I became familiar with the term “Natural Law” when I started studying the United States Constitution with Wayne Stradling, Earl Taylor Jr., Glenn Kimber and Cleon Skousen. These men all quoted heavily from the Founding Fathers and those authors that were read and studied by the early Patriots of America. I think that this is where I realized that a person’s source of information and inspiration are very important. That also explains why I use a lot of quotes here in my blog. So to continue that tradition I will add a few quotes I have from a study guide called “Natural Law” compiled by Paula Archibald and Jim Pinkerman in a 2000 copyrighted publication.
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”
“Each of us has a natural right -from God- to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life…”
God has given us these rights of life and are considered Natural Law. Only God can justify the taking away of these basic rights of life just as only God could give these rights to men, along with the life’s breath he also gives. Further quotes showing a conviction these men had of Divine origin of this Natural Law follows.
“True law is right reason in agreement with nature. It is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting;…and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it…God…is the author of this law.”
“The Law of Nature stands as an eternal rule to all men, legislators as well as others. The rules that they make for men’s actions must…be comfortable to the Law of Nature, that is, to the will of God…”
“These are the eternal, immutable laws of good and evil, to which the Creator himself in all His dispensations conforms…”
“This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God Himself, is of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.”
Sir William Blackstone in “Commentaries On The Laws Of England”
A recent Apostle, Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who also served as Secratary of Agriculture under President Dwight D Eisenhower, wrote much about freedom and it’s origins as well as how to best defend it. When I discovered that the Church has always been a great leader in supporting the US Constitution and Freedoms that it was to support and protect I knew that I must learn more. It is plain that the government is here to serve the people and not the other way around. This knowledge helps me to understand proposed legislations and actions of politicians as to if I should support or work to overturn them. Broken down to it’s simple form and without mans imaginings and complexities government and laws are not hard to decipher as to their worthiness.
“Since God created man with certain unalienable rights, and man in turn, created government to help secure and safeguard those rights, it follows that man is superior to the creature he created…and should remain master over it, and not the other way around.”
Ezra Taft Benson in “The Proper Role of Government”
What about the redistribution of wealth that is promised in America. Actually it is already in place, but I believe that our new president is promising a more agressive redistribution from the working class to the non working. Is it within my powers to take the second car my neighbor has and give it to the other neighbor who does not have one? Not so much? Well if I get a mojority of my neighbors to vote in favor of this redistribution does this give me the right to do this charitable redistribution? Once again from Ezra Taft Benson:
“Government…cannot claim the power to redistribute the wealth or force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will. Government is created by man. No man posseses such power to delegate. The creature cannot exceed the creator.”
We are about to go much farther against Natural Law than we ever have in America. We need to get back with the simple program that the Lord gave to America thru the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. The Lord’s program is the Golden Rule expanded to allow agents to do what individuals could and would do. The Lord does not give government the power to force special interest projects onto the individuals that make up society.
“For nobody can transfer to another more power than he has in himself, or over any other, to destroy his own life, or to take away the life or property of another.”