What's wrong with theocracy?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by UnchartedSpirit, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. UnchartedSpirit

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    You're all probably tired with this question, and I'm probably ok with it becuase I was raised in a self-strict control type Church, but won't a Theocracy soon be what it takes to perserve God's moral truths and justice?
     
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

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    God's Word has been preserved quite well for thousands of years during theocracies, tyrannies, democracies and every other form of government known to man. I don't think these things depend on the form of government.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  3. elijah_lives

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    I agree with you, but I think I do favor a theocracy. At least there might not be blatantly offensive behaviours paid for by taxpayer dollars.
     
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    I am not saying I am against theocracy. I do prefer democracy though, as I think theocracy would only work in Heaven.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Whose theocracy? Yours or Islam's? Would it be put in place by election? How would laws be passed? Enforced? Punished?

    I agree with Joseph: theocracy would work in one place only.
     
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    That's the problem, isn't it. Too bad it couldn't be under King David...
     
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    King David? Isn't that the man who murdered Bathsheba's husband. Just make sure your wife is ugly and you will make out ok.
     
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    Yeah, he didn't run his household very well; but he did run his kingdom well. Democracies just don't last. The have-nots vote themselves everything from the haves, and the constant turnover leads to paralysis.

    I like monarchies, because of the length of time a monarch has to accomplish change. Look at Thailand, for example. 50 years in power, and the change there is remarkable. Of course, you might end up with a King George III.

    I think a lot of our decline has to do with our system of government.
     
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    No government, church or group of people is perfect. Anytime you have two people you will have disagreements. Anytime you have people involved you have people who want what they think is best and that may not be God's best.
     
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    All I hear about is the young girls in the sex trade industry. I heard about that many years ago too.
     
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    Yes, a disgusting practice. I was referring to health care, education, and real economic growth. When I lived there in the late 1960's, Bangkok and Chiang Mai were the only two cities with any amenities; now, the rest of Thailand has caught up.

    If you discount the sex trade and the Moslem insurgency in the south (I wonder -- is Patio beach still a resort area?)then the country has come along ways, and much of this is due to the lengthy focus of a long-reigning monarch.
     
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    Monarchies in Europe tended to endorse one state religion while proscribing other religions. So, would you like to be Lutheran, Catholic, Calvinist, or Anglican?
     
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    As I implied, I agree with with you. There would have to be broad religious protections for exercise of the Christian religion. Much like we originally had here.
     
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    I'm against theocracies until God takes direct control. Don't want humans telling me what God "says." Especially Reconstructionists.
     
  15. UnchartedSpirit

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    So how did we start to lost them? my A.P. U.S. Hist. score didn't take me very far....
     
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    I you don't support the U.S. constitution and don't like living in a free Republic then a theocracy might be for you. I agree with Joseph in that the type of government has nothing to do with whether Chistianity survives.
     
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    So how did we start to lost them? my A.P. U.S. Hist. score didn't take me very far....

    About the time they removed prayer from the schools and forced us to subsidize abortion. When I argue for a theocracy or monarchy, I am speaking in idealistic terms. We all know that the Constitution today is greatly misinterpreted compared to the understandings of those who wrote and ratified it.

    If we want to return to those understandings, then I would agree with you; I find it hard to support it as (mis)interpreted today.
     
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    Absolutely not. I adhere strongly to the concept of religious liberty. Religious liberty is dead where theocracy is present. No thanks.
     
  19. elijah_lives

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    Yet the ideal society described under the Law was a theocracy.
     
  20. Johnv

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    The OT Israelite people were an "ideal" society? By no means was that so. They were under civil law as per the OT because they were a new society that needed structure. Those OT civil laws have long since served their purpose and are not in force or effect today.
     

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