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An Introduction to Moral Psychology

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Moral psychology is the study of how man establishes systems of moral beliefs and ethics, and the consequences of holding those beliefs. Although it is a branch of psychology, it often is examined during courses in philosophy. Among the questions raised in moral psychology are: What are the different types of morals that exist? Do "immoral" people also have a set of morals? and How do morals develop in a society?

The observations of morals in diverse societies led to the conclusion that there are three broad areas of ethical behavior. Those areas are thought to be based on the moral system of the community in which a person resides, the individual him or herself and the deity or deities in which the individual believes and worships. Community-based morals are said to be those that define a person's social duties and status, and that lead to his or her dignity in society. Conclusions such as these simply do not agree with what has been recorded as history and what takes place in the present world. For example, people who are familiar with the caste system of India know that some members of such a society never achieve dignity through adherence to societal, individual or religious morals.

Other problems exist with the conclusions of moral psychology such as the role of religion in the ethical and moral behavior of followers of a deity or group of deities. Divinity-based morals are said to maintain the health of the spiritual side of man. Many people see flaws in such a philosophy because of the vastly different beliefs held in the various religions of the world. If all of them are good for man's spiritual health, they would all have to be in agreement, because man worldwide is basically the same and has the same physical and spiritual needs.

Students of moral psychology also explore the question of whether people who have committed what are considered shocking acts by the society in which they live have a set of morals of their own. Teachings of moral psychology state that those who have been diagnosed by psychologists as criminally insane, political leaders who have attempted genocide, as well as other perpetrators of heinous acts possess a system of personal morals. The question of how the behavior of such individuals achieves what are deemed as positive goals arises. This is why the conclusions on ethics and morality put forth in moral psychology regarding the purpose of a system of morals and ethical behavior are labeled by many as erroneous. Others consider the findings in the discipline insightful.

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Is psychopathy mentioned anywhere in the Bible? People believe that all criminals are actually made, but when I have done research on serial killer Ted Bundy, I found that there is no mentioned history that Bundy had suffered any head injuries, had any brain damage or a brain tumor in the cerebral frontal cortex, Ted Bundy also had no social strain theories: abuse of any kind inflicted on him or been exposed and witness of abuse on anyone in his family.And not to forget on mentioning...had no traumatic losses.

This got me to believe that it is not exactly true that all criminals are made. This got me to believe that some are born. That Ted Bundy was born with an abnormal psyche in regards to morality and ethics. His psychopathy is hereditary.

Yes, I know that were all sinners and capable of doing things that are unspeakable...and that those are based on a choice, however, there was no scientifically valid explanation to what or how he obtained "psychopathy." I think that sometimes there are sinners that are more evil than others whether or not the person has a psychopathic personality.

This gets to me to wonder if some sinners are born or made to become the "most evil" or not. I believe that people whom were born with good sense of ethic and morals and later turned into a psychopath due to prolonged experienced trauma, loss, and mental health problem(s) is labeled as a "sociopath." Because the psychopathy was environmental and not hereditary.

And those who inherited a psychopathic personality genetically and was never due to mental/medical health problems and/or conflicted and chaotic environments would be diagnosed as a "psychopath." My examples of people who have sociopathy are: Albert Desolvo and Adolf Hitler.

And another two are examples of people who have psychopathy are: Ted Bundy and Osama Bin Laden.


by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-05 20:31:35


To Zach:

This is very informational and valuable feedback you've made, and you are correct that the "science" of psychology failed to answer the problem of the famous serial killers you mention. Yes, psychopathy is mentioned in the Bible; every subject, topic, and question of importance in life is mentioned in the Bible. However, because God's word is for all time periods and all nations, its vocabulary is "generic," often describing a thing rather than referring to it by the names and terminology used in modern times.

Psychopathy, according to mental health care professionals, is a cognitive and/or biological disorder. The problem with this thought is that it "forces" man to be only a two part being consisting of a mind and a body. God's word affirms, however, that man is a THREE part being consisting of mind (soul), body, and SPIRIT (1 Thessalonians 5:23). As long as mental health care professionals refuse to accept this truth, they'll never be able to be of any real and lasting help. Are some people born bad? That question is answered in our article: Are Some People Born With Bad Blood? What Does the Christian Bible Reveal?
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-05 22:46:05


Is personality temperament profiling a form of divination? I know what practices are a form of divination and the fact that divination rituals and practices are considered to be an occult, but some say that assessing personality and temperament is part of it too when it is based and connected within the field of psychology.
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-07 02:06:41


To Zach:

Divination, according to God's word, involves using demonic power. If demonic power is used in psychology, in medicine, in the legal field, or in anything else, it is the occult. If it is NOT used, it is not the occult. It is as simple as that. There is more than one way of doing a personality profile, some of those ways are of the occult and some are not.
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-07 16:01:01


Hmm...so if most don't care about the differences then that means they don't care about the truth. That's fascinating. Even talking here ranges from answering ranges separately from the way others see it.
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-07 19:25:28


To Zach:

Not only do many people not care about knowing the truth; many actually hate the truth. Thessalonians 2:10, 12 says, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved...but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

We are NOT concerned with how others see something. We are concerned with how God sees things. Do we not plainly quote and reference scripture for every statement that we make? Yes, we do; and to verify it is as easy as picking up a Bible. You've chosen to read most, if not all, of the articles recommended. However, it does not appear that you chose to read the content on the undeniable facts about the Bible: perfection in science, math, history, prophecy, and so much more. Why would the word of God be infallible in those areas, but fallible in spiritual matters? It wouldn't. Also, no one is forced to read anything on any web site. If the site doesn't say the things that a person wants to hear, he or she can simply click away and not return. There are plenty of places to read and hear what one wants to.
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-08 17:48:53


