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    STUDIA THEOLOGIA ORTHODOXA - Issue no. 2 / 2013  
         
  Article:   THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY AS GIFT – A MANIFESTATION OF THE IMAGE OF GOD IN MAN.

Authors:  ŞTEFAN ILOAIE.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  The quality of being an “image”, which man receives from God, grants him with the status of a spiritual being, with a free, conscious and personal will, but also a responsible one. Man is capable and responsible of doing or not doing what is good. There is no action, deed, thought, intention which man do not have or which does not belong, totally or partially, to man’s responsibility. The subject of responsibility is the free and conscious person. Responsibility is part of man’s being. Without responsibility, there is no redemption, either for him, or for the creation whose center is he. The term “responsibility” is not to be found, in that form, in the Holy Scripture. But the meaning of human responsibility is revealed in the biblical texts, especially in those places where it is said about man’s freedom of action, about the motivation and the effects of his deeds, about guilt and reward, about the relations between him and God, between him and his neighbours. Responsibility is a gift of God, offered in order that man may grow spiritually, may constantly do what is good and may work his resemblance with his Creator. Within the postmodern social, cultural and economic context, the assuming of the Christian moral responsibility in a personal and communitarian, integral, correct and definitive way, is one of the necessary major answers of each of us, but also of the Church in its plenitude.

Keywords: responsibility, image of God, person, gift.
 
         
     
         
         
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