Questions tagged [morality]

The differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). Use this tag for questions which focus on the APPLICATION of an ethical standard to particular situations. Use this tag when it's the parameters of the SITUATION rather than the standard itself that prompted the question. Use the "ethics" tag instead for questions on the standard itself, rather than the situation.

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Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn homosexuals to hell (a ...
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Has any prominent theologian ever explained why Jesus let a thief be in charge of the money?

From John 12:4-6 we learn that Judas was a thief, but also that he was in charge of the money bag. I've always thought of this as Jesus way of allowing Judas to master it rather than be mastered by ...
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How can I tell the difference between the Moral law and other laws in the old testament?

Many Christians believe that there are three kinds of law in the Old Testament: The moral law that declares how man should live. The civil law that was the legal structures for the ancient nation of ...
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How can things considered bad when done by humans become good when God does them? [closed]

The following is one of the central questions concerning moral values in Christianity. I am referring to an answer Caleb gave earlier on here. There he says, and I believe this is the standard stance ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

During a conversation on crocodile farming for production of meat and leather in the Third World, the person I was talking to found that it was cruelty against animals and that humans, in the 21st ...
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Is an action morally good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good? [closed]

The christian morality derives from God, and God is benevolent so whatever he commands is morally good. Does that mean that anything God does or commands is morally right? Or does God only act and ...
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Why is faith so much more important than being a good person? [closed]

I recently had a debate with one of my friends in which he asked "Why would a good and just God not make salvation dependent on ethics, but rather on gullibility, as the Christian God has?" and I ...
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How do we get morals? [closed]

The Bible often makes references to the law being written on our hearts, for example: The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is in ...
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How do theistic evolutionists explain moral reasoning?

If you are a theistic evolutionist, then I see two possible explanations for the existence of human moral reasoning. 1) That at some point in the evolution of primates (or even a more distant common ...
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Why is rape not in the 10 commandments? [closed]

Seems like a good one to touch on. I'm sure there could have been room in there somewhere if he wanted it. Why not?
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is it okay to abort a baby when the continuation of the pregnancy may result in the death of his or her mother, according to Catholicism?
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Should Christians uphold unjust laws that are not overtly immoral? [closed]

Inspired by this question, I'm left wondering how Christians ought to respond to laws that are unjust, but not overtly immoral. I think most of us will agree that Christians ought to disregard laws ...
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Is morality possible apart from God? [closed]

Can an individual live according to Christian morals taught by Jesus, but not live according to the "greatest command" (to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with ...
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How did God's morality not change between OT and NT times?

I really have a problem at times explaining to the unbelievers the fact that God wants all people to be saved. The problem is the difference between the morality seen in the OT and the morality seen ...
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

I’ve recently heard an interesting opinion that no entity has moral right to exercise authority upon any social group that is unwilling to remain under this authority (excluding inmates). Therefore, ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...
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Should a Bible believing Christian be pleased at the death of Osama bin Laden? [closed]

I'm looking for a Biblical response to this question. And it's not specific to bin Laden but I'm just using him as an example. I know Jesus said love your enemies. And Paul even showed how this can ...
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How did the Crusades impact modern Christianity? [closed]

How do the crusades impact modern day Christianity own sense of morality and spirituality? What do these things mean to a person of faith? The Crusades, from Wikipedia The Crusades were a series ...
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Do Catholics consider saying “Jeez(e)!” to be a violation of the Second Commandment?

Is saying "Jeez(e)!" (also: Geez(e), Jese, Jez, and with lower-case initial) using God's name in vain? According to the OED, the U.S. slang interjections Jeez(e and gee (from which comes gee whiz(z, ...
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How do I have self confidence, self esteem and work hard if I am a true Christian? [closed]

In church we learn to not lean on ourselves. We learn we can do nothing with our own power. That we must completely let go of control and let God. That everything that happens is from God and that we ...
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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Assuming your government participates in immoral wars that are unjust according to your personal beliefs and religious doctrine (for example Christian just war theory), what do Christian groups ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? We see banks having interest rates when loaning money. Can this be done justly? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?

