I am a Criminal

Just had an email from YouTube about the clip I added from Prison Break:

We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, claiming that this material is infringing:
Prison Break courtesy of Victor Hugo…

Which is ironic, since it was an example of what grace means!

Anyhow it seems I am now a criminal – though unintentionally.  I have also been fined for breaking the speed limit in Bristol about 6 years ago. Lot’s of mitigating circumstances but none sufficient to avoid the fine. I am a criminal. I have driven a car with no water in the screen wash which is illegal – I am a criminal. When I was 12 I was caught shoplifting a small toy from the Co-op in Luton. It was terrible, I have never been so ashamed – I really am a criminal!

But it doesn’t really matter, does it?  I mean we have all done things wrong haven’t we? These laws are there as a guide, no-one expects them all to be kept all the time surely? It doesn’t make me a bad person – I don’t think I am a bad person, I mean am I supposed to go around feeling guilty all the time?

Anyway, who decides what is right and wrong?  In 1983 it became compulsory to wear seat belts in the front of cars. Before that time, not wearing one was fine – after it was an offence. Was I a bad person in 1982 if I didn’t wear a seat-belt?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is D.H. Lawrence’s most controversial novel, first published in 1928 in Italy. The first UK edition couldn’t be published until 1960. So how come before 1960 it was illegal to publish and after 1960 it wasn’t – it’s the same book?  Who decides what is good and what is bad and therefore makes the corresponding laws?

This morning I was listening to a Reverend arguing that gay couples should be allowed to get married in the church. I guess part of her motivation is that she is a lesbian herself and wants to marry her partner? Why was that wrong 100 years ago and now its morality is up for grabs?  Her argument goes roughly like this “I have decided that the references against homosexuality in the Bible are outdated, therefore I can’t see anything wrong with my behaviour” We are better at judging right and wrong for ourselves than being told what it is by someone else!

Well if there is no absolute right and wrong then I can’t see how there can be any right or wrong. Without an author of good and evil then using such terms is moot. If there is no God then there is no absolute to measure the latest fashion in morals by?  The trouble is that when we learn about God, we are truly revealed to be criminals – all of us!  So I don’t know why we protest so much at the evils in our lives – please tell me why we deserve everything in our lives to be fine?

Conversely, I believe that only by seeking the mind of God can we ever hope to understand the truth of good and evil.  Only then will we know what it is and why we seek it.  It replaces our amateur, DIY morality with the one from the professional. And the amazing thing is that by seeking we also find our reason for wanting to be good!

About David Allsopp

Married, 4 children, Christian, Head of IT
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