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What is morality


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What is morality

  1. 1. What is Morality? Five Levels of Understanding Morality
  2. 2. 1. AS LAW <ul><li>Something that we have to follow and if you do not follow, then there is a violation, </li></ul><ul><li>i. e. TEN COMMANDMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>Talks about norms and standards </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A static understanding of morality </li></ul><ul><li>The opposite or the extreme would lead to LEGALISM </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. AS INNER CONVICTION <ul><li>Something that has to do with one’s understanding of his/her beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Building up the self </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A personal understanding of morality </li></ul><ul><li>The opposite or the extreme would lead to SITUATIONISM </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. AS LOVE <ul><li>Morality is something that is relational </li></ul><ul><li>Loving the other, God and self </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>This understanding of morality is an approximation of how we Christians understand morality </li></ul><ul><li>The opposite or extreme would lead to EMOTIONALISM </li></ul>
  8. 8. 4. AS PERSONAL GROWTH <ul><li>Something that has to do with one’s personhood </li></ul><ul><li>The opposite or extreme would lead to PERSONALISM </li></ul>
  9. 9. AS SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION <ul><li>Morality as bringing about changes in society </li></ul><ul><li>Something that has to do with social </li></ul><ul><li>conditions </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>This understanding speaks about Liberation Theology </li></ul><ul><li>The opposite or extreme would lead to ACTIVISM </li></ul>
  11. 11. What then is Morality? <ul><li>Morality, therefore is something that has to do with CO-EXISTENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Presupposes acceptance and understanding of what it means to be human </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Living with others </li></ul><ul><li>Concern for the other </li></ul>
  13. 13. Co-Existence presupposes: <ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation </li></ul><ul><li>Dignity of the human person </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ask yourself this question : <ul><li>Could I look at my neighbor straight in the eye and say: </li></ul><ul><li>HOW TRULY HAVE I NOT HURT YOU? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reflection for Understanding Morality <ul><li>Some people define morality as right conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Some define it as conformity to law </li></ul><ul><li>The dictionary defines it as “the quantity of that which conforms to right ideals or principles of human conduct” </li></ul>
  16. 16. WE, Filipinos consider morality as an essential element of our religion <ul><li>Morality in the Christian perspective is the morality of a believer and a listener. It presupposes a God who speaks and a God, who in creating us, has called us into an unending dialogue with Himself. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Morality is thus a matter of response, not to a law but to a person. </li></ul><ul><li>“Speak Lord, your servant is listening” is the prayer of a moral person. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Therefore Christianity is an ethical religion in the sense that it recognizes no separation between the service of God and moral conduct. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, these are the 2 inseparable aspects of Christianity: </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>The religious aspect (service or love of God) </li></ul><ul><li>The moral aspect (moral conduct or love of neighbor) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Please take note: <ul><li>It is important to remember that the avoidance of hell must not be one’s motivation in living a moral life. </li></ul><ul><li>Is should rather be, the realization of the Kingdom of God. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Assignment <ul><li>Read and interpret the message of the following biblical passages: </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 1:15 Mark 10: 42-45 </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 54: 1-8 Exodus 23: 23-31 </li></ul><ul><li>Deut 7: 9; 11: 13-17; 30: 15-20 </li></ul>