Where Do Human Rights Come From?

Silence of Mind has written an excellent post here. What do I wish to add in order to amplify my agreement?

Observe that the Constitution is not our nation’s founding document. That honor belongs to the Declaration of Independence. Instead of the day the Constitution was formally ratified, that is why we celebrate July 4th. Whereas the Declaration stated why we needed a new government, the Constitution implemented the kind of government we need to protect our rights.

Why did the people of the 13 American colonies believe their rights were God-given? The Bible tells us that we belong to God, and God commands us to love each other and to respect each other’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Did Thomas Jefferson simply restate a verse or passage that he found in the Bible? No, but the ideas are clearly there.

The Bible says God created us, and He made each of us in His image. So, we belong to God, and He created us as equals in the sense that each of us have the image of God stamped upon us.

The Bible prohibits us from murdering each other. Therefore, we have the right to life.

Does the Bible prohibit us from enslaving each other, taking the liberty of another person? Effectively, yes. The Bible prohibits stealing. If we take another man’s freedom, isn’t that stealing something most precious from that man?

What about the pursuit of happiness, the freedom to use our lives as we each deem best? Do any of us have the right to pressure and force others to believe as we believe? No, The Bible tells us to do unto others what we would have others do unto us. Which of us would want some arrogant soul trying to force us to think and do like him? The Apostle Paul put it this way.

Romans 14:4 New American Standard Bible

4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Silence of Mind

The atheist says1 that human rights come from the government. America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence says:

<i>”All men are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights among them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”</i>

So who do we believe, the atheist who believes that everything just happened all by itself; or do we believe the geniuses who designed the American Republic, the greatest, most just, most prosperous, most technically advanced nation in human history?

The atheist goes on to say,

<i>”In reality, rights are granted by governments. Period. If a government does not grant and protect a right, it is not a right.”</i>

Why is this so wrong?

First, from the Founding to about the mid-1960’s American government was small and its citizens free. The Bill of Rights stated for the first time in history, the rights of…

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  1. Tom, SOM

    King Solomon only used two words to describe the people he observed thoughts and actions, wise or foolish.

    As for whether laws and governing were wise or foolish, he also only used two words, righteousness or wicked,

    In my opinion, the current issue of abortion, or taking an action to kill a living baby forming in the womb of a woman, can only be best described as wicked instead of a derivative of righteousness or a Right,

    As for who is able to decide how our Creator will judge our thoughts and actions as to whether wise or foolish, righteousness or wicked, we humans and legislators need to discern if any choice they pass a law and state is a right would or might be considered either wise or foolish or righteousness or wicked according to the thoughts and action of Christ teaching in the Bible.

    Atheists seem to always take Bible references from the Old Testament instead of the New Testament in base their arguments against their Creator instead of the New Testament which has been described to be more excellent wisdom of righteousness than the Old Testament.

    “The relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament reflects both the continuity and discontinuity between the Christian and Israelite faiths. ”

    https://uscatholic.org/articles/201402/what-is-the-relationship-between-the-old-and-new-testaments/#:~:text=The%20relationship%20between%20the%20Old%20Testament%20and%20the,and%20then%20to%20all%20peoples%20through%20Jesus%20Christ.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    1. Interesting comment. Made me think of this passage.

      1 Timothy 3:14-16 New American Standard Bible

      14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one should act in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 16 Beyond question, great is the mystery of godliness:

      He who was revealed in the flesh,
      Was vindicated in the Spirit,
      Seen by angels,
      Proclaimed among the nations,
      Believed on in the world,
      Taken up in glory.

      The New Testament records how our Lord chose to save those He has saved. Before Jesus, that was a mystery.

      What do I think is the principal objection unbelievers have to the Old Testament? I think Jesus explains here.

      Matthew 19:3-9 New American Standard Bible

      3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate.” 7 They *said to Him, “Why, then, did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

      Because we have been corrupted, we cannot live in accordance with God’s law, certain not without the help of the Holy Spirit. Hence the Mosaic Code was written for men with hard hearts. Nevertheless, we still cannot do what it tells us to do. That is why we need a new covenant, The New Testament.

      1. Tom,.

        “That is why we need a new covenant, The New Testament.”

        Agree. Unfortunately, we need to reinvigorate the teachings to our children who sadly their parents were never taught. and a major reason why Christianity is waning in our contemporary times.
        Regards and goodwill blogging.

  2. Yep, I’m in agreement too, “endowed by our Creator.” In America especially we began with a declaration of our rights and proceeded to institute government to protect them. Therefore our rights existed before government did.

    It’s actually chilling to confront the fact that there are people today who seem to believe our rights come from government. That would mean our rights are based on a whim or a personality.

      1. Government is a configuration of rule making that has three parts: executive, legislative and judiciary.

        Human rights are not rule making nor are they the rules. Therefore, human rights cannot come from government.

        The rules (laws) promulgated by a just government protect human rights which are integrated into the human being.

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