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America is a Nation of Laws As Are All Civilized Nations

Looking south from Top of the Rock, New York City

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“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”(Romans 13: 1-7)

ALL civilized nations have within their hearts the laws of God. All civilized nations live by laws and subject to those laws or else suffer the punishment those laws inflict on the law-breaker. Japan has laws and so does China and Australia. Spain and Chile. Russia and Germany, etc.. These laws came from God.

There is no other place they could have come from. As Paul said in this passage...there is no power but of God. And the powers that be are ordained of God. Whether you are Chinese or Japanese or Russian or Spanish or Scottish or whatever, you have two options to choose from: good or evil.

As we travel through life one can only do one of two things; good or evil. Right or wrong. Obey God or disobey God. America is not special whereas it alone has the law of God. ALL nations have his laws only called by a different name. Ours is the Constitution while theirs is called something else. But it is all what came down from God at Sinai to Israel.

Good or Evil. Right or Wrong.

Romans 13 tells us to obey laws because frankly there are no other laws to obey or disobey but the laws of God. Whether it is wicked Caesar making and enforcing them or preaching Billy Graham. America has laws; such as a law that makes you buy car insurance or else. Laws that serve to keep order in a nation of sinners. Laws such as you cannot marry one person if you are married to another. Laws such as if you run that red light you will be fined for it. Speed down the road and get a ticket. Sinners need guidance. We really do not know anything. We did not come with a built in self-starter to learn anything. We must be taught. So God gave us laws.

I go to the store to buy a food item. I try something new. I must read instructions on how to prepare it. I do not know; I must be told. God must tell us step by step what to do or we do not know. Though some claim they do know what to do. No one knows what to do; the Lord God of Israel had to tell us all.

Checks and balances because every American; every human being is suspect. We must have laws.

We must obey laws and submit to them because It is as the apostle Paul says there is no power but of God. So it follows that God’s  laws are the only ones that we can submit to. Or not submit to.

Christianity eliminates these laws if the heart is washed in the blood of Jesus. Because the new heart in Christ obeys the law because he wants to not because he has to. But without laws man is a savage beast with no      guidance. I speak of the laws God wrote on hearts.

The apostle Paul is saying one still must stop at a red light even if he is a Christian. God’s laws govern the universe and all within it. One cannot get away from the laws of God. No matter what country you live in God’s laws are there written in hearts. And many of these laws are written on books to keep order among the masses.

If one is a Christian he doesn’t need a law restraining him. Forcing him and warning him threatening him with a “or else”.

So why did Paul instruct the Romans as he did in these passages?

Because the powers that be are not, as some think, flesh and blood people. The powers that be are conscience; the laws that God gave the world. The laws that simply exist because God said so. God speaks and it is law.

The powers that be can be seen here: A man robs a bank. He immediately goes to combat against the powers that be.

He runs and hides in the woods or on a mountain carrying the money he stole.  He hides in a cave. He sweats and worries because the powers that be are not going to be attacked and defeated. We can fight God; we just won’t win the fight.

No one knows he is the robber. No one knows his name. No one but he and God know that he Mr So and So is the thief. The powers that be tell this rebel he will not get away with it. The powers that be tell him there is no place for you to hide. The powers that be tell him he is going to jail if he they catch him. The powers that be call him fool. The powers that be tell him you are hiding because you did wrong. They will catch you there is no place to hide. He begins to sweat and worry.  he experiences fear and anxiety. He cannot attack the powers that be and win. These are the laws of God written on conscience. If anyone appears to not possess a conscience, such as one like Ted Bundy and the like, than he is a reprobate whom God turned over (gave up on) because of his sin and evil.

Keep sinning and God will most certainly turn you over to a mind that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong; good and evil. 

Jesus said fall on him and be broken. If he falls on you he will grind you to powder.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Matthew 21:44)

Paul the apostle told the Romans to submit to laws since there is no law but God’s anyway. America alone does not have the law of God.

All civilized people in all lands founded their nations on the principles of right and wrong; good or evil. Do good and receive reward which reward is found in doing good. Do evil and suffer and die.

Thank God for his universal laws of right and wrong, sowing and reaping: which laws operate all over the world in perfect flawless order.


My Guest Mr Atheist (4)

Wet Season storm at night, Darwin

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CS-Theist: So how does time create? You almost make it sound like evolutionists have a time machine they put everything in so it can change into whatever fits their theory.

Atheist: Well..after so much time people adapt to their environment, you know they change to fit in. Time does work like a change-machine. Given enough time things change as different forms of life adapt to whatever situation it finds itself in.  Darwin discovered this amazing fact.  Billions of years ago there were no real humans, there were only savage crawling grunting beasts, but after a billion years had passed, the savage beast began to adapt to his surroundings. After a few billion more years passed he learned how to make fire to cook the fish he caught for example, he learned by trial and error. He finally learned how to walk on two feet instead of four.This process took billions of years to occur. Billions of years and we know this by dating rocks and stuff.

