In biblical teaching, religion and morality are intimately connected: the religious person is a moral person, and vice versa, Psa 14:1.
Biblical ethics are
- personal – they are grounded in the character or God: we are to be holy because he is holy, Lev 19:2. They are addressed to persons who must make thoughtful decisions, Lev 26:3; Phil 4:8f.
- theistic – they focus on God. To know God is to practice righteousness and justice, Jer 22:15f.
- internal – concerned with the response of the heart, rather than merely outward acts, 1 Sam 16:7; Isa 1:11-18; Jer 7:21-23; Ho 6:6; Mic 6:6-8′
- future-oriented. Moral acts have eternal consequences, especially given a belief in the resurrection of the body, Job 19:26-27; Ps 49:13-15; Isa 26:19; Dan 12:2-3; 2 Pet 3:11-12.
- universal – setting the same standard for every nation and person on earth, Gen 18:25; Isa 13-23; Jer 45-51; Eze 25-32; Dan 2; 7 Am 1-2, Obadiah; Jonah; and Nahum.
Based on the relevant article in Holman Bible Dictionary