What Should We Keep in Mind When Considering the Ethics of the Bible?

Gregory Goswell
May 13, 2023

Author Gregory Goswell notes that both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible have value as ethical resources. Not only rich in doctrine and instruction, they also tell of outcomes for people who faced significant challenges in their lives. Whilst many might wonder how Christian truths relate to the world today, we are reminded in this article that God is present in all times, and his Word speaks across all generations.

"Many people wonder whether the ethics of the Bible, and of the Old Testament in particular, are useful after the many centuries that have elapsed, or whether it is even appropriate to make application from the stories and teaching of the Old Testament after the provision of the New Testament. However, often the stories and the instructions of prophets and sages encourage what could be called “global virtues”—namely, their ethics are easily transferable to the present, for they commend such things as hospitality, modesty, prayerfulness, and perseverance; they warn against stereotypical sins such as sexual immorality, greed, and idolatry; and they teach basic moral principles that have no use-by-a-certain-date label (the fear of God, the love of neighbor)."


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