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Biblical Ethics

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Scripture is the starting point for a system of biblical ethics, but there are not ready-made answers for every situation.


Biblical Ethics


I. Introduction

A. Revelation of God

B. No systematic, philosophical package

C. Scripture is the starting point.

D. No ready-made answers to every problem


II. Principles and Rules

A. Propositions

1. Specific situations in New Testament commandments

a. 1 Corinthians 8

b. 1 Corinthians 11

2. Contemporary moral problems are not mentioned

3. Contemporary moral problems would be unintelligible to first-century Christians

4. Complete ethical revelation would be impractical

5. What about moral dilemmas?

B. Distinction between principles and rules - Generality

1. Rules are specific.

2. Rules are easier to apply.

3. Rules suffer from relativism.

4. Principles are unchanging.

5. Principles suffer from ambiguity.

C. Application to the Bible

1. Principle or rule?

2. Find the principle behind the rule.

3. Examples

a. Romans 14

b. 1 Corinthians 11

D. Review of the propositions

1. The New Testament is not ethically obsolete.

2. The Bible is not irrelevant.

3. The Bible contains principles for today.


III. Hierarchy of Moral Instructions

A. The duty to love

B. Love God and man

C. The Ten Commandments

1. The first four commandments

2. The last six commandments

D. New Testament principles and rules

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