1. Character and religion:
Our character is not our religion, though our religious beliefs will affect our character. Our beliefs affect our character development if we understand that we will give account to God for our behavior. Every person has a character regardless of his or her religious
beliefs. It is for this reason that every person must seek to develop a good character
in order to be a good citizen of any society. We must focus on being a person
of integrity in order to be honorable citizens in our communities. Character development is absolutely necessary for developing a life that is rich with success and good relationships
2. Character and Conscience Everyone has a conscience. If we do not do that which we think is right, we hurt or violate our conscience. A good character that originates from a God-trained conscience moves us to do right in order that we not violate our conscience. In order to define and develop a good conscience that is based on eternal moral and ethical principles, we must look for moral and ethical principles that originate from God
Everyone has developed in his or her life that which he or she considers to be right.
We seek to do good according to what we believe is right. Character development is knowing and practicing correct principles by which we can determine what is good or bad. We develop our conscience with good moral and ethical principles in order to guide ourselves to do that which is right.
Our character determines how we will respond to every situation in life. Our character, therefore, is manifested by our encounters with people and situations.
• Good characters will make the best of bad situations.
• Bad characters will often make the worst of good situations.
It is necessary to develop our characters so we know how to interact in all situations of life, whether good or bad.
3. Character Building Rules:
God’s standards upon which good characters are built have been time-tested and accepted as true and good by men of all ages. Because we are the creation of God, God has placed within us a conscience to do right and good to our fellow man. God is the source from which good character principles can be discovered. Upon His principles great characters are built. We assume that God knows best concerning the development of our characters for successful living because He is our Creator. He created us, and then created principles for abundant living.
In 1844, a deceased citizen gave the city of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania in America a large sum of money in his will. The money was to be used in teaching orphans the “purest principles of morality.” However, the heirs of the deceased man wanted his money for themselves. As a result, they sued and the case went before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the directions of the deceased person’s will. In addition, the Court ruled that the New Testament be used as the textbook for teaching orphans moral principles. The Court stated, “Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfect as
from the New Testament?”( Vidal vs Girard’s Executors; 43 U.S. 127, 200 ).
4. Nation building:
Almost all religions teach the same principles for moral, ethical and character development. Many religious faiths of the world accept the Bible as the primary source of moral and ethical principles in developing our characters. In fact, the first president of the United States, George Washington, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” The great educator, Noah Webster, once said, “The Bible must be considered as the great source of all truth by which men are to be guided in government, as well as in all social transactions.”William Lyon Phelps once wrote, “Western civilization is founded upon the Bible; our ideas, our wisdom, our philosophy, our literature, our art, our ideals come more from the Bible than from all other books put
together. It is a revelation of divinity and of humanity.” Though the Bible has been used as the foundation upon which many civil constitutions have been developed, God does not intend that the Bible be used directly as the actual constitution for any government. He only desires that men in writing their constitutions for civil government be guided by His principles for national building. Good constitutions are based on timeless moral and ethical principles by which God seeks to build every nation of the world for all history.
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