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.Bookmark