At one point in The Reason For God, Timothy Keller talks about how to pick which action to choose in a tough dilemma. He gave the example of a man having borrowed tools from another guy...and said guy wants them back so he can beat his wife with them. Keeping the tools is practically stealing, but giving them back would be worse. Keller gives two options:
- Do Least Harm: Out of the actions you have available to you, do the one that does the least overall damage and hurt.
- Do Greatest Good: Out of the actions you have available to you, do the one that has the greatest overall benefit.
Of course, these two decision paths will select the same choice in a great majority of cases, so I'm not asking for which one the Bible says is better. Rather, I'm asking for any Biblical justification for either of these decision paths.