By David J Garrard
Ethics is concerned with what society views as being morally
right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable, permissible and impermissible.
This means that ethical views vary from one culture to another because the
culture itself becomes the measure by which right and wrong are determined.
This also means that any view of ethics may change with time and will be
reflected by the way society changes and views its needs.
Christian ethics are the main concern of this article.
Christian ethics differ from secular ethics because they are linked to the
Bible and determined by the unchanging truths of the Scripture. Christian
ethics are therefore, God-centred and Christ-centred rather than man-centred.
The purpose of any Christian system of ethics is to enable
mankind to live in a correct relationship, firstly, with his God and secondly,
with his neighbour. All correct behaviour, and any truly moral system, should
facilitate and improve upon this relationship.
Any ethical system, which has man as its centre, degenerates
into a system, which is based upon the relative needs of mankind, which is
reflected by what is called 'Situation Ethics'.
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