In today’s world, we can easily find ourselves needing to make decisions that the Bible doesn’t specifically give clear guidance on. Parenting decisions, job decisions, how to spend your money, who to vote for at the next election, if you should switch churches, whether to confront a friend, etc… are just a few of those moral dilemmas we are faced with regularly but have no explicit Biblical command to help you reach a decision.
But there’s good news!
Even though there is not a Biblical command discussing your exact issue, there is often a Biblical principle that can help guide you. These Biblical principles will give you a decision-making framework as you are faced with a moral dilemma.
Next time you are faced with a moral dilemma, try asking yourself the following eight questions.
- Am I fully persuaded that it is right? (Rom 14:5, 14, 23)
- Can I do it as unto the Lord? (Rom 14:6-8)
- Can I do it without belong a stumbling block to my brothers and sisters (Romans 14)
- Does it bring peace (Roms 14:17-18)
- Does it edify my brother (Romans 14:19)
- Is it profitable (1 Cor 6:12)
- Does it enslave me (1 Cor 6:12)
- Does it bring glory to God (1 Cor 10 specifically verse 31)
While these eight questions don’t come out and tell you what to do for your specific situation, the Biblical principles can guide you as you seek to live a godly life guided by God’s Word.
(Questions taken from “Ethics for a Brave New World” by John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg)
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