The Sense of Ought
God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
― Genesis 1:26-27
God created man and woman with the moral capacity to recognize that some things are right, while others are wrong. We are made by God with a personal moral thermostat, a conscience. The sense of what we know we should do is yet another proof that we are made in the image of God.
It is fascinating to notice the difference here between people and dogs. Many of us are huge fans of Man’s Best Friend, but for all of their value as companions, you will not see any hand-wringing (paw-wringing?) over their actions. My dog Ringo, who sits daily and looks out the window for the neighbor’s trespassing cat, has never said “I regret being so mean to that cat today. I’m going to be nicer tomorrow.”
Were he able to talk I suspect he would say, “One of these days that cat is going to get careless and I’m going to kill it.”
With a smile on his face. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.