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Explain the main ethical principle of Christianity.

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Explain the main ethical principle of Christianity Christian ethics develops while early Christians were the focus of the Roman Empire. In general, Christian ethics stresses grace, mercy and forgiveness but most of all, agape love. This was so that people had an element of suspicion in their mind instead of having a godly judgement. Christian ethics is the significant assessment of human behaviour from a Christian outlook. However since there are many different theoretical frameworks and assumptions in Christian ethics. There are biblical ethics, natural law and situation ethics. Biblical ethics is the inspiration people get from the bible, the Christian Old Testament and the New Testament. It is the rules set by god and Jesus that people try to abide and live by. One of the most famous rules is the Ten Commandments from god to mosses. This is what people learn from Jesus' teachings to his disciples. Jesus' Golden rule is 'love thy neighbour as thyself' or Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. This meant that Jesus was trying to teach people that every single person has an infinite worth and every one ought to be treated with respect. Jesus himself did act differently around different people but he never acted as if someone was worthless or not. ...read more.

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This type of love is not the type of love for a boyfriend or an actor or a singer, it is the kind of love that Jesus mentioned when he said, love thy neighbour as yourself'. Agape is the active concern for others well being. The idea of this was that when someone is faced with a situation, the action that they will take should be the most loving thing that you can possibly do. This would mean that the actions themselves may not be good or bad but it all depends on whether love is being provided. Killing is wrong, however, in a certain situation it may be all right or justifiable. I.e., if a man killed Hitler, than that would be justifiable even though he had committed murder because he did the most loving thing by killing the man who brought on suffering to hundreds of thousands of people. In conclusion, it is very clear that agape love has a very prominent and substantial role in Christian ethics. It is fair to say that all the actions have to love and think of the welfare of other beings. The principle is to treat others, as you would like to be treated. I think that natural law and especially situation ethics got their bases from Jesus' teaching 'love thy neighbour as thyself.' ...read more.

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Reason is supposed to prevent us from sinking to the level of Hitler. This is the same case with biblical ethics. This is the inspiration from the bible. To learn the teachings of Jesus and his golden rule; 'love thy neighbour as thyself'. By killing halter, we would be doing something that we wouldn't like to have done to us, we want to be treated the same way and even though he doesn't treat people well and caused suffering it doesn't justify you taking an action that you, yourself would not like being done to you. Also, the bible states that 'thou shall not kill' if we kill Hitler, we are clearly disobeying the rules of god, in addition, Jesus taught his disciples to 'pray for the enemy' he also said 'I say to you, love your enemies', by killing Hitler we would be disobeying his orders. However it can be argued that since we are god's people, he himself would want the majority of us to be happy and therefore in this way it can be justified. In conclusion, we can never really argue to what extent Christianity and utilitarianism is consistent. This is because there are many arguments that we can bring up to try and justify an action. Utilitarianism does seem to be slightly consistent with Christianity. ...read more.

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