Institutes of Biblical Law by R.J. Rushdoony
“This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, and for the
People,” this statement by Wyclif is one of the most direct of all quotes that supports the full centrality of the scriptures in all areas, but especially on the matter of Law. As we see Rushdoony gives us 5 key points on the influence of law on a culture.
First, the law in every culture is religious in origin, just look at the constitution of the United States, or even the Laws the of the Middle East, they all have a religious origin whether it be Biblical or Pagan.
Second, the source of law is the god of that society. For example if reason is the source of law for a culture then reason is the god of that culture whether we like it or not, As Mao Tse-Tung said “Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people.”
Third, in a society any change in the law is an explicit or implicit change in religion, so if the basis of law changes from Biblical foundations to Humanist foundations the society draws it source of power and truth from Humanism not Christian theism.
Fourth, no disestablishment of religion as such is possible in any society. Christianity can be replaced by Islam but it is not a disestablishment of religion merely a replacement, all law is ultimately religious and cannot operate unless that law system codifies with the morality of its religion.
Fifth, there can be no tolerance in the law- system for any other religion. All law systems cannot tolerate another religion, because no two religious law systems are the same and therefore will not coincide, thus this tolerance of other religions will do nothing but commit suicide for that nation.
Ultimately a nation either obeys the only true Law (i.e. Biblical Law) or else it follows it’s “own” religion, which in the end will bring it nothing but death, destruction, and decay on that nation. Thus all those who attempt to break the law of God and set up their “own” religion will ultimately themselves be broken.
Soli Deo Gloria
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