Law is in every culture religious in origin.

Know the basics.

Law is in every culture religious in origin. Because law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning of justice and righteousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture. Accordingly, a fundamental and necessary premise in any and every study of law must be, first, a recognition of this religious nature of law.

Second, it must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society. If law has its source in man’s reason, then reason is the god of that society. If the source is an oligarchy, or in a court, senate, or ruler, then that source is god of that system. Thus, in Greek culture law was essentially a religiously humanistic concept. In contrast to every law derived from revelation, nomos for the Greeks originated in the mind (nous). So the genuine nomos is no mere obligatory law, but something in which an entity valid in itself is discovered and appropriated… . It is “the order which exists (from time immemorial), is valid and is put into operation.”

Because for the Greeks mind was one being with the ultimate order of things, man’s mind was thus able to discover ultimate law (nomos) out of its own resources, by penetrating through the maze of accident and matter to the fundamental ideas of being. As a result, Greek culture became both humanistic, because man’s mind was one with ultimacy, and also neoplatonic, ascetic, and hostile to the world of matter, because mind, to be truly itself, had to separate itself from non-mind.

Modern humanism, the religion of the state, locates law in the state and thus makes the state, or the people as they find expression in the state, the god of the system. As Mao Tse-Tung has said, “Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people. In Western culture, law has steadily moved away from God to the people (or the state) as its source, although the historic power and vitality of the West has been in Biblical faith and law.

Third, in any society, any change of law is an explicit or implicit change of religion. Nothing more clearly reveals, in fact, the religious change in a society than a legal revolution. When the legal foundations shift from Biblical law to humanism, it means that the society now draws its vitality and power from humanism, not from Christian theism.

Fourth, no disestablishment of religion as such is possible in any society. A church can be disestablished, and a particular religion can be supplanted by another, but the change is simply to another religion. Since the foundations of law are inescapably religious, no society exists without a religious foundation or without a law-system which codifies the morality of its religion.

Fifth, there can be no tolerance in a law-system for another religion. Toleration is a device used to introduce a new law-system as a prelude to a new intolerance. Legal positivism, a humanistic faith, has been savage in its hostility to the Biblical law-system and has claimed to be an “open” system. But Cohen, by no means a Christian, has aptly described the logical positivists as “nihilists” and their faith as “nihilistic absolutism.” [3] Every law-system must maintain its existence by hostility to every other law-system and to alien religious foundations, or else it commits suicide.

Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, 1973, as quoted by the Worldview Leadership Institute
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Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah

Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah

Recently, Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar and her team made a stunning discovery during excavations in Jerusalem. It provides strong support for the reality of Isaiah and his Old Testament world.

Digging at the base of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, the team found a clay seal bearing Isaiah’s name. Mazar provided a transliteration of this Isaiah bulla in Biblical Archaeology Review as “Yesha‘yah[u] Nvy[?],” where brackets indicate unknown letters from damage to the clay.1 “Yesha‛yahu” is “Isaiah.” If the Hebrew letter aleph stood in place of the missing letter “[?],” then the word after “Isaiah” would spell “prophet.” Possibly the hand of Isaiah himself formed this seal.

In 2015, only ten feet away, the team had found a clay impression called a bulla bearing King Hezekiah’s seal.2 According to the Bible, the prophet Isaiah served during Hezekiah’s reign and interacted directly with the king.

The archaeological layer containing both the Hezekiah bulla and now the Isaiah clay seal occurs below Byzantine and early Roman debris. This matches the biblical time of Hezekiah’s reign, which lasted from 729 to 687 BC.3 Thus, these two artifacts found together confirm the fact that those Old Testament figures really lived at the time the Bible says they did.

Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah BY BRIAN THOMAS, PH.D.

Typically, secularists simply make some lying allegation or claim, then run away, leaving Christians to clean up the mess. The claim that Christians in medieval times were filthy morons who thought the world was flat is typical of the school of Secular Thought in its ascendancy.

