“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” Judges 21:25.
Subjective judgment. To decide what seems right to do or wrong to do, what is good and what is evil, based on our personal feelings, taste or opinion. Just dwell for a moment on the far-reaching and catastrophic ends this could produce. I don’t think any one of us would readily admit that we have such pure feelings, impeccable taste and unbiased opinions that we should be elected to judge once and for all of mankind what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil. I believe that we have at least enough conscience to realize that we should not truly be god over mankind, despite the fact that we sometimes act it.
“There is a way that seems right to man but its end is the way of death,” Proverbs 14:12.
Sad, but true: We still play gods although we know we ought not to. We still make subjective choices. And we still make subjective choices for others. We still judge by our own feelings, taste and opinion. And we are judged by another’s feelings, tastes and opinions. We rely so heavily and faithfully upon our own powers of discernment. After all, who needs discernment from outside of themselves when they can see so well? “…your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” Genesis 3:5. The sweet, saving promise of a liar. You will see better! You will be able to discern good and evil, right and wrong on your own, just like God does… .without a need for God.
For thousands of years now, this subjective human judgment has been governing the existence of individuals and societies separated from the perspective of God. Whole cultures have made choices that determined the course of history based on what seemed right to think or do in their own perception…
Have you noticed that we are dying? In the end, our powers have only lead us into death. Do you suppose that collectively, as a majority, we have discerned wrong most of the time? Yes, I think so. I believe our powers were not so good; not so faithful. I believe we needed God’s eyes and the wisdom of the Creator ruling in the heart of man. We needed a King to rule perspective instead of relying on our own.
Who rules your powers of discernment? To whom do you subject your judgments?