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What is Christian morality?
Christian morality is the belief that the best way to live is in keeping with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, including loving God and neighbors, living by the 10 Commandments, and living by the Golden Rule to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
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The apostle Paul tells the Galatians to walk in the Spirit not the flesh. This is the key to living a Christian life. Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Sp…irit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. This teaching is also found in other New Testament books such as Romans. The Holy Spirit is given to believers when they confess their faith in Jesus as the saviour. - Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Different people probably have various goals. But the Bible itself mentions the goal regarding Christian morality. Probably the #1 goal is: ~~ to 'mirror the God Christians… worship'. The Bible states that God is 'righteous'. He does what is 'right'; what is 'proper'; He does what is 'moral'. In fact God, due to his creatorship, sets the standards of what is moral or righteous, and what is unrighteous. If a person who calls him/herself a Christian lived immorally, it would reflect on the god they worship. Another goal might be: ~~ to set an example for others; parents for their children; Christians for non-christians. 2 Peter 2:2 states: "Many will follow them in their unrestrained immorality, and because of these false teachers the way of truth will be slandered." (Common English Bible) Romans 2:21-24: ". . . . You say people should be faithful in marriage. But are you faithful? . . . . but you disobey the Law and bring shame to God . . . . "You have made foreigners say insulting things about God." (CEV)
The morality of a true Christian would necessarily come from the Bible. It declares what is right and what is wrong for man in God's sight. The Scriptures indicate that …when a person has been forgiven their sins, by trusting in Christ as the one who paid for those sins by dying on the Cross, that they have a new life. This new life, as a Christian, is to be different from the common thinking of the sinful world, putting aside the former ways of life. As Christ was risen from the grave, the christian is dead to the old ways, and risen to newness of life. As it states in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Also in Ephesians 4:22-24, a Christian is instructed, "Put off concerning the former conversation [lifestyle] the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Then examples are given, such as: "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another." v.25; and: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." v.28. Much instruction is given in the Scriptures of the moral life that the Christian is to follow in God's strength, so a new Christian is told in 1 Peter 2:1-3: "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." So studying God's Word will direct a Christian as to that which is pleasing to God, and that which is not, enabling them to make wise decisions and actions.
Luk 10:26 Jesus answered him, "What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?" Luk 10:27 The man answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all yo…ur soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind'; and 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' " Luk 10:28 "You are right," Jesus replied; "do this and you will live." This is the heart of christian morality Love God love your neighbour as yourself
First, please note that the moral code, such as the Ten Commandments, is established by God as a benefit for humanity, not as a punishment. Think of the code as the manufactur…er's instructions for operating your car - you would be wise to follow them, as the maker knows more about the auto than you do. Therefore, everyone should follow the moral code - it would produce a more just, humane, and peaceful society. Christians follow the moral code for that reason and also out of gratitude for what God has done for them in Jesus Christ. Obedience is a way of saying "Thank you" to God - it does not earn God's love but shows that you are grateful for that gift. In other words, Christians follow the moral code because it glorifies God. Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up
A true Christian walks in the footsteps of Jesus. He is witness and disciple to all others. The moral standards would be that of Christ. Eg. The Ten Commandments. Those …are the basics and there is so much more than that which is found on nearly every page of the BIBLE. That's the best I can answer this and I know it was vague. I'm a new Christian myself and know enough to know my humility and that I fall short of being spiritually pure but I thirst for the opportunity to become more Christ-like.
John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Romans 13:8-10 - Owe no one anything except… to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Galatians 5:14 - For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mt:22:37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Mt:22:39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mt:5:43: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. Mt:5:44: 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 despitefully use you, and persecute you; Mt:5:46: For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Exodus:20:1-17: 1: And God spake all these words, saying, 2: I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13: Thou shalt not kill. 14: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15: Thou shalt not steal. 16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Jesus conquered the grave, he conquered death, he conquered sin. Jesus led a sinless life, so that his righteousness would stand in the place of our unrightousness so we c…ould recieve salvation. God is almighty.
Christianity has the ten commandments directing to us specific laws to abide by but we should adapt the whole bible's message as our "moral code".
I only know of one source of Christian morality - The Ten Commandments, summarised by Jesus in two commandments: Love God, - with all your heart, soul and strength; and Lo…ve your neighbour - as yourself. This may be good exercise, but I never heard such as "Four sources of Christian morality." One could venture to say: The ten Commandments, or: The BibleThe Holy SpiritPrayerDaily Crucifixion
A great resource to look at is Rev Dr David Goodhew's book, Church Growth in Britian 1980 to the Present (Farnham, Ashgate Publishing, 2012)
ANSWER: Mt:22:39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Mt:5:43-44: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, a…nd hate thine 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 despitefully use you, and persecute you; Rom:13:9-10: For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Most important of all it teaches us : And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
In The Bible
Another answer from our community: The most succinct answer for this is the golden rule: Matthew 7:12 "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." Jesus also said "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35). He eleaborates on it in the Gospel of Luke. Luke 6 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. All Christian ethics and morals boil down to two things- Love God, and love others. Additional Thoughts: In the Book of Galatians it has the fruits of the Spirit which are good moral principles: But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Another answer from our community: Morality is by definition "A system of ideas of right and wrong conduct". So really morality can by definition be based of…f of one mans opinions of what is right and what is wrong while Christian Morality is based on God;s standard (The Bible) of what is right and what is wrong.
Morality can be catagorized into many different groups. Some believe morality is based off of emotions. Others believe that morality is based off of whether one's action creat…es more pleasure than pain to the population in general. Christian morality, by the definition of most philosophers, is based off of the belief of a supreme God Who determines what is moral and what is not. The difference can create controversies. For example, while Christian morals point more toward a society that shouldn't allow the use of marijuana, utilitarians argue otherwise because the pleasures outweigh the pains of its use.
Becoming a Christian is not a childs game that one can forget if it becomes too difficult or costly. No, it is eternally severe as once you accept total repentance, baptism, t…he laying on of hands and promise to follow Jesus' words and ways, you become 'begotten' by the Holy Spirit into the God family - first as an 'embryo-stage' then onwards through study and works for God like a human development just this time it is spiritual). Should the person reject this great calling, and go back to their old sinful ways, they commit the 'unpardonable or unforgiveable' sin which has no other covering for. In effect they await their eternal fate - the 2nd death in the Lake of Fire: Hebrews 6:4-6New King James Version (NKJV) 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away , to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. The Christian called in their lifetimes (firstfruits) must always remember this is by God's grace - a one-time calling and receiving of God's Holy Spirit to guide them: Ephesians 2:8-10New King James Version (NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.