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When Charles Darwin’s famous book On the Origin of Species was published 150 years ago on November 24, 1859, all 1,250 copies were purchased on the first day of publication. This suggests that the people of England were waiting very much for a theory that would mean that the Bible and the Christian God were no longer needed. “The world jumped at Darwin,” said George Bernard Shaw.
What’s the big deal of not believing in the doctrine of creation and specifically a relatively recent creation in the space of six days?
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Natural law was once perceived as a body of objective moral truth infused into the world by the Creator. It held sway over all men and their rulers, requiring obedience of believer and unbeliever alike, and finding its Scriptural rationale in such passages as Romans 1:19-20 and 2:14-16. It is the law written on the heart of every human being that enables all of us to agree that such things as murder, rape, theft, and perjury are wrong. In principle, it was the goal of positive or written law to reflect accurately the spirit of the natural law. This view has changed in modern times. The emphasis has shifted from the idea of natural law to that of natural rights founded on the notion of our status as autonomous human beings. It is now up to the government to create obligatory laws, but only at the consent of the governed whose interest it is to have their autonomy preserved.
Therefore, it is no longer the government’s prerogative to create laws in concert with a preexisting natural law which all men must obey, but to create laws that protect autonomous individual freedom. As a result, the United States Constitution as positive law now stands above natural law. Natural law no longer dictates positive law, but instead is subordinate to it. Natural law serves only as a source of principles that guide us in interpreting positive law in terms of individual rights. Among these rights is the individual’s civil liberty to make his own moral choices free of governmental intrusion or coercion, save the restriction that one’s exercise of this right must not infringe upon another’s equal right to so choose.
Such a view of natural law leaves it quite malleable to changing times and circumstances. Since the notion of natural law no longer suggests the existence of a changeless body of objective moral truth, we are able to adjust natural law such that it remains in tune with man’s alleged “progress” in knowledge and understanding. Therefore, notions of “morality” become hopelessly relativistic, and the positive law becomes little more than an instrument by means of which litigants gain public affirmation for their personal lifestyles as autonomous individuals rather than an application of eternal and transcendent moral truths.
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I recently had the opportunity to write a letter to one of my nephews who was celebrating his 13th birthday. I share a portion of this letter as an encouragement for other families and specifically young men.
Congratulations on reaching an important milestone in your life. Though the world often associates the teenage years with rebellion, lack of responsibility, and other ills, our gracious God obviously has a much different view of this time of life you are entering. In OT culture, something carried over into modern Judaism, the age of 13 was an important transition point. A bar-miztvah (literally son of the law), is the celebration that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. No longer are you a boy; you are now a young man. Though you are only one year older than your last birthday, you are now entering into a much more important and significant period of your life. For the next 5-10 years, you will be making decisions that will not only affect your life but will also affect the lives of many other people.
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