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.
Enjoy your reading!