Foundation of Christian Life

Living the virtuesand avoiding viceare foundations of Christian living.

Moral theology animates Christian life. Christians repent from sin and live holylives to please God; these the heart of moral theology.

The topic of moral theology concerns (1) morals, good and bad, what we should and should not do; and (2) ethics — all these from a Christian perspective. The question is where are we to find true, infallible teaching on this topic?(Some may object to the notion of infallibility, but what good is a teaching if it is not infallibly true? in other words, if it might be false?)

The Churchteaches about morals as well as about the faith. In fact, Christian teaching is incomplete if it doesn't address Moral Theology. Some might object that Moral Theology concerns our actions and is therefore not essential for salvation. The side-effect of this is that a person who habitually commits mortal sin with no remorse or no attempt to repent, such a person is saved if they believed in Jesus at some point in the past.

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)

Notice that sinners are saved only when they are converted from the error of their ways, when they repent of their sins, when they stop sinning. This is what is required for God to not judge us for our sins — without repentance and conversion there is no salvation.

Therefore, a key ingredient in the Christian life, in the life of those who are redeemed, is to practice the virtuesand avoid vice.

Mortal Sin:The Bible clearly distinguishes between sins that send someone to hell, and those that don't; between mortal sins and venial sins. In committing habitual mortal sins, a person's salvation is seriously at risk. Sadly, many Christians are led to believe their behavior doesn't affect their salvation.

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