Tuesday, April 17, 2007

First Post - Reasons for This Blog

First post.

THESIS:I wanted a place where I could discuss the historical developments of the concepts of inalienable rights under God, vs Sharia law. Mohammed's Sharia law borrows Old and New Testament principles, but at the root of its system it violates God's law, the Ten Commandments; and, hence, Sharia Law violates The Law of Moses, where true inalienable rights are derived.

  • 1446 B.C. - The Ten Commandments: Man's Public and Private Duties to both God and to Man
  • 30 A.D. Jesus summarizes the ten commandments in to two commandments: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and Mind, and Your neighbor as yourself."  

  • 1215 A.D. - Magna Carta - Civil Liberties and Basic Rights

  • 1620 A.D. - The Mayflower Compact: "A Civil Body Politic" (arguably the world's first Constitution)

  • 1644 A.D. - Lex Rex: Samual Rutherford presented a theory of limited government and constitutionalism

  • 1646 A.D. -  The Protestant Reformation: The Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 23, "Of the Civil Magistrate" provides the basis for securing citizens to feel safe and flourish in Western Europe.

  • 1646 A.D. -  The Protestant Reformation: The Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism question, Q. 74. What is required in the eighth commandment?", provides the foundation and moral clarity for  civil behavior in their laws and practice toward their neighbor, establishing citizens to feel safe and secure in their persons and personal wealth.
  • 1776 A.D. - The U.S. Constitution: The foundations of republicanism and constitutional democracies are based upon the Ten Commandments.

  • 1791 A.D. - U.S. Bill of Rights (Amendments to the U.S. Constitution)

  • 1850 - The Law (Frederick Bastiat) the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.

  • Document and demonstrate how Sharia Law violates God given, truly Biblical "inalienable rights"

  • "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's" vs. Sharia Law.

  • Daily blog the behavior of Muslim and Christian behavior globally

  • City news sources of political and cultural reactions of "Western" cultures and "Islamic" cultures.

  • Cite from news sources the reactions of political leaders and "magistrates" as they grapple with retaining or throwing off our inherited liberties of "life, liberty, and property": hence, inalienable rights.

  • Juxtapose this dialogue of true historic inalienable rights against the view of the modern civil rights movement--an often a diluted, abused, and capricious form of "rights".

    • Sharia Law vs Inalienable Rights.

      The concepts of Inalienable Rights which were borne out of the Christian Scriptures just prior to the Protestant Reformation, and subsequently developed further during and after that time, came both from the Old and New Testaments. Every citizen of the West is threatened by political Islam, which seeks to impose Islamic law (Sharia), as Muslims' separatism and refusal to integrate into their host cultures causes them to be perceived as threats to national cohesion and to democracy in historically "Christian" nations.

      Inalienable rights are historically derived, not from the state, not from man, but from the God, primarily from the Law of Moses, and secondly from the New Testament. Inalienable rights deal more often with "civil" or public laws which the state and/or private citizens should uphold to protect everyone his neighbor's "life", "liberty" and "property".

      Of concerning Civil Magistrates and their role in society, the Westminster Confession is one of the key landmarks of Western Civilization for defining the role of the "state" and their "magistrates" (legally elected officials, monarchs, or rulers, etc.).

      I start my first quote from the Westminster Confession of Faith because 1. it is a sin for a Christian to take personal vengeance upon the state or individuals, and 2 . civil magistrates are the God given institution to bear the "sword" for protecting and defending the innocent against eveildoers.

      On the other hand,

      Daily, on a global scale, we see Islamists continually taking vengeance in their own hands--in groups and as single individuals--acting apart from the state, not holding any official capacity, and by pointing to the Koran and Hadith in pre-suicide attack photos as the justification for their behavior to be above the law of their countries; hence, creating anarchy and disturbing the harmony that God has established in society.

      Instead, Notice the vast difference in this quote, taken from the New Testament. 
      "God is not the author of confusion". "Do not repay evil with evil..." "Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay [not you]." [emphasis added]

      Westminster Confession Quote. (this confession has been called one of the pillar documents of Western Society. 

      The Civil Magistrate: A mercy and blessing given by God.

      Chapter XXIIIOf the Civil Magistrate

      I. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil magistrates, to be, under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good: and, to this end, has armed them with the power of the sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil doers.

      II. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate, when called thereunto: in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth; so, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the New Testament, wage war, upon just and necessary occasion.

      III. Civil magistrates may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and sacraments; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; yet he has authority, and it is his duty, to take order that unity and peace be preserved in the Church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordainances of God duly settled, administrated, and observed. For the better effecting whereof, he has power to call synods, to be present at them and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of God.

      IV. It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates, to honor their persons, to pay them tribute or other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience' sake. Infidelity, or difference in religion, does not make void the magistrates' just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to them: from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted, much less has the Pope any power and jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people; and, least of all, to deprive them of their dominions, or lives, if he shall judge them to be heretics, or upon any other pretence whatsoever.

      [end quote]

      God is not the author of confusion. The magistrate is the only one mentioned having the "Sword" in the New Testament.  Self defense is a right of any individual; but the all too common practice of Revenge in Islamic countries is clearly prohibited by Scripture, with a promise:  "'I will repay', says the Lord."  The Maker of all things, arises and He, Himself, personally repays the evil doer.  

      The Magistrate, as the true bearer of the sword in society, was a transforming and powerful concept in the West:  People believed that God was always watching, and that even if no one else saw what they did in private, God knew and they would have to stand before God one day and give an account for disobeying his revealed will.  Fearing God, they believed His promise that, He, who can not lie, will repay vengeance upon those who took revenge in their own hands, instead of bringing a suit against the one who they believe has brought real harm or damage that violated their "life, liberty property."  


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