“What is the view of the biblical materials on the role of ethics in the development of history?

There are many examples in the bible of their roles in ethics, and in their development in history. Even books in the bible are examples such as Genesis, psalms, and the proverbs. I’m going to give some examples from each of those books.

In Genesis a main theme is positive and negative sanctions, here are some examples. The first example is that God is all sovereign and he is the creator. And being that he is perfect, his laws/rules are perfect. Because God is Perfect he cannot live with sin, so when Adam and Eve sinned and ate from the tree of knowledge and good and evil God couldn’t live with them so he had to leave. Because of this Adam and Eve experienced negative sanctions because they disobeyed God.

Another example of sanctions is Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve, Cain was a gardener and Abel was a caretaker of animals. They offered a sacrifice to God and God didn’t like Cain sacrifice but he liked Abel’s’ sacrifice. This upset Cain and he took out his anger on Abel and killed him. Cain disobeyed God’s law and was punished with negative sanctions. But God showed him mercy by not allowing anyone to kill him.

In the Psalms a main theme is that God is in control .
An example of this is David trusting in God. There are many times in the bible were David trusts God. Here is a verse as an example:

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In proverbs a main theme is to Seek wisdom with all your might/ Postive and negative sanctions. Solomon tells his son to seek wisdom for it will bring him positive sanctions.

“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.

(8)Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:5-6, 8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Solomon also warns his son of the foolish/adulterous women, he tells his son that she is to be avoided, and that her path is to death. To not follow her for she brings negative sanctions.

“For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In conclusion we know that God is in control, and if you do not obey him negative sanctions will come to you. God tells us what is right and wrong in the bible and the bible gives us many examples of things that happen to people that walk in different paths


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