God’s righteousness is good. God is good in His entirety. There is nothing about God that is not good (Romans), this is basically saying that the goodness of God is a life-transforming truth and that we should use the words of God in are attitudes and actions. The Ten Commandments are the clear example of God setting the standards of what is morally right and wrong. We follow these laws that God has set because we believe that they show us are sins and if we follow these laws that we will be reward towards the light.
Critique Stephen Andrew’s article was written to discuss the arguments for inerrancy of the Bible. Mr. Andrew’s presuppositions are that God exists and He inspired the Bible. He also stated that he is sympathetic to inerrancy. His thesis was somewhat convincing as I do not believe there will ever be indisputable proof. Mr. Andrew made a good point in regard to the epistemological argument and how one error does not mean there are others, but the one error could open the Bible up to question what is true.
Just like a religious believer who states “god loves us” but can’t explain the contradiction of evil in the world, believers qualify their statements by explaining god’s love is not like humans love he calls this “death by a thousand qualifications”. Therefore religious language is meaningless. However religion has responded to the falsification principle. R.B Braithwaite argued that the falsification principle explains religious language as cognitive when it if in fact non cognitive and therefore cannot be falsified, religious language is therefore still meaningful. Hare also responds to the falsification principle, showing that religious statements are meaningful even though they cannot be falsified because they have a significant impact for the people using the statement.
Situation ethics does have rules and principles to abide by. However, situationists are allowed to set these general rules aside if it seems more loving to do so. Situational ethics is a teleological theory as it is mainly concerned with the outcome and if this outcome is the most loving thing. Fletcher argued that “loves decisions are made situationally not prescriptively” this statement can be accounted for by the actions of Jesus Christ himself. Christianity teaches that people should not work on the day of Sabbath as God himself didn’t and that it should be the day of rest.
Situation ethics depends on Christians freely choosing faith that god is love, so giving first place to Christian love. Therefore echoing the sentiments of the bible. Finally, situation ethics puts humans first along with their concerns. This is unlike laws that seem to go around a person’s wellbeing, putting that first. Showing how the ethic is neither legalistic nor antinomian.
The question in my mind is would they trust in Him when they could not physically be in His presence as they crossed the turbulent waters or would they evidence a lack of faith and be consumed by fear? Believers are faced with the same choice. Just like the disciples, the Lord allows tests of faith not to hurt, but to build faith in the heart of the Believer. He allows or does this to show that Believers must depend on Him for everything. Believers must place their faith in Him for all their needs and see the utter insufficiency of their will power, that there is no victory to be had in their works or good deeds, but only through simple Faith in the Cross.
I try to live up to Gods standards even though it is hard. I also try to be as perfect as I can. It’s crazy how God can put up with all your nonsense. But he does no that we were made with original sin and that we will always make mistakes. God is our savior if we didn’t have him the world would be so crazy.
Using the patriarch Abraham as a reference he shows that even Abraham was not justified by his own actions, but by faith alone. It was his faith, the yielding of his heart, and resulting justification that came before he was circumcised. Throughout the letter we see the state of man, and find that the solution is not to simply be a better person, but to submit totally to the will of God, and accept the blood of Jesus in faith, knowing that it is by faith that we are saved (Romans 5:1). The Natural World Paul teaches us that we are to worship the creator, not the created. In his description of the foolish actions of mankind, he tells of how in their folly men traded the glory of God for images of their own creation designed to look like men, birds, and animals (Romans 1:22 & 23).
More specifically, do texts of this sort imply that ethical egoism is incompatible with the moral theory of the gospel? Ethical egoism claims that one ought to only do what is in his/her long-term best interest. It seems plausible to say that the restored gospel is contrary to ethical egoism since losing oneself in the service of others allows one to serve God as well. While the Gospel teaches that blessings come through obedience to the moral values prescribed, the average true believing member doesn’t go out looking for service opportunities that will bring the bigger blessings. The focus is instead placed on how the lives of others can be enriched through one’s service.