A friend of mine posted on her Facebook page tonight the following status:
"The most miserable people are the ones who know what they are doing wrong but STILL DO IT!"
To which another person responded: "Who determines what is right & wrong? It really depends on what they are doing. Culture drives a lot of beliefs and what is right in one culture is not always right in another. You may believe one thing and someone else believes something completely different, but that doesn't make them wrong or miserable."
Respectfully, I don't agree with how she responded, so I commented back with my own thoughts. Thankfully, my friend that posted the original status responded to my comment with - "Perfect!!" - Here's what I said & how I feel:
"If the source of the choice is light, then it's right. If the source of the choice is dark, or questionable, then it's probably wrong. It doesn't matter what one person's perception of it is. To them it may "seem" right or wrong, which is based on perception. But the laws of God & the laws of the universe are black or white no matter what. They're unchangeable. So yes, everything is black and white. We being here on earth base what we do & think mostly on perception, because of what we've learned from birth from others. Perception isn't perfection. Perception is earthly & temporal. Perfection is heavenly & eternal & what we're striving for. A person who can't or chooses not to follow a simpler law (of God or the universe either one) will be more likely to see things as gray or in the middle. If they're striving to go above & beyond to always do everything that points to light & have the desire to follow the higher laws, there's usually no question as to what is right & wrong - or black & white."
I do feel though, that when something is good, there may be more than one way to do it. For example natural healing... Herbs may work best for one person, when essential oils may work best for another. Both are good, & either can be used. Another example... When we pray to Heavenly Father for something & have 2 choices, He may allow us to make the choice ourselves & not give us a direct answer on which to choose, because they're both good, and either one would benefit us. So then we choose whichever we want at that time.
And culturally, there may be different "good" things. One culture may eat a certain variety of whole foods, & another culture may choose to eat a different variety of whole foods, but they're both healthy. OR one culture may choose to dance & dress one way, while another culture chooses to dance & dress another way. And they both may be good - JUST DIFFERENT, because there is often more than one way to do something good.
But then there are those choices we make that if they are not right... Then they are wrong. Period. No if's, and's, or but's about it. They're black & white according to the laws of nature - WHICH GOD FOLLOWS & always has. It's unchangeable.
If a person doesn't think something is wrong, they may seem happy or healthy or content. But eventually - no matter what it is - if it goes against the laws of God/Nature, the consequences will manifest.
So yes, I do believe there is always black & white, when it comes to right & wrong.
I hope that makes sense. Maybe this post was more for me than anyone else, but if it helps put something into perspective for another person also, then awesome! :)