Morality and Humaneness Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Morality and Humaneness Are Not Mutually Exclusive

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Americans are deeply divided when it comes to their definition of morality. Many cite the Bible to refute the Democrat’s method of applying humaneness, whereas the Republicans use the same book to support another. Neither party’s politics are focused on the principle of brotherhood.

The point is clearly demonstrated when it comes to how they treat the American people and the country’s allies. Trust is essential when it comes to humaneness. Without trust, the concept of morality is devoid of God’s intention, as stated many times in the Bible.

It is written that when asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Love your neighbor as yourself.

These verses are found in the book of Matthew 22:36-39. Many people get lost in the concept and the differences between philia, or agape, with philautia. All of these are humane and demonstrate God’s definition of morality.

God’s Love Fills One With Morality and Humaneness

The Etymology and Psychology Today defines these as:

  • Philia — This type of love speaks of friendship, goodwill. Aristotle asserted that expressing good will toward others is useful, pleasant, rational, and virtuous.
  • Agape — Generally, this word describes a universal, brotherly, charitable love, which is not dependent on knowing or being familiar with the person. Modern Christians often use this term when speaking of altruism, which is the unselfish concern for the well-being of others.
  • Philauta — This word can have both positive and negative connotations. When one practices the plus side of self-love, it is easier to apply the philosophies of philia and agape as moral humaneness.

Humankind must practice each when struggling with making humane decisions, and governmental policies. Neither morality nor decency toward others is a choice. Instead, they are responsibilities.

Choosing Both Righteousness and Morality

In Romans 6:18, Christ’s followers are reminded about the power of his life, death, and resurrection:

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

MoralityIn this verse, the word slave is used as a verb, which is defined as working excessively hard. For a person to become a slave to righteousness, he will exhibit traits, such as being fair, just, and honorable acts. God’s law admonishes his followers to use morality when deciding how to live.

Simply being human one should exude humane behavior. In doing so, the outcome is absolute morality. Isaac Asimov implored his fellow man to:

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.

In simplified terms, if a person’s sense of morality dictates the concept that is wrong to kill, essentially they consider abortion as murder. But, if a woman was raped or her life is in danger, allowing her to make a choice is humane. By all rational thinking, it is a healthy balance of morality and being part of the human race.

Applying Mortality and Humaneness

MoralityThis kind of thinking can be applied to any and all divisions found in the landscape of American politics. Even when someone professes to practice a Christian sense of morality, it is possible for them to choose to be responsible for the human condition.

Simply disagreeing with the status quo does not dismiss one’s mature, trustworthy, obligation to their fellow man. To heal America, its inhabitants must remember that there is no choice between living life with morality and humaneness — they are not mutually exclusive.

Opinion by Cathy Milne

Sources:

Holy Bible: New International Version; 2011; Biblica, Inc.
Psychology Today: These Are the 7 Types of Love
Brainy Quotes: Isaac Asimov

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