What’s right and what’s wrong?


A person appeals to

some kind of authority


to make a decision like that.


A Christian starts with the Bible

to do that…


And how does one go about that?


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      Let’s start with Jesus, or if you will, first go back to the 10 Commandments found in Exodus 20. Many consider the “Big 10,” as given by Moses as the best basis for establishing moral authority¹.

     Now Jesus. He advocated following the Law², emphasizing that He came to fulfill it, not abolish it.

     In one of Jesus’ teachings (following a discussion of what was “clean” to eat) He provided a list of thoughts, speech, and outward behaviors that are wrong–and sinful. These come from Mark 7:21.

evil thoughts




deeds of coveting and wickedness







    These, of course, are generalities–as are, for the most part, the 10 Commandments. What then to do? As we pray, ask the Holy Spirit to show us what particulars in our personal lives need addressing–asking forgiveness of, and changing.

    Not easy. But useful in walking our tangled daily paths.

    Another useful activity: As we read the Bible, especially the New Testament, note that that wherever Jesus, Paul, Peter, or other writers “speak,” how their directives relate back to the “Big Ten” and other O.T. laws.


   ¹ The issue of just what is “moral authority” is a bit complicated, and is not discussed here. But thinking and praying about what’s right and wrong in our lives isn’t rocket science. True prayer can make us aware of what we should deal with.

   ² A Christian follows, and obeys, the Law not to be saved, but because Jesus says so.