SCRIPTURE AND ETHICS REFLECTION 4
Scriptureand Ethics Reflection
Scriptureand Ethics Reflection
Understandingthe significance and the role of the spiritual scriptures on theethical status of the people requires deep literature analysis of thetwo. The two readings are comprehensive enough to give insights tothe understanding of the topics and the issues that relate to them.The exploration of the biblical teachings of Christians of differenttimelines by Charles Cosgrove opened my understanding of thediversities of different periods. At the same time, Pojman provides acomprehensive understanding of ethics and its relation to differentaspects of life such as religion and gender. Charles Cosgrove’sreading gives insight to the different understandings of the bible inrelation to the influence of behavior. The readings were helpfultowards my understanding of the role of Christian spiritual scripturein shaping ethics.
Thecultural distance between the biblical world and the world of thepresent day reader is materially significant in the understanding ofthe bible. This is because of the material differences between thesocial setup of the biblical time society and the current and futureworlds. If the bible was challenged when applied during the biblicaltime society, it is even more challenged today. According to Cosgrove(2011), the bible was written in relation to the Israel society thatfollowed the Mosaic Law. At the time of the early church, theapplication of the bible was challenging due to the old Mosaic Law(Cosgrove, 2011). Compared to modern time, the application of thescriptures would even be more challenging because of the diversity oflaws followed in defining ethics.
Thecultural distance between the two worlds is significant in theinterpretation of the contents of the bible. The interpretive problemrelates to the different contexts that the two worlds relate thebible with. For instance, the different ways the two cultures viewedthe role of women in the society creates a challenge for theinterpretation of the biblical teachings about women in the worldtoday. According to Pojman and Fieser(2012), there have been differenttraditional values that surround the acknowledgement of the role ofwomen, among other ethical principles in the society. The biblicalapplication is therefore challenging because of the relation to anold social context that relate to a period of over two millenniums.
Apartfrom the interpretation, the concepts of life applied in the biblemay not be adequate for the modern world challenges. For instance,the concept of love is not adequate to meet the problems facing theethical theory described in the last chapter of the reading. This isbecause there are some ethical practices that require application ofsocial aspects beyond the concept of love. According toPojman and Fieser (2012), solving someproblems of ethics requires application of normal morality thatinvolves both those who believe in religious principles and those whodo not.
Theunderstanding of the bible and biblical principles is essential inthe application of ethics and moral principles in the society.However, the application is limited by the cultural differences thatexist between the biblical world and the world today. Among otherchallenges in the application of the religions aspects of ethics isthe role of love in the ethics of the society. While the religiousprinciple of love is important in the application of ethics and moralprinciples, it is not adequate in solving problems facing ethicaltheory.
Cosgrove,C. (2011). Scripturein Ethics: A History.In Green, J.B. (2012). Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. GrandRapids, Michigan: Baker Books, P13-25
Pojman,L.P., & Fieser, J. (2012). Ethics,Discovering Right and Wrong.Wadsworth, Cengage Learning