The Bible’s view on the role of ethics in the development of history

The ethical choices of Adam and Eve made an enormous impact on our world. The Bible says that the world was once perfect, and there was no sin, death, or evil in the world. Adam and Eve, the first humans were put on the earth by God to keep and to take care of the garden. There were two trees, the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The latter they were told not to eat of, because if they ate of it, they would die. A serpent (possessed by satan) deceived Eve into eating of the tree. Adam ate it as well. God punished them by throwing them out of the garden and cursing the earth, but was merciful to them and did not kill them at once, but let them live for a time.

The Bible says that God is in control of everything, and that he is supreme over all. God has given us his word, and if we do not obey it, He punishes us. God intervenes in history on the side of those who seek Him, fear Him, and obey His word. He imposes negative sanctions on those who rebel against God and disobey His word.

Sometimes it seems like the wicked are winning, but when they are, they are victorious in only the battle, not the war. Like David says in Psalm 37:35-36 :

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

The message is that the wicked will not flourish forever, but will eventually be punished. God will protect His people, and will not forsake them. God is the defender of those who trust in Him, and He won’t let us down.

In the book of Psalms, David, the main author, continually cries out to God to protect him from his enemies, who are in rebellion against God and oppress David and those who fear God. David has ethical confidence, and appeals to God to issue negative sanctions on his enemies, whose ethics are against God. At the end of many Psalms, David would break out with praises to God for what He will do on the behalf of the righteous.

In the book of Proverbs, mainly written by King Solomon of Israel, ethics is the main focus of the entire book. It concentrates on how your ethical behavior will affect your life and teaches the importance of godly wisdom. It speaks of how God punishes those who forsake ethical wisdom and bless those who seek it. Time after time we read of the consequences of ethical wrongdoing, as well as the rewards of following the LORD. God cares about our decisions in life, and He knows what is best for our lives. Although it may seem bad for the righteous at first, they have God on their side and God will fight for them and they will have the ultimate victory.


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