There are two types of moral reasoning’s a nation can use to carry out laws. The government can carry laws out using the wisdom of Philosophy or Religion.
To simplify this dichotomy, I’m using this standard respectively:
Philosophy – Any school of thought that is based on man’s way of reasoning. Logic would supersede God’s wisdom in the court of law.
Religion – Any school of thought that is based on man’s way of pleasing God. Religious beliefs would dismiss logic in the court of law.
When we apply these reasoning processes for the purpose of establishing order over disorder, we find that some group of citizens are failed from the process of enforcing a law.
Here is the thought process behind these moral reasonings:
Those In Favor of Religious Interpretation of the Law:
Without doctrinal guidance, moral reasoning by means of Philosophy will leave too many options open for the public’s interpretation of laws.
Those in Favor of Philosophical Interpretation of the Law:
Without logical guidance, moral reasoning by means of religious interpretation of the law will leave no option for public interpretation of laws.
We cannot perfect society by making laws that please our own group whether it is an attempt to honor God, dishonor God, or not take God into account at all. It just doesn’t work. So why don’t the religious stop oppressing others for the sake of their moral ideals? We know another group will logically reason their way into oppressing others as well. (Think of the Satanist response to Hobby Lobby or the Ten Commandment statue in Oklahoma. The religious groups backed up their cause with the argument for religious freedom; the Satanists backed up their own cause for religious freedom with a logical response.)
Minds in the Flesh:
A believer in biblical doctrine cannot perceive God’s wisdom by using the same process that philosophers use. God’s way of handling things can only be understood in Spirit, not in systematic laws that infringe upon free will. We can only receive it by means of a relationship with God.
Believers and non-believers of God can agree one thing: we like our free will. If the fight for philosophical reasoning or religious freedom were justified, how come they infringe on others’ free will? Moral reasoning gets adjusted from passionately religious to logically defensive depending on the political climate at the time.
God gave us free will. That can only be understood spiritually. Free will cannot be applied by the politically religious nor by those whose foundation is solely based on logic.
Both schools of thought, Religion, Philosophy, entertain the carnal mind. God is not interested in perfecting mankind’s agenda even if that agenda claims it is for His sake.
God’s end result is that we worship Him in Spirit—he wants us to wash away the everyday burden of worldly standards of right and wrong, logic or doctrine, this or that.
God sets the standard for moral reasoning by means of a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. In doing so, we do not depend on carnal dichotomies of justice and injustice to carry out our laws. Our very own understanding of right and wrong is inherent because of our connection to God, that is love.
Laws that fail to protect citizens boil down to unsettled boundaries for right and wrong—someone is interfering with someone else’s free will.
Wisdom from God is the only way to find the middle ground between applying logic and biblical doctrine in a nation under one God.
A facebook friend posted something a couple weeks ago that I thought was a great way to explain why we should remain one nation under God. J.H. wrote:
“Ever wonder where the idea for three branches of government came from? (parentheses mine)
‘For the LORD is our judge (judicial, or Supreme and lesser courts), the LORD is our lawgiver (legislative, or Congress) the LORD is our king (executive, or the President); he will save us.’-Isaiah 33:22″
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