Rights and responsibilities: Situation ethics

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Situation ethics as a guide for making moral decisions

 

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Situation ethics-the idea that Christians should base moral decisions on what is the most loving thing to do.

 

Why some Christians use situation ethics as a guide for making moral decisions:

  • Jesus seemed to follow situation ethics because he over-ruled what the Old Testament said when he thought it was unloving. E.g. A man asked to be healed on the Sabbath day and Jesus healed him because he said it was mroe important to do the good thing than obey the law of not working on the Sabbath.
  • It is wrong to ignore the consequences of your actions, you should only do what will produce good results.
  • They believe that Jesus' statement that the only laws are to love God and love your neighbour, means tha Christians should always

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