Hu­man Rights Re­lated to the Prac­tice of Chris­tian­ity

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The con­cepts of free­dom and moral­ity in so­ci­ety are im­por­tant to fur­ther study on hu­man rights. And this as­sump­tion of moral­ity is im­por­tant for the ad­vance­ment of present and fu­ture so­ci­ety to smooth so­cial re­la­tion­ships in our day-to-day lives, for peace and har­mony, free­dom and pros­per­ity among other things. For that rea­son, it is im­por­tant to pro­mote more moral­ity among hu­man be­ings.

On the other hand, op­po­site to moral­ity, there is de­struc­tion and vi­o­lence and other neg­a­tive things. Kieran Cronin states “moral harm is one of the most se­ri­ous kinds of harm to be guarded against in life. The rea­son for be­ing moral is that it

pays to be moral in the or­di­nary sense in which peo­ple live in peace and har­mony and en­joy the good things of life.”70

Less moral­ity can have neg­a­tive con­se­quences on hu­man be­ings, such as ag­gres­sion, con­flict, tyranny and oth­ers prob­lems. How­ever, in the short term, it may not able to per­ceive im­me­di­ately the im­por­tance of moral­ity, but in the long-term it can be easily seen how im­por­tant it is. Here, Foot be­lieved that im­moral peo­ple may pros­per for a while, but in the long term they will be un­happy.71

In­deed moral­ity is im­por­tant to hu­man be­ings. In mod­ern times, the world has de­vel­oped com­mon stan­dards and norms of moral­ity called hu­man rights ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions. “Hu­man rights” are the re­sults of var­i­ous claim of free­doms, and in­ter­re­lated with each other.

Free­dom from slav­ery and free­dom for dis­crim­i­na­tion are very old hu­man rights is­sues with long strug­gles by hu­man be­ings. In mod­ern Chris­tian history, re­li­gious free­dom and free­dom of con­science be­come the next im­por­tant is­sues to this day; Chris­tians in many coun­tries are still suf­fer­ing re­lated to these is­sues, such as in Myan­mar and North Korea, and Ad­ven­tists have many free­dom of con­science is­sues. Media free­dom, free­dom from vi­o­lence (to achieve peace) and free­dom from poverty are present on go­ing is­sues in the world.

On these se­lected free­doms is­sues, what is the Chris­tian view and re­sponse to them. These are cur­rent chal­lenges to Chris­tian­ity, par­tic­u­larly to the Asian Chris­tian com­mu­nity.

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