Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Word, blessed us with a framework to guide us toward a meaningful life.

It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to function in a certain way, would know what’s best for us. By giving us a roadmap, Christ gave us the ability to be freed from the negative effects of immorality and unhappiness.

Each quarter, Elder’s Digest is committed to presenting valuable resources that explain the teachings of Scripture on matters of ethics and morality. Today, Christians of all denominations are caught up in debates about how Christian theology and practice should address many complex aspects of human life. These debates have a direct bearing on our understanding of how we are—or should be—relating to God and to each other.

For Christians, the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the first and final authority for faith and practice; however, the believer lives in a pluralistic society which does not formaly recognize the authority of the Scriptures. Because we understand the Bible to be a revelation from God, the teachings of Scripture become the primary influence toward the possibility of an ethical and moral lifestyle. Human reason, church tradition, and the natural and social sciences may aid moral reflection, but divine revelation, found in the Bible, constitutes the “bottom line” of the decision-making process. We believe that the Scriptures are the very Word of God, the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice; consequently, the Bible is the highest authority for doctrine and morals.

I hope the present issue will provide sufficient reasons for giving the Bible a central role in your life.

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