What are the practical and ethical implications of the Bible's teaching about humankind?


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Charles Davis Profile
Charles Davis answered

I'm not sure what you are actually asking but I'll take a shot at it.

The bible is one of the most misdirected book in history. It has been interpreted and reinterpreted to make over 40,000 version of Christianity and then differing versions of Judaism, even Islam has their own spin on it. People have used it to justify all sorts of actions from war to prejudice against those that have a differing lifestyle then their own. It has also done a lot of good as well. Many people give to the churches to help those that are impoverished, they have built hospitals and schools, all with the biblical moral in mind.

Today people pick and ignore differing sections to satisfy their religious beliefs. Take for example the recent County Clerk that refuses to issue Marriage licenses to gay couples. She accepts the parts that say it is wrong to be gay, but ignores the other portions around it about taking oaths, stoning unruly children, and the like. It also at times encourages ignorance such as trying to inject creationism into our schools rather then the real science of evolution and geology, if it were not for these sciences we would know little about the world around us. We would not have the research and devices we call modern if we still accepted that the world is flat and the sun rotates around the Earth.

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

There are the Bible’s positive moral commands—such as the commands to love one’s wife, to respect one’s husband, and to do good to others. (Matthew 7:12; Ephesians 5:33) Observing these commands brings beneficial results. In addition to dealing with the future, the Bible helps mankind to cope successfully with the present. It explains why so much suffering exists, and it helps us to understand the purpose of life. It offers guidance from the Creator on how we personally can overcome problems and find the greatest happiness in life, now and in the future. Can we trust the bible? Yes! Jesus said that God’s Word, the Bible, is truth. (John 17:17)

Cookie Hill Profile
Cookie Hill answered

There is also the fine instructions at Colossians 3:12-14  that we should cloth ourselves with love.

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