Now with the Internet allowing believers to get at the truth and ignore the academic gatekeepers, such claims are fading away. But they still need to be thought with the truth, gained by research in the field and investigating the original sources.

Christian victory comes from integrity, hard work and sacrifice, as directed by the Holy Spirit and the Love of Truth, presented to all in the public eye for public investigation. Nothing else will cut mustard.

The Failure of Power in War

From the second of the three recent German Wars (1870-1945):

Over the course of five days, beginning August 25, 1914, German troops stationed in the Belgian village of Louvain during the opening month of World War I burn and loot much of the town, executing hundreds of civilians.

Located between Liege, the fortress town that saw heavy fighting during the first weeks of the German invasion, and the Belgian capital of Brussels, Louvain became the symbol, in the eyes of international public opinion, of the shockingly brutal nature of the German war machine. From the first days they crossed into Belgium, violating that small country’s neutrality on the way to invade France, German forces looted and destroyed much of the countryside and villages in their path, killing significant numbers of civilians, including women and children. These brutal actions, the Germans claimed, were in response to what they saw as an illegal civilian resistance to the German occupation, organized and promoted by the Belgian government and other community leaders—especially the Catholic Church—and carried out by irregular combatants or franc-tireurs (snipers, or free shooters) of the type that had participated in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

I like my Christians with spine.

There is a price to be paid for this, as any oppressor, thief, rapist, enslaver, and murderer will be willing to explain. But that is why Christians exist: following the example of their Lord, they are to pay the price for good to be victorious over evil, the righteous to crush the head of the wicked.

“Illegal civilian resistance”.

Typical Establishment talk.

“Oh you filthy civilians, look what you made me do?”

In reality this type of civilian resistance—despite being sanctioned by the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, which the Germans objected to—did not exist to any significant degree in Belgium during the German invasion, but was used as an excuse to justify the German pursuit of a theory of terror previously articulated by the enormously influential 19th-century Prussian military philosopher Karl von Clausewitz. According to Clausewitz, the civilian population of an enemy country should not be exempted from war, but in fact should be made to feel its effects, and be forced to put pressure on their government to surrender.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Ah, the worship of Power Over All.

Or, “how to turn a powerful nation with a great future into a broken, hollow, disagraced shell”.

The burning of Louvain came on the heels of a massacre in the village of Dinant, near Liege, on August 23, in which the German soldiers had killed some 674 civilians on the orders of their corps commander. Two days later, the small but hardy Belgian army made a sudden sharp attack on the rear lines of the German 1st Army, commanded by General Alexander von Kluck, forcing the Germans to retreat in disorder to Louvain. In the confusion that followed, they would later claim, civilians had fired on the German soldiers or had fired from the village’s rooftops to send a signal to the Belgian army, or even to approaching French or British troops. The Belgians, by contrast, would claim the Germans had mistakenly fired on each other in the dark. Whatever happened did not matter: the Germans burned Louvain not to punish specific Belgian acts but to provide an example, before the world, of what happened to those who resisted mighty Germany.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Kneel Before Almighty POWER!

POWER ABOVE LAW!

POWER ABOVE JUSTICE!

POWER! POWER! POWER!

Typical Secularist filth.

I am amazed by the number of Christians who are so very willing to beg and humble themselves before Powerful Men, to surrender before any number of anti-Christs because they have guns, numbers, money, and uniforms.

As soldiers of Christ, we are to surrender to unbelievers at every level.

We are to surrender in public and in private, at the macro level and on the micro level, on a national scale and on a private scale. We are to surrender to every secular authority that is placed over us.

We Need to Surrender, by Carlos Chung

Man! Some people really do love to lick the boots of the wicked, so long as they have a uniform, a badge, and a gun!

No matter. These worthless men can roast with the Powerful Master they have chosen to exalt far above Jesus Christ.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

Remember: “You Worship What You Fear. Obedience Shows Love.” And we know who our Glorious Christian Leadership chooses to fear and obey, right now, on earth.

