Christianity - Guidelines, moral and ethical implications on Society.

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-Task 3-

Christianity Research

1. Identify the two main guidelines in Christian morality and ethics.

The Beatitudes

The 10 Commandments

2. In 200 words, what are these two guidelines and what do they mean?

The Ten Commandments are a set of guidelines that provide the basis for the moral and ethical choices of all Christians. They teach us the true humanity of mankind and bring to light the fundamental duties that humans have to God and to their neighbour. There are many viewpoints when it comes to the interpretation of the commandments, but all of these opinions are based on similar principles. The principle of love for God, self, and neighbours.

The word 'Beatitude' means 'blessing' and these blessings are central to Jesus' teaching about the Kingdom of God. The beatitudes highlight the actions and attitudes characteristic to a Christian life. The Beatitudes teach us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement.

True happiness is found in God alone and the Beatitudes purify our hearts in order to teach us to love God above all things. The list of Beatitudes can be found in the passage known as the "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew chapter five.

3. In 500 words, identify and discuss the implications for everyday living of Christian ethical and moral teaching.

Morality refers to the judgment of the right or wrongness of a particular action taken by a group or person in a given set of circumstances. Ethics refers to a system of standards of thinking. In today's society there are a significant number of ethical and moral issues that effect the everyday lives of Christians. Some of these issues being abortion, euthanasia, suicide, homosexuality, artificial fertilisation, contraception and pre-marital sex. There are...