A Biblical View of Science, Technology, and Business: Do Utilitarian’s Agree with These Biblical Views?

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A Biblical View of Science, Technology, and Business:
Do Utilitarian’s Agree with These Biblical Views?
Utilitarianism was originated by Epicurus in ancient Greece and is the doctrine that an action is right as long as it promotes happiness, usefulness, and overall pleasurableness. If the action inflicts pain than it is not seen as right. Many of these ideas adapted well with the all of the modernization and changes that were occurring in the technology, science, and business world during the eighteenth century. Although the idea’s did fit well there was one issue, the new Utilitarian views were clashing with one of the most respected religions teachings; the Bible. There are many differences between the Utilitarian point of view;
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Utilitarian beliefs are completely opposing seeing that they view life on a scientific level, such as the idea of evolution. Evolution is a theory “first proposed by Charles Darwin in the nineteenth century by Charles Darwin, according to which the Earth’s species have changed and diversified through time under the influence of natural selection” (Evolution). The business world was not seen as a top priority when it comes to the followers of the Bible. Returning to the reading of The Gospel of Matthew Jesus preaches the following to his disciples: “Truly it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven” (Newton, Source Reader, p. 61). This statement shows that a person does not have to be rich or own materialistic positions in order to enter heaven, instead he must follow the commands of God. If one knows that being wealthy (which many times comes with owning a business) is not going to open the gates of heaven in his favor, then why would he be a businessman? If the man knows that God is going to take care of him just as long as he follows in God’s footsteps, what is the point? The Bible compared to Utilitarian ethics which emerged during the eighteenth-century both have two very different views on science, technology, and business. Utilitarianism’s
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