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Law and the bible

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Studies of jurisdictional law suggest that the tenets of morality and religion can be legally differentiated from the rules of one’s behavior which human establishments can enforce. One of the key advantages of jurisdictional law is that it lays the foundation for true religious and intellectual freedom.

Issues of religion are basically one facet of the entire field of biblical law, not its basis or point of origin. As a result, there is no foundation for concluding that all law from a biblical view is essentially religiously founded, that it is more religious than any other legal philosophy, or dependent upon religious belief (Anderson, 1988).

An examination of the law of religious tests, in some degree reveals that the law of religious tests presents a problem for those who maintain either that a biblical perspective of law is inherently religious, or that the Bible is a book which speaks exclusively to religious and sectarian matters (Metzger & Coogan, 1993).
To this date, there is an unvarying expression of law regarding religious tests in various nations. Religious tests cannot lawfully be applied as a foundation for establishing eligibility to take part in civil issues. In other words this means some nations have rejected religion as the foundation for their systems of government and laws.
Some individuals may respond by saying that the law of religious tests expressed in various counties is wrong; however one need not make this argument to show the relevance of the Bible to their legal affairs. The refusal of religion as a foundation for civil law is not against the bible if it is understood to mean purely that our nation's laws are not foundation on redemption law. It is possible to argue for the laws of the Bible as a basis for modern civil laws without advocating that any country is or should be a theocracy or have an instituted religion.

Assuming for the moment that the Bible contains some non-religious law, it now remains to discover the terms of that law and particular, the present purpose is to examine more closely the covenantal provisions of non-religious law which have universal applicability to all people (Metzger & Coogan, 1993).

Christianity usually maintains that mere belief in the existence of God will not bring any individual into agreement relationship with Him or affect their personal salvation. As a result, many have decided that even though a view of law is wholly based on the existence of God, the faith that a creator God exists is not itself a religious belief and if this is true, then it is at least possible that some laws of the Creator would apply irrespective of a person's religious beliefs or spiritual status (Anderson, 1988).

It can be argued that creation law is not religious or sectarian; however it applies to all of us not simply the religiously faithful. This is simply because not all of us are redeemed by God, but all us are created by God whether we believe it or not. Accordingly, all people are governed by the laws of God which apply to all of creation and His laws which apply to all human beings.


Bruce M. Metzger and Michael Coogan, (1993) Oxford Companion to the Bible, Oxford University Press, USA

Bernhard, W Anderson (1988), The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Published: 2009-03-14
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