Natural Law, Natural Allies — reblogged from DeHavelle.com

The Glory of St. Thomas Aquinas, detail. Paris, Musée du Louvre.
The Glory of St. Thomas Aquinas, detail. Paris, Musée du Louvre.

Keith DeHavelle is one of the reasons I consider blogging great fun. He has a sharp mind and insights I would not gain on my own. Yet when Liberals shriek over the glories of diversity, they ignore people like . It is the differences in our appearances they glorify, not the differences in our thoughts and beliefs.

The following is ‘s take on Natural Law. Note the direction from which  approaches this subject.

From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.

I have written elsewhere about the separation of church and state; to me, this should not be a large bone of contention. The point that seems to come up frequently involves the phrase “inalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence and how it is to be understood.

Natural Law

A key element of the difference has to do with this famous line in the Declaration of Independence:

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.

To a non-theist, there is another passage nearby that helps clarify:

“… the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them …”

This line suggests that, at least to the writers (mostly Thomas Jefferson) and acceptably enough to the signers, “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” is blended together in a way that makes the resulting laws arguably a single body. This concept has been referred to by religious and non-religious alike as “Natural Law,” which addresses both moral and legal concepts. (continued here)

Why  is not religious I am not certain.  However, when we choose our political allies and our friends, I don’t think the label they put upon themselves matters as much as their conduct.

I would like to address something you said.

I make no secret of the fact that I am not religious at all. Citizen Tom often asserts that only by accepting God, or sometimes Jesus as personal savior, can conservatives hope to save the country. To this, I disagree, obviously, but I don’t attack him for this, I simply remind him that there are others fighting the same fight with him that, despite their different religious mindset, are potent allies. We equally revere the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the nation thus founded, and we are equally concerned about the damage done to this nation.

Christians don’t win anyone to the faith by either judging them or attacking them personally. We may object to certain forms of conduct, but God, not man, sorts out eternity. And God does not use the label we put upon ourselves.

What often passes for conventional Christian wisdom says that if we have heard the Gospel and refuse to accept it, we are damned. That may be true in part, but I don’t think we understand exactly how Jesus will judge us. The Bible does say Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46), and it seems He will keep those who love their fellow man.

What seems to matter to God is what is written in our heart.

Romans 2:12-16 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

When we choose our friends and allies, what people say they believe does matter. However, when someone who refuses to call himself a Christian still behaves like a Christian, something of Christ must be written in their hearts. And when someone who calls himself a Christian, but behaves like a greedy thug, what is written in their hearts must be foul and dark. Yet only God is fit to judge for only He can see what is written in our hearts.

So why do I say we need a Christian revival? No matter what we do, our nation will pass away. As far as I know, the Bible does not even mentioned the United States. However, the growing decadence of our nation provides ample evidence that too many do not know of Christ. These are souls in peril of damnation, souls who need to hear the Word.

We have Bibles everywhere, but our schools and the corporate mass media have told children for generations that the Bible does not matter. What I want those who believe what they were taught — what I want those who take the corporate mass media seriously to understand — is that the people who told us the Bible does not matter are dead wrong.

Anyway, it seems to me you represent yourself honorably. So I welcome you as a political ally. I wish you would openly accept Christ, but He left that choice to us. Yet if you have allowed the words of our savior to be written upon your heart (even if you have trouble believing in Jesus), I suspect that is what matters to Him, but it is God who knows the heart of man. We cannot understand God.

Luke 16:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

(from here)

When the Apostle Paul wrote Romans, the New Testament was still being written. The Jews then had all of God’s Word. Yet unless they allowed God to write that law in their hearts they would not obey it, but who can see what is written on someone’s heart?

Do some obey God and still deny they know Him? That is a question God only can answer. All I know is some say they know God, and I see no evidence of it in their conduct or in their words. So I think it wiser when I choose my friends and allies to set labels aside consider a man’s character in word and deeds.

5 thoughts on “Natural Law, Natural Allies — reblogged from DeHavelle.com

  1. Natural law and Divine Law is a choice we all are faced with. When you ally yourself with someone you make a choice. The issue then becomes whether or not you make a good choice. Then you have to decide what definition of a good choice that pertains to the meaning of natural law. When you look up Wikipedia definitions of natural law you find numerous philosophical choices you can decide from to define natural law.

    I chose to pick the Plato’s definition.

    “The Form of the Good is the cause of all things and when it is seen it leads a person to act wisely.”

    That then leads you to have to make a choice of what is wise. I chose to pick this King Solomon definition.

    Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear Yahweh and relinquish evil. (Proverb 3:7)

    As for the choosing KIeth as an ally, I agree with you he is a good choice of a good ally. However, I will always be wary of Kieth because I also know he is a mere mortal. I say this because I believe there is also another “natural” law philosopher of sorts, who has been floating around in time influencing all of us mere mortals into making “evil laws.” Read the news and every day you witness more evidence of this floating influence. Kieth is wise, but he is also vulnerable. Pray for Kieth.

    There has also been over time many instances of good laws and evil laws recorded in history.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    References

    https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Natural_law

    ttps://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/king-solomon-and-atheism/

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  2. Reblogged this on Rudy u Martinka and commented:

    What is a natural law?

    After reading and commenting on this blog article, I read two Chicago Tribune news articles today. One explaining the long term effects of HIV and the other about possible term limits for Supreme Court members.

    Keeping in mind, one of hundreds of definitions of natural law is this.

    “The Form of the Good is the cause of all things and when it is seen it leads a person to act wisely.”

    The Supreme Court is about to decide on a universal law for gay in our nation. The question still unsolved is whether or not gay is one hundred percent a result of nature of nurture. If it is natural, the question then becomes, how could something that is natural be good and wise, if the possible result of the practice causes HIV and a host of other communicable diseases?

    If the Supreme Court decides in favor, will they in effect be making a decision to ally the entire nation into believing gay is natural? You can then decide if their decision will also in effect be a good law to “lead a person to act wisely.”

    In my opinion, there should be no law to decide this issue because laws serve to influence or nurture behavior. After the decision is announced, you decide if perhaps term limits should also apply to the Supreme Court?

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