Why Be Moral?

There is a great surge of questioning going on in society regarding the reason why one should be moral. Traditional standards are being challenged, and this all may be part of a healthy reevaluation. But are the commandments against adultery and the warnings against fornication outmoded? Are these just arbitrary rules that have been bypassed through the current emphasis on material sense and the opinion of some so-called experts that anything goes? There is a much deeper meaning to these rules than just the limitation of conduct to accepted modes.

Self-respect is involved in the moral state, and this element of character enters deeply into one's life, his ability and fulfillment, his health and well-being. What one does with his body has much to do with his self-respect, his integrity, and his sense of identity. An added dimension of character comes into play when one keeps himself under the guidance of the laws of God. Paul implied this in his first letter to the Corinthians: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."  I Cor. 3:16,17;

A Distinct Method of Healing
June 25, 1966

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