The Basic Question

“A few paragraphs back made mention of morality. Let us ask, Why do so many women murder their own babies, or at least pay a hired assassin to kill-or half-kill-the child and throw his quivering body into a garbage can? Few people give the basic answer. A woman kills her baby because she rejects the doctrine of the Trinity. The Ten Commandments forbid murder. But why should anyone pay attention to the Ten Commandments? The answer to this Why? is found in the introduction: ‘I am the Lord thy God.’ If that statement were not true, then abortion, child abuse, torture, drug addiction, and anything else are matters only of personal preference. The basic question is not what is right or wrong, though this question has its derivative status. But the basic question is, What is true?” (Gordon H. Clark).