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2011 ANNUAL NATIONAL "Healing The Land" PRAYER CONFERENCE – Teachings (General):

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Christian Ethics and Morals

Theme: 'Rise to the next level, it is troubled times.'

By: NLR; to deal with Church Ethics and how to deal with present day realities

Text:

Gal. 5:13-26

 

What is the Church? And what is Ethics and Morality?

The Church, Matt 16:18

In present word usage the term ethics is often used interchangeably with the word morals or morality. The fact that the two have become virtual synonyms is a sign of the confusion that permeates the modern ethical scene. Historically, the two words had quite distinctive meanings.

Ethics comes from the Greek ethos, which is derived from the root word meaning "stall," a place for horses. It conveyed the sense of a dwelling place, a place of stability and permanence. On the other hand, Morality comes from the word mores, which describes the behavioral patterns of a given society.

 

Ethics is a normative science, searching for the principal foundations that prescribe obligations or "oughtness." It is concerned primarily with the imperative and with the philosophical premises upon which imperatives are based.

Morality is a descriptive science, concerned with "isness" and the indicative.

Morals describe what people do.

Ethics define what people ought to do.

(If we speak of CHRISTIAN Morals and Ethics we are narrowing and redefining our understanding based on the Ethics and Morality of Jesus and the teachings of the WORD OF GOD. God is sovereign, we follow Him.)

The difference between them is between the normal and the normative.

ETHICS MORALS
1. normative 1. descriptive
2. imperative 2. indicative
3. oughtness 3. isness
4. absolute 4. relative

Normative– adjective

  1. of or pertaining to a norm, esp. an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
  2. tending or attempting to establish such a norm, esp. by the prescription of rules: normative grammar
  3. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.

Descriptive – adjective

  1. having the quality of describing; characterized by description: a descriptive passage in an essay.
  2. a. Grammar . (of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk.
  3. noting, concerned with, or based upon the fact or experience.
  4. characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field: descriptive botany.

In this humanistic approach to ethics the highest good is defined by that activity which is most authentically human. This method achieves great popularity when applied to some issues but breaks down when applied to others. If we do a statistical analysis of the experience of cheating among students or lying among the general public, we discover that a majority of students have at some time cheated and that everyone has at some time lied. If the canons of statistical morality apply, the only verdict we can arrive at is that cheating is an authentically human good and that lying is a bona fide virtue.

Obviously there must be a relationship between our ethical theories and our moral behavior. In a real sense our beliefs should dictate our behavior. A theory underlies our every moral action. We may not be able to articulate that theory or even be immediately conscious of it, but nothing demonstrates our value systems more sharply than our actions.

The Christian ethic is based on an antithesis between what is and what ought to be. We view the world as fallen; an analysis of fallen human behavior describes what is normal to the abnormal situation of human corruption. God calls us out of the indicative by his imperative. Ours is a call to nonconformity—to a transforming ethic that shatters the status quo.

The decade of the sixties brought a moral revolution to our culture , spearheaded by the protests of the youth. Two slogans were repeated, broadcast side by side during this movement. The tension was captured by these twin slogans: ....... CONTINUE