LAW 501-001 – Foundations of Law I
God is sovereign over all and is the ultimate lawgiver
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
- From Jefferson in Declaration of Independence and before from Blackstone
Laws of Nature
Law of nature is the will of the maker revealed in nature.
- Innate knowledge of right and wrong
- Applies to everyone
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
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;)
- Romans 1:18–20
- Also can mean stuff like gravity and instinct
Laws of Nature's God
- Law of Nature's God is the will of the maker revealed in the Scriptures.
- Part of the law of nature
- Written because of man's fall
- Example of the ten commandments
- Immutable law of good and evil
- Superior to all other law
- Binding on all people all over the globe at all times
- Applies forever
- Psalm 119
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
- Psalm 119
- No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this
- All valid human laws derive all their force from this original
Applying LONANG (from Midterm review):
- Law is LON
- Our hearts tell us
- We usually try to hide it
- Law is LONG
- Prohibited in OT
- Prohibition is part of the Mosaic Covenant
- Created to protect created order
- NT condemns
- Jesus does not condone
- Law is binding on all people
- Their agreement is invalid