Right or Wrong?

The Bible should define right and wrong for us, correct? However, it doesn’t specifically address the myriad of situations people face in life.  How can we make biblical decisions within those grey areas not specifically addressed in the Good Book? 

The Bible does not cover each and every issue in the Christian’s walk and so we must use wisdom to discern the will of God and whether something is right or something is wrong.  If we can understand the basic principles laid down by God Almighty, then we can know whether something is right or … wrong — Jack Wellman

The more you study the Bible; those grey areas take on more clarity.  For example, you will not find a passage that says “Thou shalt not kill unborn babies”. However, the Bible clearly demonstrates God’s opinion — He breathed the breath of life into Adam.  His instructions in scripture speak over and over again about the sin of murder (Cain Abel and God judged him for his sin). We could use the same approach with regard to: cheating on one’s taxes, same-sex marriage, adultery, questionable life-styles, questionable entertainment or addictive behavior, to name a few. 

  • Vital advice for followers of Christ:

When you find yourself questioning whether or not something is right or wrong, all you have to do is consult the principles of the Bible.  Even when you don’t find a passage that address the specifics of your question, you will find over-arching principles to clearly guide you — C. Pryor

Here’s a litmus test, of sorts, to help Christians determine what they should do or not do: 

“How would your decision line up with the Great Command given by Jesus Himself?”

Mark 12:28–31  …“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” NIV