Monday, February 21, 2011

What's Ethical and What's Not?

"...God is light and there is no darkness in him at all" 
(1 John 1:5)
Scripture quotations in this post are taken from the New Living Translation

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May 10, 1973, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 187, "Prescribing the use of the metric system of weights and measures as the standard measurement for all products, commodities, materials, materials, utilities and services and in all business and legal transactions."

If that law was not implemented, perhaps until now we have to say "pabili nga ng isang salop" whenever we buy rice.

We use to measure length by our body parts like "dangkal", "dipa", and "dali". The problem is different people have different body sizes. So it is not unusual that the six "dangkals" of rope I possess is shorter than the six "dangkals" that you have. This is one of the problems solved by P.D.187, it has set a STANDARD by which we measure things.

One branch of philosophy deals with the study of what's right and what's wrong. This is called ETHICS.

Though men believe that there are ethical and non-ethical acts (right and wrong), their problem is that they don't have an objective standard to determine what is ethical and what is not. Relativism is inevitable in this system. What is right for you may be wrong for me; and what's right for you may be wrong for me.

In this area, the Christian Worldview shines! We do have a standard by which we measure which acts are good and which acts are bad. This standard is two-fold:

1. God's Nature- Whatever conforms to God's nature is good. Whatever is contrary to his nature is bad.

2. God's Affections- Whatever God delights in is good. Whatever grieves or angers him is bad.

This is our two-fold standard. Why is this so? Because God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). In biblical usage, light refers to truth; darkness refers to falsehoods and lies. Light also refers to whatever is holy and pure; and darkness is sin and wrongdoing.

God is all light; there is no falsehood in him (Heb.6:18). He is perfectly holy and pure. There is not even a hint of sin in him (Habakkuk 1:13)

Because of this, it makes perfect sense that we should make him the STANDARD by which we measure what's ethical and what's not.

Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path"

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Deu.32:4 "He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair.He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!"

Isa.45:19 "... I, the Lord, speak only what is true and right."


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