Ethical System Project. Overall, I Favor A Modified Divine

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Ethical System Project Overall, I favor a modified divine command based ethical system. Essentially, God is the author and founder of what is right and wrong, and each of his commands are birthed from and reflect his divine, self-sufficient essence. The Holy Scriptures tell us two critical realities of God. First, Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning, God […]” From this we see that God was first, preeminent, before all things; he is the foundation of all that was, is, and will be. Accordingly, this would include both what is right or “good” and what is wrong or “bad.” Second, in Exodus 3:14 God reveals a little of his identity when he delivers his “name” to Moses as, “I AM WHO I AM.” Although there is limited consensus on how one should…show more content…
Thus, there is no cause of the justness of the divine will; rather, the divine will itself generates justness.” Accordingly, the two passages from Genesis and Exodus affirm for us that no moral bases exist outside of God’s sovereignty, nor does God change from one day to the next offering some capricious moral law, rather he is the Creator of all things and remains steadfast and immutable. HE IS WHO HE IS and from him – that is, his very nature – flows what is the definition of right and wrong. Idziak summaries the divine command theory as “the theory stipulates that what ultimately makes an action right or wrong is its being commanded or forbidden by God and nothing else [emphasis added].” Here, however, I would propose a modification to Idziak’s definition. The phrase “and nothing else” offers itself too much towards reductionism for there seems to be moral rights and wrong beyond God’s provided commands. As such, there stands a secondary, but inextricably connected Christian teleological component to the seemingly black-and-white system of divine command theory. Throughout the Holy Scriptures,
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