about making ethical decisions, or decisions of any kind. Finding out how one goes about making decisions can be a
rather hard task as I found out while I was researching my mind to ?decide? exactly how I do go about making the
decision and have reasons. I have to know why one choice is better than another. I feel compelled to look at every
especially if it involves something rather important to me. Many things!
why shouldn?t I look to the originator of wisdom. God is my number one influence in any decision that I make. My
mind as a guide for myself when making decisions. It is through this searching that I have discovered which ethical
or did someone else just pass them down to you. I have values, but the values I hold in my heart are not merely of
Christian, values provide the very motivation for decision-making in the first place. I therefore decide to make
values in my heart are an extension of the Father, then I ough!
t always to ask myself ?What have I done that is as God wills and what have I left undone of that which He does not
strongly to the values or virtues it was taught by their parents, that it is, in fact, nearly impossible not to be
virtues are entirely my own and have originated within me. That just is not valid, because a person does hold on to
some of the things that were taught no matter how he or she feels about it, but if the virtues can stand next to God
?coming up with your own values?. The impo!
rtant thing is not ?coming up with your own? values/virtues, etc., it is the weeding out, picking and choosing, those
values and virtues you will keep for your own life, accepting some and discarding others, all in an effort to make
them your own, and weighing all against the ultimate source, the Bible.
the most important in my own opinion: 1) What does the scripture obviously teach about the subject? What does it
blatantly come right out and say? 2) What does the Bible suggest about the subject? Through stories and examples
answered these two questions there are others you may want to ask yourself to get more specific. Generally,
you seek to have your conscience framed by Him. (Obviously the conscience question is no good if you have not
been careful how your conscience was formed or if your conscience has been ?seared?.) 2) Is there an obvious
primary duty, and if so, what is it? 3) How will it affect me/other!
s? There are many more good questions, it is just a matter of finding out what is important to you and checking your
actions to make sure that they coincide with these things. For example, if Jesus is an important figure in your life,
ask yourself, ?What would Jesus do??.
So, as a result of all this, what are the virtues/values I have adopted? The first is love of God, which I already
discussed. It is the first and greatest commandment given in the Bible and therefore is my first and greatest virtue.
The next is love or compassion, and devotion to others. Why? Because God gave us the commandment to love our
neighbor as ourselves as the second greatest commandment and as a foundation in order to win others. This love for
others is the place we have to begin if we are to be true Christians because all commandments of Christ depend on
this one. Not only are we commanded to love others, but we are given the example of Christ in the New Testament,
others that there is because He died, having never met us, for us while we were so sinful. If He is to be our example,
then, literally, we are to do what He does. If we have a genuine love for others, then all decisions will take into
account, and be sincerely responsive about, the well-being of all people involved. But this isn?t a hard concept, it?s
simply the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would hav!
e them do unto you.”
As for my opinion, if a person possesses these two qualities, love of God and love of others, all other virtues/values
which are the foundation for making ethical decisions will follow. They will not have to be learned abstractly and
effect is that you will develop the characteristics that reflect love.
There are certain characteristics that are more important to me than others such as: trustworthiness. If there is no
really are doing. When I think of standing on something I think of something that holds me up as in this past year
NOTHING was holding me up but that ledge I was on. To think that we are standing on the PROMISES of God is a
very amazing thing to me to be standing on when there?s nothing below me. Can you think another?s promises you?d
rather be standing on? That?s a sobering thought. It is a valuab!
le thing to be able to trust in God?s promises.
Jesus was trustworthy in that He came to earth to do a mission and as much as He wished the cup to pass, He still
carried out that mission. (Good thing for us.) He is also trustworthy in that He said He loved us, and we have to be
able to trust that because our salvation depends on it. His love for us is our only connection to God. Yes, trust is a
gravely important thing indeed.
I have many other virtues/values I consider important, most of which stem from all else discussed. Honesty,
faithfulness, respect, loyalty, a forgiving heart, and many others. But the important thing, to reiterate, is that love
should always be at the heart, and if it is these other attributes will surge from it, and making the right ethical
decisions will not be so grievous.