Highest Law...conclusion

Written by Terry Dashner

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

Higher Law series Lesson Three

“Evolution of Inalienable Rights”

A conclusion…

“The Dawning of a New Day”

History is divided into three parts: ancient history,repparttar Middle Ages, andrepparttar 113458 current Modern era. The greatest turn in history wasrepparttar 113459 Reformation inrepparttar 113460 modern era of history. The Reformation birthed and nurtured science, art, and religion like no other period of history before it. I’m going to continue my topic onrepparttar 113461 sacredness of human life as it evolved fromrepparttar 113462 heights ofrepparttar 113463 Reformation to its fall in present day America. Once again, I begin withrepparttar 113464 teachings of John Calvin inrepparttar 113465 late 16th century.

On July 10, 1509, John Calvin, destined to become one ofrepparttar 113466 most influential Protestant leaders of all time, was born in Noyon (nwa-yon), France. After studying law andrepparttar 113467 liberal arts and masteringrepparttar 113468 ancient classical books, Calvin became associated with a group of Renaissance French scholars who were very critical of Romanism. Sometime before 1534, Calvin later described, God “subdued…[his] heart to docility [obedience] by sudden conversion,” and Calvin was henceforth committed torepparttar 113469 Protestant faith. Calvin hadrepparttar 113470 opportunity to put many of his ideas into practice inrepparttar 113471 city of Geneva, Switzerland. Exiled Protestants from all over Europe found refuge in Calvin’s Geneva. Future leaders ofrepparttar 113472 Reformation in other lands received training inrepparttar 113473 basics of faith and practice, and Geneva became known asrepparttar 113474 “Protestant Rome.” John Knoxrepparttar 113475 Scottish Reformation leader, who spent several years in exile in Geneva, calledrepparttar 113476 city “the most perfect school of Christ.”

Atrepparttar 113477 heart of Calvin’s system of theology is his strong belief inrepparttar 113478 sovereignty of God. Calvin believed that God “predestines” all things according to His own will. Everything God does is for His glory, although finite man does not understand God’s ways. Calvin applied his teaching concerningrepparttar 113479 sovereignty of God to everyday life in Geneva. He sought to build a Christian community based uponrepparttar 113480 Word of God. Takingrepparttar 113481 Bible, especiallyrepparttar 113482 Old Testament, as his law book, Calvin made sure thatrepparttar 113483 city statutes conformed to scriptural teaching. He stressedrepparttar 113484 independence of church and state, but he believed that both were subject torepparttar 113485 rule of God. He asserted thatrepparttar 113486 duty ofrepparttar 113487 state was to promote piety, punish evildoers, and assistrepparttar 113488 church by providing an atmosphere that would encouraged godliness inrepparttar 113489 lives of church members. The Geneva city council adopted his teaching issued orders forbidding dancing, drunkenness, and gambling, and requiring everyone to attend church services.

The Separatists of England adopted Calvin’s emphasis onrepparttar 113490 rule of law. The Separatists of England becamerepparttar 113491 Pilgrims who journeyed torepparttar 113492 “New World.” The Mayflower Compact that was drafted inrepparttar 113493 Boston Harbor byrepparttar 113494 Pilgrims was a model of government rooted inrepparttar 113495 ideas of Calvinism. Calvin’s rule of law was rooted inrepparttar 113496 Old Testament ofrepparttar 113497 Bible. Fromrepparttar 113498 Pilgrim’s Compact camerepparttar 113499 foundation of America’s Constitution andrepparttar 113500 Bill of Rights. There were other ideas that would seedrepparttar 113501 Declaration of Independence andrepparttar 113502 U. S. Constitution, which came fromrepparttar 113503 Age of Reason (18th century). For example, political reform was one ofrepparttar 113504 chief concerns ofrepparttar 113505 18th century philosophes (social reformers ofrepparttar 113506 Enlightenment). John Lock, who certainly was not a friend to religion, advancedrepparttar 113507 idea that men possess certain natural and inalienable rights—rights that can not be transferred or surrendered. Also, Montesquieu believed in political reform. He believed that government should be separated into three powers:repparttar 113508 executive,repparttar 113509 legislative, and judicial. Time and space does not allow me to mention others like Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, and their works of literature that were spawning new forms of government throughoutrepparttar 113510 world, namely England (Glorious Revolution), America (American Revolution), and France (Revolution).