As if Christ only ruled in some mystical never-never land of some distant hazy future, and does not rule right here and right now.

Power shall not inherit the world. Justice shall.

Why do the nations rage[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break[b] them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Pslam 2, English Standard Version: the most quoted Bible passages in the New Testament are HERE.

Believing Christians are to fear God and not Powerful Men. They are to uphold right above wrong, justice above injustice, the godly weak above the godless strong.

Regardless of the cost.

Following the example that Christ laid down for us to imitate.

Over the next five days, as Louvain and its buildings—including its renowned university and library, founded in 1426—burned, a great outcry grew in the international community, with refugees pouring out of the village and eyewitness accounts filling the foreign press. Richard Harding Davis, an American correspondent in Belgium, arrived at Louvain by troop train on August 27; his report later appeared in the New York Tribune under the headline GERMANS SACK LOUVAIN; WOMEN AND CLERGY SHOT. A wireless statement from Berlin issued by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed the incidents, stating that “Louvain was punished by the destruction of the city.” The Allied press went crazy, with British editorials proclaiming “Treason to Civilization” and insisting the Germans had proved themselves descendants not of the great author Goethe but of the bloodthirsty Attila the Hun.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

“Clergy shot.”

I’m starting to see why the Right Sort doesn’t bring up German atrocities of World War I much anymore. Even the extermination of Christian clergy and leaders in the Soviet Union was largely avoid and glossed over in the ‘controversial’ Black Book of Communism. But hey, the Academics & Media, the Soviets, the Kaiser, and the Nazis all crawl on their belly before the idol of Power.

And far too many Christians do the same, utterly uncaring of God’s deep hostility to cold, poisonous, lying reptilian snakes and self-exalting, lawless, mindlessly destructive dragons.

I bet that if it wasn’t for the Jews of the universities, even the Holocaust would be largely forgotten, so quick Academics are to lick the boot of Power.

On August 25, 1914, the German army ravaged the city of Leuven, deliberately burning the university’s library of 300,000 medieval books and manuscripts with gasoline, killing 248 residents,[9] and expelling the entire population of 10,000.

WIkipedia, Rape of Belgium

Odd: in my youth in the 80s, I often heard of the canard of how Christians burned the Library of Alexandra (Carl Sagan and his mythical — but politically useful — mob of Christians is dealt with in Reddit’s BadHistory section).

Nobody ever whispered a world of the Great Catholic Library of Leuven.

It’s as if Christian history, knowledge and thought isn’t worth a dam (old Indian coin), but Pagan thought is to be treasured and mourned over.

(I’ll be passing over the work of the monasteries in preserving Classical knowledge.)

By war’s end, the Germans would kill some 5,521 civilians in Belgium (and 896 in France). Above all, German actions in Belgium were intended to demonstrate to the Allies that the German empire was a formidable power that should be submitted to, and that those resisting that power—whether soldier or civilian, belligerent or neutral—would be met with a force of total destruction. Ironically, for many in the Allied countries, and in the rest of the world as well, a different conclusion emerged from the flames of Louvain: Germany must be defeated at all costs, without compromise or settlement, because a German victory would mean the defeat of civilization.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Lawless murderers, thieves, liars, vandals, and rapists are to be resisted, crippled, punished.

Regardless of the uniforms they wear, the colour of their skin, the cant streaming from their lips, or the blather of their propaganda machines.

Or the pious ideological religious poses they make.

Politics Fourth… Again

As North points out: whenever a Republican President is in the big chair, the Republican radicals are ignored. And whenever a Democratic President is in charge, the Democratic radicals are brushed aside.

Christian Reconstructionists are radicals – peaceful radicals, but radicals nevertheless.

(Radical: Origin of radical: “1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin rādīcālis “having roots”. See Axe to the Root for details.)

