Values

I couldn’t see any other solution to the problem of perception other than the imposition of the structure of value

Jordan Peterson at Franciscan University of Steubenville


And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. “

Genesis 1:3-4 (ESV)

It is God himself who sets the values that we live by. Even in such a fundamentally basic thing as light. Why is light good and not the darkness? If God had proclaimed darkness as good how would it have affected our perceptions of the world? God declares that matter and life are good and that the entire creation, with humanity, made in His image at it’s head, is very good.


And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 1:31 (ESV)

All our morality and value judgements have at bottom the fact that God has set them and He has given them value. We do nothing more than either agree or disagree (at our peril) with his value judgements. The entire Bible is the narrative that explains our existence, and His interactions with us, in the context of His values judgements.


Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17 (ESV)

When we look for truth we find that it is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (ESV)

Our values must be based upon the person and work of Jesus Christ, He is the one through whom all things were made and who upholds all things. He is the one who gives value to all things.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)