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An Ethic of Love

Christian Ethics are based upon love -love of God and love of neighbour. Because the word 'love' has been so badly abused in our day, it needs to be understood that it should be perceived in the light of its Scriptural use. The NT uses the Greek word agape and never eras .

The latter conveys the sense of love of self and is associated mostly with sexual and egotistical love. This is the way in which love is portrayed in the media and this is the way in which the majority of Western society understands the term.

Agape; however, is love, which is based upon the concept of doing what is right. It is altruistic, and does not take into account the individual's feelings or emotions. It is based upon the will of the individual who wills to do what is right, even if it is the most difficult thing to do. This is Christian love. This is the kind of love God had when He sent His Son into the world to save the sinner (John 3"16).

Index to the topic

Christian Ethics are Revelational
Biblical Ethics
Old Testament Ethics
New Testament Ethics
   A Trinitarian Ethic
   A Christ-centred Ethic
   An Ethic of freedom
   An Ethic of love
   An Ethic of the Holy Spirit
   An Ethic of expectation

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