Section 1: Rights and Responsibility (1.1-1.4)

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  • Year 10 section 1: Rights and responsibility
    • 1.1 The Bible
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        • Word Of God
        • Teachings of Jesus
        • It contains letters from the apostles who were guided by the holy spirit.
        • It contains the 10 commandments/ Decalogue, which gives Christians very clear moral guidance e.g. do not kill.
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        • atheists
        • people may not be Christians and have their own holy books
        • Written a long time ago
          • outdated for modern issues
    • 1.2 The Church
      • The Church is a Community of Christian believers.
      • Christians expect the Church to give them guidance on the Christian life and making moral decisions is an important part of the Christian life
      • Most Christians believe that God did not stop talking to people after the last book of the Bible was written. They believe that God speaks to them through the Church.
    • 1.3 Conscience
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        • It is the Voice Of God
        • Church said Christians should follow their conscience
        • Follow their conscience because the Church may be wrong
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        • Can be wrong. e.g. Yorkshire Ripper
        • if everyone followed their conscience rather than laws, life would be chaotic and no-one would know what behaviour to expect from each other.
        • If Christians follow the teaching of the Church, then they know other Christians will think that what they do is right.
    • 1.4 Situation Ethics
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        • They think it is wrong to ignore the consequence of your actions. You should do what will produce good results.
        • Jesus seemed to follow situation ethics because he over-ruled what the Old Testament said when he thought it was an unloving thing to do.
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        • A certain situation may go against the Church/ Bible teachings.
        • They think that God would not have given laws in the Bible if they were not to be followed.
        • They claim that you can never know all the facts and so don't know what the consequences might be.


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