Honor And Shame Paradigm In The Bible

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The last decades, many biblical scholars have studied the role of that honor/shame paradigm play in the understanding and living way of the Gospel. Even though people may have different conceptions about this paradigm its influence in their daily bases: they are influenced by honor and shame when they make decisions, regarding their personal life and the people in the in-group.
In honor oriented societies, honor and shame affect the way people think, behave, and relate to others because, at the end, the most important thing for it is to avoid losing face. People have a strong sense of morality because every aspect about them counts. Moreover, honoring the in-group members by doing and saying what the members consider appropriate will maintain the person’s reputation (Moreau et al. 196). Shame in honor oriented society works like a compass that directs people’s steps and as a limit that controls their behavior.
The Bible has many examples of people that did wrong and damaged their reputation and lose honor. For example, the king Saul who disobeyed God and was discarded. The Bible describes it in this way
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It is so embedded in our worldview that sometimes we do not realize the impact it may have in our daily decisions, concerning to our spiritual lives. It is important to remember that as long the shame do not keep us separate from God, it plays a healthy role keeping us apart from making dumb decisions that may bring bad testimony to others. The Bible says, “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (New International Version, 1 Cor. 8:9). Finally, we are not alone in this, God’s mercy is our biggest treasure when we make mistakes. For obvious reasons, we cannot pretend to be perfect, however, it does not mean that we cannot do our best to avoid damaging our reputation and being a stumbling block to

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