What are the implications of the teachings of St Paul for setting ethical standards with relevant scripture references?Name at least five.

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St Paul is attributed with having written the Pauline Epistles although how many of them he wrote remains contentious. Many people will be familiar with the book of Romans and with Corinthians , and to a lesser extent, Galatians, Thessalonians and others. The Acts of the Apostles, believed to have been written by Luke also contains many of Paul's teachings. Paul wrote some of his letters whilst in prison.    

Paul taught that men will be judged according to the way they lived their lives in the faith. In Ephesians2 (8-9)it states:

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

This is not a universally accepted mantra however, although it is the strictly Catholic interpretation. It is the translation that causes problems as different academics translated the word"grace" to mean "favor" and, as such, the favor must be repaid in life.

However, what is universally accepted is that any Christian "by faith" will do good unto others and therefore the good works are part of the person and not to be measured on their own.  

Ethically, setting standards in a business environment will be affected by the compassion any Christian is expected to show and putting others before oneself should create a work environment where teamwork and interaction are imperative and good communication is ensured.    

St Paul's letter to the Romans 2 (16) refers to the issue of conscience and how man cannot escape guilt on judgment day

"..when God...will judge the secret thoughts of all."

Romans is considered to contain Paul's most complete statement of his message (Good News Bible. 1982). A good person will know what to do from an ethical standpoint as his( or her) conscience will guide him.

St Paul ministered to the people often through his writings as a way of encouragement in a very hostile environment such that his and the other writings provide

 the story of the early Christian church and its battle for survival 

In Philippians2 (8) Paul tries to provide guidelines for living a good Christian life by using Jesus as his example. Humility and putting the lives of others first is paramount in his teachings.

In the modern world, much emphasis is placed on material goods and the accumulation of them. Those more fortunate amongst us should be humbled by the fact that we are in the position and the statement "there but for the grace of God go I" should resound in any household.

St Paul set the standard high and expects much of the world in the practising of sound principles and ethica standards.




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