The Universal Victim, the Universal Lord

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Biblically and covenantally speaking, the earthly victim of a crime is always the secondary victim; God is always the primary victim. Ours is a theocentric universe, not anthropocentric. This means, additionally, that the criminal acts in his own interests secondarily; when committing a biblically prohibited act, he acts primarily as Satan’s representative, just as Adam did. This judicial principle – the doctrine of covenantal representation – is not intuitively apparent to those who are not trained to think theocentrically and covenantally. We must learn to think theocentrically and representatively (covenantally) when we think about crime and punishment.

Christians and Jews should therefore begin any consideration of the principles of biblical jurisprudence with this fundamental legal principle: God is always the primary victim of every sin and every crime. This leads to a crucial conclusion: the victims of any crime or unlawful attack become the legal representatives of God. The victim of a crime is authorized by God, the Author of history, to initiate a covenant lawsuit against the suspected criminal. He and he alone is so authorized. While it ·is legitimate to speak of primary and secondary earthly victims of crime, we must always bear in mind that the primary cosmic victim is always God.

Because of the somewhat intricate nature of my arguments in this chapter, I think it is best if I state my conclusion in advance, so that the reader will be better able to assess the cogency of my argumentation. The conclusion that I have come to after having studied in detail this and other biblical case laws is that the following judicial principle is dominant in the Bible: if the victim of a crime fails to initiate this covenant lawsuit, then the other covenantal agents of God must honor this decision – the civil magistrate, the church officer, and the head of a household. They are not authorized in this instance to step in and prosecute in God’s name as God-ordained covenantal judges. They are unquestionably judges. But because of the principle of victim’s rights, they are prohibited from prosecuting if the victim decides to forego bringing the lawsuit, unless they can show that they themselves have become victims because of the original victim’s failure to prosecute.

Victim’s Rights, Gary North, page 16-17

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

The Beloved Fake

The State represents God in history in His capacity as cosmic Judge (Rom. 13:1-7). When a civil government’s leaders say that the State represents any other agent or principle, the State has begun its march toward either tyranny or impotence. Either it will bring judgment on men and other states in the name of its deity, its official source of law, or else some other State will bring judgment on it and those governed by it in the name of a foreign deity. Only a rare nation like Switzerland can defend its borders for centuries, and then only by renouncing all thought of conquest in the name of defense and international neutrality.

The mark of this transformation of the State is when the State insists on imposing the punishment in terms of the supposed “needs of society,” meaning ultimately the needs of the State’s officers. When the State collects fines for use by the State rather than to pay victims, when it imposes prison sentences paid for by the taxes of law-abiding citizens, and when it insists that every convicted criminal “pay his debt to society,” then the messianic State has arrived. God has specified that the victim is His representative in criminal cases, not the State, unless the victim is legally unable to represent himself, in which case the State acts as his trustee. Only if the State is the victim can it lawfully demand restitution. When the State presents itself as the universal victim of all crime to which is owed universal restitution by criminals and taxpayers alike, it has asserted its own divinity.

Victim’s Rights, Gary North, page 121-122

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Lesson learned?

  • Protect all from injustice, as best as you can… especially the small and the weak.
  • Don’t trust the priests… regardless if they wear rich dark cassocks, or sparkling white lab smocks.

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