Whose morality should we legislate?

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  1. Dale-c

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    In another thread the question was asked if we should try to legislate morality.
    But it is not if but whose morality and how much?

    The state can only legislate actions. It can't change hearts.
    They can only protect people by punishing the evil doer, they can't force the evildoer to have a good heart.

    God has given civil government a very limited role. That role IS to enforce a level of morality, a level required by God.
    When they try to legislate their own ideas of morality, they become tyrants and are no longer just rulers.
     
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    Mine of course! Haven't you learned by now that I am always right and that if everyone would only do things my way the world would be a better place? ;)

    So there in lies the problem. We have billions of people who all think the world would better if.

    Our country has decided on laws that protect the majority of our citizens. Is it a perfect system? No. Do some things we think should be law (abortion?) get left out? Yes.

    Asking who can be a selfish question and leads to selfish results. Asking what laws will benefit the majority of people while considering HOW those laws will affect the minority is a much better bet so long as we live in this imperfect world.
     
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    Fortunately, we are not left to what we think is best.
    The Bible lays out the purpose of government. It does not layout every last detail but it gives principle.
    Any law that is against that principle is bad law.

    So, my opinion and your opinion do not count.

    Only God's does.
     
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    I'm easy. Hers.
     
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    Please state that principle and where it is found in scripture.

    peace to you:praying:
     
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    God told us to support both good and evil governments. There is no restriction on the government. The restrictions are on our own individual acts and standards of morality.
     
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    BY THE WAY, I completely agree with you on this, so please accept this question in that context....

    Where does the resistance to slavery in the U.S. fall in that answer? Most acts were civil disobedience, I know. Is it because the ones doing the disobeying of the government believed that slavery violated God's moral law? I've seen many references through the years to the effect that was not a "valid" point because slavery was not condemned in the Bible--only being a cruel master received condemnation.

    Or does it fall under the heading of "applying the spirit of the law, rather than the letter"? And realizing that God equipped us with brains and that He also knew that societies would rise, fall, and change throughout human history, and He entrusted us with His Spirit granting us wisdom to make the best choices as societies change?
     
  8. Dale-c

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    Whoa! Then you have just made government in to god!

    PLease read Psalm 2.
     
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    psss.... She's a woman don't ya know. Surely you aren't implying your one of them fancy "feminized" men who don't mind us womenfolk to have an opinion. :saint:

    Okay, more to the point of the op. MK is correct. Dale the Bible does lay out principles for Christians to live by. It does not designate how secular governments are to be constructed. in a perfect world all law would equate to God's law, but we do not live in a perfect world. Which is why Paul wrote Romans 13, IMHO.
     
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    Of course women can have an opinion. In fact, everyone has a right to my opinion. ;)

    Wait, I think I just contradicted myself.
     
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    Awww! I come back to thread and lo and behold everyone has accepted me as the ultimate opinion. I needed the vote of confidence too cause I've been surrounded by teenage girls for the last almost 8 hours and they're not going home till tommorrow.

    Then I read this:


    Traitor!!!!!

    :laugh:
     
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    Well, what I meant was, "everyone has a right to dictate my opinion". Yeah, that's the ticket. That's what I meant. Yeah.

    (Did it work?)
     
  13. menageriekeeper

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    Ahhh! I feel much better now! Thank you!

    Now, where shall I start with my dictatorial rules?
     
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    Your "Hubby" isn't up for the challenge---dictate to him and see if it works!!!

    Take out the garbage!
    Mow the grass!
    Fix the commode!
    How come this door squeeks?? Fix it!
    Paint the house!
    Wash the car!
    Feed the cat----no, wait!!! Don't do that!!!:laugh:
     
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    Another thread bitten by the, "everybody wants to be a comedian" bug.

    Pathetic and sad.
     
  16. menageriekeeper

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    I'd try that Blackbird, 'cept I've already done or made the child labor do all those things(well except painting the house). Plus, he entertained 4, 15 year old girls and 2, 12 year old boys for half the night last night. He's exhausted! :D

    No, I think my first order of business it to declare that everyone must practice finding something good in everything they experience. There is something in the Bible about dwelling on the good and joy is declared to be a fruit of the spirit. There are folks on this board who seem to think that a sense of humor is a bad thing. I believe that dwelling on good things for a while will stop the unnecessary negativity going on in the hearts of some.

    So I declare it, so it must be!
     
  17. KenH

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    The only morality that a government should legislate it that of making sure that one's person's unalienable rights are not interfered with by another person.
     
  18. menageriekeeper

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    What rights do you consider to be inalienable, Ken?

    <see Cutter, I can be serious>
     
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    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

    - from the U.S. Declaration of Independence
     
  20. Dale-c

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    Quite simple isn't it Ken?
    I am not sure what it so hard about it other than so many which to impose their opinions on others.
     

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