These are all moral issues and they must be controlled by moral laws. And yet, strange as it may seem, it is extremely difficult to legislate on moral issues. Parliaments around the world are unable to formulate moral laws. No sooner have they passed one law, which even remotely relates to a moral issue, when a few years later they amend, update or even scrap it. Why this dilemma? The answer is: because moral issues are spiritual territory, the prerogative of Almighty God! He created the human race; so He alone has the ability and the right to legislate on moral behaviour.
We humans may fool ourselves into thinking that we can enter the territory of morals and make laws as to how people should live: what they should do, and what they should not do. But we deceive ourselves, because we just do not have the wisdom, the knowledge or the authority to legislate on moral issues. We may try, God knows we try, but the world's present chaotic state is proof that we have miserably failed.
The fact is, only Yahweh can dictate as to moral behaviour. His commandments are the final word in moral matters. By them we are able to determine what is right and what is wrong. Any attempt to ignore or change Yahweh’s laws will end in disaster. Sooner or later this vital fact will become evident to the whole human race. Till such time as it does, people and governments will blunder along vainly attempting to define their own moral codes; and the cost to the public purse will rise year after year. Better that we go straight to Yahweh's Word and accept His laws before we bankrupt the human race.
|1 John 3:||4: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
|Romans 7:||7: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”
|Romans 3:||20: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”|
In other words, you have committed a sin when you break one or more of Yahweh's commandments. “Rubbish!” we hear someone say. “I am a free moral agent, and I can - and will - do as I please.”
My answer to that is: Don’t be hasty, calm down and read this
passage slowly. It says that if the wicked person turns from his/her
wickedness he/she will not die - but live! It also says that if a good person
turns to a life of sin, he/she will die.
|Ezekiel 33:||17: “Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.|
18: When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
19: But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.”
Read Romans chapter 7. This chapter tells of the sinner's awful condition. Much as he wants to obey the law of God, there exists in the human mind another law - the law of sin and death. And this law of sin and death is in conflict with Yahweh's law of life. And so we have these two laws set before us; each pointing to a different objective. Here it is, written in full.
|Romans 7:||1: “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?|
2: For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3: So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
4: Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5: For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6: But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
7: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
8: But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9: For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10: And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11: For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
12: Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13: Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
14: For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15: For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16: If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17: Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19: For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20: Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21: I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22: For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Much as he wants to obey the law of God, there exists in the human mind another law - the law of sin and death. And this law of sin and death is in conflict with Yahweh's law of life. And so we have these two laws set before us; each pointing to a different objective.
|Yahweh’s law of life
|Galatians 3:||24: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
|The Law of Sin and Death
|Romans 6:||23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”|
|Romans 8:||3: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:|
4. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
|Romans 14:||10: “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.|
11: For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12: So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
At that Judgment we will be weighed against Yahweh's law. All judges act according
to existing laws. Indeed their very judgement must be in accordance with law. It is the
same with Jesus Christ. On the Day of Judgement he will judge mankind according to
his Father's law. At the moment he offers to be your solicitor. But one day he
will be your judge. The Almighty God has already appointed the time and the judge for
that great day.
|Acts 17:||30: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:|
31: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
|2 Corinthians 5:||10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
|Romans 2:||12: “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;|
13: (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14: For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”
|James 2:||12: “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”|