Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Law Or Lawlessness? Your Choice

From time immemorial we humans have had difficulty following laws, and often feel oppressed by them, so we look for shortcuts. Sometimes the legal system is wrong, unfair, or designed to trap us, so we feel justified in violating laws. Many times we just see an opportunity to advance or enrich ourselves and our families, so we're willing to risk punishment for those gains. 

There are two legal systems we need to be aware of. The laws of human society on the one hand, and the laws of God on the other. Atheists will laugh at this, since they recognize no God, and thus no law from that quarter. They believe ultimate freedom comes from seeing as few limitations as possible. But even they must consider the laws of physics which surround us inside and out. Bravado and nerve won't save us from the consequences of physical recklessness. And then there's "heat death", entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, which states that our bodies, and the whole universe, are doomed to go cold and die.

We take the hundreds of laws of physics and chemistry for granted, but until fairly recently they were almost unknown. Thanks to the 16th Century mathematician Isaac Newton, we know of gravity, inertia, thermodynamics, and optics. These are only a few of the many laws of the universe that apply across the entire 13.8 billion-year-old cosmos we see through the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments that orbit our earth (Link)
The laws of light and chemistry, too, are everywhere exactly the same. So we know the chemical composition of stars anywhere in the cosmos, from any age, by studying their light spectrum; which shows the elements they're burning.

We now know that the universe began its existence with a so-called Big Bang, a titanic explosion that sent material racing outward from a single source. All of matter, time, and space were also simultaneously created, according to most modern scientists and astrophysicists, and there's abundant evidence to prove it. Not only that, but we've discovered a mysterious force that's causing the expanding universe to accelerate (Link).

A fixed and unchanging network of laws always governed the material universe as it does now. Is it reasonable to credit this event to "accident" or "evolution"? A mind of unutterably vast power must have been the architect and driving force.
The very substance of our bodies - the elements of which we're made - were forged and "cooked" in the cores of long-dead stars that exploded at the end of their multi-million-year lives. All the heavy metals, particularly, had to be forced into existence by stellar nuclear blasts, and then recycled into planets.

Is it too preposterous to think that the Creator of All might also know what we must do to build and maintain civilization? Let's start with an easy law, "You shall not murder". How hard is that? We can kill and eat animals, defend ourselves against predators, and hostile armies. But we must not murder our own. How difficult can that be?

Well, today we're discovering that large numbers of our fellow citizens are determined to murder babies, and they even claim that it's a "Constitutional right". These same individuals - so-called Progressives, Democrats, and Leftists - won't allow the execution of convicted mass killers, because "human life is a precious thing", they say. Innocence and guilt mean NOTHING to them (Link).  
If you don't agree with their position on abortion, you are not welcome in their groups and parties. 

America's most prolific serial murderer, Kermit Gosnell, is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in a federal prison for aborting full-term, healthy babies over his 17 year career in Philadelphia. Recent changes in New York and Virginia law now make his crimes legal. This is a level of depravity previously unimaginable in the the United States.
If babies aren't safe, who is next? The old and infirm; the handicapped; and we "deplorables" who stand in the way of "progressives" (thank you Hillary Clinton)(Link).
Curiously, we're the only known animals that have the free will not only to violate laws, but forgive heinous crimes at our whim; applying the legal machinery selectively to punish those we dislike or reward  those we like - which puts us in grave peril.

The fastest way to turn a rich and successful nation into a bankrupt and deadly hell hole is to allow lawless people to gain power. Venezuela is only the latest example of a socialist, dying, and once-wealthy country (Link).
Marxism-socialism teaches that the opinions of the majority are pre-eminent. They are all that matter, subject to the decisions of an elite ruling class.
Traditional beliefs and values are discarded as baseless. 
It's called nihilism, and it's been tried before.  Inevitably it leads to destruction, personal and societal. Nobody can be moral and hold the belief that there is no objective truth, since there can then be no moral truth either.

God IS Law, the Creator of Laws, and the enforcer of Truth. God often chooses not to punish us, but to be merciful and allow us to learn why laws are good for us. Legal limitations often enhance the quality of our lives, serving as guardrails that stop us from going off moral cliffs. 
God wants us to know Truth, and Law, and Mercy.

If, however, we persist in our lawlessness and ignorance, we become invisible to God. We cease to exist in His eyes, and our sanity, our mental balance, will be destroyed as we recede from the Divine. At this point we are worthless and doomed to eternal pain and suffering. We are fuel for the universal furnace. 

 "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,  and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" - Matthew 13:41-43