Ethics in Christianity Essay

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Ethics in Christianity

According to Webster, ethics is "the science of moral duty."
He further describes it as "the science of ideal human character." The word in Greek means "dwelling" or "stall," as in a safe place to live (our word "morals" comes from the
Latin word for ethics). The implication is that humans depend on right choices for security. For a Christian, and indeed for many non-Christians, Jesus Christ is the only perfectly ethical person. He is the perfect man, always making right choices, and to believe him to be flawed is to abandon Christianity completely. Upon this fact and foundation, we have a second belief that we are to allow God to transform us into an image of His Son, Jesus. Jesus calls us to
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How Does Free Will Fit In? What Is It?
Free will is a gift from God. It means human beings have been given the ability to choose between right and wrong. We do not believe God runs our lives like a puppet show. We are completely free to choose, but are not shielded from the consequences of our actions as they interact with the rest of the humans (also with free will). Some people feel that we do not have free will because God punishes us for the choices he does not happen to like. Christians answer that
God determines the standards of behavior because He is God, the Creator. Rather than punish, God simply allows people to choose to reject Him. Since there is no happiness apart from
God, permanent rejection of God results in permanent unhappiness. Without free will, no opportunity for choices between right and wrong exist. Creatures without free will cannot have ethics because they have no choice.
What Ethical Rules Have Been Revealed?
When the rich young man asked Jesus what must be done to inherit eternal life, the response was: "You know the
Commandments…" When Jesus was pressed further, he offered the chance to follow him as a disciple. Taking these together, following Jesus while keeping the would seem to be the revealed answer. Jesus also said that loving God and neighbor summed up the Commandments, but our poor understanding of love sends us back to the Ten Commandments and the example and
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