of a Russian, who saw beyond the crushing heel of Nihilism and stated: “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” Leo Tolstoy.
The missionary movement over the years has been the whipping boy of “intellectuals so called” for impacting different cultures around the word, causing a vast departure from their former practices. This unfair criticism is due to the fact that the missionaries, for the most part, were/are sure they are operating from a foundation of actual and absolute truth. Child sacrifice, euthanasia of the elderly, child prostitution etc., are stated as wrong in the scripture, thus the culture through faith in Christ is led to renounce such practices.
Acts 16:20, “And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.”
Christ culture was/is against Roman culture.
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