ABOUT UNIVERSAL VALUES

It is believed that moral values are the universal values that exist in theory and whose content has nothing to do with any particular historical stage of society’s development or ethnic tradition. Are these values actually common to all?

Christ before His ascension told his apostles. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Therefore, Christ considers His commandments and teachings common to all peoples of the world.

Christ’s commandments are common because they relate to human souls created by God, to feelings, to the striving for God and other features that are common to all people. The Apostle Paul says that in Christ there is no longer a distinction between Jew and Gentile (Gal. 3:28).

Jews were making a distinction between them and other nations emphasizing their being as the chosen people of God. But by Christ’s commandment and the apostle’s teaching, discrimination between peoples was abolished, whereby Christian values become common for everyone.

Christian moral values are also beyond the power of time, as Christ says. “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31). This means that Christ’s commandments are given to all peoples at all times.