BIBLICAL ETHICS

BIBLICAL ETHICS - 1 BIBLICAL ETHICS, WITH A FOCUS ON PAUL...

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BIBLICAL ETHICS, WITH A FOCUS ON PAUL It is very important to realize that Christian ethical decisions cannot be made on the basis of commandments alone. That means that it is not adequate to make a list of all the things in the Bible that are commanded and forbidden and then treat that list as a rule- book that will make the person who follows the rules a “good” person. There are at least three reasons for this. (1) Many behaviors and situations in the present were not addressed by the biblical writers. There is nothing in the Bible about insider trading, crack cocaine, how to tell when something is pornography, or how to distinguish between a “freedom fighter” and a “terrorist.” Many contemporary decisions have to be made on the basis of inferences and principles derived from the Bible. (2) Some behaviors that are demanded or forbidden are more complex now than they were when they were written. For example, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 clearly teaches that the Christians in Corinth are not to sue each other in the secular courts. Today many questions plague people who try to live by this standard: Does this mean that no Christian can sue another Christian in a secular court today? Does this mean anyone who is a
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course REL 1310 taught by Professor Holleyman during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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BIBLICAL ETHICS - 1 BIBLICAL ETHICS, WITH A FOCUS ON PAUL...

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