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Morality is the distinction between right and wrong. It is the determination of what should be done and what should not be done. Morals deal with behaviors as well as motives. There is a great deal of discussion on what is the source of morals and whether or not they are objective. Biblically, morals are derived from God's character and revealed to us through the Scriptures.

Morals differ among cultures, and there are morals that are relative, i.e., dependent upon situations and context. For example, people drive on different sides of the street in different countries. Bowing is morally acceptable in one culture, and kissing the cheek is in another. But there are other morals which seem to be universally true. For example, it is morally wrong to murder. It is morally wrong to torture babies merely for your personal pleasure.

Subjects of morality vary but deal with "oughts" of person-to-person relationships as well as person to animal, and person to environment. Therefore, subjects of morality include marriage, disciplining, honesty, business transactions, contracts, child rearing, etc.



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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.