(Disclaimer: This is an honest question, I'm not trying to be inflammatory. Also I confess to not having done a great deal of research on this one) I'm not familiar with the positions of all ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

The Internet is full of news that Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church to forbid capital punishment under all circumstances. One thing remains unclear for me, however: Did ...
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Is it possible for an atheist to be moral? [closed]

This question is one that hasn't been hit (although it's been approached). Is it possible for a person to not believe in God but live according to a moral standard? Or is belief in God a ...
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Should a Christian watch horror movies? [closed]

A lot of Christians seem to think that it's wrong to watch horror movies. Others say that it's just another form of entertainment. I don't know for sure which position is right. Though whenever I ...
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What does it mean for a society to be moral? [closed]

Inspired by Is a moral society more open to the gospel than an immoral one? There have been many debates going around regarding what constitutes moral or immoral actions; moral or immoral society; ...
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Can the God of the Old Testament be seen as a consistent moral law giver?

There seems to be instances when God tolerates sin, since it is an improvement over the cultural conditions of the time. For instance, the laws regarding the treatment of slaves some have argued were ...
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Are people by nature good or are they inherently evil? [closed]

Inspired by the question Is a moral society more open to the gospel than an immoral one?. Are people, by nature, good? Or are people evil by nature? To define these in terms of the world (as ...
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If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision? [closed]

Jesus teaching on marriage said: Matthew 19:9 (NKJV) 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her ...
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How did the Inquisition impact modern Christianity?

Related Question How did the Crusades impact modern Christianity? How did the Inquisition impact modern day Christianity own sense of morality and spirituality? What do these things mean to a ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil (...
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Does Eastern Orthodoxy approve the use of contraception?

This subject is clear when it comes to Catholicism who explicitly forbids contraception and encourage natural family planning. Then most protestants do not forbid the use of contraception. However ...
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What is the moral status of common-law marriage? [closed]

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia (source),...
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How can one tell if God is in favor of a modern value or not? [closed]

The Bible seems to condone slavery and accept wives as their husband's property. But these are generally acknowledged to be immoral in modern civilization. Yet, there are other modern societal ...
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When is it morally acceptable to lie?

Lying is a sin. It is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments, and a disobeying of God. However, there are many instances in the Bible where someone may lie (usually to protect someone), and God ...
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

I recall reading something by C. S. Lewis some time ago in which he recommends that a person who wants to develop a virtuous, right attitude in some area of life should begin acting virtuously in that ...
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According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants?

According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants? Wikipedia has a very large list of organs that are commonly used in ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church oppose penalisation of women guilty of abortion?

There is a very heated public debate about abortion in Poland at this moment. Pro-life organizations, seeing opportunity in the fact that the current government claims to be pro-Catholic, formally ...
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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What is the basis for seeing Christ's words in the Gospels as part of the New Covenant?

I see this topic pop up in certain Christian circles. Certain people make the claim that the "Words in Red" in the Gospels (those regarded as the words of Jesus) are not part of the New Testament ...
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Why is vengeance for the Lord?

God has said that vengeance should belong to Him alone, but why? Romans 12:19 ESV Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will ...
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Are contraceptives ok to treat other conditions?

What does the Catholic church teach about the use of the hormone medications normally proscribed for use as birth-control to regulate the symptoms of PMS or other conditions brought on by hormone ...
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Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher?

Are there any current Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher, rather than as the supernatural Son of God? I am looking for specific examples of denominations that state this ...
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How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible? [closed]

Morality changes over time Morality is not a constant; what a group of people finds to be morally acceptable or morally unacceptable evolves over time, generally because of an increased understanding ...
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Abraham tries to sacrifice his son. Is exploiting a human a moral behaviour? [closed]

The story of Abraham is talking about a man, who is punished by God to victimize his son, to prove his faith (Gen 22:1–19). Abraham decides to follow his God by killing his own son. But at the last ...
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What is theological root of global warming skepticism?

Ed Stetzer, a renowned evangelist and church planter with 100k followers on Twitter, made two tweets today on the IPCC report on global warming. In one he said that "... I'm sure they are all lying." ...
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What is the Biblical basis for moral absolutism?

In this world of moral relativism, do any Christians make a scriptural (Biblical) case for moral absolutism? That is, how do they use the Bible to make the case that there is such a concept as ...
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Crucifixion and the principle of double effect

Crucifying Jesus is obviously morally wrong. Being silent on another person's sin is also a sin. God is sinless. How does, from Roman Catholic perspective, one explain the fact that Jesus didn't stop ...
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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...