I’ve learned a lot about ethics. Not Just about Christian ethics, but ethics as a whole and how religion plays a major role as far as being a platform for governing the Judgment of individuals in many different societies. I’ve learned a lot about my personal opinions and the way I think about this topic based on my own drawn conclusions from different assignments. In this prose, I will use this opportunity to discuss some things learned and researched throughout the length of the course.
Ethics as a literary term is defined as : ” a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to a specific group, field, or form of conduct. ” To me, it’s a moral code we as a society live by. It is the standard in which we Judge human behavior. Ethics has an impact, whether good or bad, on everything we do. In your personal life, someone who is known as a great family man, helps those in need whenever possible, is usually viewed as a man of great character and high moral standards. On the other hand a career criminal is viewed as a person who doesn’t live according to ethics that re acceptable in society.
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In the professional world, a company who looks to hire the most qualified individuals or the best candidates and doesn’t discriminate against race, gender, etc. Appears to be a ethically sound company and one that is guaranteed to prosper. Meanwhile, if a company has a CEO like Donald Sterling they are likely to lose revenue because it’s chairman is perceived to hold a moral code that is no longer accepted and today’s society has no room for intolerance. Another good example to the extinction of intolerance is gay marriage ( will touch on this more later n the paper).
In Christian ethics, the approach I believe makes the most and will pay dividends to the individual(s) who use it is putting the Lord first. Plain and simple. Staying strong in your faith and keeping the Lord number one, will get you through the toughest of times. There were times in my life where I’ve experienced the true strength of God first hand. While I was on active duty, I was afraid of where my soul would end up for some of the things I’ve had to do. I spent countless hours crying and praying and my faith got me through. There were firefights, where I didn’t know f would make it home and my faith got me through.
After some of my experiences, only by the grace of God am I here today to write this essay. The ethical teachings of Jesus is shown in many of the Books in the New Testament. “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. ” – Mark 1 1:26. Outside of the grammar Coking), this could not have been said any simpler. If you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. Period. It’s in our prayer; “Forgive us of our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. ” Forgiving others is key. You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which dispiritedly use you, and persecute you. ” – Matthew 5:43-44. These scriptures are setting the standard the love you should feel towards people. “Haters” are the people who need a few blessings their way because they are missing the love of god in their lives. “Judge not, that ye be not Judged. ” – Matthew 7:1 . Basically states the we shouldn’t judge one another. No man/woman is better than anyone else, so why cast judgment on others when we all have our issues. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ” – Matthew 7:12. Treat others the way you want to be treated. I don’t know if it can be said any other way. Paul was also a man of great moral code. I will also display and explain some of his teachings to the best of my abilities. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the ill of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ” – Romans 12:2.
To make a long story short, stay your path and keep the faith. Don’t go along with the way of the world if it’s not the way of the Lord. “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already Judged (as though I were resent) him who has so done this deed.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. ” – 1 Corinthians 5:1-5. In these verses, Paul flat out condemns (l am personally in concurrence with him) the act of incest. You shouldn’t have relations with a family member. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put way childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11. In the world we live in you have to know when to put playtime aside and be serious. There is a time and place for everything. One of the most serous ethical issues we are dealing with today has to be gay marriage. I see this as an issue for me personally and society as a whole. On a personal level I’m torn on the subject. I’m happy that homosexuals are receiving fair treatment and not being discriminated against due to their sexual preference, but I still hold my Christian beliefs on the sanctity of marriage and I’m not alone.
Believe or tot, I have a gay friend who refuses to get married to his partner because of his religious upbringing. I want them to have equal rights, but I don’t want them to be able to get married. My feelings contradict my beliefs and I’m at an impasse. For society, it’s a battle that will end with no clear victor. If that right is granted, then a moral code of a large amount of the American population will be broken. If it isn’t granted, then the discrimination of a group of people will continue. The only question to ask is; What is the morally correct thing to do? This goes back to a question in week ‘s assignment. Is doing good all that matters in a Christian ethic? ” Should we as a society, break a Christian moral to end discrimination towards a group of people? I’m glad that’s not a call I have to make. In conclusion, ethics plays a very large role in our everyday lives whether we know it or not. Utilitarianism is the biggest catalyst in the decisions made in America. Every decision made for the improvement of the human way of life is made with the best moral decision in mind as well as how to please the majority. I Just hope the decisions made from here on out are the correct ones.