A Responce To: The Significance Of The Bible As A Source Of Ethical Authority For Christians.

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The Significance of the Bible as a Source of Ethical Authority for Christians.This response will explain the principle ethics for the lives of Catholics and how the Bible is their most prominent reference and source of authority for which these ethics can be found in.The Catholic people believe that there is no greater being than God, God who created everything that is and that will be. Catholics give God the greatest and most powerful status there is, they "have none other gods before me (him)-1st commandment", to them God is the supreme object of worship. Therefore to "adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love-Catechism's 2096".Henceforth Catholic's see God as their almighty teacher and must obey his commands on how to live their lives, seeing as there is no other greater authority than him.For "active Catholic's, the Christian Bible acts as their shoes, it is the one single substance that they cannot be without when stepping out into the social world-William Temple 'Christian Social Order'". Catholic's use and refer to the bible as their source for how God wants them to act (though moral order), which is conveyed within the principle ethics the Bible teaches. "The Bible, together with its values and principles is the standard for Catholic ethics- handout on 'Moral Teachings'".The significance of the Bible being the Catholic peoples source for ethical authority is that the Bible is fundamentally the word of their all holy God. It is the way in which their God has chosen to communicate with the people and must be obeyed and respected as it comes from such a high and powerful source, "The basis of the bible's authority is that the bible contains revelations from and about God and God's design for humanity-Handout on Moral Teachings".Evidence of the bible having 'Authority' over Catholic Ethics and being the Word of God is in the word 'Author'- which refers to God. The words author and authority, come from the two Latin words 'auctor' and 'auctoritas'- which are closely related.Auctor : He that brings about the existence of any object, or promotes increase or prosperity.Auctoritas : bringing something into being, also as a means of advice. Has high weight, in the sense of importance, hence power and sense of authority.God is the 'auctor', the author of all things, without God people would not exist. God evoked and brought into being the words that now stand as Scripture. "God is the source of these words by being the source of the lives that wrote, spoke, edited and preserved them- John Bowker", henceforth the relationship to God being 'auctor and auctoritas' through him bringing about the lives of the people who spoke of God's advice Catholics use now a days for ethics.Through the lives of the pre cursor communities("Children of Israel") that said YES to God, God was the real source/author of the words they wrote. "By accepting God, they had an...

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