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UNDERDOG REPORT: Modern Law and the Bible, Part 1 – Risk, Responsibility, Restitution, Rehabilitation

Modern Law and the Bible, Part 1

Risk, Responsibility, Restitution, Rehabilitation

Gary Scarano is the UnderDog and the UnderDog Says:

The freedom citizens of any country experience is based on the laws of the day, how they are written, approved, implemented, explained, interpreted, enforced, and sentenced. This is why both the Bible, and our founding fathers instituted the three equal, but different branches of Government. This was done to limit and balance the power of each branch.

  1. The Legislative Branch – Our Lawgivers, our Congress
  2. The Judicial Branch – Our Court System and Judges
  3. The Executive Branch – Our President (King in the Old Testament)

 

Isaiah 33:22 (NIV) For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

 

Moral laws written by a moral legislature, enforce by a moral police force, and interpreted by moral Judges, leads to a culture of freedom. Let’s look at our existing American legal System.

 

THE AMERICAN PENAL CODE

The American Penal Code (Criminal Law) has three sources: Constitutional, Statutory (Federal & State Legislative laws), and Case law (Laws based on Precedents).[1], [2] It also has three components; the written statute (Law), the procedures for administering it (Interpretation), and its correction (Enforcing & Punishment).[3]

Since all these aspects of the law are critical to the freedom a country’s citizens, it’s useful to investigate what the Bible has to say about it and how it affects our society today. There has been serious conversation recently regarding our laws associated interpretation, how they should be or are not being enforced, how they are being judged, and how the associated penalties should be administered. There are questions of the Death Penalty, and the Second Amendment, Cash Bail, Immigration, Freedom of Speech, the equal application of the law, executive immunity, and other topics are all on the front pages of today’s news. There has also been discussion on validly of the different elements of the Constitution.  We will investigate these in the series.

 

THE FOUR “R’S” OF JEWISH LAW[4]

The Jewish Old Testament of the Bible provides some interesting, and controversial (by modern standards) guidelines, rules, and laws for its people. Considering what is going on in America today, with the increased crime and the lackadaisical two-tiered responses we are seeing, it is worthwhile to see what God had in store for a just and moral society. One important thing to point out, right out of the gate, is that there were no prisons in the Old Testament (imagine that?). How did they accomplish this? We will delve into this in a future part of this series. It is interesting how they discouraged, handled, and punished criminal activity. There are four aspects to the Old Testament Law:

  1. RISK
  2. RESPONSIBILITY
  3. RESTITUTION
  4. REHABILITATION

 

  1. RISK

God is clear there is risk in living in this world. It is not possible for ANYONE to be fully protected from EVERYTHING, ALL the time.[5]

Lamentations 5:9 (NLT) We hunt for food at the risk of our lives, for violence rules the countryside.

Why is this? The answer is simple, we are behind enemy lines. We are in the kingdom of a different god, not the God of the Bible. Satan is the God of this world (at this time).

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Many people believe in God, but “Which one?” There are two gods, one with a Capital “G,” and one, not as powerful, with a lower “g” (Satan). But the lower “g” does have dominion (rule), for a time, over this world.  So, there is inherent risk to life. Nothing can guarantee you or anyone else a perfect life at this time (although a perfect life is available later). We must be responsible to avoid as much of the consequences of risk as we can, to us and to others.

  1. RESPONSIBILITY

With great risk, comes great responsibility. God knew there is risk in the world, so He set down certain laws to help people reduce this risk. Notice this, He did this to protect us. Just-as-Just-Laws protect the people from an unjust world. He assigned responsibility to His people to reduce the risks they face. God told them were responsible for themselves, their actions, their families, their property, their animals, etc. If they shirked this responsibility, they were held responsible, sometimes to a very serious degree.

‘OWNING-YOUR-OWN’ PRIVATE PROPERTY

There are many different governmental structures in the Bible, but God provides no suggestion as to which type of government He recommends. The one aspect God views as problematic, is those governments that do not honor private property. God’s honors the right of people to “own-their-own” property😅. To be more specific, God tells us we are the “stewards” of the land since technically, God owns it all.[6]

“The Bible is pro-private property rights…all governments—locally, nationally, and worldwide—should protect private property rights. God knows that personal ownership of private property is fundamental to every individual’s ability to express his best possible self as a reflection of…being created in God’s image. In addition, private property rights are fundamental to personal and national fruitfulness.”[7] “The best system, says God’s Word, is via a government based upon and allowing personal, private property rights.[8]

Interestingly to note, the Tenth Commandant[9] tells people they should not desire (covet) their neighbor’s house (belongings), wife, male or female servants (employees), animals (Cars, Boats, etc.), or anything they may own. How could you desire anything your neighbor owns when there is no ownership of private property? It clear here that God respects ownership of private property.

