Ethics and rituals play a major role in the sustaining of Christianity. The major ethics and rituals of Christianity for example the Eucharist and how this ritual has a significant meaning to Christian believers, the purpose and functions of these characteristics of religion and explain how ethics and rituals vary in different branches of Christianity will all be outlined in this essay.
Christian ethics are the principles derived from the Christian faith by which they act. Most Christian ethics tend to express the need for love, grace, mercy and forgiveness because of sin. The main function of ethics is to provide standards for Christians by which they must conduct themselves in everyday life. They affect what is deemed virtuous and sinful which is mainly taught through The Bible. To consume illegal substances (drugs) as an example. There is nothing in Christian scriptures that specifically restricts the use of drugs, but the Bible does tell Christians that the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that Christians should honour god with it. By consuming illegal substances it obviously is going to harm the body, which contradicts the teachings of God, so by doing so it is deemed sinful. The idea of the body being a temple of the Holy Spirit is one of the many ethics and the example that has been given outlines that these ethics help many Christians judge what is right or wrong while making moral decisions.
Although different Christian variants have very similar underlying principles when it comes to ethics, there are still some differences in their interpretation of God’s ethical teachings. Because of this, differing opinions on ethical issues are formed between the Christian variants. The idea of contraception is viewed differently between the Catholic and Orthodox variants and is an example how the Christian variants have different opinions ethical teachings. The Catholic Church considers contraception to be sinful and totally unacceptable act,...