understanding that everything in nature has an order is guided by fundamental

Understanding that everything in nature has an order

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understanding that everything in nature has an order, is guided by fundamental principles, and there is a design or creator. The second theory is Virtue ethics. “A virtue is a character trait that inclines you to act and react in a moral way.” 2 I chose this ethic because every day, I am working on making a better version of myself and practicing things I would like to see not just in me but in others. Some of the things I practice are honesty, kindness, respect, integrity, and fostering that growth in myself to not only build a virtuous moral character but in many aspects, have become second nature to me. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) states, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” By continuously being aware and practicing these attributes, I am training my heart to conduct itself in a manner that will not only bring me joy but will become an automatic response when confronted with moral dilemmas. The last theory, Revelational Christian Ethics, is the foundation of the other two ethics. Revelational Christian Ethics holds two distinct revelations, general and special. In general revelation, the nature of God is revealed through “…basic theological truths to all people Kendall Hunt, 2017): 46 2 Michael S. Jones, Moral Reasoning: An Intentional Approach to Distinguishing Right from Wrong . (Dubuque, Kendall Hunt, 2017): 38 4
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everywhere and at all times via such media as nature and the human conscience.” 3 In specific revelation truths from God are revealed through specific individuals in the Bible. We can see general revelation throughout numerous cultures across the world and transcends language barriers, thus Natural Law Ethics ties in well here. God shows himself through nature and reveals himself through our feeling of guilt, shame, or remorse. There are certain fundamental truths that, regardless of our beliefs, on whether there is a God or not, we all hold to be morally right. As mention earlier, lying, stealing, cheating, killing another (murder), and lack of integrity are some of these. We all agree, no matter the culture or language, that these are all considered morally wrong. Even if one does not believe in God, the Bible can still be looked to for how to handle ethical situations one would find themselves in. Of course, when we study the Bible, it behooves us to practice what is called hermeneutics. Meaning we need to interpret the text correctly and accurately by considering who or what the scripture is referring to, place it in historical text and time, and keep true to the original message. This is called exegesis. What we do not want to do when in the Bible or any historical text is eisegesis, which is “…the process of reading ideas or an interpretation into a text instead of drawing out of the text the authorial intent.” 4 Thus, if you really what to understand the reason and purpose behind thoughts and actions, you must first know where it is coming from and the events that surround it. Yet, there will be some scriptures in the Bible that one will not be able to interpret without the Holy Spirit. It requires the Holy
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