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Explain the ethical teachings of the religion you have studied. 
Ethics is the result of religious belief; Christian ethics is defined as the systematic study of the way of
life set forth by Jesus Christ applied to the daily demands and decisions of human existence. Ethical
behaviour comes from a sense of obedience to God, and a desire to live life in the way God wishes it
to be lived. Christian ethics is well summarized by Colossians 3:1-6: "Since, then, you have been
raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with
Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put
to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming."
Although the bible consists of a list of "Do's" and "Dont's", it also gives us detailed instructions on
how we should live. The bible is a guide to Christian life. However, the bible does not cover all
dilemmas that we might find ourselves in on a daily basis. This is where Christian ethics comes in for
situations which are not addressed in the bible. Science defines ethics as "a set of moral principles,
the study of morality." Therefore, Christian ethics would be the principles derived from the Christian
faith by which we act. While the bible may not cover every situation we may face in life, its principles
which can be derived from his word gives us a standard by which we must conduct ourselves in those
situations where there may not be similar analogies.
For example the bible does not directly talk about the use of illegal drugs, however based on the
principles laid down in the bible we can derive that it is wrong. The bible tells us that our body is the
temple of the Holy Spirit and that we should honour God with it. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Also,
knowing the effects of drugs on our bodies, the harm they cause to our vital organs; we know that
by using them we are destroying the so called temple of the Holy Spirit. This would mean we are not
honouring God. Also, the bible tells us that we are to follow the authorities that God that God himself
has put in place (Romans 13:1). Seeing as drugs are illegal, using them would be going against the
authorities. However the question lingers that if it was made legal would it be ok, however then we
would have to consider the problems which would prove it wrong.
The principle that is situated in the bible can be applied to different life situations where there may
not be similar analogies. In some cases it will be simple, like the rules for Christian living we find in
Colossians, in other cases however we need to do a little digging. The best way to do that is to pray
over God's Word. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer, and part of His role is teaching us how to
live: "But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all
things and will remind you of everything I have said to you" (John 14:26). "As for you, the anointing
you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing
teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you,
remain in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all
things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him" (1 John
2:27). So, when we pray over Scripture, the Spirit will guide us and teach us. He will show us the
principles we need to stand on for any given situation.
While God's Word may not cover all situations we face in life, it is sufficient in leading a Christian life.
For most things we can simply compare the situation to that written in the bible and come to a
conclusion. In ethical questions where the Bible does not have explicit instructions, we need to look
for principles which we can apply to the situation. We must pray over God's word and open ourselves
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to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will teach us and guide us through the Bible to find the principles on which
we need to stand so we may live as a Christian should.
The natural law theory of ethics has existed in many forms. In its classical form, it is simply
the opposite of conventionalist moral skepticism.…read more