Romans 1 and Natural Law

 

Romans 1 and Natural Law

 

PREFACE

It might seem inconsequential, or even nitpicking and crazy to many, but as Mr. Ed Vitagliano points out in his excellent article below, as revealed in Romans 1, God reveals Himself in nature. And even the pagan knows and sees this, yet almost to a person, including those calling themselves “Christian” they refer to the daily comings and goings of God’s created nature as “Mother nature,” from the pagan, idol worshipping foundations of such beliefs.

When everyone and anyone ought to be saying, “Father Nature,” instead.

Might seem trivial, trite, petty, not of any consequence — but our every word and thought is known by God our Father. Creator of all the nature of this physical world, Creator of every person on this earth, and we all will be held accountable for our every word and thought.

It might seem harmless, innocent, of no consequence but using the pagan words “mother nature” go against God and the nature which is His sole creation. No mother of any sort involved. And…all know this in their heart and soul…even the pagan…but the beguiling whisperings in the ears of men and women through time and in the present erode and the desire to fit in with the worldview over fitting in with God’s view and ways become the norm. Even among those professing to be His and His alone.

It always begins with the little things.

Erosion. A little wind, a little water, a little lie, a little deception, a little word or deed.

May we all repent of those things we all have need to repent of and walk circumspect in the sight of God our Father as true disciples of Jesus Christ eschewing the ways, words, and views of this sinful world.

If even the pagan knows right and wrong, and Who truly created all of nature and they are without excuse and will receive eternal judgment as a result imagine the accountability of those which declare with their lips to be His and know and then do not live accordingly in their walk…

We cannot change, protect, or save this world. We cannot save a nation, a people, a place

All we can do truthfully is live with the Holy Bible, God’s words and ways in our hearts and knowledge, always turning to His will through His word, and trust in the Lord our God with all our hearts and souls praying for our friends, family, our people, our nation, and the people and nations of this world.

And leave it all in God’s hands. His plan is always best. Trust. Hope. Pray.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose trust is the Lord.”

Jeremiah 17:7

Also, something which is in God’s word and is ignored in our time…

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Philippians 2:3-4

Where do we see that demonstrated and realized among the brethren and sisters in our time? Or placing all our hope in Christ the Lord and all out trust in God our Father?

May we all read and take to heart the article below and then go to our Bibles, go to a Bible if you do not have one, pray for the Holy Spirit to increase your discernment and open and read perhaps as never before Romans 1. For we are living Romans 1, as well as passages in Daniel and Revelation. Beware, prepare the Biblical times we are living in.

May we all humble ourselves in prayer and walk in the light, circumspect before the Lord our God.

Ken Pullen

ACP

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

 

Romans 1 and Natural Law

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Ed Vitagliano
Reprinted from: American Family Association
 
 
There are many ways in which God reveals Himself. His glory is manifested in His word and especially in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2); in His acts of mercy, grace, and power, and in nature, as it states in Romans 1 and elsewhere in Scripture.

While God reveals Himself in nature, He has also chosen to reveal Himself especially in His highest creation – mankind, who was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).

Objective laws

One way in which men and women manifest the image of God is in their capacity to reason. Simply defined, reason is “the power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Daniel Mark, assistant professor of political science and faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, said, “[T]he same God who created the world is the same God that endowed us with the power of reason to understand that world and to understand His goodness.”

By this power, mankind was able to understand that there is an objective reality in nature that we are called to discover and embrace.

Some of the more obvious examples of this process of discovery are the physical laws that have been apprehended by science. Many of the scientific names we have come to admire – Johann Kepler, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Louis Agassiz, Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel, and many others – were individuals whose work reflected this view of the world.

They believed that since God had fashioned nature in an orderly way, it, therefore, operated according to physical laws. The job of the scientist was to understand these “laws of nature,” draw conclusions from them, and make applications that benefited humanity.

Objective rights

However, distinct from the scientific laws of nature was a philosophical perspective called “natural law.” This view of the world, firmly entrenched in the minds of America’s founders, held that there are also philosophical laws that God has established in His creation. We are required to apprehend these as well.

In the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson said that “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitled the nations of the earth to a “separate and equal station.”

In the context of history, this was a striking statement. Jefferson was arguing – on behalf of the American colonies – that people had a right to govern themselves because God had purposed that it be so. Nature itself demonstrated this in ways that were so clear that they could be understood as laws.

In the second paragraph of the Declaration is undoubtedly one of the most famous phrases in modern history:

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 statement is breathtaking in its implications. Jefferson acknowledges the existence of the God who created us and with that life-giving act also made it clear that we are equal before Him. In turn, that equality meant that we all had certain rights that could not lawfully – that is, in the eyes of our Creator – be abridged by governments.

When Jefferson stated that such truths were “self-evident,” he is referencing natural law. The reality was objectively true – just as much as the laws of science. Human beings, empowered with reason, were expected to see and understand the breadth of blessings bestowed upon mankind.

Objective morality

They were also expected to act accordingly. Once people understood natural law, they were to then conform their individual and corporate morality to it, as well as conform the laws they created.

Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions and professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College, said Jefferson’s famous statement was rooted in “objective truths [and] the ways that are rightful and wrongful for the ordering of human life and the governance of human beings.”

Of course, once the words “rightful” and “wrongful” are used, we understand that we are discussing morality. Moreover, our founders did not believe that these concepts of right and wrong were matters of mere human opinion.

Peter Lillback, president and professor of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, said the founding generation believed standards of morality “actually come to us from the very nature of reality, from the nature of creation.”

This view of natural law does not detract from divine revelation but merely augments it. When it comes to God’s will for mankind, it is directly revealed by Him in Scripture, but the will of God is indirectly revealed in nature.

As the theologian and philosopher Thomas Aquinas said, “The divine law we know through revelation. But the natural law we know by the reasoning that is accessible to human beings as human beings.”

According to Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, reason was such a powerful instrument that even pagans could comprehend much of what was right and wrong in God’s eyes. 

“In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul refers to a law that is written on the hearts, even of the Gentiles who did not have the Law of Moses,” George said, “a law that is capable of enabling people to understand the difference between right and wrong in at least some matters, a law that is sufficient for accountability and even for judgment” (Romans 2:14-15).

Objective judgment

Of course, George is referring to eternal judgment. The fact that every person knows in his or her heart what is right and wrong means each person is culpable before a holy Judge. While it is true that natural law cannot save the lost, it is certainly sufficient to damn them. 

Interestingly, the American founders also believed that ignoring natural law – with its objective morality and its panoply of objective rights – could result in national judgment. 

Even Thomas Jefferson, certainly no evangelical Christian by any reasonable estimate, believed that the future of the Republic depended greatly on whether or not the American people obeyed God. One of his most famous quotes states: 

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: That his justice cannot sleep forever. … 

In their rush to overthrow natural law as the foundation of the Republic, secular progressives are risking the Republic itself. That is something that Thomas Jefferson would call self-evident. 

Editor’s Note: The logarithmic growth spiral of the Nautilus shell (pictured above) was discovered by Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli in the mid-1600s. It is seen in numerous examples in nature including the approach of a hawk to its prey, the nerves of the cornea, and the bands of tropical cyclones.

 

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