The Unique Character of Christian Ethics
The Bible witnesses to an ongoing revelation. This is not to be confused with the evolution of religious ideas in the history of religions. What is meant is that the Bible is a record of God’s self-disclosure in history. This happened in stages, and found its climax in Jesus Christ. Such an understanding has important implications for Christian ethics.If all the books of the OT and NT are viewed as standing on one plane, as if there had been no ‘progressive revelation,’ then the OT ethical problems are almost impossible to solve, in the light of what the NT teaches. Bible readers should not take ethical injunctions from anywhere in the Bible indiscriminately and make them normative for Christian behavior. God spoke his final word in Christ.