Essay about Stephen Mott 's Biblical Ethics And Social Change

1350 Words Oct 7th, 2016 6 Pages
To begin with, it won’t be that wrong to say that the idea of “ethics” or “morality” is the only thing that differentiate us (human) animals. Inasmuch as it is important to have a sound ethical system for the existence of a balanced and harmonised society, it is also no less important to acknowledge the fact that we cannot attain objective ethical values without a well defined reference point. Presuming the fallenness of creation, the ability of reason or human cognitive faculty to make ethical choices is severely marred. Therefore, reason cannot be the point of reference if we are to achieve lasting ethical values that would guide us in making sound ethical judgments. It has to come from somewhere (or someone) else that transcends reason and the fallen creation–namely, God.
Reading Stephen Mott’s Biblical Ethics and Social Change, it challenges me to introspectively revisit my basis for ethics. Mott argues that the basis for Christian ethics lies in the saving grace of God, and of that I couldn’t agree more. His basis can be justified in light of the central theme of the Gospel—salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2: 8-9). The Christian theology of soteriology underscore the foundational importance of grace in understanding Christian ethics and identifying God as the source. As Mott puts it, “The priority of God’s grace to ethics, in the sense that the root is prior to the stem reflects the sovereignty of God.” In other words, love is the supreme ethic that outshines all…

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