How is a code of ethics different from a contractual agreement, the bill of rights, and the ten commandments?

How is a code of ethics different from a contractual agreement? The Bill of Rights? The Ten Commandments?Why do you think codes of ethics are so compelling? Why are we drawn to them!

3 Responses to “How is a code of ethics different from a contractual agreement, the bill of rights, and the ten commandments?”

  1. Gaven Blackwell says:

    Contractual agreements, generally dictate the terms and agreements decided upon to make sure that a promise is kept and keep people honest in a transaction, requiring that it is signed and understood.. The Bill of Rights is a contract between government and the people it governs to keep those reasonable rights and privileges decided on by vote and by having the right to redress government. Two years ago some members of Congress and Senate Tried to Stop the Redress of the people to the Government. They were Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, in violation of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution!

    The Ten Commandments are the foundation for most moral agreements. The first 4 are between God and Man, the other 6 of the Ten Commandments are how to live and treat other People… all this requires is trust and commitment to keep those Ten Commandments. Jesus added one to love one another.John 13:34…People are drawn to contratural and other agreements to have a sense of security. IIt is the only way to maintain relative order and prevent anarchy.

  2. Maddison Wordsworth says:

    A contractual agreement is one that parties enter into freely and sign stating they intend to abide by all stipulations in the agreement. The Bill of Rights is what the US government states every citizen is entitled to under it’s laws. The Ten Commandments are a set of rules and standards which address how people should live in order to have a society that can survive without total chaos. It is also believed that these commandments are the actual laws of God. A Code of Ethics is something which is drawn up to uphold law and order for positions of authority. Example, Doctors, Lawyers, Government Officials and so on. There is no signing an agreement on this code. It exists by law and must be followed by certain people in Authority in order to try and keep corruption from occuring.. It does not always work, as we know, but at least it’s there and when it does work, we are all much better off for it. I believe people are drawn to these rules in the belief that this will help society from spinning out of control. Everyone seems to need some kind of guidelines to follow which can hopefully help them live a decent life with libertiies and freedom but without infringing on the rights and freedoms of others.

  3. Bria Fellows says:

    A code of ethics is a set of rules for moral behaviour, and will reflect the mores of your culture, such as a taboo on cannibalism for instance. But not if you were raised as a head-hunter who believe cannibalism takes your enemies’ mana and makes you stronger.
    The Bill of Rights is a set of priviledges your Rulers have decided to give you as a citizen, and is only binding within your borders – they are not really rights, as people in dictatorships or theocracies don’t have any. The Bills of Rights of Countries that have them are in fact one form of a contractual agreement, in this case between the Government and the governed.
    Contracts are just a legally binding agreement, and need not have anything to do with morality or ethics.
    The 10 Commandments are a basic code of ethics – given as Laws to the Hebrew people, they continue to guide Jews, Christians and to some extent Muslims in the basics of good behaviour. Note that “Thou shalt not Kill” was mis-translated and should be read as “Thou shalt not Murder”. There has been lots of misunderstandings of that one – it’s not unethical to defend yourself or those you love from evil, and by extension that includes your tribe, Nation or civilization in time of War.
    For Christians the 11th Commandment is the basis of all right behaviour: ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it. You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.”