Is Right and Wrong relative with each individual?

Situation Ethics

There is a very interesting story related in the eleventh chapter of II Samuel, which is well known to Bible readers. It is the story of David and his relationship with Bathsheba. David had remained in Jerusalem while his army went to fight an important battle. Usually, being the king, he would have gone with them, but he send Joab, who was a great leader in Israel. For some reason David was evidentally having difficulty sleeping. He arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house. From there he saw a woman washing herself. She was very beautiful. Her husband was away from home. He was among those who had gone to war. How long he had been gone, we do not know. No doubt she was lonely and needed companionship. David sent for her and she went to him. He committed adultery with her. Later, she sent him word that she was with child.

Let's think about this situation as many would reason about it in our days. Here is a king with a lot of problems on his mind. He has great responsibilities. No doubt it was because of the heavy load he was forced to carry, that he could not sleep. Surely he needed some respite from his problems. Then, there was Bathsheba, who was also lonely. Her husband has been away for no doubt a long time. She had needs that needed to be fulfilled. Then comes an invitation from the king, and she went to him. Many people would excuse both of them. After all, it was a time of war and here was a way to find momentary relief from the pressures they both had to endure. It was a situation that seemed to demand attention. Ordinarily such a thing would not have happened but these are not ordinary times. Society would be very slow to condemn people under such conditions. Many would think no wrong was done at all.

But what is God's attitude toward what they did? After all that is what will count when we appear before Him in the judgement. God sent Nathan to tell David how wrong he was in what he did. And David said, "I have sinned against the Lord" II Samuel 12:13. As the years went by, though he did many great things in the service of his God, he witnessed the results of his sin for as long as he lived.

Instead of love making our wrongs to become right, real love will keep us from doing wrong. Jesus said we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27). He also said, "As you would that men should do unto you, do you also to them likewise" Luke 6:31. Love does not behave itself "unseemly", I Corinthians 13:5. It does not conduct itself improperly. "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor" Romans 13:10. These and other statements in the Bible reveal that love does not lead to wrong doing, but always to that which is right. The Bible teaches us that under all situations we should do right. No situation has ever, or can ever, make doing wrong right.

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