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The Moral Law Is Fixed – and Always Has Been

Tuesday, 14 December 2004 12:00 AM

When your children come home from college this Christmas, most of them – if you can pry it out of them – will tell you how their Christian beliefs were assaulted, almost relentlessly, by their college professors.

Sad to say, some may have already fallen by the wayside, or worse, become part of the next generation of anti-Christian ‘students’ and ‘educators.’

One of the ‘enlightened’ positions I can assure you your kids have been taught is the Communist evolutionary answer to faith. Some of you may believe it yourself, and don’t even know it.

Religion, Marx taught, like man, evolved. His proof? The stark contrast between the cruel, ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth,’ Old Testament, Law of Moses God, and the forgiving, ‘love your neighbor as yourself,’ New Testament, Christian God. Since God is supposedly unchanging, this proves He doesn’t exist.

It’s that simple. Or is it?

John Jay, one of the three co-authors of the Federalist Papers and the first chief justice of the Supreme Court – you know, one of the supposed Deists who founded our country – has an answer for both Marx and your kids’ professors.

The moral law never changed, only institutions and ordinances did, and there were reasons, some manmade, others part of God’s plan prior to the coming of Christ. And as to His supposed previous cruelness? Well, read on, then think again, and then share it with your college student children. It will be some of the best time you ever invested.

Says Jay:

“The moral or natural law was given by the Sovereign of the universe to all mankind; with them it was co-eval, and with them it will be co-existent. Being founded by infinite wisdom and goodness on essential right, which never varies, it can require no amendment or alteration.

“Divine positive ordinance and institutions, on the other hand, being founded on expediency, which is not always perpetual or immutable, admit of, and have received, alteration and limitation in sundry instances.

“There were several Divine positive ordinances and institution at very early periods. Some of them were of limited obligation, as circumcision; others of them were of universal obligation, as the Sabbath, marriage, sacrifices, the particular punishment for murder.

“The Lord of the Sabbath caused the day to be changed. The ordinances of Moses suffered the Israelites to exercise more than the original liberty allowed to marriage, but our Savior repealed the indulgence. When sacrifice had answered their purpose as types of the great Sacrifice, etc., they ceased. The punishment for murder has undergone no alteration, either by Moses or by Christ.

“I advert to this distinction between the moral law and positive institutions, because it enables us to distinguish the reasonings which apply to the one, from those which apply only to the other – ordinances being mutable, but the moral law always the same.

“To this you observe, by way of objection, that the law was given by Moses, but that grace and truth came by Jesus Christ; and hence that, even as it relates to the moral law, a more perfect system is enjoined by the gospel than was required under the law, which admitted of an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, tolerating a spirit of retaliation. And further, that, if the moral law was the same now that it was before the flood, we must call in question those precepts of the gospel which prohibit some things allowed of and practiced by the patriarchs.

“It is true that the law was given by Moses, not however in his individual or private capacity, but as the agent or instrument, and by the authority of the Almighty. The law demanded exact obedience, and proclaimed: “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” The law was inexorable, and by requiring perfect obedience, under a penalty so inevitable and dreadful, operated as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ for mercy.

“Mercy, and grace, and favour did come by Jesus Christ; and also that truth which verified the promises and predictions concerning him, and which exposed and corrected the various errors which had been imbibed respecting the Supreme Being, his attributes, laws, and dispensations. Uninspired commentators have dishonored the law, by ascribing to it, in certain cases, a sense and meaning which it did not authorize, and which our Saviour rejected and reproved.

“The inspired prophets, on the contrary, express the most exalted ideas of the law. They declare that the law of the Lord is perfect; that the statutes of the Lord are right; and that the commandment of the Lord is pure; that God would magnify the law and make it honorable, etc.

“Our Saviour himself assures us that he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill; that whoever shall do and teach the commandments, shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven; that it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than [one] title of the law to fail. This certainly amounts to a full approbation of it. Even after the resurrection of our Lord, and after the descent of the Holy Spirit, and after the miraculous conversion of Paul, and after the direct revelation of the Christian dispensation to him, he pronounced this memorable encomium on the law, viz.: ‘The law is holy, and the commandments holy, just, and good.”

“It is true that one of the positive ordinances of Moses, to which you allude, did ordain retaliation or, in other words, a tooth for a tooth. But we are to recollect that it was ordained, not as a rule to regulate the conduct of private individuals towards each other, but as a legal penalty or punishment for certain offenses. Retaliation is also manifest in the punishment prescribed for murder – life for life. Legal punishments are adjusted and inflicted by the law and magistrate, and not by unauthorized individuals. These and all other positive laws or ordinances established by Divine direction, must of necessity be consistent with the moral law. It certainly was not the design of the law or ordinance in question, to encourage a spirit of personal or private revenge. On the contrary, there are express injunctions in the law of Moses which inculcate a very different spirit; such as these: ‘Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people; but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ ‘Love the stranger, for ye were strangers in Egypt.’ ‘If thou meet thy enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him,’ etc., etc.

“There is reason to believe that Solomon understood the law in its true sense, and we have his opinion as to retaliation of injuries, viz.: ‘Say not, I will recompense evil; but wait upon the Lord, and He will save thee.’ Again: ‘Say not, I will do to him as he hath done to me. I will render to the man according to his work.’ And again: ‘If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink; for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.’

“But a greater than Solomon has removed all doubts on this point. On being asked by the Jewish lawyer which was the great commandment in the law, our Saviour answered: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and the great commandment, and the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ It is manifest, therefore, that the love of God and the love of man are enjoined by the law; and as the genuine love of the one comprehends that of the other, the apostle assures us that ‘Love is the fulfilling of the law.’

“It is, nevertheless, certain, that erroneous opinions respecting retaliation, and who were to be regarded as neighbors, had long prevailed, and that our Savior blamed and corrected those and many other unfounded doctrines.

“That the patriarchs sometimes violated the moral law, is a position not to be disputed. They were men, and subject to the frailties of our fallen nature. But I do not know nor believe, that any of them violated the moral by the authority or with the approbation of the Almighty. I can find no instance of it in the Bible. Nor do I know of any action done according to the moral law, that is censured or forbidden by the gospel. On the contrary, it appears to me that the gospel strongly enforces the moral law, and clears it from the vain traditions and absurd comments which had obscured and misapplied certain parts of it.”

Our public education system – especially at the university level – has been hijacked by socialists, communists and secular humanists who hate America and its founding values. They would have your children, first, confused; next, alienated; and finally, antagonistic toward the faith of their fathers – by claiming, in part, that the law of God has changed.

It is your parental duty to counter them. Founder John Jay has come to the rescue on this one point. Use it. Share it. Discuss it.

For you West Coast night owls, every Monday you can catch Steve on Mark Edward’s ‘Wake up America!’ talk radio show on 50,000-Watt KDWN, 720 AM, 10 p.m. to midnight, or on the Internet at AmericanVoiceRadio.com

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