Christian Values

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Making Moral Decisions

Conscience: a person's sense of right and wrong. In Christianity, it is linked to God.

The Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Fruits of the Holy Spirit: signs of the Holy Spirit in Christian behaviour

  • charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity

Gifts of the Holy Spirit: qualities from the Holy Spirit that help a Christian live a holy life

  • wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of God

Virtues of the Holy Spirit:

  • prudence, justice, power, temperance, faith, hope, love

These virtues, gifts and fruits can all be found in the teachings of the Bible, especially the 10 Commandments.

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The Ten Commandments

Commandment: a rule for living, given by God 

The Ten Commandments:

  • Revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai
  • The Word of God - part of the COVENANT between God and man
  • In following the commandments, Christians identify as God's children
  • The Chuch teaches that the Ten Commandments show the duties of Christians
  • Followed by Christians as a way to enter ETERNAL LIFE WITH JESUS
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The Ten Commandments

These Commandments are summarised as Commandments which show one's love for God 

I am the Lord Your God, you shall not have other Gods before me

  • Images, other "gods" and false idols must not be worshipped --- Jesus said"no servant can serve 2 masters"
  • Christians are free to seek out the truth, but once they have found it, they are obliged to follow it and not choose other things or "gods" to worship instead

You shall not take the name of your Lord God in vain

  • Using God's name in curses is wrong --- Jesus said "Do not swear at all"
  • Promises made in the name of God should be kept, otherwise it was used trivially

Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy

  • Christians remember the Sabbath as the day of Christ's resurrection
  • Jesus understood the importance of the day --- "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"
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The Ten Commandments

These Commandments are summarised as Commandments which show one's love for his neighbour 

Honour Your Father and Mother

  • Children owe respect and gratitude to their parents to support family life
  • Adult sons and daughters should look after their parents in times of illness/old age/loneliness

You Shall Not Kill

  • The Commandment forbids murder, euthanasia, suicide and abortion
  • Christians must respect human life --- killing goes against the Sanctity of Life 

You Shall Not Commit Adultery

  • Adultery involves breaking a marriage vow and a covenant with God
  • Chastity is a moral virtue
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The Ten Commandments

These Commandments are summarised as Commandments which show one's love for their neighbour

You Shall Not Steal

  • Christians must not force people to work in harsh conditions --- stealing human dignity
  • Christians must respect the fair distribution of the World's wealth

You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbour

  • Christians are called to live truthfully
  • Lying undermines trust, friendship and community

You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbour's Wife

  • Promotes marriage & family life - coveting your neighbour's wife shows lack of respect

You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbour's Possessions

  • Acting against greed and materialism - we must respect the property of others
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Importance of the Ten Commandments

Why are the "Loving God Commandments" Important?

  • Stress the importance of the relationship between humans and God
  • Remind people that God must come first
  • Remind people the importance of God's name
  • Remind people of the importance of making time for God

Why are the "Loving your Neighbour Commandments" Important?

  • They are a precise list for good Christian behaviour
  • They are rules that have come directly from God
  • They show Christians how to have good relationships with those around them
  • Historically, they are the basis of most of the UK laws

REMEMBER: "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR" IS NOT A COMMANDMENT --- BUT A TEACHING

Other examples of people Christians should follow (as well as Jesus):

  • Mother Teresa
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The Beatitudes

Jesus taught the Beatitudes on the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes point to the goal of all human action - being close to God. 

Sermon on the Mount teaches that:

  • Spiritual treasures last forever whereas material ones die with you so Christians should store up spiritual treasures (e.g. love) and not material treasures (e.g. money)
  • The followers of Jesus should not worry about what will happen in the future to them - God will look after those who love him and obey his Word
  • We should not judge others but try to improve ourselves

Christians should help those in need because it is following the example of Jesus and will lead to eternal life with Jesus.

Christians should show compassion to those who suffer because it is a way of serving Jesus and showing their faith to others.

Christians should be concerned about the causes of suffering because removing the causes of suffering is the best way of loving your neighbour as they will not suffer in the future.

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