What Morals Does the Bible Teach?

What morals does the Bible teach?

We have a lot of Christian sects going around today. And each of these sects has its own views on the Bible and what it means. They emphasize different parts, and they produce lots of different moral views because of what they’ve decided to focus on and the meaning they draw out of it.

So lots of moral teachings come out of the Protestant World, they all claim to be taken from the Bible, yet many of them go against one another. So it is difficult to know what morals the Bible actually teaches.

The result of these many confused views is chaos and the breakdown of morality altogether. Some people enjoy it, but others are more sincere and Christian. Therefore, they go looking for what the Bible “actually” teaches about morality.

The Bible teaches the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. These are the basis of Christian morality. Of these 11 morals, the First Commandment is the most important. The First Commandment is the thing which anchors and justifies the other ten. Many lesser morals are derived from these.

Most people do not seem to understand that the Ten Commandments are the basis for Christian morality.

How absurd!

So we need to return to them and explore what they mean and restore knowledge of what it means to be Christian.

What Are Morals? – What Morals Does the Bible Teach?

‘Nice’ Is not a Moral

Most people don’t know what morals are, and you’re probably one of them.

They’re too busy telling themselves about what great and wonderful people they are to bother developing morals. And those same people often pretend that to be moral is simply a matter of being nice.

There is no lie they won’t tell in order to be nice and therefore, moral.

Nor will they ever oppose evil. That would create conflict with people who say, do, or live evilly, and that wouldn’t be very nice.

These people are cowards. They are hedonists who allow their feelings to control them. The main feeling which controls them is fear, and their fear compels them to avoid conflict. So they say and do whatever they can in order to avoid conflict, and the name they give to this expression of their cowardice is nice.

‘Nice’ is not a moral. It’s not a virtue either. It’s the mask that cowardice wears so that it can have an easier time living with itself.

I’m too afraid of that person to order them to stop doing evil things. So I won’t do anything to stop them, and I’ll say that I’m being nice.

‘Caring’ Is not a Moral Either

Most people don’t have morals, and they want to do say or do selfish and evil things.

So they go looking for excuses to say, think, or do whatever evil or self-serving thing they please.

Yet their actions are horrible, so they can’t point to what they do and justify the action because of its own merits.

Nor do they bring about anything good by their deeds, so they can’t point to the effects of their actions and say that the acts were good because of their effects.

And the intentions from which the wicked action(s) rose are often foul as well.

So many people are doing bad things which produce bad effects, and they do them for bad reasons.

And it’s hard to find excuses for them.

But not impossible.

How Evil People Use Caring

When a person wants to say/do evil things, they excuse their bad behavior by pretending to have good intentions. They’re lying.

The reason why they lie about their intentions and not something else ie that it is far easier to lie about why you do something than it is to lie about what you are doing or what it has affected.

And when evil people try to justify their bad behavior by pretending to have good intentions, they often pretend to have some altruistic intent. This is because Christian moral standards encourage selfless behavior.

And a convenient way to lie about one’s intentions is to pretend that you care.

So evil people often say things to the following effect:

“I’m doing (insert evil thing here) because I care about (insert victim group here). If you try to stop me, then you’re a bad person because you don’t care.”

And this behavior shows us that not only is caring not a moral, but it is in fact the opposite of a moral. It is an excuse to be evil.

And in the mouths of more benign people, caring is still not a moral because it excuses, but does not regulate, one’s behavior.

What a Moral Is

A moral is a rule you use to regulate your behavior. Morals take one of three basic forms:

  • I will do X.
  • I will not do X.
  • If X, then Y.

All morals are statements. They are not questions, they are not feelings, they are not intentions, and they are certainly not single words.

Most people do not have morals. They lack any statements to regulate their behavior. Instead, common people say and do whatever the hell they feel like, and they they try to justify their immoral behavior by claiming they had good intentions.

People who do not have morals are bad people.
Most people do not have morals.
Therefore, most people are bad people. There is no evil thing they won’t do.

You can spot them by listening for how often they pretend to care about others. People who believe that ‘caring’ is a moral do not know what morals are, and they permit themselves to say and do many evil things in the name of compassion.

What Morals Does the Bible Teach? – The Foundational List of Christian Morals

Christian morality is built upon the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Here’s the list for reference:

The Ten Commandments

  • You shall have no other gods before me.
  • You shall not make idols.
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your god in vain.
  • Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
  • Honor your father and mother.
  • You shall not murder.
  • You shall not commit adultery.
  • You shall not steal.
  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  • You shall not covet.

And then there’s the Golden Rule.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

All of Christian morality is drawn from these eleven precepts, and a thing which does not have these as its utmost source is not part of it.

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Lesser Commandments

Both the New and the Old Testaments contain many orders that are not part of the eleven given above. They are less important. If a contradiction seems to exist between them and the eleven, then these take precedence.

The lesser commandments are too numerous and varied to be addressed here, but they are subject to certain caveats which the eleven are not. Most of them are ephemeral, and several are meant to address the governance of Israel during antiquity.

One of the functions of the Church is to interpret these orders and arrange them in a proper order.

Here’s a convenient video of a Catholic priest explaining the issue:

What Morals Does the Bible Teach? – The Hierarchy

In the New Testament, Jesus is asked what the most important teachings are. He responds by affirming the First Commandment, and then he delivers a version of the Golden Rule. One account of the event is presented below.

Matthew 22:34-40

34: But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35: Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36: Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38: This is the first and great commandment.
39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jesus Affirms the Hierarchy

In this series of verses, Jesus asserts that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord. He then affirms that the Golden Rule is second in importance.

So Jesus acknowledges that all commands are not equal. Some are greater than others. Further, he does not mention how the others factor into the Christian moral scheme. So church leaders may construct an order for the others and, as long as the two Jesus mentions here are at the top, the order may be correct.

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Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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