Terrorism vs. Natural and Common Law (1 of 2)

THIS IS PART 1 OF 2 PARTS

Part 2 is here: constitutionlawyercoach.com/terrorism-can-grow-from-common-law
and it is also linked at the bottom of this page.

TERRORISM IS IN FULL THROTTLE TODAY

Terrorism exists today, as well as terrorists who promote it. Many forces can be at work. Some people just have an evil nature in them. They have a criminal mind and just want to hurt others. And, even though many deny it, there are evil spirits in the world that propel people to wrong actions.

But to further understand it, we must realize we live in a mind-bending legal and authoritative world, and it continues to grow in complexity. It used to be capitalism vs. communism, but today it takes many different forms. And today, even capitalism can take the role of seducer and controller. Our political leaders are not always servants of the people that they are philosophically said to be.

We must understand law – both (1) Natural law, and (2) Common law, — and how law and authority has a striking influence on our human psyches, and on terrorism.

NATURAL LAW

For a full definition of natural law: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_law

The earliest form of law is natural law. It is a system of belief that is presumed to be inherent in human nature and conduct. It’s an internal knowing of right and wrong. In another message I talk about three fundamental laws that governed people from the beginning: (1) let your word be your bond, and do what you say, (2) do not harm or wrongly take from others, and (3) respond to others and help them whenever you can. If we lived by these three tenants we’d have little crime and few prisons.

Natural law is based on a type of morality, and thus is somewhat ambiguous because people think differently. There is a verse in the book of Judges in the Bible that says, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” There was little or no intent to do wrong, but doing right was defined differently. Natural law is not based so much on self, but on the concept of a natural inclination to do what you say, to not hurt others, and to respond to others positively when you can. This doesn’t exist in everyone.

COMMON LAW

For a full definition see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_law

Common law is also called statutory law. It developed by man to define and enforce natural law. Legislatures get involved and also, judges and courts enforce these laws made by man. We are confronted with a common law today that is obese and intrusive beyond all reason. A U.S. Supreme Court Justice said, “We now have 10 MILLION laws to enforce the TEN Commandments.” Some people see government and its ever increasing law as a form of terrorism. So they retaliate.

God was the first to get involved with his 10 Commandments. They grew to about 700 laws to define what the first 10 meant. Before that, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were only given ONE law, which they refused to keep: “Don’t eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” Common law then took over and extended defining good and evil to the extent of all human reason.

LAW CREATES CHAOS IN MANY WAYS

God knew if man defined life by the law of good and bad, there would be chaos. This is why he didn’t want us eating from The Tree of Knowledge of Right and Wrong.

The fact is that mankind loves law, and all of us are to some extent legalistic. In the Bible, Paul says “we become a law unto ourselves.” This means we create our own laws – better defined as expectancies and conditions for living together, and for being able to control others better. If you’ve got a spouse, parent, or boss who is over-bearing, you know what this feels like: their law being imposed on you.

 

In a family, church, business, etc. these are usually not heavily structured with lists of do’s and don’ts. But they become more structured when extended to larger groups of people: cities, states, countries, etc.

In the New Testament, Paul has a chilling statement: “Law is the strength of sin.”

If we are dominated by something (such as law), then this causes us to want to do wrong. We may not think about walking on the grass unless we see a sign: “Do not walk on the grass.” We feel imposed upon, so we tend to impose on others, often in sinful ways. We tend to ‘do unto others what has been done unto us.’

A LEGAL SYSTEM CAN PRODUCE TERRORISM

And it is law that at least partially produces terrorism, which can take many forms, although today we think of mass-killings. But it can also mean anger, criticism, judgment, unforgiveness, revenge and bitterness that then produce outward alienation, divorce, or physical and emotional abuse. In some cases it even produces homicide, and at times murder-suicide.

Being imposed upon by a never-ending string of laws tends to make people more secluded and isolated, as well as more protective. This is the more innate, personal response. But the other response becomes or outward, in the form of argument and even aggression. With some it takes the form of murder, and even mass killings in the form of terrorism. The thought is “Why not? What does life matter?”

Our founding fathers who drafted our Constitution and Bill of Rights tried to circumvent all of this. But our founding documents have been ‘dry docked’ so long they are usually only theory, not reality. Many are left to ‘do what seems right to them,’ without any moral influence.

Read PART 2 to see this more practically and personally:
constitutionlawyercoach.com/terrorism-can-grow-from-common-law

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