Life is full of choices on a daily, hourly basis. We can either do the right thing, or the wrong thing. It is all up to us. We have free will, compliments of God. We are completely free in this world to do whatever we want, good or bad.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia definition of Ethics:
Ethics (from the Ancient Greek ?????? or "ethikos" meaning "Theory of living") is one of the five major branches of philosophy, which attempts to distinguish that which is right from that which is wrong. Ethics differs from morality in that morality allows more leeway for individual interpretation whereas ethics tend to be more global. The Western tradition of ethics is sometimes called moral philosophy. Ethics in plain words means studying and analyzing right from wrong; good from bad.
The Golden Rule:
The ethic of reciprocity, or the "The Golden Rule," is a fundamental moral principle found in virtually all major religions and cultures, which simply means "treat others as you want them to treat you." It's universality suggests an innate human altruism, and is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights. Principal philosophers and religious figures have stated it in different ways:
"Love your neighbor as yourself" - Moses (ca. 1525-1405 BCE) in the Torah, Leviticus
"What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others." -Confucius (ca. 551–479 BCE)
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man." - Hillel (ca. 50 BCE-10 CE)
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." - Jesus (ca. 5 BCE—33 CE) in the Gospels, Luke 6:31;Luke 10:27 (affirming of Moses);Matthew 7:12;
"Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you" — Muhammad (c. 571 – 632 CE) in The Farewell Sermon.
Part of the Lord's Prayer:
Forgive us our [debts], as we forgive our [debtors]. (Some translations of Matthew 6:12 have debts or trespasses, while Luke 11:4 has sins)
“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19; 22:39) (Mark 12:31) (Luke 10:27) (Romans 13:9) (James 2:8)
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:14)
Ethics is, from a Christian standpoint, nothing more than choosing to do the right thing in any situation over the wrong thing. God gave us the freedom to choose the right path or the wrong path. To follow good instead of bad. He also gave us the information of the consequences of those choices. As long as this earth lasts, there will always be the battle that we all fight between good and evil. Temptations will surround us on a daily basis, and it is our own free will to resist them or not resist them.
Thus, your future is really up to you. We send ourselves to Heaven or to Hell, depending on the choices we make in this life. And even when other's choices have caused us great pain, suffering and sorrow, because of the wrong choices they made that affected our lives, the key is how we react to their wrong choices.
We can either be destroyed or we can learn and grow from the problems that come our way. God promises that if we choose the right way, He will honor that and walk us right through it. Not only that, He promises to go before us and fight the battle before we even get there.
Patricia Jones, M.A.
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