Rights and Responisbilities

Rights and Responisbilities

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Rights and Responsibilities Revision
Bible the holy book of Christians
Church the community of Christians (with a small c it means a Christian place
of worship)
conscience an inner feeling of the rightness or wrongness of an action
the Decalogue the Ten Commandments
democratic processes the ways in which all citizens can take part in
government (usually through elections)
electoral processes the ways in which voting is organized
the Golden Rule the teaching of Jesus that you should treat others as you
would like them to treat you
human rights the rights and freedoms to which everyone is entitled
political party a group which tries to be elected into power on the basis of
its policies (eg Labour, Conservative)
pressure group a group formed to influence government policy on a
particular issue
Situation Ethics the idea that Christians should base moral decisions on
what is the most loving thing to do
social change the way in which society has changed and is changing (and also
the possibilities for future change)
Why some Christians use only the Bible as a basis for making moral
1. All Christians believe that the Bible can tell them how to live their lives
Laws like the Ten Commandments.
Parables like The Good Samaritan or The Rich Man and Lazarus.
Examples from the lives of religious figures particularly Jesus
but also St. Paul and Moses.
Teachings like the Sermon on the Mount or the letters of St.
2. Some Christians use only the Bible as a basis for moral decisions as
they believe that the Bile is the exact words of God dictated to the
writers of the books of the Bible.

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Some Christians believe that the Bible was written by humans about
God's work in the world and therefore is a guide that needs
The authority of the Church for Christians and why some Christians use only the
Church's teachings as a basis for making moral decisions.
4. Some Christians believe that the Bible was written so long ago in a
different time and region so that it is sometimes very difficult to
understand what God wants.…read more

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Why some Christians use a variety of authorities in making moral decisions.
Christians can, and often do, can use a variety of authorities. Most would look to
what the Bible and the Church say about the issue. Some may use their conscience
while others might look to see what is the most loving thing to do in a situation. Not
all Christians would recognize the phrase situation ethics but their would be aware of
Jesus' teaching to love your neighbour as yourself.…read more

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Many others say that it is impossible if you follow Bible teaching to stay out of
politics as it is the only way to make major changes for the better. In James 2 it says:
"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds." So
some Christians say that they have to get involved to show their faith in action.…read more

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Different attitudes to genetic engineering and cloning in Christianity and the reasons
for them.
Some Christians say that situation ethics says that if we can stop a lot of suffering
then we should proceed with genetic engineering.
However others say that the quote from Psalm 139:13, (For you formed my inward
parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.…read more


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