1.3.8 SOURCES OF PERSONAL AND ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

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  • SOURCES OF PERSONAL AND ETHICAL DECISION MAKING
    • JESUS
      • People look to Jesus to see what he would have done.
      • GOLDEN         RULE:       'Do to others as you would have them do to you'.
      • 'Love God and love your neighbour as yourself'
      • Sermon on the mount.
    • NATURAL LAW
      • Moral order designed by God at the creation so that if people work in harmony with it, they will be living as they should.
      • The Catholic Church teaches that the order of creation is natural law. It must be followed by Christians because it is what God established.
        • Same-sex marriage is against natural law, as the human race will not be continued, and so is seen as wrong.
    • CONSCIENCE
      • The voice of conscience is the work of God, and so Christians should follow it. God is speaking directly to the individuals.
      • ST Paul and St Thomas Aquinas taught that Christians should use their conscience as the final part of moral decision making.
      • Christians are doubtful about conscience as the word of God can be mistaken.
    • MAGISTERIUM
      • Most Catholics use this.
      • It is guidance given by the Pope and inspired by the Holy Spirit.

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