Essay on Overview of A Practical Guide to Biblical Ethics

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‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’ was written to help Christians follow and understand God’s law, so that they may live a lifestyle that honours God. By using the expression ‘God’s law’, Smith means the moral will of God as to what is right and wrong. This is encompassed in the Ten Commandments and expanded on throughout the Bible. Kevin Gary Smith(2012:6-9) wrote the book for believers whose prayers are to live a righteous life. The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand. The book is practical; therefore, it is structured and worded in a way that it can be applied to the reader’s life. Through reading ‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’, believers can…show more content…
This is the hand-in-hand work of grace and law. To fully uphold a commandment, both the negative and positive sides of the law must be obeyed. In the law that God has given us, each command has two sides to it. These are the positive side and the negative side. The negative side condemns wickedness, while the positive side encourages good. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He tells us to ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7:12). This is rooted in the second greatest commandment given to us by Jesus to ‘love your neighbour’ (Matthew 22:27-30). This is an essential point for every Christian to know as it calls us to be active in outworking the positive side of the law. We cannot live placid lives of Christianity, where we only try to keep God’s commands. For example, God has asked us not only not to murder, but to uphold this commandment we must also look after the lives of others. By doing both the positive and negative sides of the commandments, it brings glory to God and helps bring others to know Him. In the Ten Commandments, the word ‘murder’ is used to represent all unlawful violence. God’s sixth commandment is ‘You shall not murder’ (Exodus 20). This law, however, is not only inclusive of murder, but represents a family of aggressive sins. Many Christians do not understand this and take a similar view to the Pharisees, who

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