Therefore, there is no possibility that any single point of the Reconstructionist agenda will be put into place by the Oval Office until the broad, general society has already been persuaded of that Reconstructionist point.

So, politics — especially national politics — will have to wait for a long time. Local politics – town and county level – is more accessible, but even the dogcatcher positions are to be put on the backburner, by and large.

Reconstructing your own life first, then your family, church, and job/business, comes far before politics.

For more, check out North’s Christian Economics books. But note that you need to put in the time to master the Student and Teacher’s Editions before finally gaining the competence for the Activist Edition.

(And, even here at the peak, you are STILL probably going to get a bigger real-life bang as a good husband and father, or as businessman, or a teacher & preacher, than you will get in local politics!

Good, godly service NOW.

Dreams of power and control? Forgettaboutit!

And, if you go get a high position — due to good service to others — don’t forget:

more authority =>
more responsibility =>
harsher judgements for failure from God’s Throne.
(and/or the customer, in the world of business.)

There are real, excellent rewards for success: but the rewards accrue more to the people you serve, than to you yourself.

It is honourable to pursue justly earned profits, to live well: but you had better be rich towards God, and have a real care to the weak, to the widow and the orphan!

Christian Meditation, Standing Against the Demons

I was pleasantly reminded that the Christian practice

  1. actually does exist, and
  2. is quite beneficial:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9, English Standard Version

The blogger at Creation-Evolution News continues:

Christian meditation is God-focused, becoming attentive about God’s attributes, such as His mercy, goodness, kindness, grace and love. That includes all the good things that flow from Him: truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, excellence, and praise. It’s hard to imagine that kind of meditation would generate negative emotions.

Some Meditation Practices Can Be Scary

As I recall, people who are generous with their time and money are rather less likely to develop mental problems, compared with the fearful and the selfish.

For some mysterious reason, Christian meditation is not compared to Eastern (Buddhist) forms of meditation, which can be rather harmful:

The study, though, was quite harsh about Buddhist meditation: not only considering wide reports of bad experiences, but attempts by teachers to cover them up or explain them away.

Some Meditation Practices Can Be Scary

For once, though, I am willing to attribute this oversight in the scientific study to ignorance (even I forgot about Christian meditation!), rather than some flavour of secularist malice.

In his postscript, the author rightfully notes:

Secular scientists, by denying the spirit world of God and demons, cannot even ask the question if these people are seeing evil spirits in their meditation that are causing their bad experiences. The Bible strictly condemns opening up oneself to occult practices that tap into the spirit world. Notice that the Bible treats demon possession/oppression and mental illness as separate categories. Even though some demons can mimic physical effects of epilepsy, for instance, they are not treated the same in the Bible. However, demons are real, and capable of much harm. Their purpose is to deceive, cause suffering, and destroy. Jesus cast them out with a word, and they knew who He was. Some Eastern religions openly acknowledge demonic spirits and even worship them, adoring serpents and calling upon them. It is not surprising to Christian missionaries that symptoms of demon possession are very evident in those lands. Psychologists who refuse to consider the existence of evil spirits cannot begin to understand what is going on when they merely speak of “unpleasant experiences” by people who have opened themselves up to demonic powers, and are suffering the consequences. Imagine a secular scientist watching the man with the “Legion” of demons in Mark 5, then trying to write it up in a scientific paper in psychological terms! It would be completely baffling to him. It would see only dirty bath water, and not a baby. One can imagine what a psychologist would write about the swine, too!

Christian meditation weakens and cuts off the hold of the devil, exactly BECAUSE Christians can recognize and draw close to the light of God, the salvation of Christ, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and the casting off of unclean spirits.

And how does Christian meditation accomplish this?

By focusing the mind on what is true, just, honourable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent.

To get to a high place, you have to focus on a high place! If you just “empty your mind”, any ugly old thing will be happy to move in and take over.

NOT a good thing!