God’s Law Protects Us from Tyranny
The practical application of this book review of Skousen’s educated wisdom is to leverage “We, The People’s” knowledge to easily expose ignorance, anarchy and tyranny, and hold the government accountable.
From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World
By W. Cleon Skousen
US Constitution Series 9: To Protect Man’s Rights, God has Revealed Certain Principles of Divine Law
Rights, though endowed by God as unalienable prerogatives, could not remain unalienable unless they were protected as enforceable rights under a code of divinely proclaimed law.
[The Creator is not only all-powerful], but as He is also a Being of infinite wisdom, he has laid down only such laws as were founded in those relations of justice …These are the eternal, immutable laws of good and evil, to which the Creator Himself in all His dispensations conforms. Such …are these principles: that we should live honestly, should hurt nobody, and should render to everyone his due.
The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed … tend in all their consequences to man’s felicity [happiness]. (Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England. 1:29-60, 64)
This divine pattern of law for human happiness requires acknowledgment and acceptance of certain principles; these are widely known as the famous Ten Commandments.
- God is supreme
- Man is specifically forbidden to attribute God’s power to false gods
- The name of God is to be held in reverence, and every oath taken in the name of God is to be carried out with the utmost fidelity, otherwise the name of God would be taken in vain
- There is also a requirement that one day each week be set aside for the study of God’s law
- It is also to be a day of worship and the personal renewing of one’s commitment to obey God’s law for happy living
- There are also requirements to strengthen family ties by children honoring parents and parents maintaining the sanctity of their marriage and not committing adultery after marriage
- Human life is also to be kept sacred; he who willfully and wantonly takes the life of another must forfeit his own
- A person shall not lie
- A person shall not steal
- Every person must be willing to work for the things he desires from life and not covet and scheme to get things which belong to his neighbor. (Skousen, pp.132-133)
Divine Law endows Mankind with Duties as well as Rights
In recent years the universal emphasis on “rights” has seriously obscured the unalienable duties which are imposed upon mankind by divine law.
“Man has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” ~Thomas Jefferson
Examples of Public and Private Duties
Public duties relate to public morality and are usually supported by local or state ordinances which can be enforced by local police.
Private duties are those which exist between the individual and his Creator. These are called principles of private morality, and the only enforcement agency is the self-discipline of the individual himself.
Here are some of the more important responsibilities which the Creator has imposed on every human being of normal mental capacity—Duties:
- To honor the supremacy of the Creator and his laws.
- Not to take the life of another except in self-defense.
- Not to steal or destroy the property of another.
- To be honest in all transactions with others.
- Children are to honor and obey their parents and elders.
- Parents and elders are to protect, teach, feed, clothe, and provide shelter for children.
- To support law and order and keep the peace.
- Not to contrive through a covetous heart to despoil another.
- To provide insofar as possible for the needs of the helpless—the sick, the crippled, the injured, the poverty-stricken.
- To honorably perform contracts and covenants both with God and man.
- To be temperate.
- To become economically self-sufficient.
- Not to trespass on the property or privacy of another.
- To maintain the integrity of the family structure.
- To perpetuate the race.
- Not to promote or participate in the vices which destroy personal and community life.
- To perform civic responsibilities—vote, assist public officials, serve in official capacities when called upon, stay informed on public issues, volunteer where needed.
- Not to aid or abet those involved in criminal or anti-social activities.
- To support personal and public standards of common decency.
- To follow rules of moral rectitude. (Skousen, pp.133-135)
God’s revealed law provided true “justice” with the law of “reparation”—repairing the damage, requiring the criminal to pay for damages and also punitive damages for all the trouble caused, to remind him not to do it again. This system of justice through reparation was practiced anciently, and is adopted by some states today. The “reparation” system requires the judge to call in the victim and consult with him or her before passing sentence.
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What if a law is passed by Congress or some legislature which is contrary to God’s law?
God’s law is the supreme law of the land.
Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this. ~Blackstone
But who will decide? When it comes to lawmaking, the nations of most of the world throughout history have been subject to the whims and arbitrary despotism of kings, emperors, and magistrates. How can the people be protected from the autocratic authority of their rulers? Where does the source of sovereign authority lie?
This question is answered in Principle 10.
US Constitution Series 10: The God-given Right to Govern is Vested in the Sovereign Authority of the Whole People.
US Constitution Series 8: Men are Endowed by their Creator with Certain Unalienable Rights