Essay about ETHICAL ISSUES

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Ethical Issues
Religious Studies (T)

Ellen Sutherland
TASK 1 – COMPARE AND CONTRAST

ARISTOTLE VS JESUS
ARISTOTLE: 384BC – 322BC (62 years old)
JESUS: 1BC - unknown (yet scientist believe he was 32 years old when he died for our sins)
These 2 very important people to history are both very much alike in their thoughts but yet again so very different.
Aristotle follows the ideas of Socrates and Plato. These thoughts contribute to the fact that having an appreciation for life and all of its aspect such as; friendships; honour and wealth all fit under the idea of good action and this contributes to the theory of Aristotle’s beliefs in a “life well lived”.
Aristotle thinks of virtues in a skill, meaning you have to have courage as a skill to help you with the good life, and he is saying that if you do not have this, then you don’t/ won’t live the good life.
It is documented in the bible of Jesus giving us many messages of life and how to live. The greatest examples we have in the bible are the 10 commandments. These are 10 commands that
Jesus says to make sure we spend eternity with God and if we obey these 10 commands it will please the lord forever. Within these 10 commandments it talks about honour and that you shall do no wrong to your neighbor (friend/ acquaintance/ parents/ sibling/ etc.).
Aristotle and Jesus are similar in ways, due to the fact they both follow the thought of friendship and honouring you and others are major contributions to living a well lived life. But they both also have a lot of differences. Aristotle believes that wealth is a part of living a good life where
Jesus doesn’t matter if you have many things or if you have nothing because all Jesus wants is for you to follow the 10 commandments and you can live the good life. Aristotle’s thought are practical, but no practical enough, this is because of him having the idea of needing to fit in; where Jesus will accept you if you follow the commandments. Aristotle’s thoughts we could say are not all his own, due to the fact that he has gained knowledge off Socrates and Plato, and then have twisted his own way into coming up with his beliefs. Some may say these were not Jesus’ words that were being said that day on Mount Sinai, but in a way Jesus was God that day giving his instructions.

Ethical Issues
Religious Studies (T)

Ellen Sutherland

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The book of Genesis shows how Abraham was tested by God. Abraham commands Gods commands to sacrifice his son, and when God responds to Abraham we reiterates his promises.
Abraham was a follower of God, and he had never done anything, yet this is where God takes his chance to test is beliefs and gives him a test that he will have to think about deeply.
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