Moral Decision Making

Exodus 20:1-17

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Goal of this Night

The middle school youth will learn how the Ten Commandments can guide their decisions.  They also will draft their own “Ten Commandments for Middle School Youth Today.”

About this night

Through His Son, God has revealed the way to live in love and service as human beings.  This collection of teachings is known as the “moral law.”

The moral law is the work of divine Wisdom. Its biblical meaning can be defined as fatherly instruction, God’s pedagogy. It prescribes for man the ways, the rule of conduct that lead to the promised beatitude; it proscribes the ways of evil which turn him away from God and his love. It is at once firm in its precepts and, in its promises, worthy of love. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1950)

The purpose of the moral law is to dictate behavior not only for maintaining and strengthening our individual relationships with God, but also with one another in community.  The Catechism states:

Law is a rule of conduct enacted by competent authority for the sake of the common good. The moral law presupposes the rational order, established among creatures for their good and to serve their final end, by the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Creator. (1951) 

While the moral law is present in Sacred Scripture, it also is embedded naturally into our hearts as children of God.  Because God created us with free will, obedience to the law depends upon our participation.

Man participates in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator who gives him mastery over his acts and the ability to govern himself with a view to the true and the good. The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie: “The natural law is written and engraved in the soul of each and every man, because it is human reason ordaining him to do good and forbidding him to sin… (1954)

God has revealed the moral law to us over time, initially through His covenant with Israel and later through the life of His Son Jesus.

God, our Creator and Redeemer, chose Israel for himself to be his people and revealed his Law to them, thus preparing for the coming of Christ. The Law of Moses expresses many truths naturally accessible to reason. (1961) 

As a result, the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, are the enduring foundation of the revelation of the moral law.

Supplies List

- Flipchart paper

– Markers

– Bible

– Handout A

– Pens/pencils

– Poster board

– Tape, pins or clips for hanging posters on the wall

– Writing paper

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