So, Shimrod, if murder is moraly wrong because of common consensus (as you say it is), then why should I abide by it? Because other people don't like what I do? Why should I follow by the rules of society....since the rules are made by men, why should I respect their opinion when it comes in collision with my pleasure? The Marquis De Sade enjoyed torturing women. So why should he stop? Just because the women and other people in his society didn't like it? Why should he stop the act which gave him pleasure? How about Hitler and his Nazis? They were wrong, you say, because they lived in the Western culture that states that genocide is wrong. Why? Hitler said it was good to dispose of the Jews, the Gypsies, the mentally instable, and the aged. So why was he wrong? Because you find it personally repugnant? Why should Hitler go off of what other people think if it inhibits his own agenda or best interest or enjoyment?
I'd like to make it clear that I do NOT believe that I can go around stoning people just because they break the Law of God. God has given the power of the sword to the civil magistrate. Even if I believe it's righteous to stone adulterers, and I do, doesn't give me the license to go over and stone my neighbor lady. God hasn't given me the jurisdiction to do that.
Righteousness is defined by God, because God is the definition of goodness and righteousness. Therefore, stoning adulterers, homosexuals, et cetera, is not unrighteous because the righteous God has commanded it. And the fact that you all don't like that doesn't make it not so.
"What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy."
"Let God be true, though every man a liar!" (Romans 3:4)