DB4.docx - There are several metaethical theories that I feel fit into my life Virtue Ethics Revelation Christian Ethics Divine Nature Theory and Social

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Unformatted text preview: There are several metaethical theories that I feel fit into my life; Virtue Ethics, Revelation Christian Ethics, Divine Nature Theory, and Social Contract Theory. What is moral, what is immoral, these are the questions and dilemmas that we ask ourselves and deal with in our daily lives. I am going to share on a couple of ways that I feel they can be applied to life and death. The theory that I am going to apply to life and death is Revelation Christian Ethics. I feel that I have something different to bring to the table compared to some of my other online classmates. I am married to a United States Army Infantryman. Almost monthly, my Christian ethics are challenged, and so are my husbands. He is in a job where killing a person is a part of a daily life, when they are deployed. And when he isn’t, he’s practicing the best way to destroy his enemies. It’s his job. He, and many of his fellow soldiers that are believers, have struggled with that turmoil of taking another human’s life and how that looks in the eyes of God. Looking at the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shalt not kill”.1 There in plain black and white print, the commands of the Lord. Killing is bad. It automatically undermines the job of the military. However, I know that a proper translation of the commandment was not, “Thou shalt not kill,” but actually, “Thou shalt not murder,” Matthew 19:18 which implies taking the law into one’s own hands and, with hatred, killing a human being. We look at the book Genesis and see the divine creation of God, His people. We are His masterpiece. He created us to be in His image and he holds our lives to be worthy. His son died for us, all of us, even ones not here on earth. Knowing all of that, my husband does not take human life for granted. He has had to bury his fellow brothers and also look through a scope at the enemy, human beings, and pull the trigger. He knows how precious life truly is. 1 Bible Gateway New International Version So, how does this ethic stance mesh with life and death? Easy. The greatest value in Christian ethics is that human life is extremely precious in the sight of God; therefore whatever helps protect that life is good. And whatever seeks to destroy that life, is bad. The main purpose of the military in the United States is to protect the nation’s citizens. These men and women serve our country so we can live happily, comfortably and peacefully. By keeping Christian ethics at the forefront of our lives, we try daily to be like Christ. We should reflect the character of Christ, we are to “…act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God” Micah 6:8. As Christians, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Take the higher road. We often have to do what is right, even when it is harder. We must also lead; soldiers, children, neighbors, lead them by example, leading them to our higher ground, to faith. Where then they can “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God”.2 2. Major General Clay T. Buckingham, Soldier and Christian, ” ...
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