Every day, people grapple with the question of what constitutes right or wrong. However keen people view this dilemma, there can never be a universal definition of what is right or wrong. It is thus upon the people to use the knowledge imparted to them in schools, churches, and homes to decide what is moral and ethical. This is because the way people live, their behavior and response to how others treat them, their judgment upon witnessing other people getting mistreated shows what they really believe to constitute wrong and right.
However, the choice to do a right or wrong is not always clear as there are no rules to follow. Even though ethics are the standards of what may constitute right and wrong based on people’s values, they cannot eliminate bad judgment, legislate morality, or eliminate corrupt deeds (Lee, 2002). Moreover, being ethical requires one to make moral decisions, which may prove to be hard as they require practice (Gibbs, 2012).
Philosophers agree that whatever decision people make as ethical are solely based on their core values (Trevino & Youngblood, 1990). For instance, would it be right to tell a lie in order to protect a person’s life, or should one remain loyal to a friend even if they are wrong.
Biblically, there is no specific area that details right and wrong although people are called upon to pray for wisdom and God’s guidance to differentiate between the two. The Holy Bible points out that whatever people do, in word or deed, should be in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17, ESV). Further, Mark writes that what comes out of a person’s heart is what defiles him, meaning ones heart harbors right and wrong (7: 20-23, ESV).
Even though there may be no clear definition of what is right or wrong, the decision lies on the individual himself. This does not entail harming others or making foolish decision but following what the scripture commands, that people should threat others the way one would like to be treated by others and to love ones neighbor as self (Gibbs, 2012). In order to choose the right, people need sound reasoning, competent advice, and accurate information.