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.

A month in the life of the drug war

Written by Kurt St. Angelo

A month inrepparttar life ofrepparttar 113454 drug war by Kurt St. Angelo @2005 Libertarian Writers' Bureau

Nearrepparttar 113455 end of my Libertarian campaign for Marion County Prosecutor in Indianapolis in 2002, I noted stories by news partners WTHR-TV Channel 13 (NBC) andrepparttar 113456 Indianapolis Star newspaper that supported my outspoken political position againstrepparttar 113457 war on drugs. There were very few news stories, if any, which did not support my view.

It is my Libertarian view thatrepparttar 113458 drug prohibition policies of Democrats and Republicans are ineffective, wasteful, hypocritical, and destructive. The policies are a leading – if notrepparttar 113459 leading – cause of crime in America, including violent crimes. As odd as this may seem, Americans overwhelmingly vote for policies that actually promote crime. For example ... The first notation I made was on October 31 when WTHR reported that two suspects were arrested for shooting an Anderson, Indiana police officer inrepparttar 113460 hand during an armed robbery of a drug store. The thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars in narcotics including hydrocodone and Oxycontin.

Suspect Jack Lankford, who looked to be in his forties, admitted to being a drug addict since he was 15 or 16. Thatrepparttar 113461 police wanted to know ifrepparttar 113462 two suspects were tied to a string of drug store heists suggests that they recognize a causal relationship between addiction, prohibition and crime that leaders of both major parties have not been willing to admit.

On November 3,repparttar 113463 Star reported that illegal drug exchanges betweenrepparttar 113464 elderly is both common and risky – because such illegal drug users are "out ofrepparttar 113465 loop" of doctor protection. Three days later,repparttar 113466 Star carried an article about how between 1997 and 2000, doctors prescribed medications to adults that potentially caused 3,750 serious injuries, birth defects and deaths in children under 2 years old. Statistically, this makes drug companies and doctors hundreds of times more dangerous to children than, say, marijuana dealers.

On November 4, Steve Johnson of WTHR presented a report about car theft. He interviewed inmate Shawn Jackson who admitted to stealing cars to support a drug habit. "Every time a thief takes a car in our state it drives up every drivers' insurance," Johnson said. Given this, wouldn’t we be smarter to give Jacksonrepparttar 113467 freedom to get drugs cheaply so that he wouldn’t need to steal cars, or as many of them? That’s what we’ve done for decades at methadone treatment centers, withrepparttar 113468 goal of reducing theft.

On November 5,repparttar 113469 Star reported that a woman pleaded guilty to selling her Oxycontin prescriptions. Like heroin and methadone, Oxycontin is an opiate. Some users crushrepparttar 113470 tablet and swallow, snort or injectrepparttar 113471 drug for rapid and intense heroin-like highs. Surely this abuse is not rare inrepparttar 113472 over 7 million OxyContin prescriptions legally filled inrepparttar 113473 U.S. each year.

On November 8,repparttar 113474 Star carried an AP story about seven people charged in drug-weapons plots involving al-Qaida and a Colombian paramilitary group. Without drug prohibition, these groups would get only one-tenthrepparttar 113475 money for their opium and cocaine than they do today. Prohibition isrepparttar 113476 best funding mechanism ever devised for terrorists and drug cartels. Ending it, and allowingrepparttar 113477 free market to addressrepparttar 113478 demand for drugs, isrepparttar 113479 only responsible alternative. On November 13,repparttar 113480 Star reported that a drug dealer received 25 years for his role in importing drugs to this state. (Contrast this with WTHR's report on November 23 about a repeat child-molester named George Vance who recently served only nine months.) Despiterepparttar 113481 success of drug stings,repparttar 113482 police cast doubt on whether they can cutrepparttar 113483 flow of drugs. "Unfortunately, drugs have such a grip that someone else will be (ready to sell them) because there is money to be made," saidrepparttar 113484 article’s quoted expert.

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