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How do Christians make moral decisions?
Transcript of How do Christians make moral decisions?
How do Christians make moral decisions? How do Christians make moral decisions? Christian's may look to the Bible. The Bible provides advice such as 'Do not Kill', therefore if a Christian was thinking about abortion, the Bible may proved the answers that a Christian may need. The Ten Commandments are a set of principles that help to guide decisions. Christians may also look to the teachings of Jesus, because he was God incarnate and therefore provided a perfect example of how to behave. For example, Jesus taught on The Sermon on the Mount about adultery. Christians may also look to the Church for guidance, from people such as Priests. If they are Catholic, they may seek guidance from the Vatican 2. In the 1960s, the Catholic Church met to reconsider Catholic doctrine on the main issues. These are the series of meetings known as the Vatican 2. Also, Christians may follow their individual conscience, if they believe that this is God - given. Cardinal Newman argued that the concience was the voice of God. Christians may also follow and ethical theory such as situation ethics. This was a theory developed by an Anglican, called Joseph Fletcher in the 1960s as a response to changing society, Fletcher had argued that in any situation people should do he most loving thing. They should predict the consequences for different courses of ation and then do whatever the most loving thing is. The love that Fletcher was talking about was AGAPE. Agape is selfless, sacrifical, unconditional love. it is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. Fletcher maintained that his ethical theory was based on the teaching and example of Jesus. because Jesus taught 'love thy neighbour'. He also broke rules sometimes, for example, he picked corn on the Sabbath. Some Christians may follow the laws of the country that they live in, unless they directl conflict with their faiths.Full transcript