A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the social norms, religious rules and responsibilities of, and or proper practices for, an individual (Wikipedia).
The first code of conduct issued to mankind, was to Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden.
I have always been fascinated with Adam and Eve’s story, particularly how they made their decision in abiding by the set rule.
What rule where they tasked with? See Genesis 2.
…And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
… And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
It is common knowledge, as to what transpired eventually. The devil, through the serpent, tempted Eve to eat of the only tree for which she and her husband were forbidden from eating- the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet, at their convenience, was the tree of life, which awaited their interest. Clearly, the forbidden attracts. It sends a wild sense of adventure and temptation. They had the choice to choose either life or death. The temptation was much than they could contend with. Based on their attraction to that which was forbidden and had obvious dire consequences, they invariably chose death. Thankfully, Jesus has erased that to offer eternal life.
At the basic level, abiding by a set code of conduct acts as a guide in life or professional practice. It seeks to steer you in the right direction upon which you would build your mark and imprint on life.
A code of conduct is like a measuring scale that weighs you to determine your placement. Those who are comfortable with the prevailing code go steps further to establish their personal or family values; values that would ingrain a standard for their lives and behaviors.
Take interest in the code of conduct around you … at home, in the work place, public places etc. They are not meant to be restrictive of suffocating, but rather serve as a compass to guide you. If the forbidden looms large, do well to note the temptation and take heed!