Highest Law...lesson two

Written by Terry Dashner

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

Higher Law series Lesson Two

“Evolution of Inalienable Rights”

The Bible declares that man is created inrepparttar image and likeness of God. The Bibles says that God used His own hands to form man out of clay; therefore, man is inexorably connected torepparttar 113457 earth. Maybe that’s why man is at his best when he’s outdoors, close torepparttar 113458 soil. Man is just more in tune with himself andrepparttar 113459 scheme of things when his hands are in dirt. Man can listen to God. Man can hear God speak because God gave him a spirit with ears to hear. Man can see God’s beauty. Man sees God’s hand revealed in His creation; and looking atrepparttar 113460 great expanse, man cries out to God because he needs, he’s made for God’s fellowship. Man is unique inrepparttar 113461 created rank and file. He’s made to reflect God’s image.

Man is made like God so that he might care for his own. Man is caretaker to his wife and children because God is eternal caretaker. Man esteems, he honors his wife and children. And they respect him. God honors those who honor Him. Man seeks fulfillment and peace because God isrepparttar 113462 Prince of Peace. Man is created in God’s image to be like Him, to find his peace in Him, to worship Him. Man is a special being inrepparttar 113463 created order.

If this is true, then why is man so prone to evil? Man is a “fallen” creature. He has stooped to sin and unless he turns to his God for rescue, he playsrepparttar 113464 opposite to a good and merciful Creator. Because man is made like God, he hasrepparttar 113465 potential to do “good” or with his free will (God is a free moral agent) choose to do evil. And it can be a destructive evil—killing, maiming, slandering, deceiving, hurting, fracturing, splintering, dividing, and conducting terrorism inrepparttar 113466 name of a god.

Nonetheless, man and woman are God’s highest created beings, just under God. The Bible says, “When I consider your heavens,repparttar 113467 work of your fingers,repparttar 113468 moon andrepparttar 113469 stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,repparttar 113470 son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower thanrepparttar 113471 heavenly beings [Or than God] and crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8: 4-5). Because humanity is so loved by God, He has gone to extremes to win humanity’s love. The greatest feat that God performed for man, in reason to rescue him, was allowing Jesus to redeem (purchase, ransom paid in full) man from sin. That’s what Calvary was all about. God is still rescuing men and women throughrepparttar 113472 Cross. Any one who cries out to Jesus for rescue, according to scripture, will be eternally saved.

“Where it all started”

I’ve chosen this reminder aboutrepparttar 113473 uniqueness of humanity for one reason. I plan to write aboutrepparttar 113474 lifting of human life to its rightful place of sanctity by outlining its history fromrepparttar 113475 Roman Empire (the sanctity of life was at its lowest ebb) torepparttar 113476 present day. I will endeavor to discloserepparttar 113477 sanctity of human life as it has progressed from its worst regard of infanticide in Rome, to its lifting by “inalienable rights” inrepparttar 113478 Enlightenment, to its abortion by choice in present day America. As it has been said so it is true. When good men do nothing, evil men play havoc. Let’s begin.

Life was considered sacred torepparttar 113479 Jew. God instructed Israel to celebrate life, to protect it, to care for it. This does not seem to berepparttar 113480 case with a casual reading ofrepparttar 113481 Old Testament. It appears quiterepparttar 113482 opposite. Israel is led in one brutal war after another. Carnage is everywhere present. But why did Israel fight? The Bible is clear on this point. God wanted a race of people, a nation to be His instrument of righteousness torepparttar 113483 world. He wanted a nation that was unique, unlikerepparttar 113484 polytheistic and devil worshipping nations around them. It was imperative that Israel remained a nation of right standing with God and His law and order. God would one day bring His Son into

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