Comment: Natural Law and Rights Endowed by the Creator

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Natural Law and Rights Endowed by the Creator

If Libertarian philosophy truly follows the thoughts of Natural Law and the "rights endowed by the Creator" then we have to ask the most important question, "Who is this Creator?" "What rights has He given us?" "What are the "Natural Laws" that He has established for humanity to live in peace and happiness?" For those who spouted these philosophies four five hundred years ago, undoubtedly, they had the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob in mind. And these answers can all be found in the Bible.

Talking about liberty and rights without regard to the true Natural Laws, God's Laws is absurd. Just like talking about our physical world without regard to the law of gravity is absurd. This, I think, is where the libertarians and the cultural left missed the point entirely. The extend of our individual freedom is not necessarily subjected to the government, but it is definitely subjected to the Laws established by God, our creator. Failure to abide by those boundaries will cause injuries to ourselves and our neighbours. On top of that, breaking the Laws of God is an unjust act that not only injuries people around us, it actually injuries the law abiding society as a whole. The government is established to govern, to serve justice, to uphold the Laws of God (Natural Laws) to the best extend possible. Therefore, the government has the right to arrest, judge and punish murderers, thieves, adulterers, sodomites, (as in the early days of the United States) etc. The Government needs to do its best to discourage people from breaking the Natural Law and punish the evildoers.

Of course, this doesn't mean the government has the right to spy on us, tell us how much salt we can eat, or what size of the flush toilet tank that we can use. It doesn't mean government can intrude to our lives without any bound or limit. The limit is definitely set forth in the Constitution, and also in the Natural Law itself. Therefore, I believe, some of the issues today is not merely a culture issue. Murdering a baby is not a culture issue. Committing fornication, adultery, sodomy, lying, stealing, etc, all these are not cultural issues. They are issues with the Natural Law, God's Law.

Of course, if you don't believe that the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the Creator of the Universe and established the Law for us to follow, you are free to do so. However, be aware of the serious consequences of your actions that ignores the Law that governs you. You can ignore the Law, but the Law will not ignore you.