[Again, this is a draft…¹]
And again I repeat we all operate with a moral framework.
Think of it this way:
Consider a window frame with a single pane of glass. We put this window frame into the wall of our house so we can see outside.
Our only way to see outside.
For more use the DOOR.
The nature of the glass determines what we see.
And we have a say as to the glass we choose to put in the frame. We can even choose to paint the glass black and not worry about anything that’s outside. Another option is to use translucent rose-colored or light-gray paint.
If, however, we choose to use a relatively transparent pane of glass, we can get an eyeful of what’s out there–more or less–depending on how far away from the window frame we stand. Nonetheless, because we are limited to what we can see because we are humans, there’s always some kind of glass in the frame, and always an opaque wall into which the window frame is set.
The glass between us and everything else is the key to what we observe and interpret with the (limited) 100 billion neurons in our brains.
If we evaluate the “worth” of what we see, and how we should interact with what’s outside us, we need to establish some kind of standard of value.
Okay, one way to develop a set of values is to say I’ll accept nothing until I experience things for myself. That seems prudent…though it can be a bit risky. Some important lessons have already been learned by others. And some of those others have made records of past experiences.
Let me jump way ahead…not connecting some dots one may consider important. But this is an overview.
Science, of course, provides important facts about the world around us. But “limits” and evaluation of feelings, worth, and personal responsibility have to come from somewhere else. Or so say many people. The Bible is an important source of factors that color the glass, or even cause it to magnify.
More to say…later.
¹ For me, the early morning is a great time to ruminate. Sharing new thoughts will beg for revising, sharpening, or erasing altogether. I allow myself occasionally to type here as I do on, usually, more solidly supported information. Such behavior, I feel, is a consequence of being created in the image of God.