Ethics: Holiness

13 04 2018


Leviticus 11:44-45 (WEB)

44 For I am Yahweh your God. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy…. 45 For I am Yahweh who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

1 Peter 1:12-16 (WEB)

13 Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”


Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.

Ethics: Faith

8 04 2018

Hebrews 11: 1-3, 6 (WEB) 

11 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. 2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony. 3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible….

Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.


Romans 14:23 excerpt (WEB)

23  … and whatever is not of faith is sin.


Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.

Ethics: Love

2 04 2018


John 15:11-13 (WEB)

11 I (Christ Jesus)have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Note: the words within parentheses have been added by this editor for clarity.

1 John 3:23-24 (WEB)

23 This is his (God the Father’s) commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he (Jesus) commanded. 24 He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the (Holy) Spirit which he gave us.

Note: the words within parentheses have been added by this editor for clarity.

Romans 12:9-11 (KJV)

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord….

1 Corinthians 13 (WEB)

13 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.


Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.

Ethics: the Golden Rule

28 03 2018

The Golden Rule:

Matthew 7:12 (WEB) 

12 Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.

Ethics: the Greatest Commandments

22 03 2018

Matthew 22:36-40 (WEB)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

1 John 4:19-21 (WEB)

19 We love him (God), because he first loved us. 20 If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

Note: the word in parentheses has been added by this editor for clarity.

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.


Saint Patrick’s “Breastplate”

16 03 2018

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on the Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;

I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Judeo-Christian Ethics

14 03 2018

Announcing a new book underway, a handbook of fundamental Judeo-Christian ethics. Selections from the on-going project will appear here as blog entries. See below for excerpts from the book’s Foreword. Watch for future posts.


Ignorance is not bliss; it is dangerous.

Long ago God said through His prophet Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

God said through His prophet Isaiah, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

And God went so far as to tell His prophet Jonah that the people of Nineveh had become so ethically challenged that they did not know their right hands from their left.

Individuals, communities, societies, and civilizations cannot afford to neglect, forget, or reject the Word of God. This is especially true for those who profess to be people of God.

Christ Jesus said to those who claim to follow Him, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Those commandments are scattered throughout the Holy Bible.

This book arranges a comprehensive selection of commandments from the Holy Bible into what the editor hopes is a handy format.

  • Part 1 lists those commandments this editor considers prime directives: superintending precepts that govern the understanding and application of all the others.
  • Part 2 rehearses The Ten Commandments along with reprises pertaining to each command within that Decalogue.
  • Part 3 presents the Gospel in brief and with the focus on answering the essential question asked by the Philippian jailer, “what must I do to be saved?” The answer orients on faith: obedient trust and trusting obedience.
  • Part 4 organizes a comprehensive catalogue of ethics by subject (using contemporary designations) in alphabetical order.
  • Part 5 provides a number of the Holy Bible’s summary statements regarding ethics.

The book makes no pretense of being a formal treatise on that aspect of philosophy called ethics. Instead, it simply quotes what the Holy Bible itself has to say regarding right and wrong, good and evil, wise and foolish. Commentary is kept to a minimum.