Here’s a list of three schools of “ethics.” These three sums the basic principles of current thought concerning the modern concept of “Ethics.” Only one is honestly correct. Take a peek from Webster’s Unabridged:
“Interim Ethics teachings of Jesus as principles enunciated for governing the conduct of the disciples during the anticipated brief span of time before the coming of the second advent and the passing of the terrestrial world.”
Situation ethic surged that right and wrong depend entirely on circumstances—there are no absolute rules. — Neil Coughlan, Commonweal, 9 May 2003.
Teleological ethics: a theory of ethics (as utilitarianism or ethical egoism) according to which the rightness of an act is determined by its end.”
The secular world is guided by #Two and Three, basically, “the end justifies the means.”
Here’s the kernel of tried and true ethics based on Interim Ethics found all through the Word of God expressed by the grand man of Medical/Missionary service for Jesus:
“Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility with regard to everything that has life.” Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, Medical Missionary.
How to determine if an action is ethical, is given to us in one biblical based thought,
The Golden Rule, which is simply “Do unto others as you have them do unto you.”
Back in 1896, Charles Sheldon wrote a book titled, In His Steps. The book looked at numerous decisions and taught one question would ethically settle what action the reader should take. His question is simple: When faced with decisions, What Would Jesus Do? You may have seen bracelets with the initials, WWJD on them. Mr. Sheldon’s book has sold over fifty Million copies!
I note business and politics in my daily reading and often wonder if either group has ever read Mr. Sheldon's book. It seems to me most groupthink is based on the end justifying the means. Lie, cheat, steal, misuse law, whatever it takes to gain their way no matter the cost in moral largess.
Can you think of one currently considered action, that the letters WWJD would change your decision?
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