Morality and Ethics

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Morality and Ethics

‘Ethics’ means a system of moral principles – in other words, the decisions we make about which actions are right and which are wrong, and how we understand and know the difference. Every one of us operates by a moral code which can be influenced by any number of factors. To an extent, the law of the land gives us a unified moral framework – for example, stealing another person’s property or taking a life is illegal and therefore wrong. But some actions are legal but morally questionable. Cheating on a partner is not illegal but many people see it as wrong. There are legal ways to avoid paying tax, but some would question the rightness of such actions.

Christians try to live within a particular moral framework, distinct from the law (although there is some overlap) and in some areas, distinct from more commonly held views in society. This section provides an introduction to how Christians identify right and wrong as a foundation for looking in more detail at some of the big ethical issues of our time: whether war is ever justified, how to respond to issues of poverty and wealth, or how to treat the most vulnerable in our society, amongst others.

To help with this discussion, it is worth looking at some other sections of the site. The Bible is probably the biggest factor in helping Christians decide what is right and wrong. As such, articles found in the ‘Bible’ section, in particular those pertaining to how Christians understand and use the Bible, will provide helpful background information. Many Christians particularly look to the words and example of Jesus in shaping their decisions and behaviour. The ‘teachings’ articles in the ‘Jesus’ section of the site looks at what Jesus taught about many key issues of the day – money, anger, relationships, etc – which are just as relevant today.

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Morality and Ethics Articles

Ethics and Christian Beliefs.

How do basic beliefs impact a Christian's views on ethics?

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Ethics and Christian Beliefs.

How do basic beliefs impact a Christian's views on ethics?

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When trying to decide what is the right thing to do, Christians look to their basic beliefs to give them guidelines to help them form their decisions. The Bible was written many years ago and topics such as contraception, euthanasia, genetic research etc are not […]

Introduction to Christian Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right or wrong?

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Introduction to Christian Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right or wrong?

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How do Christians decide what is right and what is wrong? Christians ethics, that is the moral principles that govern how you live, are based on God’s word as found in the Bible. Jesus taught that there are two commandments that should be at the […]

Reflections

Discover what Christians believe about different issues

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Reflections

Discover what Christians believe about different issues

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In these films Christians from many different backgrounds discuss from firsthand experience key ethical issues as well as exploring what impact their views have on their own lives. The issues covered are: 1. The environment 2. Crime 3. Alcohol & Drugs 4. Ethics 5. IVF 6. […]

Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right and wrong?

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Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right and wrong?

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A number of Christians from different backgrounds and situations share how they decide what is right and wrong. Is it always easy to know or are there some grey areas?