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+title: Subjective Value Theory and Christianity
+author: James R. Bracy
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+How do we bring together the subjective value theory and Christianity? From
+the outset is seems as though the scientific approach of praxeology leads us
+to the result that there is no ultimate judge or yardstick that can ever be
+applied to mankind and that in the end all that maters is that man has
+attempted to achieve what he has valued. Yet science itself does not care to
+make the judgement about what does matter and what does not matter. Instead the
+source of this judgement must come from outside science and even man himself.
+Man is unable to analyze any action outside the reference of his own value
+system. In Christianity the doctrine free will, which has been given to every
+man, gives man the ability to make his own value judgements. He is free to set
+his heart on whatever he pleases, wether that be “an idol in the form of anything
+in heaven or on the earth beneath or in the waters below&#8221; <sup><a href="#footnote-1">1</a></sup> or God himself. Man
+is free to give his life in service to anything he pleases. Praxeology is only
+a science and does not concern itself moral or ethical questions, it only
+seeks to establish laws of human action that come from observation and
+experimentation. Religion on the other hand does concern itself with the moral
+and ethical questions of mankind. But just because the subjective value theory
+implies that no man can judge another person's decision does not mean that
+there is not an ultimate judge or yardstick that man may one day be measured
+against. The fields of science can not even reason with an all knowing, all
+powerful judge in the same way that man himself will never understand God.
+
+All that is required for man to act is that he believe that a certain ends
+will satisfy him and that he have the power to affect his current state of
+being. It matters not if the ends will actually satisfy him or if the way he
+goes about achieving the ends is flawed. For praxeology this is enough, but
+for the man looking for the ultimate state of satisfaction it is not. Many
+value money, fame, power, relationships and sex. Yet as humans we will never
+find satisfaction in any earthly or material thing. Can science prove that man
+will ever be satisfied? Man must continually work for what he values. Every
+time he comes back to his idol again, more is necessary in order to be
+satisfied. Man must fight the law of diminishing marginal utility. What human
+could even claim to be fully satisfied unless he had complete knowledge of the
+world and had infinite power to attain any ends that he wanted? No such man
+exists. If such man did exists he would instead be a god. Man continually
+works for nourishment, if he could be in the state of ultimate satisfaction,
+he would not be looking to feed himself.
+
+Science will never tell us if a man will be satisfied by a certain ends. That
+knowledge is only given to the man who has achieved his end. Instead we must
+seek a different source of knowledge to understand human nature and how man
+can even hope to achieve satisfaction. This is the realm of religion. What of
+the judge who handed down his commandments to Moses atop Mount Sinai?
+
+Following the economic crisis of 2008 I was surprised to find that the CFO of
+Freddie Mac hung himself in his basement and that several other executives of
+real estate companies, investment firms, and bankers had committed suicide. It
+is not just those who value money and wealth who find themselves depressed to
+the point of suicide. How many people struggle with the need to be in a
+relationship and often find themselves struggling when they are in one? This
+applies to any idol in the world. &#8220;The incomplete joys of this world will
+never satisfy [the human] heart&#8221; noted [Alexis de Tocqueville](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville).
+
+It is hard for human nature to recognize its own idols. Idols blind. Idols
+are the what we value the most. As humans we each have decided what the idol
+we value the most, and we can not look away because we are under the illusion
+that the idol can bring us to a state of satisfaction. It is valued so much
+that it can causes to cross moral and ethical bounds we would not normally
+cross. The satisfaction that is brings is only temporary. It is likely that
+we will return once again to our idols seeking more and more. It can be more
+money, more power, or more affection.
+
+If there is nothing in the world that can satisfy us what is left? The one
+thing the Lord commanded was that he be first in life. &#8220;I am the Lord your
+God… you shall have no other gods before me.&#8221; <sup><a href="#footnote-2">2</a></sup> All the other worldly focuses
+like fame, security, and prosperity can serve as an idol and a temporary
+source of happiness that in the end will fail. None of these things are bad,
+but when they replace God himself man will never find peace. It is great to
+be famous, it is great to be safe, it is great rich, but it is only satisfying
+when God is first.
+
+God allowed every person to value what he wants. It is your life to live, free
+to make your own decisions. Bug God has warned us that the idols of the world
+will not satisfy in the long run. Put your heart where you will, but it will
+only be satisfied in Christ.
+
+<div class="footnotes"><ol>
+ <li id='footnote-1'>Exodus 20:4</li>
+ <li id='footnote-2'>Exodus 20:2-3</li>
+</ol></div>
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