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Ethical Issues

The Christian and Judging Others

What society says about judging It’s confused Christians also sound confused What is judging? Who and What we are to Judge? 1 Corinthians 5:12 – judge the immorality of those who claim to follow Jesus Rev 2:14-15 – failed to judge and reject the false teaching and sexual immorality of those who claimed to follow God. (see also Rev 2:20-21) 1 Tim…

The Christian and Hospitality

What the word of God says about hospitality. … “loving strangers” Hospitality in the OT … aliens and strangers in the land Good examples 1 Kings 17 … widow of Zarephath 2 King 4 – Shunammite lady and her husband Hospitality limited eg: King Solomon = Openness with boundaries Hospitality in the NT Jesus is the guest of people … Hospitality is…

God and Euthanasia

Insert Monty Python skit Defining terms 1) Euthanasia = “an easy or gentle death” It is deceptive … –    sometimes a long time to die –    trauma caused in families –    face God – Heb 10:31, “it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” 2) Voluntary Euthanasia = when death is chosen by the sufferer. and…

God and Greed

Do you wish you had more money? What does God think of greed? How should we seek to live as his people in our society? What is Greed? … the DESIRE for more wealth. Greed is a heart problem. So is it only excessive Greed that is bad for us? Greed and God Luke 12:15, “watch out, be on your guard against…

The Christian and Divorce – Part 2

What does God think about divorce? Four reasons where divorce is possible –    Ex 21:9-10 – deprives her of food, clothing and conjugal rights –    Deut 24:1 – adultery …  “any thing” clause – twisted scripture – Matthew 19:3  – Jesus answer to this twisted scripture 1 Cor 7 1 Cor 7:10 – remain married –    v 3-5 – the importance of…

The Christian and Divorce – Part 1

Divorce… a common place event 1)    A stress on rights not duties. 2)    Unrealistic expectations of easy and sustained happiness 3)    The emancipation of women 4)    A loss of parent support 5)    The wider acceptance of divorce and remarriage 6)    A decline in religion and the wide rejection of what God’s word says even among those who claim to follow Jesus 7)  …

The Christian and Singleness

What does God’s word say about singleness? Christianity is different from other world views Judaism, celibacy is to be deplored Koran encourages single people to marry Mormons explicitly reject celibacy Christianity affirms singleness Who is single? Is it OK to be single? The Old covenant Gen 2::18, It is not good for man to be alone” Jeremiah told NOT to marry (Jer…

The Christian and Work

Which job is best? sacred … or secular What does God have to say about work? A God who works. Gen 1, Psalm 104:10-22, Ps 145 14-16 He made us to work – Gen 2:15, “took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” Some implications –    not a necessary “evil” –    unemployment…