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BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR EVERYDAY ISSUES

The American Reformed theologian, Rousas Rushdoony, wrote: "Law is in every culture religious in origin. Because law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning ofjustice and rightcousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes In practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture. Accordingly, a fundamental and necessary premise in any and every study of law must be, first, a recognition of this religious nature of law. Second, it must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society... Modem humanism, the religion of the state, locates law in the state and makes... the people... the god of the system. As Mao Tse-Tung has said, "Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people." In Western culture, law has steadily moved away from God to the people (or the state) as its source, although the historic power and vitality of the West has been in Biblical faith and law. (The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 4-5)

To counter, then, the humanistic inroads into our law, let us remind ourselves of God's Law. What does the Bible say about the everyday issues of today?

HUMANISM

Is a religion which rejects God as the ultimate authority and, instead, makes autonomous man the measure of all things.
Genesis 3 - The serpent said to the woman (Eve), "Did God really say, You must not eat...?' -"You will not surely die... you will be like God, knowing good and evil. " When the woman saw that the tree was... desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband... Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked."
Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 -"There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death."
Psalm 14:1 -"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.
Romans 1:25 -"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator... God gave them over to shameful lusts... Since they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done."

UNITED NATIONSAND WORLD PEACE:

Psalm 127:1 -"Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain?"
Isaiah 2:24 -"In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.' The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many people. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."
Isaiah 56:7 -"My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
Revelation 18:4 -"Then I heard another voice from heaven say: 'Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues."

EVOLUTION:

Is a theory which denies God as Creator (and Saviour) and teaches the development by natural process from rudimentary to more highly organized forms of life and conditions.
Genesis 1: 1 -"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
John 1:1 -"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
Hebrews 1:2 -"In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. "
Colossians 1:16-17 -"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

FAMILIES:

Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5 -"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
Exodus 20:12 - Honour your father and your mother, so that you live long In the land the LORD your God is giving you."
Psalm 68:6 -"God sets the lonely in families."
Ephes. 5:33 -"Each of you must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
1 Timothy 5:8 - If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

HOME SCHOOLS:

Proverbs 22:6 -"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 - `Rese conunandments that 1 give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door?frames of your houses and on your gates. " (also Deut. 11: 18?2 1)
Ephesians 6:4 -"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
1 Timothy 4:12 -"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."

INFLATION:

Leviticus 19:11 -"Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.
Isaiah 1:22-25 - `Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them. Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: 'Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. 1 will turn my hand against you; 1 will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. "'
Deuteronomy 25:13-16 -"Do not have two differing weights in your bag - one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house ? one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. For the LORD your God detests anyone who does these thmigs, anyone who deals dishonestly."

DEBTS AND DEFICITS:

Proverbs 22:7 -"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
Psalm 37:21 -"The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously."
Romans 13:8 -"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continturig debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law."
Deuteronomy 28:43-44 -"The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail."

GAMBLING AND GREED:

Proverbs 21:25-26 - "The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparffig."
Psalm 10:3 -"The wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD."
Hebrews 13:5 - 'Weep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have."
Prov. 15:27 -"He who is greedy for unjust gain makes trouble for his household."
Psalm 119:36 -"Turn my heart towards your statutes and not towards selfish gain."
Ephesians 5:5 -"Of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person - such a man is an idolater - has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."

JUSTICE:

Isaiah 33:22 -"The LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king, it is he who will save us."
Deuteronomy 16:18-19 -"Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes M every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous."
Proverbs 14:34 -"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."
Proverbs 17:15 - Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent - the LORD detests them both."
Proverbs 24:23-25 -"To show partiality in judging is not good: whoever says to the guilty, 'You are innocent' - peoples will curse him and nations denounce him. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them."



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