Have you ever heard this before? “People should be able to do what they want as long as it is between two consenting adults”? Or “Do what you want but don’t violate anyone’s rights”? I am sure you have. However to read into those two statements (and there are many more of that ilk) they can be very self defeating and against Moral Standards.
“People should be able to what they want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody” opens up a huge can of worms. What if a person could hurt someone and they were allowed to get away with it scot free? Saying “We should be able to do what we want” is in essence saying we can do anything as long as someone else is not hurt? There are definitely actions that can harm another person such as Binge Drinking or Pornography and they are done in the privacy of your own home! Binge drinking, and suicide can be hazardous to one’s self and others. Watching porn in the privacy of your own home is also hazardous! The Pornography industry’s harm is apparent;
“One of the most common psychological problems is a deviant attitude towards intimate relationships such as perceptions of sexual dominance, submissiveness, sex role stereotyping or viewing persons as sexual objects. Behavioral problems include fetishes and excessive or ritualistic masturbation. Sexual aggressiveness, sexually hostile and violent behaviours are social problems as well as individual problems that are linked to pornography.
“Our findings are very alarming”, said Dr. Claudio Violato one of the co-authors of the study. Dr. Violato, Director of Research at the National Foundation for Family Research and Education (NFFRE) and a professor at the University of Calgary, said “This is a very serious social problem since pornography is so widespread nowadays and easily accessible on the internet, television, videos and print materials”.
(Lifesitenews.com Tue Mar 12, 2002)
How about the notion of “Do what you want but don’t violate anyone’s rights”? From a relativists point of view rights are none existent. Relativism is defined as “the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual”. Look at the statement and ask yourself “How can you do ANYTHING without violating someone else’s rights?” Again this statement is self-refuting if you are a relativist.
We must remember that the freedoms that we humans have are important. Freedoms must be placed in the context of Moral Standards. Humans instinctively know that there are Moral Laws commanded upon us by God. Read Romans 2: 14-15
14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)