Biblical Law: The Foundation of ALL Law

The Bible very succinctly defines the basis for all laws as follow:

James 2:8: “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.”

Matthew 7:12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them: this is the law.”

Matthew 22:36-40: (36) “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? (37) Jesus said to him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind [See. Exodus 20:3-11]. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39)And the second is like unto it, Though shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all law…

The second commandment above to love our neighbor derives from the last six commandments found in Exodus 20:12-17, which describe for us HOW to love our neighbor:

12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor is female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

The government’s moral authority to pass laws therefore derive directly and exclusively from the above and from the Bible:protecting and loving our neighbor from harm.God told us above how to love our neighbor in no uncertain terms.Any violation of these commandments is considered “sin” in a Christian sense.Likewise, in the context of human government, the foundation of all criminal laws and the existence of the District Attorney is a fulfillment of the second of the two great commandments to love our neighbor by keeping us from hurting each other.Anything that violates these six commandments in most good human governments is considered a crime.

Now lets apply what we have learned in a practical sense. How can we know whether man’s law conflicts with God’s law and what should we do if it does?As we clearly explained earlier in section 1.9.6, when man’s law conflicts with God’s law, then God’s law MUST prevail. This is a logical consequence of both Natural Law, which we describe later in section 3.4 and Natural Order, which we describe later in section 4.1. Below are some questions you should ask yourself based on this section, to determine whether man’s law conflicts with God’s law:

  • Does this law interfere with my ability to worship my God? (the first of the two great commandments)
  • Does this law cause me to commit idolatry by putting government higher than God?
  • Does this law cause me to sin against my neighbor based on the biblical definition of sin?  Does it force me to do something that is sinful, or prevent me from doing something the bible says I should do?
  • Will following this law not demonstrate love and compassion for my fellow man?  For instance, would the law cause innocent unborn children to be responsible for debts that were incurred during our lifetime, resulting in financial slavery?

If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, then you shouldn’t follow the law and should do everything you can to defeat, eliminate, and undermine that law. Here are just a few examples of how to effectively resist and undermine and protest an unjust law:

  • Picket it.
  • Refuse to subsidize the enforcement of it with our tax dollars.
  • Run for political office and eliminate it once elected.
  • Write our Congressman to complain about it.
  • Vote against it in the ballot box.
  • If the law comes in front of a jury that we are sitting on, we should vote against enforcing it.

We can’t put it any simpler than that.