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UtilitaranismUtilitarianism is the ethical doctrine which essentially states that which is good isthat which brings about the most happiness to the most people John Stuart Mill believedthat the decisions we make should always benefit the most people as much as possibleregardless of the consequences to the minority or even yourself He would say all thatmatters in the decision of right versus wrong is the amount of happiness produced by theconsequences In the decisions we make Mill would say that we need to weigh theoutcomes and make our decision based on that outcome that benefits the majority ForMill pleasure is the only desirable consequence of our decisions or actions The Judeo-Christian ethic embraced by Augustine places questions of right andwrong under the authority of a divine creator - God The Judeo-Christian ethic can besummed up in one word - Love In Matthew 2240 Jesus says Love the Lord your Godwith all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind This is the first andgreatest commandment And the second is like it Love you neighbor as yourself When Augustine said Love God and do what you will I believe he is asserting the factthat when a person loves God truly he or she is in God s will John 1415 says If youlove me you will obey what I command If a person obeys God which is loving Godand loving his creation then a person is in his will The decisions made by a person inGod s will are thus ethical decision in view of the fact that God is the ultimate moralauthority To help his creation in determining right from wrong he has provided theBible Although not every ethical question is covered in the Bible he has also given ushis Spirit for guidance Utilitarianism like the Judeo-Christian ethic is viewing others in a high regardUtilitarian desire the greatest happiness as an end and the Judeo-Christian perspectiveseeks love and
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