Do Moral Laws Exist?
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)
WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE LAW OF GRAVITY because we have hit the ground and skinned our knees. Ladders and the top of the house are great teachers on the power of gravity. Oh yes, and when we hit the ground, we encounter the law of impenetrability: “two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time.”
If I can remember from Fed Wiley’s physics class at Homestead High School, there are also the laws of hydraulics, inertia, magnetic-electric, thermo-dynamics, and several other unbreakable laws.
WHEN I TRAVEL, I TAKE NOTE OF THE BRIDGES we go under and note how they are built and how they are supported. Every bridge we cross is a community of engineering. But are there moral laws that are as exact as the physical laws? I believe so. There’s even a book that describes them with warnings about the consequences of ignoring them.
MORAL LAWS REQUIRE AN AUTHOR AND AN ABIDING AUTHORITY for the execution of these laws. This author-authority figure calls Himself God, Jehovah, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Father, and several other names. When Moses asked Him His name, He said, “say that I AM hath sent you;” The ever-present one who has no beginning and no ending. He is the everlasting Father. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:5-6)
MORAL LAWS RADIATE FROM THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF GOD and have always existed. When God created the heavens and the earth, they immediately began communicating that there is an Almighty Designer. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power [authority] and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20)
THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION SAYS: We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”
The infrastructure of Western Civilization is built around the laws given to us by Almighty God. We ignore these laws to our own peril. Things are right because God says they are right. Things are wrong because God says they are wrong. There is a penalty for violation of what God has shown us. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
WHEN I WAS WORKING AS A LOBBYIST in the N.C. Legislature, the CEO of the N.C. Association of Churches came to me and said: “You can’t have a religious reason for a political position.” I was stunned and handed it back to him: “You may not have a religious reason for a political position, but I do!”
I REMINDED HIM THAT NONE OF THE 170 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE came to Raleigh to pass bills into law that had nothing to do with what they believed in. They worked at passing bills that reflected their deepest-held beliefs. All laws are passed because people believe what they vote for or else they vote for it because it is the lesser of two evils before them.
WE SEE THIS STUPIDITY REFLECTED BY SOME WHO WANT to avoid the appearance of being religious in defending the right-to-life of the unborn. If the thinking of mere men governs the right to life, then the thinking of men has an equal right to put the unborn to death.
A NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR, an old farmer, closed the door of his office one day and told me in hushed tone: “if we don’t kill these illegitimate babies, we will have to sell our farms to pay the cost of raising and educating them.” He was a long-time leader in his church in his home town and out of his mouth was coming the vile values of atheism.
IF THERE IS NO MORAL AUTHORITY, then it’s ok for me to shoot you and take your cow and it’s ok for you to shoot me. If my life is safe only because of politicians, then I may not be safe for very long. Some political group may decide that my kind is worthy of death.
ADOLF HITLER NAZI GERMANY called old people “useless bread eaters” and upon that idea they invaded the homes of thousands of old people during the night and hauled them off to be put to death: over 300,000 of them…Germans. This was before they got around to killing six million Jews. If there is no moral authority, Hitler was his own moral authority and who could tell him he was wrong? No, the authority must be higher than a legislative body or a wild-eyed dictator.
WE SEE THE AUDACITY OF PEOPLE WHO DEFY THE LIVING GOD in restructuring marriage laws to include sodomy. God warns us about this through the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; (2Peter 2:4-6)
GOD SAID TO JEREMIAH: Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? (Jeremiah 9:9) Here is the principle of God’s moral authority over nations. Someone said: ”The wheels of God’s justice grind slowly but they grind exceedingly fine.”
THE ISSUE IS NOT WHICH SIN WILL GET YOU INTO TROUBLE WITH GOD. If it doesn’t matter to you what God thinks about it, regardless of what it is that you know is wrong, you are in trouble with Him.
BE ASSURED THAT MORAL LAWS EXIST FROM THE HAND OF GOD and that He presides over individuals and nations in holding us accountable. The good news is:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
FEBRUARY 7, 2019 - THURSDAY
A.M. Leviticus 1-3 P.M. Matthew 24:23-51
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Good Verses to Memorize:
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luke 19:40)
Song for Today:
Come Thou Almighty King (2:13) (Coral Ridge Hour)
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Health Tip: Today I scanned several pages in the Merck Manual, the standard reference book among hospital nurses for several years. I was looking for “Gall stones; Gall bladders.” Several months ago, a surgeon had my gall bladder photographed and it was about 1/3 full. He wanted to take it out, but it was one of the “silent” gallbladders, so I told him to please take good care of himself in case I should need him to remove my gall bladder on his day off.
Four out of a thousand gall bladder surgeries result in death. Not very high but, like lightening striking, commands respect. In days past, the doctors with a strong connection to herbs had their patients drink Dandelion Root Tea. Some doctors still do. There’s a list of known things that will dissolve gallstones. If they hang up in the outgoing tube, it can be painful…and worse. I have visited a lot of “gall stones” in the hospital.
Merck and other books acknowledge that many people never know they have gallstones. When Americans went on the low-fat and no-fat binge, the gallbladder problem went through the ceiling! The liver bile that is stored in he gallbladder is intended to squirt itself into the tube when fat comes through. Bile is a heavy-duty detergent. If there’s no fat, then the bile stays in the gallbladder, thickens, and forms stones. There may be other factors but that seems to be the biggie.
Instead of coffee, I recently went online and found me a pound of ground Dandelion root and make a quart of tea every morning. Not bad. I drink half of it at breakfast and the rest during the day or at night. A tsp of honey stirred in while it’s hot makes a nice sweet hint without going overboard. Two handy books: Merck’s Manual for the Home, and The Herb Book by John Lust. Sell your shoes and use the money to buy these books. Drink lot’s of water, gallstones or no gallstones. Your gut and kidneys will thank you.