Highest Law an Introduction

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This should be an interesting study, controversial nonetheless. Even if you follow this series and disagree, donít delete it in disgust. Write your rebuttal and I will forward it for everyone to read. One reason I write is to test my own views. Just because I am Christian doesnít mean I have to remain ignorant regarding conundrums of life. Wouldnít you agree? It is at this time that I would ordinarily present my outline forrepparttar series; however, Iím not sure where this study will start or where it will end. I do promise to give you something that will be worth your reading time. Once again, thank you forrepparttar 113456 positive words that you have sent me regardingrepparttar 113457 daily devotional materials. I bless you in Jesusí name. I pray that it is well with you allrepparttar 113458 days of your life. Please remember to pray for one another. Keeprepparttar 113459 faith. Jesus is our soon coming King!

Pastor T.

Seriesí Title: ďHigher LawĒ

Purpose of study: To present, through study and writing,repparttar 113460 philosophy of Divine Law asrepparttar 113461 highest law inrepparttar 113462 universe.

Format: Electronic mail daily, Monday through Friday to interested readers.

Writerís position: Godís Law is above manís laws. Man will one day answer to Godís Law either willingly or eternally condemned. There is no third position either God is God and man is subject to Him in eternity, or man is his own god currently and may live in defiance to God (free moral agent) untilrepparttar 113463 final judgment at Christís return.

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Highest Law...lesson one

Written by Terry Dashner

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The Bible also lays down strict laws regarding property losses due to crime. The guilty party is to recompenserepparttar victim. Romans chapter 13 teaches that Christians are to obeyrepparttar 113455 law ofrepparttar 113456 land, resisting only whenrepparttar 113457 national law is opposed to Godís law. The chapter also talks about capital punishment. The state isrepparttar 113458 one entity sanctioned by God to ďbearrepparttar 113459 sword...Ē The Nohaic Covenant establishedrepparttar 113460 right of capital punishment. If a man takesrepparttar 113461 life of another human being by murder, his life is required for that life. (Iíve never understoodrepparttar 113462 logic behind drafting a teenager to fight and die in a war, and then arguing that itís wrong to execute a convicted killer. Maybe we should draftrepparttar 113463 convicted killer to fight and die in our wars and letrepparttar 113464 teenagers go on with their lives.)

We live in an imperfect society. Manís justice can fail. Innocent people can get hurt. Thatís why it is important to adhere to Godís order of society, laid out in His Word. God with His guidance can be our safeguard against injustices. Nevertheless, just because our justice system in America is flawed by imperfect men does not give usrepparttar 113465 right to rebel againstrepparttar 113466 law ofrepparttar 113467 land by refusing to render to Caesar what is Caesarís and to God what is Godís. God has ordained human government. Law and order is good, and God sanctions it forrepparttar 113468 good of all.

If you would, please indulge me in a few personal comments somewhat related to todayís topic.

American patriots were willing to declare war against England for their National Independence. Do you remember why? It involved more than just a complaint about ďtaxation without representation.Ē The American patriots were not lawless men. There had to be a greater cause to rebel rather than unfair trade laws. What was it? As far back in world history asrepparttar 113469 Protestant Reformation, John Calvin who was one ofrepparttar 113470 greatest thinkers and Biblical scholars of all times began to write and publish his views regarding Biblical societies (what they were and how they operate). He believed that societies could function forrepparttar 113471 good ofrepparttar 113472 believer and glorify God. He believed, among other things, that law and order had to be upheld in society to suppressrepparttar 113473 debased nature of man that could be ruthless. His ideas were put into practice and worked well. His teaching influenced many great minds ofrepparttar 113474 day. Together with Calvin, these men and their ideas revolutionized church and state governments. Over time,repparttar 113475 teachings evolved and influenced European groups likerepparttar 113476 Puritans of England. This led torepparttar 113477 expansion of Calvinís ideas of law and order being implemented inrepparttar 113478 ďNew EnglandĒ America. Sorepparttar 113479 philosophy regarding representative rule in government, andrepparttar 113480 sacredness of human life were sown duringrepparttar 113481 Reformation; they were later carried acrossrepparttar 113482 Atlantic byrepparttar 113483 Pilgrims and Puritans to buildrepparttar 113484 ďNew JerusalemĒ, inrepparttar 113485 new world.

Byrepparttar 113486 18th centuryrepparttar 113487 enlightenment age was producing authors that began to expand onrepparttar 113488 idea of manís inalienable rights. These writers agreed that man had God given rights that only God could give or take away. These enlightened writers expressed this in literature thatrepparttar 113489 European intellectuals andrepparttar 113490 American patriots were reading. The thought that men had rights that no government could infringe upon was fanningrepparttar 113491 flames of Revolution in America. Over time these American Revolutionaries began to embrace these ideas and promote them openly as Americaís right to national independence. With this philosophy in hand,repparttar 113492 patriots felt they had a divine right to wage war against England. When they draftedrepparttar 113493 Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they defended their right for Independence against tyranny by underscoring manís divine rights: no human government hadrepparttar 113494 right to supersederepparttar 113495 Highest Law inrepparttar 113496 universe. Godís Law isrepparttar 113497 highest law.

And now here we are over 200 years later in America again divided on whether or notrepparttar 113498 U. S. Constitution isrepparttar 113499 highest law. If it is, then every state and federal law is subject to it, andrepparttar 113500 U.S. Supreme Courtís interpretation ofrepparttar 113501 U. S. Constitution. Iím calling for a revolution, not with sword or rifle. Iím calling for Christians in America to stand up and be counted. Iím calling for Christians to honor Godís Law, His way of doing things. A nation that denounces Godís Law is bound to fail. That is, my friend,repparttar 113502 lesson of history. Pastor T.

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