True, I have kept myself an open mind to other possibilities..but people interpret it differently based on what they were taught as well that is from scriptures inside the Bible. Not meant to implicate anything but it sounds as though. No matter how many times you read it and interpret...your still a human being and can only learn to live and understanding the meanings of morals that's stated in absolute truths on how to live in righteousness. Does not make me God, or even above God. Because you can be doing your best, but like everyone else the fact in reality is...your not perfect. You can only do your best and want to make the change. Want and need are two very different things.
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-10 08:31:17


To Zach:

You wrote: "...Does not make me God, or even above God. Because you can be doing your best, but like everyone else the fact in reality is...your not perfect."

Getting understanding of God's word, preaching it, and living by HIS righteousness, not by our own "righteousness," has nothing to do with making someone God! So, why state an obvious truth that was never denied in the first place? People who don't want to hear the truth of God's word always attempt to defend themselves with "you can't judge me" "you're not God." This is nothing but an attempt to silence truth. Jesus commanded his servants, "Go ye therefore and TEACH all nations...TEACHING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28:19-20).

Also, it is obvious you do not know the biblical definition of perfection because you compare it to someone doing the best he/she can do. This is not the biblical definition of perfection. The following content explains what it really means to be perfect, ACCORDING TO GOD, not man.

Jesus Said, "Be Ye Perfect." What Did He Mean?
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-11 06:11:04


Don't take this offensively but perfection is not at all being compared to someone doing the best what he/she can do. When you see lay out "doing your best," what exactly did you think I meant? The Bible notes that all people are sinners, no matter how intelligent you are you'll make some mistakes in life. That's just the reality that we all should remember. If you care about the truth, then why are you shunning me here? Even if the Bible mentions the definition of perfection, which scripture noted that in there? No man really is perfect, we all mistakes every now and then according to God's meaning that all people are consistent of human nature.
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-11 19:21:08


To Zach:

We are not going to repeat here how the Bible defines perfection, because we provided the link to our content that deals with that subject scripturally. The scriptures are plainly noted there; they even state the word "perfection" when they explain what it is. It only requires a command of the English language and some attention when reading the content.

You state, "no man really is perfect." Such a comment cannot help but cause us to believe you have neither read the article we offered to you on the biblical definition of perfection nor have a clue regarding the biblical definition of perfection. Have you never read that the Lord called Job a PERFECT man in the scripture of Job 1:1?

If you believe you are being shunned, why do you send in several comments and questions to us every day? If you were being shunned, your comments and questions would not have been approved for display. Every single comment and question you have made has been approved and given good attention. In fact, other readers might "justifiably" accuse us of not caring about other people having the opportunity to ask their questions by allowing you to fill up the conversation thread.
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-11 20:44:16


Did you know that Jesus was perfect? Was perfection in another man that God made incarnated? The fact is some people strongly religious are judgmental about how different other people are, and shun them out of not accepting the fact they have no belief tied to "generalizations." As what you stated relying only on generalizations is not logical and not consistent of critical thinking.

When strong believers in religion judge, they judge on their belief and opinion, and not based on what they do. Judging someone of their action is one thing, but opinion is another. Plus we all have to respect other people's opinions. Okay, I was not specific by the meaning "perfect."

I keep sending in questions and replies everyday because I wonder if you just don't accept other people's opinions. Everyone has opinions that is a fact, like it or not. No two people are alike in every way. So, if JOB is another perfect man, what does that tell you..? that every man and woman made by GOD is absolutely perfect inside and out?

That was never taught! And another thing interesting is as I get your insight of your interpretation and I read all the details of your replies and questions....I am actually getting to know how different your view is from mine on how we had been taught. And cause of belief, you mean implicating right? That is what I felt to when it comes down to the fact that you stated, most people don't care about the truth.

That got me to wonder if what your implying specifically means your one of those people who don't care. I think that we all unnoticeably interpret scripture in-depth differently from others. And some people might question if those people including yourself really do care and accept that as a fact, even though the Bible of course is indeed generally not man's opinion.
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-11 21:39:17


To Zach:

You write, "
I keep sending in questions and replies everyday because I wonder if you just don't accept other people's opinions."

Our response: When any man's opinion differs from God's, we don't accept it. How many times have we made that clear? The fact that we will not place man's opinion above God appears to be extremely important or perhaps disturbing to you that you find the time to write so many comments/questions to us on a daily basis.

How does Job being perfect prompt a question like: "every man and woman made by GOD is absolutely perfect inside and out?" Also, we have dealt with the so-called various "interpretations" of God's word through scripture. Please do not keep repeating yourself as if trying to force us to believe according to the status quo.
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-11 21:55:03


I was skeptical....how can you be so sure that exactly everything from the main fact that you and others on this site is exactly what God is saying and meaning? How can that be done precisely without letting out something that is not what is exactly stated from the Bible?
by: Zach
Posted on 2011-09-11 22:05:43


To Zach:

You have a Bible. You can verify everything we have stated that it says. If you don't believe the statements of the word of God, that has nothing to do with us. Remember, we didn't inspire these writings. However, we believe them, and we will not be moved from them.
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2011-09-11 22:14:42


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