In class we discussed the idea that one should do something if God tells one to do it. This is due to the fact that God is the absolute authority, trumping the universal (laws and morals) and the single individual. Now this was all fine and dandy in the times of the Bible when if one claimed to have been spoken to by God then everyone else would sit in awe and believe what had been said. Back then it didn’t matter what God had ordered (as we can see from the story of Abraham) all would believe; today, however, it just simply isn’t that easy. Now it seems we have a new standard that appears to be “It is possible God spoke to you, but only if he told you to do something plausible or clearly good”. In modern society there are plenty of cases of people killing other people and declaring that God told them to do so, however, I believe it is safe to say that not a single person believes them. On the other hand, if I were to drop everything and dedicate my life to helping those less fortunate than myself, and stated that God spoke to me and told me to do so, some people, maybe even many, would find this easy to swallow and go on with their day. It now appears we have a double standard that is easiest to attribute to a loss of faith, however, it can also be attributed to the individual’s belief that they know better than the next man or woman. In some respects this is the result of the alienation that is experienced in modern society coupled with the self-centered view of the world that is so widely held by the individual today. This distrust of everyone we do not know leads us to question everything that is even slightly doubtable; everyone we don’t know is a liar who is not to be trusted, when, most probably, they are people just like you and your friends and family. So if someone today were to come out into the street and proclaim themselves as the second coming of Christ, everyone around this person would laugh at them and wouldn’t even consider it a possibility, when in fact all of Christianity is waiting for the second coming. Nothing is taken at face value anymore, unless there is an established connection between two people interacting. This leads one to the possibility that Christianity was designed to keep people from questioning what they were told in order to control them. So has our society evolved to no longer need beliefs and doctrines such as Christianity? After all, we do now have laws in place to guide people the right way and if Christianity was only established as a system of laws to help govern people, that means there are people in society trying to follow two different doctrines, that of the Bible and that of the law, which can only lead to conundrums and double standards, like the double standard I started with. An example of religion acting to guide people is that of Judaism’s laws of kashrut which are the dietary laws of the religion. The things that are not allowed to be eaten include bottom-feeder fish and pork, both of which are considered to be dirty, suggesting that they were included in the laws of the faith to keep people healthy. So what if clean pork is available today, guaranteed not to make one sick? It most certainly is, so why are these laws still in effect in the faith? Is it possible that in the past the only way to get the masses to organize and govern themselves was to pass laws down from the “absolute” with the threat of punishment which cannot be seen in this lifetime? Now that we are able to make ethical or universal laws, is religion or the idea of the absolute still needed?