CS-Theist: Dating rocks? Like granite for example? But the ring halos testify differently to what you claim. ? Anyway….Adapt you say? Time worked this magic? So according to your argument a person doesn’t need to be fitted for eyeglasses he simply will adapt to his inability to see if given a billion years to adapt. Why are people still having vision problems? decaying teeth? Dying bodies? The Bible answers all this and so far you have not offered anything to this debate except that time did it all. How many beasts were there? Apparently millions had to have died under such harsh conditions, yet according to you out of these beasts some had enough intelligence to survive? What determined this? Where did this intelligence originate? Why did it appear? There has to be a reason. I myself do not believe things just happened. I wish you had more information. Could you explain why humans cannot adapt to darkness and pain and loneliness? Also why couldn’t he adapt to hunger instead of hunger becoming starvation than killing him? Why can’t he adapt to freezing weather such as is found in Antarctica? Why do some things kill him while other things help him? Why must he die from no food instead of adapting to eating no food? Why must he have warmth and most of all why must he need love? What caused this?

Atheist: No one knows it just happened that way as time passed. Time worked its magic and things just came into being. Time decided everything. I think some can adapt to loneliness and pain and darkness...given enough time. But we finally found a way to make light as in when we made candles and lamps so we could see in the darkness. We learned to accept things we could not change such as learning we must eat or we will die of starvation. It was all  trial and error. Darwin was the world’s greatest genius he discovered that we came from animals. But given billions of years we can change into humans. We have billions of fossils to prove this. Why they manufactured the Pilt-Down man to deceive the world is strange when there are literally billions and billions of fossils out there proving that man changed from a wild hairy grunting animals into a civilized modern-day man who eats with a fork.

CS- Theist: No one knows it just happened that way is not an answer. The Bible tells us why this is so. Evolution cannot. But you say it just happened that way. Can you imagine an accused person telling a judge he didn’t know why he murdered so and so it just happened that way?  Your answers lack scientific data.  So far you have not explained the who what when where why and how of anything. All your answers are time did it and it just happened that way. Being an empiricist I need solid and scientific data so I can understand. Time machines just are not my idea of an explanation why the human race is as it is. So you think it is great that we so-called evolved from beasts?

Atheist: Well not exactly what I meant. But this explains why there is savageness in all of us.  We are basically wild animals. Everyone is suspect of doing wrong. Well wrong as we call it now but billions of years ago they didn’t see it as wrong when they killed other humans to survive. They engaged in cannibalism, sexual perversions, and all sorts of uncivilized things just to survive. IE: If they stood at a river full of crocodiles and one of them was grabbed by a crocodile that dragged it in and ate it, his companions would just laugh instead of feeling sorrow and pain. They saw it as all animals do as simply life twists and turns.

CS-Theist: Oh? Sounds like you’re describing the ancient Canaanites whom God ordered the Israelites to kill without mercy because they were engaging in these exact things; cannibalism and sexual perversion. They were behaving as does the beasts. You are describing the very people God suffered not to live.  Yet you accuse God of being a bad God for killing these beasts. You are also describing modern-day man. He kills and he does it in various ways such as in wars,  or some get up close and personal, by strangling, shooting, beating other humans to death than lie about it. We don’t kill these killers now but arrest and lock them up for being out-of-order. Much of what you describe  sounds to me like Old Testament methods God employed to rid the world of those disobedient to the laws of God. Yet atheists continually criticize God for doing this, yet this is what you describe. Of course there were no billions of years involved but a few thousand. The very idea that the earth is billions of years old is absurd. Your so-called dating has been thoroughly refuted as in the halo rings found in granite which study proves evolution did not could not have happen.

Atheist: Everything I told you is scientific data. Evolution is a science. Darwin changed the world for the better because of his discovery that we all came from some lower form of life. We came from the same life form that cockroaches did. Anything that has life in it  is related to everything else with life in it. Man is nothing but a beast of the field and forest. He is an ape in many ways.

CS-Theist: And you don’t see the Bible as the answer to our beastly situation?

Atheist: No I don’t The Bible is nothing more than an outdated book written by ignorant goat-herders.

CS-Theist: A serious charge against what most of the world believes; that the Bible is the word of the living God. Explain your position and please provide proof. This time trick just doesn’t work for me. Science is logic, it is reason, it is precise indisputable data, and so far you have said nothing except that time created a universe for no apparent reason, with no purpose no goal it just simply happened as time passed. I just cannot accept that as science.

To be continued….