YOU WILL OWN NOTHING AND YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY

Of course, ownership of private property stands in direct opposition to Communism, whose main goal is the confiscation of this Property. America, however, has been slowly moving in the direction of eliminating Personal Property in two ways. One, with the seizing of property when someone is suspected, (that’s right, only suspected) of a crime. We will delve into this topic is a later part of this series. Secondly, in 2005 the Government passed an Eminent Domain law giving them the right to seize someone’s property for a private corporation if they see an economic benefit (by who’s definition?) to replacing it with something of their choice (Perhaps politicians, or their families, receive the economic benefit).

EMINENT DOMAIN

Since a ruling in 1875, the government may seize property as long as it provides just use and they provide “just compensation” to the owner.[10] The point here, was that the Government would only seize property for Government purposes (e.g., a public park). This was blown open in 1985 when it was ruled the government could seize property if it increased the “general public welfare” (whatever that means) for PRIVATE development. It went further to say there would be no need to provide “just compensation” to the owner if the Government owned property nearby that increased the target property’s value.

For example, if the Government wanted to seize a whole neighborhood, with let’s say 500 properties, all they would need to do is to purchase one property close by. They could then say all 500 properties values have been increased. In this way they could seize all the properties without just compensation. This 2005 ruling greatly increased the Government’s power.

Here is another extreme example how this could work:

A rich person (or company) wants has to build a business on a piece of property.  The property in question has been the owner’s family for a century and they are a big supporter of Political Party “A.”  A politician, from Party “B” get huge donation from this rich person who in return, asks (requires?) the politician to seize the property. A back-room handshake takes place and property is seized. The family that supported Political Party “A” is thrown out on the street with no recourse.

The above examples may be a far-fetched and exaggerated, but they are meant to demonstrate the power of the government and that God would not support this type of seizing of personal property. A verse in Psalms says we as citizens should not help a corrupt government, one that overreaches its powers, by aiding in the creation of problematic laws that causes trouble for its citizens.

Psalms 94:20 (HCSB) Can a corrupt throne —one that creates trouble by law —become your ally?

In other words, don’t be part of the enactment of unfair laws. This simply means that we, as citizen, need to use the powers granted to us to ensure that our Government ONLY enacts just laws. We need to be involved. The above verse’s intent (Psalms 94:20) is reflected in the following two quotes:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,”[11]

“…Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”[12]

In Part Two of our series on Modern Law and the Bible, we will continue to look at Private Property and also Excessive Taxation. We will also cover, in future posts, the Restitution and Rehabilitation involved with crime as covered in the Bible. This is a huge topic and will take a number of posts to cover all the points. Feel free to comment on these posts.

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[1]https://biz.libretexts.org/Courses/Concordia_University_Wisconsin/JPP_207_Substantive_Criminal_Law/01%3A_Introduction_to_Criminal_Law/1.06%3A_Sources_of_Law

[2] Interesting footnote, the whole idea of trial based upon “precedents” came from a left leaning Supreme Court ruling that was passed with the logic that if there is evolution and mankind can change, then man’s laws must also change. The left has used this ruling to bully people throughout this nation. All they need to do is to find one liberal judge in on jurisdiction and win just one case there. Then that one case is used as  a “precedent” for all future cases. Although not specifically stated, reading the Harvard paper on this subject clearly defines law as being able to “evolve.” http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/corp_gov/papers/evolution.Shleifer.pdf

[3] https://legalbeagle.com/6554727-three-components-criminal-justice-system.html

[4] https://spiritandtruthonline.org/the-bible-and-civil-law/.

[5] Proverbs 20:2 (NLT) The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

[6] Psalms 24:1 (NIV) The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

[7] https://capmin.org/bible-teach-regards-property-rights/

[8] https://capmin.org/bible-teach-regards-property-rights/

[9] Exodus 20:17

[10] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/eminent_domain

[11] Quote Falsely Attributed to Edmund Burke

[12] John Stuart Mill, who delivered an 1867 inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews.

3 thoughts on “UNDERDOG REPORT: Modern Law and the Bible, Part 1 – Risk, Responsibility, Restitution, Rehabilitation”

  1. There is a lot to be said about how society is viewing our judicial system and the changes that have recently occured. Whether a believer or non believer we can agree that respect for authority is diminishing as criminal activity is not being punished. The lack of consequences allows for crime to continue and increase.
    Prayer, communication and involvement is the answer, prayer, to submit our weakness, communicatio to understand where we need to go and involvement to voice to our leaders the civil unrest.

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    • Thank you Bruce, next we will explore the verse
      Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NIV) When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.
      And how our legal system benefits the lawyers not the clients

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