Highest Law an Introduction

Written by Terry Dashner

Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner…………

Introduction to a new series… Today I begin a series on supreme law. The debate today among those who determinerepparttar constitutionality of our laws is this: Isrepparttar 113456 Constitution ofrepparttar 113457 United Statesrepparttar 113458 highest law inrepparttar 113459 land or is God’s law supreme. If God’s law is Sovereign overrepparttar 113460 entire universe, then abortion is wrong because it terminates life that only God can give or take away. If God’s law is above all creation, then neither men nor governments may deny another man his “inalienable” rights to live with freedom and liberty. If God’s law is Chief, then no one may deny anyonerepparttar 113461 right to praise, honor, and worship God. We are commanded by scripture (it isn’t optional) to “declarerepparttar 113462 glory” of our God.

Onrepparttar 113463 other hand, ifrepparttar 113464 U.S. Constitution isrepparttar 113465 highest law, then government—executive, legislative, or judicial—may deny or redefine life, liberty, andrepparttar 113466 pursuit of happiness as they please. Ifrepparttar 113467 people of America decide to redefine life, they may do so by vote. Ifrepparttar 113468 Supreme Court ofrepparttar 113469 United States rules that prayer in schools orrepparttar 113470 Ten Commandments is to be banned from all government facilities, then so be it. Ifrepparttar 113471 U. S. Constitution is above God’s law, then voting Americans may rule for or nullify God’s law, with impunity.

You may be like me and seerepparttar 113472 difficulty of choosing man’s law above God’s law. You may read this and disagree with me. That’s your right to do so. But who gives you and merepparttar 113473 right to disagree? Is itrepparttar 113474 state or God? I want to ask you something. Which was first: law or man? You may be thinking what a silly question that is. You answer that man was first and then came law to govern man and protect him in his home and community. The question is answered, you may think.

I demur. I think that law was fist, and then came man. Why do I say this? I say this because I believe that God isrepparttar 113475 first cause inrepparttar 113476 universe (philosophical concept—will explain it another day). He was inrepparttar 113477 beginning before man was. God wasrepparttar 113478 Law unto Himself. By His Law He hasrepparttar 113479 right to exist because He isrepparttar 113480 self-existing one. Nothing, no power, no authority inrepparttar 113481 entire universe can deny Him this. He hasrepparttar 113482 right to speak because He spokerepparttar 113483 universe into existence (that includes creating man). He hasrepparttar 113484 right to create life because He made man fromrepparttar 113485 “dust ofrepparttar 113486 earth”; God “breathed into man’s nostrils and man became” an animated being. God created man in His image; therefore, man is given God rights. God’s Law is innate and universal. Man is endowed by His Creator to live, to speak, to create, and no man may take that right away.

Highest Law...lesson one

Written by Terry Dashner

Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner….

Higher Law series Lesson one

“The Bible declaresrepparttar Highest Law”

Some ofrepparttar 113455 greatest discoveries in archeology have been ancient civilizations’ codes of law. For example Hammurabi,repparttar 113456 sixth king ofrepparttar 113457 Amorites, compiled and simplified a code of laws for his people about 1700 years beforerepparttar 113458 birth of Christ. This code of laws is known asrepparttar 113459 Code of Hammurabi. The Mosaic Law of Israel, which came later, is not unlikerepparttar 113460 Code of Hammurabi. Both systems of law provide moral, civil, and criminal codes for each respective civilization. There is, however, a significant difference betweenrepparttar 113461 Code of Hammurabi andrepparttar 113462 Mosaic Law. The difference makesrepparttar 113463 Mosaic Law unique from all other codes of law. The Mosaic Law is monotheistic (one God) and given to Israel by God Himself. Because of this truth,repparttar 113464 Mosaic Law has been revered throughout Israel’s history as sacred and has helped sustain Israel as a Hebrew people to this very day. This feat alone is supernatural, considering Israel’s long history. (Scattered for 2000 years throughout all nations ofrepparttar 113465 earth, they returned to their nation in 1948 and remain there to this day.)

I believe that every ancient civilization that has ever existed onrepparttar 113466 face ofrepparttar 113467 earth has either pledged to, or rejected some system of law. Why do I make this blanket statement? The Bible says that every man who has ever lived onrepparttar 113468 earth has witnessedrepparttar 113469 reality of God by seeing Him revealed in His orderly expanse. Every man born is born with a conscience that should guide him to God (Romans chapter one). I believe that law is good and ordained of God to protect, preserve, and propel civilizations forward. After all, history teaches us that great civilizations flourish when law, government, and enterprise are upheld.

What doesrepparttar 113470 Bible say about law and order? It says much. I want to share some scriptures with you that underscorerepparttar 113471 necessity ofrepparttar 113472 rule of law in society. In Exodus 19: 5 we read, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Althoughrepparttar 113473 whole earth is mine, (6) you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These arerepparttar 113474 words you are to speak torepparttar 113475 Israelites.” Hererepparttar 113476 Lord tells Israel that they will be unique from all other nations if they revere Him. What I glean from this scripture is that any nation is unique to God if it willingly honors God. God is not a “respecter of persons.” He does not prefer one nation to another nation, either. What He does for one, He will do for anyone who meets His conditions.

Throughout Israel’s early history all crimes were crimes against God. Why was this true? It was true because God wanted to be Israel’s King forever and fight her battles for her (I Samuel 12:9-10). The day that Israel refused God as her King, because she wanted to be likerepparttar 113477 other nations, isrepparttar 113478 day she began to stumble, eventually falling into gentile captivity. God expected His people to follow His Law or sufferrepparttar 113479 consequences. The consequences could be severe. God never overlooked wrongdoing because of His love for His people, but in love He punishedrepparttar 113480 “wrongdoer.” There is nothing wrong with “aversive conditioning” which is known in psychology as “classical conditioning”,repparttar 113481 use of punishment to deter bad behavior. Once again, upholding right and wrong byrepparttar 113482 threat of punishment orrepparttar 113483 promise of reward is not a bad thing. It sets guidelines; defines boundaries; it maintains order. The Bible says that God is notrepparttar 113484 author of confusion. He isrepparttar 113485 God of order. God is for law and order.

Also,repparttar 113486 Mosaic Law regarded all life as sacred, unlike other nations’ codes of law. The Bible declares that man is made inrepparttar 113487 image and likeness of God. Man isrepparttar 113488 highest rank of all God’s creation. The Bible says that Christians are ranked above angels inrepparttar 113489 created order. Man is given a privileged position in creation’s rank and file; therefore, human life is especially precious to God. It should be special to man. Time does not allow me to cover everythingrepparttar 113490 Bible states regardingrepparttar 113491 rule of law; however, I would like to conclude this study with some scriptures that speak to moral and civil laws. God’s moral laws are universal. It’s just as wrong to murder in America as it is to murder someone in England, France, Australia or anywhere else on this planet. It is never right.

Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner

God will judge all men of all ages in eternity if they refuse to accept His standard that can be met only in Jesus Christ, God’s perfect sacrifice.

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